Save the Farmer's Market - The Lumberjack - Editorial: "The U.S. Senate passed Senate Bill 510, the 'FDA Food Safety Modernization Act' last week. This bill amends the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act by introducing more thorough inspections, new regulations and higher food safety standards. While the bill is meant to save us from contaminated food, what it really does is create red-tape for small farmers and barriers of entry for those hoping to become farmers.
If the bill becomes a law, it will deem any small-time farmer at the local market as a Community-Supported Agriculture supplier who must buy a license, have their farm approved for production and be subjected to random inspections. All food producers will have to submit a registration form to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and then renew that registration on every even-numbered year."