In discussing Walmart, Chicago and that city's food deserts, the conversation has moved to alternate routes of providing healthy food to residents and part of the focus is on small, resident-farmed plots and farmers' markets that could grow and sell locally. Blogger Walter Olson points to one example of how Congress, too busy to consider a finessed solution, is proposing regulating the feck out of growing produce because Agri-business superfarms are selling unhealthy foods.
The panics over salmonella, E. Coli and unsafe foodstuffs from China have heightened the prospects that Congress will enact a measure known as H.R. 875, the “Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009?. Should the measure in its current form become law, “food establishments”, which to quote Patrick at Popehat “means anyone selling or storing food of any type for transmission to third parties via the act of commerce”*, will have to register with a new federal regulatory agency, submit to federal inspections, and, perhaps most significant, keep “copious records of sales and shipment by lot and label”. Penalties for infractions will be very, very steep. What could possibly go wrong?As Walter notes, plenty. Jeff Hess: Have Coffee Will Write.