Organic farming is expanding in the U.S. at a rate of approximately 20% per year. Farmers are interested in organic production because certified organic crops can provide up to a 300% economic premium over conventionally raised crops. However, in order to obtain organic certification, producers must refrain from using synthetic fertilizers and herbicides for at least 3 years. Land that has been in long-term pasture or enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is often suitable for immediate conversion to organic production because chemicals have not been applied for many years.Livestock treated with antibiotics and hormones leave manure laced with earth killing agents and force disqualification.
Tom Lutey broke the news to readers of the Billings Gazette:
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the USDA would soften the rules nationwide for haying and grazing lands enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. For erosion or wildlife purposes, those lands are usually off-limits to livestock. On 10-year contracts, landowners are paid to leave those acres alone.Domestic livestock have destroyed private ground in the West: now they come for lands longing for the protection of the public trust.
These animals are not critical to the survival of humanity: just to the survival of the producers of pink slime. Stop the domestic terrorism now!