Kathy Brunetti wrote:
> I have rearranged and cut the orginal postings for clarity.
> >Just got a scarry letter and form from Mr. Ed Williams, Supervisor/State
> >of California/Fruit, Vegetable and Egg Quality Control Branch/1220 N
> >Street, Room A-447/Sacramento, CA 95814
> >Saying that Unless wee small farmers pay up we are going to have our
> >local farmers' markets ripped out from under us. That "in order for the
> >certification/enforcement program and certified producer exemptions from
> >commercial packaging, labeling, and sizing requirements to continue,
> >adequate funding for the State program must be obtained".
> >I hate to say this but - I tried very hard to sound the alarm regarding this type of thing - that the danger of OFPA goes far beyond the GMO's, the sewage sludge and the irradiation. (I even suspected those were thrown in as a tactical distraction - which is assuming there is method behind the madness - intelligent life out there).
> >ORGANIC CERTIFICATIONS SHOULD NOT BE OBLIGATORY, and arriving at a consensus regarding a national standard - and legal definition - does not require that.
> This is not Organic Certification. These are California Certified Farmers Markets. A CFM is a location approved by the county agricultural commissioner where farmers offer for sale only those agricultural products they grow themselves.. The grower may or may not grow organically. The trade off is that stuff sold at these market s is, as stated above, exempt from "commercial packaging, labeling, and sizing requirements".
> Kathy Brunetti
Valid point - I noticed that as soon as I'd sent it. However, I'd say the mentality is equivalent.--
Douglas M. Hinds
Centro para el Desarrollo Comunitario y Rural A.C. (CeDeCoR)
(Center for Community and Rural Development) - (non profit)
Cd. Guzman, Jalisco 49000 MEXICO
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