Tonight, the Food Safety Bill is supposed to be voted on in Congress, and I just came across this op-ed piece by influential organic food advocates Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser.
Overall, I like what they have to say. The important Tester amendment appears to be in there and much to no one’s surprise, Big Ag thinks that small farmers should not get any exemption. As we all know, Big Ag and their factory farms are the true cause of all of our food problems — not the little guys.
The main issue I have with this legislation (and this op-ed piece) is that it gives the FDA a tremendous amount of power over food manufacturers. In theory, this makes a lot of sense. Having a government body oversee and monitor our food supply is very reasonable.
However, the FDA is so beholden to Big Ag and biotech that I don’t trust they will use their authority in the correct way. I see them cracking down on the little guys while the major food conglomerates remain unscathed. Even if small farmers are exempt from a lot of red tape, the FDA still will have power to harass them. And, that is what makes me nervous.
The FDA needs to prove that it can play fair and make rational decisions when it comes to organic food. Its first test will be to reject the ridiculous GE-salmon debacle that has been proposed. Yet, the FDA is acting in a very shady manner and everything I read makes me think that they are going to approve Franken-Fish.