Monday, February 6, 2012

Poultry veil of secrecy

Ontario's main poultry marketing boards have adopted a policy of secrecy for the most interesting portions of their annual meetings.

The chicken, turkey and egg boards all hold "members-only" sessions during which they discuss anything remotely controversial.

It is, for example, where farmers ask all of their pointed questions or make their critical comments.

The "open" portion of the meetings are totally bland, designed more to extol the virtues of supply management and paint rosy pictures.

This is, of course, designed only to keep reporters out since the companies directly involved in supply management all have staff or loyal suppliers in the closed sessions.