Just a pipe-dream since these so-called government shutdowns that happen every few years never amount to anything other than to allow politicians to play the blame game and purposely make life as unnecessarily difficult as possible for the average citizen. They have to try and prove how important they are and that we would all be lost without their services. Give some of our federal tax dollars back to the people (most of it) and some to the states and we will all be a lot better off in so many ways.
Regarding food, there are lots of positives if USDA just disappeared. Not everything would be hunky dory, as states have also bought into the high pollution, high petroleum dependence, mono cropping with GMOs, and stifling small farmers with ridiculous regulations that don’t do much to keep food safe, but keep small farmers from being able to make a decent living. With the states, we would have more influence, at least, to get them to enact some common sense laws.
With USDA, we have a false sense of security regarding food safety. We are told that a federally approved slaughterhouse (that no small farmer could possibly afford) produces safer meat than if we were to buy from a local farmer butchering small numbers of animals. All I ask is, have you ever seen a federally approved slaughterhouse? Have you seen the study that demonstrated that 48% of chicken sold in grocery store chains in 10 metropolitan areas has fecal contamination? Including 100% of the chicken in Kroger in Dallas. Yikes. The nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine conducted the study and testing was done at an independent lab. Click here for full results. Even USDA admitted in their own 2009 study that 87 percent of chicken carcasses tested positive for E. coli after chilling and just prior to packaging. Every year, contaminated poultry products cause approximately 1.5 million illnesses, 12,000 hospitalizations, and 180 deaths. However, most people eating cooked chicken feces have no symptoms and are unaware of what they have ingested.
USDA actually makes matters worse with all those regulations and inability to actually control the outcomes. I would much rather buy a live chicken from a market, have them butcher it on the spot and take it home and wash it again myself. You can do this in many countries. Or raise my own as I have done in the past. But, I can’t buy a slaughtered chicken unless it has gone through a federally approved facility.
There are so many other examples. I can’t sell eggs from my chickens without being certified and following certain rules. And I know
about eggs, many of these rules aren’t necessary. Farmers can’t sell fresh milk or cheese unless complying with a million regulations. Can’t sell processed food unless you have a certified kitchen no matter how clean yours is. But a neighboring farmer can spay pesticides that drift to my land all day long. Or plant GMO crops that contaminate mine.
Bottom line is that people need to know where their food comes from. Generally speaking, if you buy it at a grocery store these days, you have no clue other than country of origin. As an aside, why we need garlic from China, I’ll never know. You have no idea if that food from all those federally approved facilities is any good, including all those facilities in other countries. Food borne illnesses are on the rise, heading to epidemic scales, if you haven’t noticed. All USDA does is give us a false sense of security and continues to push food purchasing farther and farther away from natural and local.