The public relations struggle to define commercial farms. This Chipotle ad is getting rave reviews and could be going viral.
I don't think we have good responses to counter these images. And passing ag-gag laws is really a step in the wrong direction IMHO.
Meanwhile, the GMO battle I declared over seems very much alive.
Four of the world’s largest chemical corporations currently use some of Kauai’s best agricultural lands to test their new pesticide and GMO technologies. Kauai residents are concerned about the impacts of this industry on the island, and through “Right to Know” Bill 2491 are seeking basic information to ensure that the community is protected.Bill 2491 would also establish buffer zones between pesticide application and schools, hospitals, residential areas and waterways, mandate that a health and environmental study be conducted to better understand the impacts of the agro-chemical/GMO industry on the island, and put a temporary halt on expansion of the industry while the study is being conducted. [More]
The real difficulty is the ideological argument here. Farmers want to maximize individual rights, and that's exactly what these GMO opponents are advocating. Forcing others to accept products because "we" or the government know what's good for them would never get a favorable reaction from farmers. It's the climate change position in reverse.
This is also part and parcel of the devolvement of government action to the local level as state and federal regulation becomes less effective. For a tiny minority like farmers, supporting federal overrides is a really bad strategy.
We've played fast and loose with science and thus enabled this kind of resistance. Actually, if GM companies and users are successful, I would be troubled by the implications for their own consumer rights. If we can force our views on others do we really thing it won't happen to us?