The best place to regulate food safety is the free market

Pulled from a discussion over weeks on the Daily Bell web site:

Trutherator:

The best place to regulate food safety is the free market.

He:

Well, the free market did control food safety a hundred or so years ago, which is why so many people died from foodborne illness outbreaks… Most of those illnesses were from raw milk, as a matter of fact.

Trutherator:

One thing, Where did you get your numbers for this dubious claim? In other words, how do you know? Did they teach you that in the government-owned, government-operated, government indoctrination centers (euphemistically called “schools”)? In the same history classes that taught you that Abraham Lincoln once proposed making slavery a permanent institution by amendment to the Constitution, because it would help “preserve the Union” by keeping the slave states from seceding?

But what you have now with “food safety control” are heavy-handed government agencies ruled by the same operators that run the government-connected rent-seeking corporation executives. Get the contradiction, and get it good: the control freaks demand control of food safety, to protect other people, whether they like it or not. So they get a control freak agency run by the Big Food Industry executives. They get wolves from the local wolf-pack to protect us from the local wolf-pack!

Great idea! Policemen in the pay of Al Capone will protect you from Capone’s triggermen!

Stalin will protect you from abuses by secret police!

Hugo Chavez will protect the poor from abuses by the rich, even if he has to put in his own rich friends to do it!

Obama will protect us from Wall Street by appointing Wall Street bankers to control banking safety!

So now, the food industry titans decide on minimum regulations, keeping Mom and Pops out of the loop, and the breaches are bigger. Recalls of millions of pounds of canned meat, a big corporation goes bankrupt because it is ordered to recall everything, poisons travel inside foods across the country and requires millions of dollars to track down and call back because people can’t buy it from the farmer up the road or at the farmer’s market.

The millenium will be so much better and free.

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