Beef Industry Speaks Out On EPA “Dust” Rule – Say Goodbye To The Industry

Several months ago, the EPA made it known that they were considering regulating dust from farms. Dust. Something that really can’t be stopped without drastic, and costly, measures. Measures that would not raise your prices from American farms. Oh, no. Because the American farms would cease to operate. The National Association of Wheat Growers has already stated “It could effectively shut down agriculture in the nation if they go to the extreme that their staff is recommending.” Now the beef industry chimes in (you know, people with actual knowledge of how agriculture works, unlike the EPA)

According to a representative of the cattle and beef industry, America may need a “strategic hamburger reserve” if the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implements proposed new reguilations for cattle producers.

“From where I sit, (the Obama administration) appears to be aimed at destroying the cattle industry in America as we know it,” Tamara Thies, the chief environmental counsel at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, said on Capitol Hill last week.

“It is ironic that as we work to become less dependent on foreign oil, Obama policies are likely to make us more dependent on foreign beef. Maybe we’ll need to start a strategic hamburger reserve after the Obama administration is finished with us.”

Which begs the question, “why would they do this?” The health risks from dust are minimal, if unknown. Even the EPA admits that.

The dust regulation is one of several new proposals the EPA is considering, including regulating ammonia emissions from cattle operations; nationalizing standards for soil phosphorus levels, which determine where farmers can use manure; regulating greenhouse gas emissions; and greater regulation of farming on the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

“The fact is, the EPA is waging an unprecedented war to end modern production of animal agriculture,” Thies said in her testimony.

“EPA exhibits reckless indifference to scientific fact and, instead, imposes stringent regulations based on nothing more than its biased anti-animal agriculture agenda that will leave many cattle operations with no recourse but to shut down and eliminate jobs,” she added.

What you have is a two stage assault from the tofu eating grasshoppers: first, they want to make agriculture more “organic”, which means less production per acre, requires more manpower, and, actually less safe. It’s one thing to grow some veggies in your backyard; it’s quite another to get mass produced produce, which tends to contain more disease and more pests. It is really not healthier. But it is more expensive. So, why would they want organic? That leads us to the second reason, anthropogenic global warming.

The envirowackos believe that going organic is a great way to reduce “man’s footprint on the climate.” They yammer on about “biodiversity” and “getting back to nature.” They also yammer on about reducing food animals like…….cows! And pigs and chickens and others, which put large amounts of methane into the atmosphere. Agriculture is considered to be, in the Real World, the largest component of AGW (the other is landfills), which is why I have said that Man does have some small part in climate change.

But, people have to eat. If there is not enough food production, we get starvation, and death. Malnutrition leads to disease and…death. Mass organic farming leads to lower food production, poorer quality, more pests and disease and….starvation, malnutrition, and death. Of course, many of the climate hysterics want the human population reduced. I’m not assigning the motive to Obama, but, I’m sure that many of the enviroweenies in the EPA wouldn’t mind that scenario.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach. Re-Change 2010!

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