Daily Archives: June 24, 2009

Turkey board demands all turkeys be kept in the slammer — puts kibosh on free range organic turkey market

Tyrannical tendencies are apparently not limited to the “milk” marketing boards, as this issue demonstrates. There are also echoes here of the intervention in farming practices threatened by the “food safety” bills currently before the U.S. legislature. So here’s “Talking Certified Organic Turkey”, a commentary on behalf the National Farmers Union, by Grant Robertson. Thanks to Gaille for sending it our way.

Organic turkeys will not out and about in Canada if the Turkey Board has anything to say about it. Photos: Sheepdrove.com

Organic turkeys will not out and about in Canada if the Turkey Board has anything to say about it. Photos: Sheepdrove.com

“Many farmers and farm organizations claim that they want a science-based approach to rules when it comes to food safety and other issues.  However the brain trust of the Turkey Farmers of Ontario has thrown caution to the wind and embraced junk science while at the same time restricting consumer choice on certified organically raised Turkey in this province.

In May of 2008 the Turkey Farmers of Ontario, with little or no consultation with organic organizations or growers, released rules banning all outside access for turkeys raised under the supply managed system.  Supply management was established by farmers to improve farmer incomes and to provide a consistent supply of products to processors.  It was not intended to restrict consumer choice or to constrain farmers in type of productions techniques they might use beyond ensuring food safety.  Certainly supply management was not intended to have junk science be used to eliminate a growing niche market available to farmers. Continue reading

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