Under new FDA rules, draft animals used to plow and work farms may become illegal.
“Now, farmers are discovering that the FDA’s proposed rules would curtail many techniques that are common among organic growers, including spreading house-made fertilizers, tilling cropland with grazing animals, and irrigating from open creeks.” Source.
FDA “Visits” Celebrated Organic Produce Farmer
This is not good news.
Jim Crawford started New Morning Farm in Maryland many decades ago. He was young and idealistic. He had little or no money and had to start small. He believed in sustainable agriculture and wanted to produce fresh and healthy produce to sell in farmers’ markets to the urban public. He succeeded and became increasingly well known both for his ideals and his produce.
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This is definitely not good news and it would appear that there is more to this than meets the eye. Many farms are returning to the use of the horse and that impacts on the profits of the oil industry. I guess, like they are trying elsewhere, the next will be non-chemical pest control. Ed.