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His big government just give it away once again passage of a sweeping overhaul of the nation's food safety system today upsetting a lot of farmers across the country they say.
This new legislation only creating more red tape that'll make tough make life tougher for small farmers and ranchers to survive and in the end drive up prices for everybody no one of those -- is -- sweaters and he has the -- -- -- ranch in Arizona -- the scoreboard -- see again thanks for coming in Paul.
So houses -- it affect you.
Well -- -- red tape we all want safe food don't get me wrong but I think that there are ways of of getting about it that don't necessarily mean CDs.
Entire -- of control to the federal government to to watch every step of of the food production system frankly it's it's.
If problem but not such a grandiose problem that it warrants for tea handoff.
Now the interesting thing here of course is that a lot of there was a lot of lobbying going on and washes are always is for these things.
And a lot of money spent by some of the big guys Campbell Soup Co.
Some of them spending over a million dollars and ordered -- pushes -- through.
Many folks -- think -- about why -- food companies want to increase their own regulations what's the answer to that.
Well frankly I can't speak for the big guys that can always speak for for myself as a small producer.
What figure of what I think we're facing here is that an increasing regulations.
Always means a decrease the number of players in that particular field.
It's just it's there's nobody believed me clamoring at the doors trying to get into the food sector because of passage of this legislation so.
It may sound that -- may sound a little cynical but as I suspect the big guys are interested in reducing the number of players involved by helping ensure that there's a regulatory rich environment for people.
Facing when they get into the into the food production sector.
Now there is a senator tester from I think he's from Montana there and he is that he is a -- himself by the way he put -- an amendment.
Two examples I guess -- folks making under 500000 dollars a year to kind of protect the small guys is -- -- -- it.
Well it sounds like it might but -- be clear as a couple of facts here the 500000 dollar exemption is not for making 500000 dollar no problem that's actually gross sales and for -- of beef industry here.
It takes very few animal sold to reach 500000 dollars in annual sales.
So it -- right now we're under that threshold but believe me if your interest in and building businesses and increasing.
We're looking at that threshold closely and and we're not likely to push very hard -- figure profit margin adjusted to clarify your profit margin is so thin right now that.
You may have sales of well over a million but you're not you're you're you're making a pretty small percentage of that profit.
All right -- right now this exemption this managers manager's amendment exemption.
Would basically say that if you have over 500000 dollars in gross annual sales.
That you are now no longer exempt and so that that may not it that may not exempt as many farmers and ranchers as as it may sound plus -- the other thing which is that we all know what happens when you -- a new regulation or new set of regulations.
They start small and they end up being -- they end up be -- much more than what they were planned originally right.
That's exactly right you know the the red tape never goes down it always goes up.
And but we have at the end of the day is is all that red tape helps to.
Consolidated centralize the food industry which makes it even more precarious and it is now and so we're trying to address this problem of food safety.
But unintentionally creating this very top heavy system which is is bound to collapse it just it that's what happens now is here is there an outbreak of Sarah we know remember the cases of there was the eggs the ground beef to spinach -- remember that there.
There have been -- some -- this war than usual as is this legislation.
Really necessary for a food well.
That that's a really good good point I did some research in advance of this interview and is according to CDC.
The overall rates of food borne illnesses have gone down almost thirty to 40% since since the ten year period 1996 to 2006 I think -- was.
So actually the problem is on the decrease anyway and and that's even a small problem to start with us 5000 people a year die from.
Food borne illness which may sound bad than it is bad and I'm not one should die.
But at the end of the day they're more people who strangle themselves every year -- died from food borne illness and I think that's something to keep in mind so more people you know I think this is gonna save life save any lives this legislation.
Well I don't think you'll save lives and I don't think there's a direct correlation that way I know people and people think that'll help insure a safe food system.
And they made that they may be forgiven for thinking so but I happen to disagree.
You know I think what it what it will do is actually increase increase the top heavy -- our food system and and avoid that diffusion of that interaction between producer and and customers that that really leads to a very safe food system well -- -- -- you know I still need to get your -- you've got to get online and we gotta we gotta get your life.
We're big steak -- here in -- today it's selling -- for that person that I -- a -- had a few dollars -- -- pallone is what's killing me you know is going -- had now 27 dollars and not just deal direct with Manhattan will be your where you're mediator here.
Good -- are all -- -- be bad thanks -- -- -- -- -- in from Arizona thanks to make up.
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