>From: DWallinga@nrdc.org (David Wallinga)
>Subject: Farm Bureau Critique & Attachment
>Subject: American Farm Bureau Federation Article
>The American Farm Bureau Federation
>The Voice of American Agriculture?
>The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) calls itself the "Voice of
>Agriculture." Critics call the AFBF the "Voice of American Agribusiness".
>all the predators loose in the meat packing and food production panopolies of
>today - many maintain the Farm Bureau grossly misrepresents themselves as the
>In the words of Rodger Slickheisen, President of Defenders of Wildlife, "They
>(the AFBF) are simply an insurance and agribusiness giant, that doesn't
>represent the views even of its own members, and they have ridden rough shod
>over farmers and rural Americans for too long. Their constant attacks on
>air, clean water, and wildlife restoration projects serve to illustrate
>off base they are from most American farmers."
>Defenders of Wildlife published an informative article about the Farm
>their November of 1998. Entitled Farm "Bureau vs. Nature". This article, by
>journalist Vicki Monks, takes an interesting look at the Farm Bureau's unique
>non-profit tax status, their elusive business and insurance structure, and
>of their policies.
>This three part article is now available at Defenders Website at:
>Be sure and check out all three parts of this enlightening article & feel
>to forward this to a friend.
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