This just in from the Redwood Peace and Justice Center. I was surprised that Paul Cienfuegos and the others would be troubled by this. I thought food regulation was a Lefty thing. Maybe I should pay more attention to their announcements in the future?
More troubling news from Washington. Please forward widely.
What this will do is force anyone who produces food of any kind, and then transports it to a different location for sale, to register with a new federal agency called the "Food Safety Administration." Even growers who only sell only fruit and/or vegetables at farmers markets would not only have to register, but they would be subject inspections by federal agents of their property and all records related to food production. The frequency of these inspections will be determined by the whim of the Food Safety Administration. Mandatory "safety" records would have to be kept. Anyone who fails to register and comply with all of this nonsense could be facing a fine of up to $1,000,000 per violation.
I've bought food at several farmers markets for years and I have yet to meet any vendors who are fond of the government. I think it's pretty safe to say that most vendors at farmers markets won't go along with this. The problem will be that the people who run the farmers markets will be forced to make sure that vendors are "registered" with the government.
Is this Change we can believe in? Maybe it is for Obama's Secretary of Agriculture, Tom "I Fly with Monsanto" Vilsack.
For the rest of us, this is a nightmare.