Is the Food and Safety Modernization Act of 2009 necessary?
As a result of recent foodborne illnesses from crops such as spinach, peppers, and peanuts the Food Safety Administration has proposed the Food and Safety Modernization Act of 2009 to protect the health of consumers.
Though this act may be beneficial to the general public the organic farming industry is suffering from stricter food regulations. Many farmers have to destroy healthy crops when it does not meet the new food safety standard. Michael Pollan, author of the award winning book In Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilemma claims "Sanitizing American agriculture, aside from being impossible, is foolhardy. You have to think about what's the logical end point of looking at food this way. It's food grown indoors hydroponically." Dr. Andy Gordus, an environmental scientist with California Department of Fish and Game believes that the new food safety standards are a result of fear and lacks scientific evidence to support it.
For more information check out the fact sheet listing out the pros and cons of the Food and Safety Modernization Act published by the Food and Water Watch organization.