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Excerpt: "But now we come to one of the most contentious questions surrounding the bill: At what cost? Meaning, are S. 510's measures so onerous to small farmers and producers as to put them out of business ... and thus limit the choices available to us eaters?"

File photo, pigs on a small farm New York State, 06/15/09. (photo: Farm Camp)
File photo, pigs on a small farm New York State, 06/15/09. (photo: Farm Camp) your social media marketing partner


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0 # MyKisa 2010-11-21 12:32
growing control, growing problems and a growing government that is successful at doing only one thing....growin g
0 # kamala 2010-11-21 13:17
I read this useful discussion and wrote a comment that addressed the complexity of issues and introduced enviro concerns, staying w/i the symbol counter's limit, however, when sending I was told my comment was too long. How do the progressive forces expect to make any headway if we can't communicate in any depth?
+2 # csanders 2010-11-21 14:45
Although I am a proponent of effective and strong regulation there remains one essential reason to suppport the Tester Amendment. That is, without the amendment, large scale business will exert lobbying influence in the FDA rulemaking process and thereby impede or eliminate competetion from small scale agriculture.
0 # GeraldT 2010-11-21 17:15
See? Here's exactly why the Republicans took back power. Progressives are fighting over scale and the Republicans are simply saying: dump the entire FDA, forget this one bill! So much easier for the clueless hordes to remember in sound bites.

The surface innocence of Republican claims continues to amaze me. It's like the world and all its people are totally honest and harmless. After all, no red-blooded (or red state) company would purposely sell tainted food to the public just to make a higher profit, right? I mean, they would never take advantage of their fellow citizens like that, right? And besides, if some tainted food did get out and someone dies, it's their own fault for not being having full coverage health insurance and reaching a medical facility in time, right? A law suit, you say? Why, that's a good idea - you say my food poisoned your husband, but without a third party like the FDA to back you up that's slander against my company, lady, and my paid experts swear my products are top rate. Thank you to your family for their entire net worth - and we'll be taking your husband's fancy grave stone to resell, too, by the way.
0 # Rick Levy 2010-11-21 19:51
The bottom line is food safety, period. Do whatever it takes to protect the American public from further outbreaks of food borne illness.
0 # Jody B. 2010-11-22 00:53
Quoting Rick Levy:
The bottom line is food safety, period. Do whatever it takes to protect the American public from further outbreaks of food borne illness.

So, do you think we should all be made to eat "safe" McPlastic food? No thanks! I'll take my chances with small scale organic farmers.

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