Friday, November 30, 2007

USDA proposal on leafy greens

I've received many emails on this issue as well as a comment from Erikka. The USDA is considering a proposal to regulate the growing of leafy greens. The regulations make no sense and will harm small, sustainable farmers. To read more information about this proposal, go here: http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/news_press_release,229965.shtml

The USDA has open comments right now through December 3 on this proposal. You can go here: http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main to make your comments. The comments can be made online, it is quick and easy to do. Click on the 3rd docket from the top.

If anyone knows anything about the top one concerning dairy products I'd be interested in hearing about it.

3 comments:

Pichinde said...

Wow. I just went and read the proposal. It seems to be the same mentality as is prevalent in the livestock industry. Regulate everybody - even the smallest producers whose product goes straight from the market garden to the customer - to prevent an outbreak of a disease that usually only occurs at the mass-produced level...

I feel a bit helpless.

Erikka said...

Thanks for blogging this Christy. I wanted to do that myself and didn't get around to it.

Christy said...

Pichinde - I often feel helpless too with all the stuff going on with our food supply. The best way I've found to combat that feeling is to take action. I write my representatives, make comments during open comment periods and get my food from as many local farmers as possible. As soon as we move, I'll be growing/raising most of our food and that will make me feel a lot better about the whole thing.