A far-reaching food safety bill that could give the government more power to prevent foodborne illnesses has become a target of advocates for buying food produced locally. They worry the legislation’s safety requirements could force small farms out of business. The opposition of these “locavores” – advocates for buying food directly from the farm or closer to home – and owners of small farms has become a sticking point in the Senate, which was to vote Wednesday on whether to consider the bill. Supporters will need 60 votes to proceed on the bill because Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has objected, saying the legislation’s $1.4 billion cost isn’t paid for.
While the bill is designed to give the Food and Drug Administration greater authority over the nation’s food supply, opponents say it could bankrupt some small farms that don’t have the means to comply with new standards the bill would impose. Those standards could include registering food safety plans with the FDA and documenting efforts to show food is not contaminated as it is produced. “It’s going to put a nail in the coffin of our family food producers,” said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., who is planning an amendment to exempt some small farms who market food close to their operations. He says many small farms already comply with state and local regulations to keep food safe.
The 15 power-grabby Republicans who voted for it:
Thanks George, again, for your power grabbing, statist, elitist, spending approach that has screwed Ohio and the nation over the past 20 or so years.
This is but yet another example of how the Dems are seeking to grab power from the states and increase the intrusion of the Federal government on more aspects of your life. And it is disgusting that these "moderate" republicans went along. Will there excuse be "when history calls, history calls?" UGH!
Check out this post from CATO about the whole mess.