Vilsack says Prop 12 could cause chaos in the marketplace

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says California’s Proposition 12 law could create some serious concerns for agricultural producers.

“When each state has the ability to define for itself and for its consumers, exactly what farming techniques or practices are appropriate, it does create the possibility of 50 different sets of rules and regulations.”

During a House Ag Committee hearing Wednesday, he said Congress needs to find a way to act soon on the issue.

“I’m not sure that this Congress is going to be able to pass legislation, with due respect, but I would suggest that if we don’t take this issue seriously, we’re going to have chaos in the marketplace.”

Vilsack said there are currently no laws or regulations preventing other states from implementing similar measures.

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