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#21 datsun

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 05:56 AM

hrmph :(

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 08:14 AM

Maybe he should gently water the plants before harvesting the spinach. They should make it i well known about these laws around produce stands and markets so average people know that its a law and not the farmer being dirty or lazy. It's not a bad law but people need to be made aware of it. I'm sure there aren't too many who would be unsanitary on purpose, Like Ol' Cleatus rinsing off the veggies in the bath tub while he and the hound dog get there bi-monthly scrubbin in. But what about contaminates in the water or the house? I like to have my food handled as little as possible by as few people as necessary.

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 09:33 AM

duh what?
that the government is a greedy piece of shit?

That too, but -duh- illegal to wash produce?
Not even greedy. Just really, really, really, really stupid.

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 09:39 AM

Some of the food processing rules are perfectly reasonable. And I suppose if one realy stretches, they could envision someone peeing on the lettuce to wash off the dirt.
But this would seem to be one of those "slippery slope" situations where well-meant and rational rule making has gone to ridiculous extremes.
Caveat emptor.

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 11:09 AM

next step logically =
illegal to wash hands used to pick produce

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 12:07 PM

next step logically =
illegal to wash hands used to pick produce


Yep, as a former Health inspector that is probably their next bonehead step. :lol:

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 01:34 PM

I honestly have no idea how to even respond to something like this...

...the idiocy is just that mind boggling.

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 01:37 PM

:lol:

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 08:13 PM

yep it is amazing what you can and cant do with farmers market produce. this was my first year doing markets, and it was an eye opener.

tho some of the rules may seam wacky, i am just glad that there are rules for us small timers to sell direct without having to go thru all sorts of inspections and licenses. it would be just as easy for them to just say all produce had to be processes at inspected facilities, and then us little guys would be screwed. i have come to the conclusion that the brunt of the fault does not lie with the "govmnt" but with big agribusiness pushing the govmnt for harsher rules than we already have. big ag does not want the competition from local farmers and spend a shit load of money lobbying for tighter regulations

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 08:20 PM

Long live bureaucracy.. the European Union until this year banned the sale of cucumbers the curved by a gradient of more than 1/10..
bananas less than 14 cm long or too curvy were also illegal to sell.

It's great that at least some of these nutty regulations have been scrapped, but. it's mindboggling to contemplate how they got there in the first place.. Bureacracy is dead... Long live bureaucracy!

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 08:23 PM

so in essence then
the government is a hired thug,
the enforcer with the fines, cells, guns, chains.
and big business hired them.
so i blame them both.
the government is betraying us
when it puts corporate interests ahead of public interests,
such as maintaining our agricultural / rural lands.

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 09:54 PM

government betray the people??? NEVER!

What with all this big agriculture most are just sheep anyways, myself included.
That's the beauty of this gov...it has control of the food supply. Have fun getting the masses to rebel without food.

I reckon that's the purpose of all the lame reg's on farmers markets and such...keep em to a minimum, or keep them so grossly filled w/ red-tape that they never go truly mainstream.

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#33 Hippie3

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 10:03 PM

i agree that the real purpose is
to squeeze out the little guy.
at least in terms of earning profit
or even saving money over retail-
big AG can sell chickens by the millions,
buy feed by the ton cheaply, etc.
then the regulations, permits and such
prevent all but the wealthy for starting a business.
so
fuck the law,
do what you must
to survive.

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Posted 09 November 2009 - 10:53 PM

Word.

Who do you think the law benefits anyways?

Not that I'm condoning running around and breaking every law, because plenty of them are just. Conversely plenty are unjust though..

Fuck the law is exactly right.

#35 heritage ranch

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 03:54 AM

so in essence then
the government is a hired thug,
the enforcer with the fines, cells, guns, chains.
and big business hired them.
so i blame them both.
the government is betraying us
when it puts corporate interests ahead of public interests,
such as maintaining our agricultural / rural lands.


i agree, but in recent years i have moved away from blaming the gov too much. you know the old story about the squeaky wheel getting the oil. most people are to complacent and just go with the flow and take what ever gets fed to them. that makes it easy for the big ag to squeak load enough to drown out the little guy.

also we here in the US are still a gov for the people-by the people. we (maybe not you and me) put these guys in office. and till the population as a whole stands up and demands or gov do what we want, we will continue to get shit on

my view these days is that big ag and big business are evil, and the govmnt (aka the people) are just lazy. both are the root of the problem for sure

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 10:56 AM

thats got to be the craziest thing iv heard in a while!!!!!

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 09:30 PM

I agree the laws are silly. Though this isn't the intention of the law, there is some logic to not washing your produce until right before you eat it. Sanitized/rinsed produce has been shown to be a breeding ground for e. coli and other illness causing bacteria. The natural microorganisms present in the dirt keep these bad bacteria from taking over for some reason. Anyway, yes- the law is stupid!

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 11:01 AM

somewhere a crackhead is beating a starving orphan...

luckily LEO took down that nasty spinach washer, best give him life, set an example...:horse:

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 10:09 AM

I cant fucking take it much longer.




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