Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Senator Gillabrand to White House: “We Can’t Afford to Outsource Dairy Production”

As the Obama Administration creates a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that could potentially include more dairy imports from New Zealand, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today urged the White House to consider New York's dairy economy before outsourcing any dairy needs to other countries, according to a press release from the Senator's office.

“Especially given that the U.S. dairy industry is currently facing a protracted pricing crisis, an improperly crafted deal could deal a severe blow to the industry. I am especially concerned about the long-term national security implications of losing our ability to produce food here at home. We cannot outsource our dairy production to the lowest global bidder without risking the safety of our health and our local economies,” wrote Senator Gillibrand in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

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