My Interview on Nurturing Naturally Blog
by Kimberly Hartke, Publicist, Weston A. Price Foundation
Recently, I was interviewed by a couple of bloggers about the challenges small family farms face with government regulation. It is very timely that I share it today, because just yesterday, a farmer having trouble with regulators just told me that she is having to re-tool her farm to sell totally different products. It will take her many months to get her new plan in place. How many farmers would have the energy and wherewithal to reinvent their entire farm when they run into roadblocks placed before them?
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Here is a video interview I did last year, in which an herbalist describes the regulatory nightmare she has to deal with in order to grow and sell her herbs.
New York Times Columnist, Mark Bittman wrote recently in A Food Manifesto for the Future, that our government needs to stop subsidizing processed foods, and start subsidizing local production. I contend that if we would just protect and unhinder these small farmers, they wouldn’t need a government handout, thank you very much. With government money comes a lot of strings. The rugged individualist farmer has no interest in becoming entangled in all of those controls.
But I do agree with much of what Bittman says, and particularly that these subsidies to support unhealthy foods and livestock feed have got to go.
Many of you know of horror stories involving your local farmer, or maybe you are a farmer who has had problems with unreasonable inspectors or confusing laws. Please share them in the comments, below.
Kimberly Hartke is publicist for the Weston A. Price Foundation, a non-profit nutrition education foundation which encourages the purchase of local foods from traditional, mixed use family farms.