New FDA regulations could put local farmers' markets out of business

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POSTED: Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 8:02pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 11:23pm

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 Daphine Claiborne and her husband Gerald have been farming their whole life.

"I was raised on a farm and he was raised on a farm right next door," Claiborne said.

And now that they are retired, this little money they bring in, is all they have besides social security.

"You don't make a lot, but you do make a little and it sure does help," Claiborne said.

And if the Food and Drug Administration passes the new rules and regulations, the Claiborne family, will be forced to shut down.

"If it passes we'll all just have to shut our markets down," Claiborne said.

"The concern here is that FDA's new rules are going to unfairly burden small family farmers and they're actually over time going to reduce the fresh available produce in communities," said Sarah Hackney, Grassroots Director of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

"FDA admits that the new regulations will put small farmers out of business," Hackney said.

The new regulations include: new fees that could cost farmers over half of their profits, a reduction of access to fresh food -- forcing current local food distributors to close and prevent any new ones from launching -- and the over-regulation of local food.

Plus the rules would make it nearly impossible to use natural fertilizer and require excessive water testing on farms.

"We think that's unacceptable," Hackney said. "There's got to be a way to ensure safe food without putting farmers out of business and without unfairly targeting local growers."

"Ultimately all our farmers are at risk," said Judith McGeary, Executive Director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance.

So what is going to happen to people like Daphine and other small farmers?

"Everybody I've talked to," Claiborne said. "They'll go out of business."

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Looks like Obama is driving EVERYONE out of business.

Hope for change in 2014.

Again, this is about power and money for the Fed. govt., not safety. Not only would this hurt the small markets, but food stamps encourage the poor to use these markets as access to fresh health foods. And these people are supposed to be pro-poor and anti big business?

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