Voices in the wilderness: Nein, No, Ne, non - The Packer

Voices in the wilderness: Nein, No, Ne, non

03/06/2013 11:46:00 PM
Tom Karst

National Editor Tom KarstNo. Non. Ne. Nein.

In any language, there is a word spoken by those who won’t willingly go along with new government regulations aimed at their wallet and livelihood. They, like Roger Ailes, likely think we passed the point of too much federal regulation sometime in the mid-1950s.

As much as the more recent instinct for the fresh produce industry has been to ask for more government oversight of produce safety to restore consumer confidence, there are still voices of opposition.

When those naysayers raise an objection it is always with a historical context . Try to remember the days when the grass was green, the government left us alone and we had decades of doing business without incident.

Below are some comments made to the government on pending regulations, as recorded at the government website, www.regulations.gov.

On the produce safety rule, from a farmer in Pennsylvania, picks up the refrain on cue:

Dear sirs, I am a 5th generation fruit and veg. farmer near Pittsburgh, Pa.. I would like to make a few comments on your FSMA regs. My family has been selling fruits and vegetables direct to the public for ver 100 years. At both our two retail market, pick your own and 11 farmers markets in the Pittsburgh, area, we have never had a food safety problem. I fear that our seven ponds for irrigation will not pass your tests since they are filled with runoff water. I find it hard to believe that watering crops with drip irrigation pond water is a safety issue. If the FDA goes through with all of these very restrictive rules .with no reasonable , affordable solutions our farm will close we will sell the farm and never look back. Thank you.


Likewise, a truck driver weighing in on the hours of service rule asks federal regulators when the regulations will stop:

I currently work for a company that works a 6 day on and 2 day off schedule. I run mostly Texas however I do run some interstate loads. I'm highly opposed to the idea of only allowing a restart after seven days. I can use up my seventy allowed hours by the end of my six days, what do you propose I do for the full seventh day that I'm not allowed to drive because I'm out of hours?

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