Thursday, July 5, 2012

WTO Rules against Mandatory COOL for Meat

It turns out that the World Trade Organization (WTO) doesn’t think you need to know where your food comes from, and Uncle Sam isn’t standing up for your rights.

That’s right; according to the WTO the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) laws put into place by the United States in 2002 are a “barrier” to trade. The laws— designed to help American consumers know where their food was coming from— originally required fresh pork, beef and lamb (not processed meats) to be properly labeled with the country of origin. The laws were later expanded to include certain fruits, nuts and vegetables. However, it seems that the WTO doesn’t really think that knowing where your food comes from is as important as helping Canadian and Mexican beef companies, as well as big U.S. beef importers achieve higher profits.

Now don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against Canadian or Mexican beef, provided the beef is organically and humanely raised and grass-fed, but that’s not the point here.  The point is that we don’t need more bureaucrats protecting the interests of Big Beef ahead of consumers…and that goes double for foreign bureaucrats imposing profit protection for foreign beef companies over our own citizens.

Shouldn’t Uncle Sam have our back on this?