Daily Archives: June 18, 2009

Do trends to local and organic scare big ag into food safety legislation backlash?

We’ll start with an excerpt from a recent post on David E. Gumpert’s The Complete Patient blog titled “When Politics are Allowed to Interfere with Professionals’ Judgement and the Growing Move to Local Foods, Watch Out“:

Sidebar: Are the Arcturians trying to tell us theres still hope with this Phoenix image crop circle, one of the latest designs. Photo Steve Alexander.

Are the Arcturians trying to tell us there's still hope with this Phoenix image crop circle, one of the latest designs. Photo Steve Alexander.

“….When it comes to food safety, unfortunately, the professionals are being subverted. I want to assume that most of the food safety professionals at New York’s Department of Agriculture and Markets want to do a good job of overseeing raw milk production in that state. But people with political agendas are subverting these professionals–perhaps to keep money from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration flowing into the state, or for some other political reason. I am sure if you got a few of these professionals into a private discussion, without fear of retaliation from their superiors, they would confirm that.

As Steve Bemis points out in a comment following my previous post, the subversion of professional behavior isn’t limited to regulation of raw milk in New York. It is part of a much bigger problem: the politicization of the rapidly expanding interest in locally-produced food, under the guise of food safety.

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