Friday, September 29, 2006

Where is the dairy checkoff program's 2006 report to Congress?

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service, which oversees the commodity checkoff programs to get us Americans to eat more beef, pork, and cheese -- "Beef. It's What's for Dinner," "Pork. The Other White Meat." "Ah, the Power of Cheese." -- is required to send a report to Congress each July about the milk and dairy promotions .

Last year, even though the expert panel for the federal government's Dietary Guidelines found insufficient evidence to endorse dairy weight-loss messages, USDA's annual report boasted that dairy weight-loss messages were central to the milk and dairy promotions.

This year, the July 1 report has not yet been posted to the USDA/AMS website. AMS staff offered to send the report a while ago, but I have received nothing, and it seemed appropriate to start pressing a little harder.

1 comment:

HorsesAreFriends said...

Hi, everyone.

There is a big issue for horse lovers before the Senate right now. Three foreign-owned horse slaughter plants here in the USA are killing American horses to sell to diners in Belgium, France and Japan. They kill the horses, harvest the meat, and then ship it overseas. There is a bill before the Senate right now to ban this practice in all 50 states.

Me and some friends are asking people to send an email to their senators asking them to push this bill through and vote to end horse slaughtering. The bill has already passed the US House of Representatives and this is the last hurdle before it goes to the President for his signature.

A common misperception is that the horses are old or sick - not true. Many are under 2 years old and healthy, and are sold simply for money.

Here's how you can help - everyone needs to contact their senators and indicate they don't want our horses dying to feed other countries.

Go to http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/ and type in your zip code. Send an email to both of your US senators and tell them to stop this terrible practice. The vote is coming before the Senate next week so please do it NOW! :-) Thanks!!!

And here is a blog that we set up so you can read more information about it:

http://www.horsesarefriendsnotfood.com

:-) Thanks!!!