Organic Livestock and Poultry Welfare Practices: A Blessing or a Curse?
Growing the Organic Market
Friday, February 3
The organic community has discussed which best practices for livestock and poultry production should be built into the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations for many years. Canada and the European Union already have very specific requirements in their regulations for outdoor access, space, and housing. Finally, in 2016 the NOP released a proposed rule that will require major changes for some organic livestock and poultry producers both large and small. This session will explore the benefits and challenges of the requirements for producers as well as the impact on retail and consumer purchasing. The panel will address the question of whether these additional requirements will grow the organic market or will cost and competition drive producers and consumers to other production claims, such as local, grass-fed, free-range and animal welfare certified.
Speakers: Andy Wilcox, Director of Operations, Wilcox Farms; Dave Carter, Executive Director, National Bison Association