|Our View: Food safety rules would hurt small Maine farms|
Portland Press Herald - 8/21/2013. Editorial - Regulations designed to stop contamination in huge factory farms don't make sense here. The vast fields of strawberries in California and spinach in Arizona bear little resemblance to the small family farms of Maine. But federal regulations proposed to limit foodborne illness treat them too similarly, and would put undue strain on small businesses that have been a Maine success story in the last decade.
|A Note from Joel Salatin|
The Cornucopia Institute - 8/21/2013. Why do we need more farmers? What is the driving force behind USDA policy? In an infuriating epiphany I have yet to metabolize, I found out Wednesday in a private policy-generation meeting with Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McCauliffe. I did and still do consider it a distinct honor for his staff to invite me as one of the 25 dignitaries in Virginia Agriculture for this think-tank session in Richmond.
|Feds get an earful from Pingree, farmers on new food safety rules|
Bangor Daily News - 8/20/2013. By Mario Moretto - Proposed regulations for fruit and vegetable producers would cripple Maine’s small farms and cause many to close, according to farmers speaking Monday to federal officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.