“The country-of-origin labeling piece was put into law for the benefit of family farmers so consumers could know where their food comes from and who they want to support,” said Paul Sobocinski, who raises pigs and cattle in southwestern Minnesota. “What we’re seeing is the American Meat Institute slip behind the door and put their will forward to undermine the rules.
“Too often corporate power is rising above people, and this is an example.”
As he worked on his farm last week, Sobocinski, 64, said Americans want and deserve country-of-origin labeling. If that is going to change, he added, the public needs more of a say than it had in the process that got an order to dilute food labeling buried in a budget bill.
“When the people’s business is being done, the people have a right to know up front so they can communicate with their representatives,” he said.