Guest Blog - Cornucopia Institute - Supporting Viable Federal Oversight over Corporate Agribusiness - Local/Organic Farming: Part of the Solution, Not Part of the Problem!
... which addresses the proposed legislation intended to improve the food safety system.
There was a part I found unsettling:
"Some small-scale farmers, including members of the Amish community, will find mandatory electronic record keeping requirements onerous and should be able to access alternatives, or be exempted due to scale."Some small-scale farmers "should be exempted due to scale?"
In the popular Reading Terminal Market (shown) in downtown Philadelphia is a stall run by Amish (to use your example). As a consumer, how do I know, and should I care, that a tomato or a carton of eggs from a bin at the Amish stall was exempted from meeting requirements that a tomato or carton of eggs from a bin at the stall 50 feet away had to meet?What do you think? Do you think small food producers should be exempt from regulation?
I think ... When you choose to sell a product, you agree to the terms that selling entails. And there should be basic* terms that apply to everyone who chooses to sell food.
When you choose to drive a car, you agree to get a license and to demonstrate knowledge of driving and basic traffic laws. We don't exempt someone from licensure if they say they don't drive very much.
* As you pointed out, minimum food safety standards could include "manure use, water quality, employee hygiene, sanitation and animal control, temperature controls, and nutrients on the farm."