I Love Me Some NPR

I love me some NPR.  I love it for so many reasons:  news, but not just any news, local news, regional news, and international news, not to mention sports, music, and the arts.  On a sunny day, there is nothing like a drive in the car with my radio tuned to my favorite local NPR station, WOUB.  And, Sunday evenings in my house wouldn’t be the same without WNKU‘s Katie telling Wayne to “Mash the Button Wayne”.

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Recently, I’ve noticed a trend as I tune in to the various NPR stations that are within my radio’s reach.  The reporters are talking quite a bit about food and the rules and regulations surrounding the food industry (what a loaded word) in the United States and abroad.  About a week ago, I heard a story that piqued my interest.  It’s titled:  “States Fight California’s Chicken Cage Law.  But It’s Really About Bacon”.  If you haven’t heard about it, you can click the link here to listen to the story.

In summary, in 2008, California voters enacted a law that goes into effect in 2015 that requires any eggs sold in California to be laid by chickens that that have enough room to extend their wings and turn around.  Some farmers, including hog farmers, are upset about it because they fear that additional regulations might be coming that could cost them additional money or put them out of business.  So, Missouri sued and several other states, including Iowa, Nebraska, Alabama, Oklahoma, and Kentucky, which supply eggs to California, have joined in the lawsuit alleging violations of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause.

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As an attorney, I wonder if it will pass muster in the face of the historic case law surrounding the Commerce Clause, but as a supporter of local food and as a supporter of knowing my farmer and knowing how my food is produced, I think it is a step in the right direction.

What do you think?

Emily J. Click

Emily is a wife, mother, and attorney living on the banks of the Ohio.

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4 Responses to I Love Me Some NPR

  1. Kenny says:

    We need many more such steps. I tire of traveling 35 miles one way to find healthy raw milk and cheese. Its past time the public learned that regulations are written by big corporations to protect their markets not protect the so-called public interest. In WV you cannot sell raw milk. Meanwhile the FDA, enforcers of the status quo, raids decent, peace loving farmers who simply produce what their customers demand. Fortunately you can watch some of these on youtube.

    Having said all of that its really disappointing to learn that TWR sells eggs that are NOT free range. Why compromise such a unique position? I thought your mission was to sell us the healthiest food locally available. I thought you screened your producers but now I see I have to do that every week.

    • Lauren Kemp says:

      All Wild Ramp Eggs are cage-free, in addition many farms allow chickens to freely move from an outdoor to a sheltered area. Many farmers contain their chickens in a fence for the safety of the birds and so eggs can be more easily gathered. Some farmers even use rotating pastures like Joel Salatin.

      The mission of the Wild Ramp is to provide a place of business for local farmers. It is not the policy of the Wild Ramp to discriminate against farmers based on production practices.

      • Kenny says:

        “It is not the policy of the Wild Ramp to discriminate against farmers based on production practices.”

        I had assumed your producer guidelines were doing just that. Oops. So now I have to know intimately whether each farmer uses pesticides/herbicides or not. Likewise with meat products I have to know how every single farmer of yours operates; such as using hormones, antibiotics, GMO feed, etc.

        I thought this place was about returning to historical, sustainable farming as opposed to industrial farms and processed foods. When this was a daily blog the articles were all about or related to sustainable farming. Now it appears that you would gladly sell industrial farm food if its within 250 miles. I get that and will pay closer attention to the producer of the food my family buys from you each week.

        So I now perceive your uniqueness to be that you simply require full disclosure from your producers to keep consumers informed. Knowing Your Farmer should be the name of this blog.

  2. Beth Rankin says:

    The best advice to the consumer is to KNOW YOUR FARMER. If you buy eggs directly from a farmer or at The Wild Ramp you can find out how those chickens are raised and know they are able to move freely, spread their wings, and be the birds they are. Most of the farmers who provide eggs to TWR have free range chickens which can wander around outside pecking at bugs and other yummies in the grass. Their eggs taste better too!

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