Is Our Well Meaning Congress Preparing the Hangman’s Noose for America’s Small Farmers?
So-called food safety legislation may spell doom for our small farmers, farmers markets, farm buying clubs, and CSA’s. Food safety may seem like a laudable goal in this day of massive food recalls and e-coli-scares. But, I contend that our government is ill equipped to keep our food safe, and giving it more power and control over our farmers is not the answer. After listening to Pete Kennedy’s radio interview, I fear that the only hope for a safe and sound food supply are the local farmers–just the ones who will be most hurt by the increase in regulations. The massive food recalls we have seen in the last few years stem from mega farms and highly processed food products, not our local farms. In fact, these recalls demonstrate the unsustainability of our centralized, industrialized food supply. Congress, instead of fostering the local foods movement, wants to put a heavy regulatory burden on all farms, as though they were all alike. Those of us buying from local farms know there is a hu