The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
I would have posted an article from the hill regarding this but the forum rules require that my thread title be the same title as the source I choose. I know what happens to threads that have boring thread titles. Nobody posts in them. "Yawn, boring. *marks read*". As far as I can tell, the bill isn't stagnant. It still has legs. Senate Strikes Bipartisan Agreement on Food Safety
It looks to me like it's just more regulations, more paper work, more government intervention to stifle the free market. If it passes costs will necessarily sky rocket. There's nothing I saw that exempts small farmers who sell at farmers markets etc. or those who sell/share with friends and family. Nanny state business as usual.
What did we do before we had the FDA. Oh, I know. We made sure our food was good and safe because we needed repeat customers. The free market can't work without customers, competetion and a good product.
I'm sure their are some good ideas in it. However, as with most the crap laws we pass, they wouldn't be necessary if we just ENFORCED the ones we already have.
When I see the word "security" and "safety" in any bill, it gives me pause.
Just because the bill doesn't specifically say that they're going to come out and shut down community gardens, doesn't mean that the wording of this law can't be twisted to accomplish just that. The corporate food industry has been actively trying to shut down community gardens in big cities for more than a decade now, and also place restrictions on home-grown food making it to public spaces.
I can just see the corporate powers salivating over this one. The danger of food is coming from corporate agriculture, not community gardens that grow organic. No one has ever gotten listeria from eating a home grown tomato.
The number of food inspections done by the government in the U.S. has dropped sharply from a decade ago. Why are regulators becoming more and more hesitant to enforce sanitation and testing laws on corporate agriculture?
This is just another bill to give industry the license to come down on individuals.
just read the summary
does not appear to do what the OP indicated
return to your home gardens in peace