While I am all for improved food safety in this country, especially with the recent egg salmonella scare , the current food safety bill that has been working its way through Congress is a step in the wrong direction.
– It has the potential to kill organic, local and community food production. The rules and bureaucracy would make it impossible for the little guys to compete.
As it is now, many small organic farmers choose to avoid or unable to afford the certification process because of the cost and red tape.
– It is endorsed by “industry”. Anything that is endorsed by industry is something that I am very wary of. After you watch the movie Food, Inc., you’ll see that the industry is the problem.
– There is a section of the bill that allows the Secretary to keep provisions of the bill secret. Yes, secret! This is due to national security reasons.
– After the debacle with genetically-engineered salmon, I don’t trust the FDA to do the right thing when it comes to protecting the integrity of organic.
The FDA has demonstrated that its interests are more aligned with major ag than providing clean, healthy food for its citizens.
Fortunately, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has put a delay to the passage of the bill for several reasons.
Yes, I want to have safer food in this country. No doubt about it. There is absolutely no reason that people should die as a result of the food that we are eating. The current system must improve.
However, organic is not the problem. Organic did not cause the egg salmonella scare. Organic does not raise animals in the worst conditions possible that increase the chances for problems.
And, organic should be adequately protected in whatever food safety bill we approve. Right now, it is not
If you’ve seen the movie Food, Inc., you know exactly what I am talking about. If you haven’t seen it, please do so.