The FDA is emboldened. Recent raids on Rawesome Foods and Rainbow Acres attest to this. Despite public outcry, the agency continues to target private associations and the farmers who supply them. Clearly, the FDA understands that they are wading into sacred turf. They are meddling in private transactions, not public ones. Local ones, not inter-state. And they are taking the bone from the hungry mastiff. But they are emboldened by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and they are strutting out. This is the result of bad policy; bureaucrats begin to act as if they are above the consent of the governed.
The FSMA is bad policy which "leaders" of the local and organic movements supported. Pollan and Schlosser endorsed it. They must have been drunk when they wrote that piece for the NYT. Or under the influence of executive pressure. Either way, they abandoned the roots of the movement. The bill passed and we are only now beginning to see the results.
And don't be fooled into thinking that the Tester Amendment made FSMA tolerable for small farms. That amendment was no friend of freedom. It presupposed FDA authority over small farms selling local, direct, and intra-state and required them to prove themselves exempt. In other words, the government puts the burden of proof upon the heavily-tasked small farm. And it turns the tables on constitutional functionality.
There is one way forward, maybe two. FSMA needs to be marginalized, either by defunding or repeal. In our current environment, defunding seems to be the most obtainable but it is not a long-term solution. The other way forward is to convince our state and county leaders to push back and fight. This is certainly the method anticipated by our forefathers. If you have any other ideas, please share them.