But last week, everything changed. The House called for $285 million in cuts to the FDA, with $87 million coming straight out of the food safety budget. Stephen Grossman, the Deputy Executive Director of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA wrote on Friday: "FDA’s responsibilities are not going to shrink just because federal spending is being reduced. We hope Congress sees, as we do, that FDA is not optional. It is part of what society needs to function."
In the past few years, the issue of food-borne illness has been brought time and time again to the attention of the general public. But if we want to look at the whole thing in a more positive light, maybe these cuts will be the push people need to consider the benefits of sustainable and local food sources. What do you think? Are savings on cheaper food really worth the potential price of your health?