Sunday, February 23, 2014

Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers

All you Lefty Organic Lovers, welcome your new overlords:  the ones you voted for.

Now, farmers are discovering that the FDA's proposed rules would curtail many techniques that are common among organic growers, including spreading house-made fertilizers, tilling cropland with grazing animals, and irrigating from open creeks.

Suddenly, from small family operations nestled in the foothills of Appalachia to the sophisticated organic-grower networks that serve Los Angeles and San Francisco, the farms that celebrity chefs and food-conscious consumers jostle to buy from are facing an unexpected adversary.

They're fighting back. Even though full enforcement of the rules is still years away, they are warning customers that some farms would have to close.

"They are going to drive farms out of business," said Dave Runsten, policy director for Community Alliance with Family Farmers in Davis, Calif.
And Love this quote: "'At the end of the day, consumers will be paying a little bit more for this. But a few cents here may help avoid a severe illness,' Smith DeWaal says."

Oh yeah!  A few extra pennies.  Sure!  Who are they kidding?

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