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Food Modernization Act-for crying out loud...

Posted 11/5/2013 6:24am by Stacey Roussel.

One of the members of our CSA wrote this letter to the FDA as commentary on their proposed regulation.  Jill has a very good understanding of the work I do, and why it matters.  Her letter touched me, and I asked to share it with you.

If you have time to comment here is a great link that explains how...http://farmandranchfreedom.org/alert-fda-comments-food-safety-regulations/#action

 

 

I am a high school teacher, childbirth educator, and mom to five. I have been keenly interested in the health of children, my own and others, since I was pregnant with my first child and realized that that baby inside me truly was made of what I ate. Since that time, I have devoted a large portion of my time and energy researching proper nutrition--nutrition that has stood the test of time and that has been passed down for generations.

 

The farm bill in question here has so many problems, it is hard to express the anguish I feel.  Our basic freedom to seek and obtain food as we see best for our selves and families is being threatened. The actual availability of real, nutrient-rich food will diminish as small farms are unable to cope with the additional administrative demands. Small-scale farms, ones like the CSA farm I am a member of, will be regulated out of business.  

 

I will leave the finer problems of the bill for farm groups to attack. I trust that they can cover the topics better than I can, but please hear me as a mother and consumer.

 

In my years of experience buying through CSAs and farmer’s markets, I have never met a grower who does not daily consume her own food and feed it to her family. Through countless conversations, I’ve listened to the passion with which these growers work tirelessly to respect the natural processes, enrich the biology of their soil, and keep their farms as toxin-free as possible. I trust my locally farm-raised produce, meat, eggs, milk, and honey far more than any product from the grocery store. I am excited by the rich colors, flavors, and freshness that come from their fields. My kids eat more vegetables than most kids I know because they have visited the farm where their food grows and felt the joy of pulling a carrot up by its roots.

 

In societies, agricultural traditions don’t come about by ignorance, but usually through sound practice.  Too often, food trends come and go (think of the failed food pyramid and the trans fat fiasco). As thinking humans, we are tempted to think that we can design/engineer foods and food production to be healthier when we assign plans, formulas, and regulations.  We’ve all seen the old infant formula ads touting formula as nutritionally superior to breast milk. We created the dust storm of the 1930s when we tried to short-cut production. Chemicals kill the natural biology of the soil, thereby creating the need for more chemicals. Genetically modified foods are being rejected all over the world as they prove deleterious to animals and people.  Not surprisingly, it turns out that the more we respect the natural balance of the earth through traditional, sustainable practices, the better the results. Small farms already know this. What disaster are we asking for next by ridding the country of traditional farms and the farmers who possess farming wisdom?

 

The FDA believes that by regulating and controlling our food production, our food will be healthier. This is simply wrong, and is an agenda pushed by large farming corporations with significant financial interests in controlling the food supply. It ignores the safety problems inherent in large-scale food production. It denies communities control over their own food choices. This leaves the consumer completely out of the loop and at the mercy of the interests of politicians and appointees. It denies our intelligence in choosing what we see best for our families to consume.

 

Finally, I find it deeply ironic that when the First Lady has set an example by planting an organic garden on the White House lawn, the FDA seeks to prevent growers and consumers from benefitting from community-based farming.  

 

If you hear anything at all, please hear this: I am a mother and I choose locally grown agricultural products because they are BEST for my family. I do not need any governmental agency determining what is fit for my family and me to eat. I am simply appalled that these choices are being threatened.

 

Sincerely,

Jill Thaxton


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