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.