Image credit: Slow Food USA
Organic eggs may have dodged the recent salmonella recall, and our readers may now be equipped with information on what salmonella is and how they can avoid getting sick. Nevertheless, we're not out of the woods yet. In fact, with our food systems remaining just as centralized, intensive, and reliant on antibiotics as they ever where, it seems like only a matter of time before another food scare comes along. That's why Slow Food USA just released an entertaining and provocative video mash up calling for an end to the inedible egg. It's enough to put you off your dinner. The Inedible Egg video below is just one part of Slow Food USA's Egg campaign for better control and more accountability in our food systems. Among its demands, Slow Food is calling on government to:
- Hold corporations and their leaders accountable for knowingly letting tainted products enter the food supply.
- Ensure that the USDA and the FDA communicate better with each other.
- Simplify food safety regulation and focus attention on notoriously bad actors.
Crucially, the group is calling for government to differentiate its approach to regulation and inspection when it comes to small and family farms, as opposed to large, industrialized operations. Arguing that the decentralized, less-intensive nature of small farms mean the risks of mass outbreaks is greatly lessened, while the potential impact of restrictive legislation are greatly increased due to economies of scale, Slow Food is calling for legislators to support an amendment to food safety legislation that exempts small farm and food facilities and farmers who directly market their products to consumers, stores or restaurants.
No doubt some will see such two-tier legislation as a case of double standards, but nothing could be further from the truth. If we are going to have a centralized, industrial model of food production, then we need a centralized, industrial model of regulation to police it. If we're going to go the community route, then we need to develop and encourage community-scale systems to ensure proper food safety and hygiene without putting the little guys out of business.
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