by Kimberly Hartke, Publicist Weston A. Price Foundation
At the recent Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Association lobby day in the state legislature, I met an inspiring homesteader, who has a small business and established a successful farmers market to help others, like herself, bring their products to market.
It never ceases to amaze me the burdens our over-regulated society puts on these budding entrepreneurs. Here, in her own words, Dawn Story, of Charlottesville, Virginia explains her predicament in complying with conflicting laws imposed by different government bureaucracies.
Dawn Story on Regulatory Confusion
Unfortunately, the Food Safety bills S 510 and HR 2749 threaten to add even more laws and another layer of confusing regulations to frustrate these small, local enterprises. The FDA wants to be on the farm, not only telling farmers what to do, but adding paperwork, fines, and criminal penalties for non-compliance. Oh, and the right to shut down your business if they decide it is “in the public interest.”
If you don’t want to see that happen, please contact your Senator’s office and ask them to exempt direct selling farms from these proposed regulations. These are food producers that look each customer in the eyes, and there is a built in accountability and transparency in their direct-to-consumer mode of operation.
In the case of local farms, the current state regulations are sufficient to protect the health of the public.
In fact, they are more than enough!
To visit Dawn’s website, visit New Moon Naturals.