Posted on behalf of David Trumble..
Dear LD Community,
We are offering the following five draft resolutions (in no particular order) for your consideration.
Please send us any comments or suggestions that you might have on the wording, grammar, directionality, scope, or any other relevant aspects. You can write to me or any member of the committee. All comments will be shared with everyone on the committee.
We ask that your comments be sent to us by March 20th.
A couple of notes:
1. We have already received five comments from members of the community this year. These comments were all very helpful and did help guide us in crafting these resolutions. We hope to receive a number of comments again at this stage of the process.
2. We are planning to include two periods for public comment as regular parts of the topic committee work in the future. We will include: (a) a period for public comment as soon as the topic area is announced, and then (b) a period for public comment on a slate of draft resolutions. If you would like to comment on that process, please feel free to do so while it is fresh in all of our minds.
3. As for agriculture topics not on this list. We have considered a number of other topic areas and chose not to make them stand-alone topics. For example, NFA debated GMOs ten years ago and NFA also debated biofuels (under the renewable energy topic) just a few years ago. These topics are certainly important agriculture issues and may be debated within one or more of these five topic areas, but we chose not to make them sole or stand-alone topic areas. Also, NDT had a topic a couple of years ago calling for the elimination or near-elimination of subsidies to one or more of a very long list of agricultural sectors. We chose not to duplicate that topic. We hope that this process will produce a topic for NFA 2012-13 that is interesting, fair to both affirmative and negative, and offers new and unique ground for debate.
The USFG should substantially increase regulation, including the potential
prohibition, of one or more fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and/or
fungicides used for food production in the United States.
The USFG should substantially reduce subsidies to one or more of the following
crops: Corn, Soy, and/or Wheat.
The USFG should substantially increase support for the domestic production
and/or consumption of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and/or dairy products.
The USFG should substantially increase regulation of animal factory farms in the
The USFG should substantially increase support for organic and/or sustainable
agriculture in the United States.
Also, one last thing. There are definitions of the phrase “factory farm.” You will find two of them here. This list is not meant to be definitive nor exhaustive, but just to clarify that it is not a colloquial phrase outside of the literature base:
1. Encarta® World English Dictionary
farm using intensive methods: a farm where animals are raised on a large scale
using intensive methods and modern equipment
2. Collins Dictionary http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/factory+farming
a farm in which animals are bred and fattened using modern industrial methods
If you prefer an alternative word or phrase for this particular phrase, or any other word or phrase, please include a definition or two (along with their URL).
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