Locals say Food Safety Modernization Act will devastate U.S. farmers

Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 1:35pm

A Senate bill to protect against contamination could leave small East Texas farmers and others across the nation devastated. The Food Safety Modernization Act has been called the "most dangerous bill in the history of the United States."

Daren Rozell, a local peach farmer, owns a store that sells farming chemicals. He says, the bill essentially puts all food sold here in the U.S. under government control. "They (government) can control your whole farming operation," he says.

Local farmers say the bill would create more regulations and paperwork for small farmers, which would switch food supply power from small farms to large corporations.

Rozell says that all the farmers that are retired or hobby farmers are just going quit, and it's going to force the big guys to downsize.

Recalls like that of eggs and peanut butter was the breaking point for lawmakers saying the bill is needed to stop contamination.

To find out more about the bill: http://www.foodpoisonjournal.com/2010/04/articles/food-poisoning-watch/s...

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