Will Feds Bankrupt Small Farms With Food Safety Rules?
The Good Food Movement is the fastest growing segment of the food industry. People from all walks of life are now actively seeking out local and sustainable food produced by family farmers.
But this movement — which is bringing major health, environmental and economic benefits to tens of millions of Americans — faces an imminent threat from an unexpected source: new food safety regulations, written by the federal government, that if left unchanged would overburden some family farmers to the point that they may go under.
Unfortunately, these new food safety rules being promulgated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may drive some farms out of business because those with less than $500,000 in sales that sell mostly to commercial customers would have to pay four to six percent of their gross revenue to comply with the new regulations. That’s a big nut to crack for small and/or beginning farmers.