Playing Chicken with Organic Eggs

August 16th, 2013

For whom will government food safety rules make organic eggs safe?

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This Saturday at 9am Pacific, the Food Chain Radio show with Michael Olson hosts farmers Christian & Stephanie Alexandre, and The Cornucopia Institute’s farm policy analyst Mark Kastel, for a conversation about proposed government food safety rules for eggs.

The Food Safety Modernization Act, which was passed by Congress in the waning moments of 2010, gave total control of the nation’s food to the Food and Drug Administration.  The FDA and United States Department of Agriculture are proposing to make organic eggs safe by preventing chickens from ranging free outdoors.

FDA’s proposed new rules for safe organic eggs include minimizing, if not eliminating, contact between organic chickens and wild birds by using explosive noise cannons, and by confining the free-ranging organic chickens to covered porches.   To comply with FDA & USDA directives, organic egg producers will have to implement labor-intensive measures that will make their organic eggs cost much more.  This leads us to ask…

For whom will government make eggs safe?  Listen live or recorded on your radio, computer or mobile device: Food Chain Radio #932

 

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