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Feathering their Nests

If nutritional quality and animal welfare issues factor into your egg-buying decisions, get ready for more bad news out of the Trump administration’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The USDA plans to ditch rules, finalized under the Obama administration, that would have required organic egg producers to provide hens with more space and more outdoor access.

The Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) Rule was the result of a 14-year effort by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to tighten up animal welfare rules for organic egg producers.

The OLPP was set to be enacted in January 2017. But under the incoming Trump administration’s regulatory freeze, the rule was delayed multiple times. Now the USDA wants to throw it out completely.

If the agency succeeds, organic egg producers won’t have to follow updated animal welfare rules—rules that the industry fought for, and that consumers overwhelmingly support. 

Why would the USDA get rid of this law? To help “Big Organic” egg producers who already routinely flaunt existing animal welfare standards keep pocketing higher profits. 

Read ‘Big Organic Egg Producers Poised to Feather their Nests if USDA Scuttles Animal Welfare Rule’

TAKE ACTION: Deadline January 17: Stop Trump’s Attack on Organic’s Animal Welfare Rules!

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