Make Our Food Safe

"Federal safety standards would help small farms"

Supermarket News | Matthew Enis


"In the summer of 2009, I wrote a column in this space arguing that pending federal food safety legislation should exempt small farmers from many of the new rules that may soon apply to large agribusiness operations. Admittedly, food that's contaminated on a small farm can make a person just as sick as food grown by an international company, but small growers who sell their crops locally don't have the scale to cause a national outbreak that threatens thousands of people. New legislation should recognize this reduced risk and essentially let these small independents off the hook.

During the past 15 months, my views on this issue have changed considerably..."

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