Food safety vs. sustainable agriculture in a scorched-earth battle
Farms are not factories: The always-good Carolyn Lochhead reports on the invisible-to-the-public price that produce farmers — and their farms — are being forced to pay in the name of food safety. "In the verdant farmland surrounding Monterey Bay, a national marine sanctuary and one of the world's biological jewels, scorched-earth strategies are being imposed on hundreds of thousands of acres in the quest for an antiseptic field of greens. And the scheme is about to go national. In pending legislation and in proposed federal regulations, the push for food safety butts up against the movement toward biologically diverse farming methods, while evidence suggests that industrial agriculture may be the bigger culprit." (San Francisco Chronicle)
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