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