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Small Organic Farmers Fret Over FDA Regulation

Small farmers in California are facing a food safety crackdown that will make it harder for them to survive. The small growers that their sensitivity to extra costs is being ignored.

A bill before the Senate seeks to prevent further incidents such as the recent outbreaks of E. coli, salmonella and other food contamination. But biologically diverse and organic growers argue that the problems do not lie with them.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

“They point to the sale of bagged vegetables, cut fruit and other processed food in which vast quantities of produce from different farms are mixed ... creating a host for harmful bacteria. The legislation does not address ... the large, confined animal feeding operations that are breeding grounds for E. coli ...”

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