“We appreciate the principle of a more connected food chain. In 2003, OFBF adopted a mission statement that prioritized building a partnership between farmers and consumers.
We believe that the best way to make connections is to be inclusive. It appears HSUS’s plan intentionally excludes the majority of farmers and consumers who have differing views on food and farming. Both producers and consumers should have multiple choices in how food is grown and raised.
Farm Bureau’s largest concern is that HSUS has chosen to ignore Ohio’s leadership in protecting the well-being of farm animals. The Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board was created by Ohio voters in 2009. Through it, all Ohioans have the ability to influence the rules that define acceptable farm animal care. HSUS is positioning their judgement as being superior to that of Ohio citizens.
Ohio Farm Bureau remains committed to a dialog with HSUS as well as other organizations and individuals who are interested in important questions about food and farming. We also reserve the right to be vocal in our advocacy for Ohio’s family livestock farmers and the families who consume their quality products.”
Details on the HSUS plan are on the HSUS website.