Following Up: Farms

Friday, April 03, 2009

The issue of how new food safety legislation would affect farms came up earlier this week. Patty Lovera, assistant director of Food & Water Watch, clears up some misunderstandings about the Food Safety Modernization Act.


Patty Lovera

Comments [4]

Bernard Klevickas from Astoria

Would this have an impact on Community Gardens?
from a member of Two Coves Community Garden

Apr. 03 2009 11:57 AM
Stephen from scarsdale

If read while on air, what does your guest have to say about inconsistencies of farms under a CAFO. For an environmental class on watersheds in college, we visited a farm which practiced no till farming, and has great farming practices, but is getting sued for not having nitrogen detectors, where as some smaller farms, not under a CAFO, can get away with cramming their cows into a cement cage, and have no regulation what so ever?

Apr. 03 2009 11:52 AM
Norman from Manhattan

Ask her about the bar codes.

One regulation would require farmers to put tags with bar codes on every animal, and track them from farm to supermarket.

On the one hand, that would make it possible to track contaminated food very quickly.

On the other hand, small farmers are complaining that they would have to run after every chicken and tag them, and it would be prohibitively expensive for them.

Are there exceptions for small farms? Should there be?

Apr. 03 2009 11:50 AM

A few other questions --

Country of origin on raw and processed goods (what is the original language of those Keebler elves? When and where were those Halloween candies produced?)

Date of manufacture/harvest (as opposed to "sell by" dates as on eggs, which reflects at least 8 weeks from harvest?)

"No hormones or antibiotics in this cow" -- does that mean the cow never underwent such treatment during its life -- or simply that these drugs were not present in chemical postmorem testing (or milk)?

Apr. 03 2009 11:45 AM

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