Originally Posted by betterthanabox
Visit my blog for more info, the senate passed a bill last night that puts Homeland Security in charge of farming. Some are saying that it is going to kill the family farm, others are saying that it will drive the cost of food way up, and there are thoughts that GMOs will be very common on our shelves.
The bill you reference has not yet been ratified by the house and while there has been mention of this bill in the terms that you reference, reading the actual bill
reveals that Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., offered an amendment exempting most local food providers and small farmers from new federal regulations as long as the growers complied with local rules and their produce was not connected to active outbreaks of illness.
The Senate accepted the amendment and approved the overall bill 73 to 25 on Tuesday. The House must approve it, either outright or through conference committee and the President must sign it before it becomes law. There ars still parliamentary issues with this bill as well.
We are a long way from actual law on this and there are still many changes to be made. Most would agree that the FDA needs an assist. Without the legal clout to back up current regs and funding to meet current guidelines they have become fairly ineffective. All the while we have a food supply system that is showing increasing signs of instability.
It should be interesting to watch this evolve and in the meantime we can help by holding our local suppliers (grocers, etc) more accountable for good handling practices. Market demand can help impact suppliers practices - witness the upsurge of 'green grocers' and specialty grocery stores. Stay safe, eat well and ... wash yer lettuce