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Farmers dread new food bill

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Oregon small farmers rally against the Senate's new food safety bill, saying it hurts local producers.

The bill would rewrite food safety laws and increase regulation on all farms regardless of their size. Farmers throughout the state feel the added burdens will make it impossible for them to compete.

"It will mean that small producers that sell direct to consumers will have to go through the same regulations as Smith Foods," Andrea Malmberg, the director of Oregon Rural Action, told the East Oregonian. "It's a one-size-fits-all regulatory mechanism for food facilities."

Read more at the East Oregonian.

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0 #1 No Duh!!JohnK 2009-12-02 06:46:18
This is just another example of the tax and spend philosophy of our Salem servants. They have no idea about the effects of bills that get passed, other than the effect it has on their pocket books and potential campaign contributions. It's time we speak up with our votes and put some folks in power that have a little business sense, and a lot of common sense!
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0 #2 just plain dick 2009-12-02 14:15:40
johnk,you got it right, Salem is about the urban cowboys not the real farmers.
Just wait until they can not buy the fresh goods at the Sat. Market or local farmers markets. Well maybe not.
Anyway this may never get out as they are blocking my comments anyway.
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