[Market-farming] Squash bug control

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at illinois.edu
Mon Nov 2 09:07:25 EST 2009


I think it's more complicated than that. The Feds are responding to consumer fears about food safety, whether farms are small or big. One of the recent food safety scares was over contaminated spnach in a field where no manure was used. The source has been narrowed down to possible overhead flight of flocks of birds that had visited beef feedlots nearby. How do farms, small or big, control that kind of risk? Perhaps if we had more localized farming at a scale that would allow more people to farm we could get away from the risk to larger numbers of people from one contamination. But then we'd need to be able to produce reliably and in sufficient quantities near the eastern population centers year-round. We're not there yet, particularly when cheap petroleum keeps transportation costs low.

Bill


>You are absolutely right, if we need to keep a an absolute dead zone around
>every place vegetables are grown just because large corperate farms can't
>keep their act clean, the whole planet is doomed.  No small farmer has ever
>caused a recall of fresh vegetables because of E. Coli or any other
>bacterial disease.  The government needs the new food safety regulations for
>the factory farms, not for the farmer who is out tending his crops every
>day.  Organic gets confused one from the other because of government
>regulation.
William H Shoemaker, UI-Crop Sciences
Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
St Charles Horticulture Research Center
535 Randall Road  St Charles, IL  60174
630-584-7254; FAX-584-4610



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