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November 05, 2008   Email to Friend 

Mace Thornton
(202) 406-3641
November 05, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The American Farm Bureau Federation today expressed disappointment in the passage of California's Proposition 2, a ballot initiative that phases out the use of modern housing methods in the production of eggs, pork and veal.

According to the AFBF, passage of the measure will cause more of these products to be produced outside the state of California and is likely to have serious impacts for consumers and California's egg producers.

"The result points out the lack of understanding that people who voted for Proposition 2 have of agriculture, and it highlights the need for all of America's farm and ranch families to focus on engaging consumers to communicate their knowledge of and commitment to animal care," said AFBF President Bob Stallman. "The realities of modern, family-owned and -operated agriculture and the professional dedication of our farm families are largely not understood by America's consumers. As an industry, we must help non-farmers understand our industry."

The success of this measure and other such anti-animal agriculture initiatives will likely trigger increased food imports from countries that do not have food safety laws equivalent to those in the United States, AFBF believes.

"If eggs and other food products produced by California farmers are displaced by production from other nations, we believe that Proposition 2 will have serious implications for food safety," Stallman said.

Stallman said passage of Proposition 2 points out the continued need for farm and ranch families to "talk to neighbors, lawmakers, business leaders -- essentially anyone who will listen -- to help them acquire a realistic picture of modern agriculture."

"While caring for their animals is the clear number one priority for America's livestock producers, it is also clear that correcting misinformation from those opposed to modern farming is a close second," Stallman said.

The Alabama Farmers Federation is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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