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RE: E-M:/ LIVESTOCK FACTORY POLLUTION SECRECY BILL IN HOUSE COMMITTEE NEXT TH...
Chuck: I have heard nothing so far from anyone
about why this abridgement of the Freedom of Information Act access to this
information has been proposed. And rather than speculate, since you have
brought some of the key players in the MDA into this via your cc list, I hope
they will take the opportunity to respond to your question. Anne
Thanks for the thoughts on HB 5013. Most of you know that I have
retired as the MDA Sc Advisor (Jan 2000), but continue to provide input to MDA
on a variety of issues. I have asked MDA directly for their view of the
need for the bill and the secrecy provision.
You know that I
have always supported our good buddy T. Jefferson (Sept 28, 1820) when he
wrote: If you believe the people are not enlightened enough to exercise their
control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them,
but to inform their discretion". It made sense then and even more sense
The American agriculture industry needs to to spend $ and
energy on making sure the public is well informed so that thethe public will
make informed choices. An informed public will share informed opinions
with their state representatives. Agriculture has nothing to fear from a
public that understands what choices they are making. It is MDA, Farm
Bureau and the ag industry's responsibility to make sure that public is well
informed. It is a giant mistake to even make it appear that access to
public welfare and safety information is being limited. I am sure it is
not as simple as it may seem, but on the other hand, the bottom line about
believing in people's right to know and their ability to make right decisions
when they do know, is pretty straight forward.
Anne, do you know what
the arguments are for limiting access to the "ag plans"?