Washington, D.C. — The Trump Administration is proposing to withdraw final ruling on regulations that would require organic egg factories to provide their hens with outdoor space to graze, NPR reports.
The proposed Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP), which fall with the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, were finalized at the end of the Obama administration.
Currently, organic rules require animals to have access to outdoor grazing. However, big egg producers hold tens of thousands of hens in houses that only have access to the outdoors through small enclosed porches, rather than pastures. The finalized rules at the end of the Obama administration deemed these porches inadequate.
Large egg-producing companies and some non-organic farm groups fought these rules, viewing them as a threat. The Trump administration plans to withdraw the regulations because they exceed the statutory authority of the USDA, according to NPR.
Organic advocates reacted to the Trump administration’s regulations with outrage. The Organic Trade Association denounced the move and will fight to reverse it in court.
“Integrity of organics must stay strong. The standards can’t be watered down for the industry to thrive,” said Jeff Huckaby, president of Grimmway Farms.