FDA Milking Family Farms 

Pin It

I was very interested in the March 25 cover story, “The Bleach and the Bees” [City Weekly]. At Drake Family Farms Goat Dairy, we sell goat milk, cheese and yogurt made solely from milk produced on our farm. Our sister business is Willow Lane Soap Cottage, which makes and sells goat milk soap and lotion. So we know something about the many challenges facing small family farms and artisan cosmetic businesses.

I could not begin to enumerate all these challenges in one letter, but I would like to make City Weekly readers aware of some serious challenges that we are facing in the form of food safety legislation and FDA regulations. I do not know as much as should about the FDA Globalization Act of 2008 or pending legislation House Bills 875 and 759, but I am fearful that their passage will mean the end of many small farms and artisan businesses because of heavy registration fees and expensive equipment and testing being required.

Unfortunately, there are often unintended consequences to well-meaning pieces of legislation.

Jeanette Drake
West Jordan

Pin It

Speaking of...

  • Knowledge Is Power

    I agree with Scott Renshaw that there are plenty of things many of us don’t know about Utah...
    • Dec 24, 2013
  • Spandex Saves Skin

    I enjoyed D.P. Sorenson’s “Road Rage” [Dec. 4, City Weekly]. Although I appreciate the satire in it, I want...
    • Dec 24, 2013
  • How’s That for Christlike

    Utah’s Gov. Gary Herbert now wants a huge bribe from the federal government to extend completely paid-for, essential health care through Medicaid expansion...
    • Nov 20, 2013
  • More »

More by City Weekly Readers

  • Soap Box: Oct. 6-12

    • Oct 19, 2016
  • Soap Box: Sept. 22-28

    Our readers have spoken! Here's what they had to say about Five Wives vodka, Utah Valley's predictable billboards, Jason Christiensen's apology for anti-LGBTQ comments and more.
    • Oct 5, 2016
  • Soap Box, Sept. 15-21

    • Sep 28, 2016
  • More »

Latest in Letters


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

  • A Strange and Barbaric Practice

    In the well-written City Weekly cover story on circumcision ["Circumcision Decision," Sept. 17], the God of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian religions is credited with beginning this practice: God demands that the 99-year- old Abraham cut off his foreskin in order to prove his loyalty.
    • Sep 23, 2015
  • Mike Noel's Resistance to Reason

    I enjoyed Colby Frazier's cover story about state Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab ["The Herd Bull of the House," May 14, City Weekly]. I attended the Great Public Lands Gamble Rally at the Capitol in January 2015, at which Noel audaciously stepped up to the microphone to attempt a refutation (the gospel according to St. Mike) of the "lies" being perpetrated by the proponents of public lands.
    • May 20, 2015

© 2016 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation