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Todd Tucker, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch joins Thom Hartmann. Put down that fork! Do you now what’s REALLY on your dinner plate? Well – it’s becoming increasingly difficult for you to find out and there may be very little our lawmakers can do about it. Do you know what’s in your dinner? Chances are…you probably don’t. That’s because recent rulings by the World Trade Organization have made it harder and harder for Americans to know if what they’re eating is safe – and exactly where it came from.
For example – last month – the the WTO struck down a law passed by Congress and signed by the President in 2008 had required labels on all meat so that we know what country the cattle was born, raised, and slaughtered in. Think about that for a second – laws passed by our elected Representatives are being struck down by foreign bureacrats and corporations through the World Trade Organization. Also this year – the WTO struck down dolphin-safe tuna labels – arguing that it would do economic harm to foreign fishing fleets that slaughter dolphins in the process of catching tuna. So why is this? Why is it suddenly illegal for us to know more about what’s in the food we eat? And why are we as a nation bending at the will of the WTO?
By Vanessa Carr
or decades, animal activists have gone undercover to take jobs inside large-scale livestock farms in order to document conditions for farm animals that they say are routinely inhumane. Their hidden camera footage has resulted in criminal charges against owners and workers, plant shutdowns, and after one at a California slaughterhouse in 2008, the largest meat recall in U.S. history.
But these images could soon be made illegal. Legislation pending in five states — Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and New York — would criminalize the actions of activists who covertly film farms. Proponents of the various pieces legislation say that their proposed laws would lead to beneficial consequences, including the protection of such farms from potential terrorist infiltration (preserving the integrity of the food supply) and espionage; the prevention of images that mislead consumers; as well as regulating the job application process to circumvent potential employees from lying in order to be hired. See the legal assault on animal-abuse whistleblowers.
These so-called “ag-gag” bills have ignited a national debate about undercover videos and have raised concerns about free speech and journalists’ and whistleblowers’ ability to report on the farming industry.
TIME traveled to Iowa, the nation’s leading producer of eggs and pork and the first state to propose a ban on undercover videos, with one former investigator for a rare glimpse at how these videos are made and why they are so controversial.
eggs, pork, industrial,