Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Food Safety Law Leads to Food Tracking Frenzy

Posted By on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Now that the federal food safety law is in effect, the Washington Post looks at what food producers are doing to meet new criteria for food traceability. The law requires all parts of the food distribution chain to be able to quickly trace where food items came from through electronic records to help stop food-borne illness outbreaks. Problem is, much of the food trade is still done the old fashioned way. Tech companies are working to fix that. And that's going to cost us.

That's not good news for farmers. According to Brownfield Ag News, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City warns that farmers have increased their debt in recent years and are in financial danger. The Daily Yonder's rounded up of census data on rural poverty. One in six rural Americans was below the poverty line in 2009. But that's not farmers. Big farms in the west have the lowest rural poverty rates.

In September the United Nations will declare war on foods that don't come from farms. The Associated Press reports that the World Health Organization will gather world leaders to discuss the "fat tsunami" that's overtaking the world. First step: curtail junk food marketing to kids.

Tags: ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

More by Robin Wheeler

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 16, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation