[NAFEX] Artisan Farming to Disappear by new ProposedRegulations?

Naomi Counides naomi at oznayim.us
Wed Jun 24 14:55:21 EDT 2009

I have wondered about the foodies also.  I have a personal stake in small
farmstead milk and cheese. Now I am well aware that some people do not care
for their livestock and practice sufficient car (by my standards) in clean
collection of milk.  But they hoot and holler about wanting raw milk.. (and
come to my door wanting me to break the law and take on the liability and
risk of selling to them)  don't you think they would be out there lobbying
for small scale production?  


But the others shopping in Whole Paycheck .. they know food comes in
packages in stores.  Dirt and farmers are not part of the picture.



"Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ
from the prejudices of their social environment.  Most people are even
incapable of forming such opinions." 
 ..... Albert Einstein


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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Kevin Moore
Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 12:45 PM
To: rharrison922 at yahoo.com; North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Artisan Farming to Disappear by new


Every year it seems, small farmers come under threat of extinction either by
ruthless USDA regulation or by direct fire from congress. It seems that
small farmers need a lobby to protect themselves from the so-called farm
lobby that seems only to favor the big industrial guys. Too bad small
farmers have to compete directly with Big AG. Where are all the foodies when
you need them?



From: "rharrison922 at yahoo.com" <rharrison922 at yahoo.com>
To: North American Fruit Explorers <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 6:30:45 AM
Subject: [NAFEX] Artisan Farming to Disappear by new Proposed Regulations?

Hi, folks!

   Many of you may not know that lawmakers now have a bill in committee in
the US House of Representatives that proposes to Federally inspect all food
for sale produced at the farm. A $500 registration fee up front is also
proposed. If passed by the House, it COULD mean that artisan farming could
disappear and fruit and vegetables could no longer be bought at small farms
that couldn't afford the inspection fees. Produce stands could disappear.
All of this would be in the name of food safety.(reminder: produce comes
from foreign countries without any US food safety inspections)

    One link to read more about it is: 




For Farmers and Consumers Defending the Right to Buy and Protecting the 
Right to Sell Nutritious Food Directly from the Farm


You may want to contact your US Representative after reading about it to
urge that there be exceptions for small farms. Contact is needed now BEFORE
the bill gets passed so it can be modified. One link contact your US Rep is:



                                 Richard Harrison, NW FL



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