Farmers Can Face Prison for Selling Food Directly to Customers

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With the increasing demand for locally grown foods, the FDA has decided to punish farmers distributing their foods through independent shares and leasing arrangements which violate the state and local license that govern the public food sales. These farmers can face prison time for selling foods directly to their customers.

Still, customers insist on purchasing from this alternative due to the foods being free of pesticides and antibiotics. Likewise, they wish to purchase non-processed foods for their families from farmers who treat their animals humanely. Many concerned consumers are already pushing for their towns to legalize this fair and private farmer consuming regulation arguing that the overall benefit of purchasing locally grown foods is not only healthier, but it also reduces global warming and can improve the economy.

Some states, like Massachusetts and Vermont, have already legalized this ordinance.

But instead of resounding support given to these hard working farmers and the distribution of healthy, locally grown foods, regulators insist that uninspected foods grown by these farmers can present a risk to customers health with the threats of E.coli, amongst other bacteria’s.

It’s not difficult to pick out the irony in these regulators argument’s, they themselves are personally responsible for distributing diseases from processed foods, too.

What’s so wrong about eating right? According to the way FDA operates, if too many people lose confidence in food regulations and switch to local and private solutions, they could lose money. Their ambivalence is clear: while people are hungry for healthy food, regulators are hungry for profit.

Many farmers have already been tried in court for selling food directly to customers, though none have faced jail time. But it’s absurd to think that could be a possibility.

Dan Brown and Alvin Schlangen, both Minnesota farmers, were charged with criminal misdemeanors regarding these very actions. Brown is due for his ruling soon, while Schlangen was acquitted last September of all charges.

Is it really in these families and farmers best interest to abide by the regulation laws regarding private consumerism? Is it safer to trust feeding our children unhealthy foods linked to a plethora of diseases instead? Shouldn’t these decisions be left to the farmers and consumers who wish to support a natural lifestyle?

Sending more investments towards bigger farms instead of more farmers, the strengthening use of biotechnologies, and the transportation’s of foods grown and brought in from thousands of miles away is only adding to the impact of a suffering economy and planet.

So while an authoritative government seeks to control not only what we eat, we’ll also have to watch as our farmers face the possibility of prison time for selling food to customers they care for.

 Written by Annie Elizabeth Martin

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