In this short article The End of Pastured Food?, Robert Gammon contemplates whether the FDA and Big Organic are going to be successful in shutting down old-style pastured farming in relation to the new, absurd egg regulations that will put certified organic hens inside a building for their entire lives, never to see a blade of grass. The entire article is well worth reading.
My answer? No, this isn't "the end of pastured food." Not by a long shot. Americans are, in ever increasing numbers, returning to their agricultural roots and wanting to know how their food is produced.
Many Americans want Exhibit A:
Not Exhibit B:
Yet FDA regulations propose to make Exhibit A illegal, even for USDA Organic eggs!!
Americans will continue to demand pastured animal products in larger and larger numbers. Big Agra, Big Organic, the USDA, and the FDA (which are all synonymous now, living in a happy symbiosis) are resisting this, and I predict that if these regulations go forward, producers of pastured eggs will abandon the USDA Organic label in order to cater to their customers.
Pastured food cannot be stopped. Americans are waking from a decades-long slumber. They are realizing that our country has gone insane, and that we need to purge the fascists in our government at all levels and get back to the basics on which this country was founded.
HT to Cheeseslave for the photos.
cross-posted from Free Agriculture / Restore Markets