Since the 1930s, however, small family farms have been on the decline, and many of these reasons are clearly directed at [sic] government intervention in the market. The wartime draft, inflation in the 1970s and '80s but most of all the regulations created by the FDA and USDA, which are destructive to small farms while only a minor inconvenience to Big Agriculture, which has the money, lawyers and lobbyists to deal with any government conflicts.
Remember that local farm recently promoted by the JS and even Moochie Obama?
Well, memories may be all you have in the near future:
...Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) can make a huge difference in getting the poorest Americans access to healthy foods.
CSA has exploded in the last few years, from fewer than 100 in the early 1990s to close to 1,500 according to the New York Times. To many sociologists who aren’t hell bent on wealth redistribution, CSA may be a free market answer to America’s growing health epidemic.
That is until 2009 when President Obama signed into law the Food Safety and Modernization Act. The bill was in response to Big Agriculture’s reckless food production, which caused an e-coli breakout throughout the US. It expands the FDA’s authority over both processed food and fresh fruits and vegetables on all farms that make more than $500,000. It was lobbied for by Kellogg and Grocery Manufactures of America and was opposed by local food enthusiasts like the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and The Farm-to-Consume Legal Defense Fund. While it seems a necessary evil for larger expansion of government agencies to protect the safety of American’s food, the new law is another case of a Big Government and Big Business in cahoots. As Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner writes of the law, “This is big government: It trashes traditional ways and local, small business in favor of one-size-fits-all rules that prop up the big guys… Obama’s legislative agenda really serves the companies with the best lobbyists.”It is useful, once again, to bring up SUBSIDIARITY, a/k/a the 10th Amendment. There's no reason that the Feds are involved in most of this; the State of Wisconsin (or of Colorado, or Texas) could--and DOES--monitor food-sources. They could do just fine for the vast majority of regulated products.