Climbing Up On My Soapbox

Stories like this one make me want to sit down and cry.  I am not one to make calls to my senators, but this time I’m making an exception.

“Congress needs to solve the real problems – the centralized food distribution system and imported foods – and not regulate our local food sources out of business. S. 510 is a “one-size-fits-all” approach that will unnecessarily burden both farmers and small-scale food processors, ultimately depriving consumers of the choice to buy from producers they know and trust.”

I think of the small family-run farm I drove to today, where I picked up half a cow and a gallon of fresh, raw milk.  I think of the Amish farm in Paradise, PA where I go to buy pastured chickens and old fashioned lard like my great-grandmother cooked with (and she lived right into her 90s, thankyouverymuch.)

I’m glad there are regulations.  But I firmly believe they should be at the local level.

“State and local laws, which are often size-specific rather than one-size-fits-all, are more appropriate for local food producers.”

I want to see small, local farms thrive.  I want to see where my food comes from.  That should not be too much to ask.

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8 Responses

  1. I HAAAAATE that the government can do crap like this. How sold out to big business they are. I just finished reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and I am ready to be on the soapbox as well!!!

  2. Amen. A soapbox is more than called for in this matter. Thanks for speaking up (blogging loudly, I mean)!!

  3. Amen and Amen! I completely agree with you. I’ve been researching local farmers in the area. I’ve found a great place to buy good, healthy, cared-for chicken. Now, I’m looking for dairy and beef.

    Thanks for the posts about this topic. You have been an encouragement and a wealth of information for me on my journey.


  4. Totally agree. I have two girls who are allergic to rBST (the bovine growth hormone that’s in beef and dairy products). It makes them feel like they have food poisoning (I think they really do!) I want to talk to the person who raises the cow I eat.

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