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Will price of food increase with new food safety bill?

Posted December 1, 2010

With the passing of the new food safety bill, there is debate about whether the price of food will increase as producers may have to pass on the higher cost of increased regulation. Click the link in the box to read an interesting article about how the new bill may affect us as consumers.

There is also a concern that smaller farmers are not going to be held to the same safety standards as larger farmers.  Farmers making less than $500,000 per year are exempt.  If that is the case, how do we know if our food is being handled as safely as possible?

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Any thoughts?


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  • Oxymoron02 Dec 1, 2010

    Nancy, check out and look for CSAs. Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) can be a lot more convenient than trips to the farmers market, often having pick up locations much closer to you, or being willing to create one near you if they get enough consumers to justify a new location.

    The exemption for small producers doesn't worry me AT ALL. In fact, I think 500k is too low a ceiling for an exemption. Small producers tend to flourish by word of mouth, and if a friend is raving about the quality of the product and has had no issues, that's a vote of confidence. I've also NEVER been told by a small producer that I couldn't come out and see their operation in action. Try asking to see inside a facility run by a big corporation, I'd wish you best of luck.

    If you haven't watched "Food Inc" rent it NOW. If you haven't read any of Joel Salatin's books, start with "Everything I want to do is illegal." Really.

  • Nancy Dec 1, 2010

    I see this bill raising food costs from the large producers, naturally. There has never been an increase in federal regulations on any industry (private corporations) that was not passed onto the consumer.

    However, having said that, what I would hope would happen is the smaller local growers would start working with local grocery stores to market their products to the local consumer.

    While I love the farmer's market, it is not always easy to make the time to swing out there. If those local farmers were to make some sort of deal with a local store or two, everyone would win!

    If the costs went up to be able to distribute to local grocery stores, I think the trade off would not exceed what large produce manufacturers would be charging and I would prefer to buy "locally grown" anyway.