Rash New Rules Fence Farmers In

The Growing Threat to Organic Farming

Thursday, Jun 24, 2010  |  Updated 2:51 PM PDT
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Are new regulations for growers necessary to protect the public's safety? The FDA wants to know what you think.

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Organic Farming: Your Viewer Responses

Suzanne Shaw, NBC Bay Area Editorial Director highlights viewer feedback
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And now, An NBC Bay Area Editorial...

If you care about organic farming, growing safe, nutritious food while also protecting the environment, it's time to speak up!

I'm Suzanne Shaw (NBC Bay Area Editorial Director)

The E.Coli outbreaks of 2006 triggered a rash of new rules, which could destroy countless natural habitats, force small farmers out of business, and make organic farming, less organic.

We think farmers should keep their vegetative buffers between crops and livestock, to harbor good insects and trap pathogens.

But some groups want to eliminate all habitat around our crops, from wildlife to wetlands, and replace beneficial organic barriers with fences and dead zones. Although the goal is food safety, the policies are counter-productive and not good science.

Take a stand! The House has a bill, The Senate another bill, and the FDA is asking for your input.

 

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