This is exactly the type of stuff that gets me steamed. Having met quite a few legislators in my day, I must say that it’s my opinion that very few of them have the mental capacity to be the person deciding this sort of policy. After all, they need to be popular to be elected, not smart. All too often they are only doing what they need to get more money for their next run. It is political suicide to do what is actually right.
If you’ve stood in line at a farmers’ market recently, you know that the local food movement is thriving, to the point that small farmers are having a tough time keeping up with the demand.
But consumers who would like to be able to buy local fruits and vegetables not just at farmers’ markets, but also in the produce aisle of their supermarket, will be dismayed to learn that the federal government works deliberately and forcefully to prevent the local food movement from expanding. And the barriers that the United States Department of Agriculture has put in place will be extended when the farm bill that House and Senate negotiators are working on now goes into effect.
via My Forbidden Fruits (and Vegetables) | CommonDreams.org.