Personal exchange of goods and services is a right

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/omkara/2012/aug/10/moms-risk-arrest-protest-lemonade-stands-raw-milk/

We have almost the same laws in Canada. As mentioned previously on this blog I cannot automatically sell traditional, lacto-fermented cabbage, or even fresh almond milk on my table at the Farmer’s Market, nor at a stand near my house on the highway.

At what point to laws supposedly designed to promote ‘health and safety’ go too far, and also at what point do they stifle small, local initiatives – not to mention employment – and promote an increasingly corporate (and usually low wage in local terms) situation?

Obviously, that’s a judgment call. But I believe that goods and services being offered within a local radius (say a 2 hour drive) should not be subject to the same rules as stuff that is made in large volumes and shipped long distances. This is true for both food and basic goods, but especially for food. Something that is picked a few hours before being sold, or made by hand in small quantities and sold soon after being made is inherently different from something that is mass produced, then packaged/processed, transported long distances and sold long after its inception. It is not right that the same rules are applied to what are, in essence, very different ‘products’.

And of course the modern so-called ‘scientific’ approach does not recognise the value of promoting/protecting vibrant local culture, including local business by locals for locals, does not recognise the harm done by agro-business monoculture methods to both culture and the environment, and therefore does not factor them in at all. So their notion of ‘Health’ and “Safety’ is very narrow and again, intentionally or not, favours the large para-local corporate model over the small, hand-made, local one.

And so it goes….

(NOTE: Washington Times is a highly partisan, rather bad, publication. But the protestors presumably are real. And not the story comes from the email address: press@westonprice.org.

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