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  •  most of that has (5+ / 0-)
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    sberel, dsteffen, marykk, jlms qkw, rossl

    more to do with health and sanitation than with trying to stiffle competition from small producers.  

    •  that's what tyson says too n't (3+ / 0-)
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      "Gloom we always have with us . . . but joy requires tending." Barbara Holland

      by jlms qkw on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 03:37:06 PM PST

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      •  In Illinois (5+ / 0-)
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        DaleA, sberel, dsteffen, Dar Nirron, jlms qkw

        we have a number of small operations that package/retail meat.  We buy from one occasionally,  However it is an extra trip and stop at atown in the opposite direction.

        most of these operations make most of their money processing deer, they can't make it on selling pork/beef because they can't compete.  Believe me these are not million dollar operations.

    •  Even if that's 100% true, (4+ / 0-)
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      the regulation has had unintended consequences.

      •  I don't know that I would call it... (5+ / 0-)
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        Ahianne, sberel, allep10, rossl, yaque

        ...an unintended consequence so much as a trade off.  I imagine they knew the regulation would make it unfeasible for a lot of small operations to continue, but deemed the public safety factor to out-weigh the effect on the small operations.

        I'm sure my dad wasn't happy when the regulations the milk processors were under led them to require he either install closed-system milkers and upgrade the milking parlor and storage system, or get out of the dairy business.  I'm sure he felt he could continue to produce milk in a sanitary way, and maybe he could, but having worked with the old system (albeit only as a kid -- he sold out the dairy herd in 1960), there were just so many places where there were opportunities for bacteria and contamination to enter the system that the risk that someone, somewhere would have a breakdown and contaminate the processor's whole production system was just too great a risk for the dairy to take.  Public safety trumped the producer's right to continue to operate in the way he had previously.

        I haven't looked into it specifically, but I'll wager that we could find some stories where people become sick or die because of just that scenario.

        We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Justice Louis D. Brandeis

        by dsteffen on Sun Nov 29, 2009 at 07:51:32 PM PST

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