[Market-farming] Market-farming GAP

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Sat Sep 16 14:33:42 EDT 2006


<p>While bagging surely exacerbates the problem, the problem didn't originate there. Safe handling of manure is critical. Sanitation among harvesters and handlers is also critical. Another example of how mega-farming broadens risk to greater numbers of consumers, whether conventional or organic.</p><p>Bill Shoemaker</p><p>Univ of Illinois</p><p>&gt; &gt; &gt; It appears the problem is in bagging moist greens in airtight bags, an &gt; obvious invitation to pathogen growth, rather than safe use of manure in &gt; the field. &gt; &gt; paul tradingpost at lobo.net &gt; Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes. &gt; --Henry David Thoreau &gt; *********** REPLY SEPARATOR *********** &gt; &gt; On 9/15/2006 at 7:54 PM road's end farm wrote: &gt; &gt; &gt;On Sep 15, 2006, at 1:58 PM, nancy a parker wrote: &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;&gt; &gt; &gt;&gt; Will these rules apply to the Farm Market producers also? \Our market &gt; &gt;&gt; just got in the WIC program so I assume certification!
  will be required? &gt; &gt;&gt; Nancy, Sulphur Hill Farm garden &gt; &gt;&gt; _______________________________________________ &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;The WIC program (I think you mean the FMNP coupons, which at least in &gt; &gt;New York are available both through WIC and to many senior citizens) is &gt; &gt;a different sort of thing entirely. As far as I know GAP certification &gt; &gt;isn't required for this, or for any farmer's market sales. &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;I coordinate FMNP for our market, and am on New York's Ag and Market &gt; &gt;mailing list for this; so I think I would know if they were requiring &gt; &gt;it. I'll post on the list (after I bounce off the ceiling) if they tell &gt; &gt;me it's necessary. &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;That said, wash your hands and test your produce wash water. It's a &gt; &gt;good idea. &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;Sure wish I had some spinach to sell right now -- it would be a great &gt; &gt;chance for one version of the why-to-buy-locally-grown rap. So!
 mebody &gt; &gt;somewhere in the mass market food system didn't wash t
heir hands or &gt; &gt;didn't test the wash water and now there are people sick in eight &gt; &gt;states and the headlines are telling everybody not to eat bagged &gt; &gt;spinach. They don't know where the contaminated spinach came from, at &gt; &gt;least so far; only organic growers have to do audit trail. (Sigh.) &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt;-- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly &gt; &gt;Fresh-market organic produce, small scale &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; &gt; _______________________________________________ &gt; Market-farming mailing list &gt; Market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org &gt; http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/market-farming &gt; &gt; </p>
William H. Shoemaker
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
St Charles Horticulture Research Center
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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