Implementing the Food Modernization Safety Act: Fresh Fruit & Vegetables

Implementing the Food Modernization Safety Act: Fresh Fruit & Vegetables

How will the FSMA’s sweeping expansion of federal authority, developed for an industrial-scale, global production and distribution network, affect the rights of small and medium-sized farmers who reach their customers through produce auction houses, farmers markets and farm-to-school programs?

Implementing the Food Modernization Safety Act: A Broad Overview

Implementing the Food Modernization Safety Act: A Broad Overview

After years of stalemate between public health, consumer, agricultural and food service interests on Capitol Hill, Congress approved the FSMA’s sweeping expansion of federal oversight in 2010. This post and the two to follow will provide basic background for answering key questions leading into a discussion of the merits of our increasingly centralized and standardized food production and handling systems.

Protecting the Viability of Organics from the Purists

Protecting the Viability of Organics from the Purists

This post delves deeper into how one false impression in particular is fueling the sense of loss behind organic’s mid-life crisis. Specifically, we’ll examine how the exclusion of synthetic materials, which some within the organic community would elevate to a cardinal principle, actually threatens to drive farmers out of certification, if not out of business entirely.

Understanding the Wisdom of Rachel Carson

Understanding the Wisdom of Rachel Carson

For better and for worse, the popular understanding of organic agriculture in America is inseparable from the environmental and human health risks associated with pesticides.

Dry Beans: Toiling in the Fields

Dry Beans: Toiling in the Fields

Dry beans have been cultivated by all the agricultural tribes of this nation and were quickly adopted by European colonists and spread to other regions of the world.