being fed farm to food fraud?


Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam spoke in depth about the Fresh from Florida label and mislabeling controversies recently in the news.  Farm to table restaurants and farmers markets came under scrutiny about the actual physical origination of foods labeled as “local”.

Again, the detail of definition (and the small matter of enforcement) are what are at the core of this beloved state’s problem.  What’s organic may have been outlined by the Feds, but when it comes to true (practical) meanings of local, sustainable, or natural, there are many variants.

Some of you know my own agritourism enterprise on a remote barrier island food desert, Boca Grande Farmers Market, recently suffered a major setback when in October of 2015 we were denied clearance for any art and/or craft vendor because of an interpretation over the phrase “agriculturally related.”

However, in the very community I now live, there is a produce vendor who is quibbling over non-pesticide and/or pesticide free and/or chemical free labels of produce she is offering for sale; produce which in my view meets NONE of the conventionally accepted language.  Regardless of the definitive outcomes, equitably applied is what we justifiably seek.

lange: art, agriculture, agritourism.  Exploring and expanding the intersections of art, agriculture, agritourism, and agrarian systems within Florida’s creative placemaking.  How can we help you grow? 941/875.5190.




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