Big Food regulatory net

It’s not hard for a small chicken farmer to get caught in it, as we find in this Jesse Walker account. The food safety bill passed last year similarly carves out a little exemption for small producers who sell directly to consumers at farmer’s markets and the like, while not exempting those who sell through intermediaries — even though the intermediary in such a case may be simply a neighboring farmer who is headed in to the city market.

Related: India’s ingenious dabbawallah lunch-distribution system, which could probably never get past health codes in this country [37 Signals via Market Urbanism]


  • Where in the article does it discuss the health-code barriers?

  • You’re right; the health code barrier gloss was Market Urbanism’s and I mistakenly imputed it to the original source. Fixed now.