2008 Edwards Calls for Radical Shift in US Food Policy
posted by December 27 at 10:44 AMon
According to a meatpacker industry journal called Meat and Poultry (via the Ethicurean), John Edwards supports radical changes in US food policy and food-industry regulations. Among other things, Edwards would implement country-of-origin food labeling (currently not required—allowing chickens raised, slaughtered and cooked in China, for example, onto US shelves), strengthen the FDA’s regulatory authority, give one agency clear responsibility for ensuring food safety and grant it authority to mandate food recalls (currently neither the USDA nor the FDA can order a recall), and require all countries exporting food to the US to have food safety systems equal to or superior to the US system. He would also increase inspections of food imported into the US (currently, only 0.7% of food imports are inspected), pass a national moratorium on the construction and expansion of hog farm “lagoons” (open lakes of pig waste), limit farm subsidies to $250,000 per farmer, and expand conservation programs to help farmers preserve their land. Food safety and quality issues may be boring, but in the current Wild-West regulatory climate, it’s important—and Edwards is the only presidential candidate, Democrat or Republican, who seems to be making it a priority.