In my opinion one of the biggest hurdles for many food producers is the harsh reality of conforming to a system that requires an exhaustive amount of labelling effort.
This puts many people off for good reason. If you’re a small producer you’ll be familiar with the fact that you’ll spend more time ticking all the bureaucratic boxes than you will actually making the product. And what for, just so some Gov or council wonk gets their arse covered for the possibility that something might go wrong.
At the very heart of all this red tape is a desire to distance the possibility of litigation against those who rubber-stamp such endeavours and consequently they make it more and more difficult to get an idea or product off the ground as a result. In fact it actively discourages people and just adds to the homogeny of our food choices which are conveniently provided by, guess who, big food.
The irony is not lost on me when big food is given permission NOT to declare what’s in their products. I mean what’s with that!
So small artisan producers must comply by revealing every gram of an ingredient but many commercial big food products don’t have to divulge that they might be GM or not?
You’ve got to question the motivation that our governing bodies have in their efforts to squeeze out producers on the fringe and mire them in red-tape? Is it too long a bow to draw to suggest that they’ve got their snouts in the trough also?
This whole self-congratulatory Food-bowl talk is a load of bullshit without meaningful encouragement from Government, just another sound-bite, smile for the camera’s Kodak-moment.