March 19th, 2011 by Alicia Calzada and tagged Access, farm workers, first amendment, food safety, law, national press photographers association, newspapers, photography, photojournalism, ufw, united farm workers, video
According to the Florida Independent, the Florida Farm Photography Bill was brought at the behest of a large egg producing corporation, Simpson Farms.
An Associate Press article also talks about the origins of the bills, stating that the author of the Iowa bill is Republican Rep. Annette Sweeney, is “a rancher from the north-central Iowa town of Alden.”
It is important to note that the Iowa House has already passed the bill. So photographers in Iowa need to contact their senators (a similar bill is pending in the Senate) and their governor to block this law.
I wanted to also note, that while much of the attention has been focused on treatment of animals, this bill would also affect exposes on illegal immigrants working on farms, safety issues related to farm workers, and violations of safety regulations related to food handling.