Livestock lobby meddled in study, authors say
By PERRY BEEMAN REGISTER STAFF WRITER
Livestock interests tried to disrupt a wide-ranging study of their industry by threatening to yank financing for universities and scientists who assisted, a Pew Commission report released Tuesday alleges.
The 2-year study by the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production concluded that the industry needs a vast overhaul that includes banning the use of antibiotics as a growth stimulant and giving local governments zoning power over often controversial developments.
"While some agriculture representatives were recommending potential authors for the technical reports to commission staff, other industrial agriculture representatives were discouraging those same authors from assisting us by threatening to withhold research funding for their college or university," commission Executive Director Robert Martin wrote in the foreword of the report. "We found significant influence by the industry at every turn: in academic research, agriculture policy development, governmental regulation and enforcement."
Farm groups said the 15-member Pew panel was tilted against them from the start. Read More
The outcome of this study was absolutely predictable based on what the Pew Charitable Trust has donated to and the reports it has released previously. They do not like animal agriculture and there is no doubt that they will continue to on their quest to eliminate it from this country.