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Monday, January 19, 2009

California's Ag Industry Worried that State Committee will Focus on "Emotion"

Basically, it sounds like the ag committee will be including food safety and animal welfare concerns in their discussions. The ag industry does NOT like this.

There is definitely a new tide in California, post Proposition 2.

In a move that elevated the anxiety level among grower-shippers, Darrell Steinberg, the new president pro-tem of the California state Senate, overhauled the body’s agriculture committee.

The panel is now known as the Food and Agriculture Committee, and the new chairman is Dean Florez, Steinberg revealed at a news conference Jan. 13. Several environmental groups were represented at the news conference, during which Steinberg said the changes would usher in a new era in California agriculture policy....

“My concern is that decisions, laws, regulations, what have you may be based on emotion rather than on sound science, solid data and good facts,” said Jim Bogart, president and general counsel for the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, Salinas.

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