I was reading an interesting article in the American Vegetable Grower. It was pertaining to food safety concerns and possible new rules. There was some concern from the large "factory" farms that the same rules should apply to all. This is crazy! I can understand some rules could apply to both; however, most family farms are no where near the scale of these huge farms. With the exception of the few farms involved in the raw milk issue, to my knowledge there have never been any family farms that had to recall produce. It seems that these huge farms are the ones causing the problem. I believe in the method of don't fix it unless its broken.
The third party audits that they want every farm to have done would put most family farms out of business. We sell to a produce distributor that will require it in the coming year or so. Currently we are at the point of deciding on how much it will cost us to meet these somewhat ridiculous standards. There was one lady, I forget from where, that was quoted saying that everyone should buy produce from the supermarket anyway. How crazy is this. Farmers markets have long been the backbone of bringing fresh produce into the community. I just don't understand this liberal thinking. Not to divulge too much into politics but when will all this regulation stop? America will soon no longer be the land of the free but will become the land of regulations. One day maybe we can get back to the times when people decided what was best for them not a bunch of poorly elected bureaucrats.
The Discovery had a show on the other night that said its estimated that the current world population will have doubled by 2040. I believe not only this country but the world in general is in for a rude awakening. Farming has been on the decline for a long time now and that will have to change in order for all of our survival. I am damn proud to be a 5th generation farmer and wouldn't have it any other way. Sorry for the vent, I'm just dead tired of all the crap that these other groups give us.