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Local investing for local sustainable food production and food safety

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Comment by Jef Jelten on June 9, 2010 at 4:39pm
Is it a lack of USDA, or too much USDA?
Comment by William Ray Ford on June 9, 2010 at 4:54pm
I think the article offers the clear answer as not enough USDA but I think you are thinking that health over-site requires too much regulation and administration some of which may not be necessary. Food safety as well as security allow me to support the inspection system that we have not to say that all systems can't be improved upon. Public Health is one area that I do have some interest in as one of the Co-Trustees of the Public Health Microbiology Charitable Trust. My sister worked for both the State of Oregon and State of California Public Health systems as a safety director.
Comment by Jef Jelten on June 9, 2010 at 6:53pm
IMO increasing regulation has the unfortunate net effect of confining the process to a point where we end up increasing the potential risk of concentrating bacterial threat, (which can only be addressed with CHEMICAL mitigation ie. top 3 chem. corps. who are most likely the biggest donators to the Public Health Microbiology Charitable Trust), vs de-centralizing the process which virtually eliminates the risk.

This is, by the way the acknowledged solution to the Ecoli and salmonilla situations but how does that translate to greater profits???

In essence the solution is possibly a greater problem to the economy than the problem it's self.

So which is it???? The economy or your life?
Comment by William Ray Ford on June 9, 2010 at 7:18pm
As usual you pose interesting choices and good questions. Unfortunately I have neither the answers not the additional questions that add much to the conversation. As to the donors to the PHMCT, the largest was my sister who established the trust and NO chemical companies large or small have donated to it. I am all for small and decentralization but I am also convinced that reasonable codes, oversights, and regulations are not something to fear or attempt to totally eliminate but a framework to work within. I think of our biggest downfalls in this last economic downturn was lack of oversight and deregulation of wall street and the power brokers. The PHMCT did fund a Ecoli study in homemade salsa vs commercially produced salsa in San Diego County a few years back and while not conclusive did indicate what you are saying about concentrating a bacterial threat....I think I understand what you are saying. I disagree about virtually eliminating the risk but will give you mitigation or reduction of the risk. But, like all things in my opinion it is what BALANCE is all about.
Comment by Jef Jelten on June 10, 2010 at 6:28am
Well said Bill - You are of course right, Balance is key. Balance and resilience are what I am constantly aiming for. I didn't mean to imply no regs, just that all too often regulation forces out the little guy (sometimes I almost think that the purpose).

I will have to look into what PHMCT is doing, sounds like its truly "doing the right thing".

Anyway I have a couple small oil presses and I am buying a larger one soon. I am very anxious to build something out. I get messages from local growers on a regular basis asking if I have any crops for them. I wish I could say yes.

I will talk to you on thursday.
Comment by James Paul Rodell on October 22, 2010 at 2:05pm
I am interested in supporting local resilience through greater food production, processing and distribution. I have worked with the Neighborhood Gardening group of the Coalition's Food Action Team for the past two years, and regularly donate extra produce from my garden to non-profits (and friends). Also, I am interested in investing some money into at least one of the ventures spawned by the larger group of which Slowmoneyalliance is a subgroup. I was planning my first vacation away from here in 3 years for the week in which the LaSells Stewart event is to occur, so don't think I'll make it the evening of November 11. How do you recommend I go about connecting with you?
Comment by James Paul Rodell on October 25, 2010 at 11:51am
FYI, there is a relatively new website named: corvallis that may be of interest. It is designed for thoe who would like to share resources, ideas and information about gardening and community resilience.
Comment by Jason Bradford on October 25, 2010 at 9:42pm
My phone number is 541-740-8168. email is

web site is

Slow Money Alliance recently completed their review of my company and it met with approval.
Comment by William Ray Ford on October 27, 2010 at 12:40pm
Welcome James. I was in Washington DC last week and haven't been on the site lately. Glad Jason provided you with his contact information. You will be missed at WIN this year. I always have a great time and the price is right! We also have the Willamette Angel Conference and the build up to it is already starting. It is a local investment option for "Qualified Investors" and a super way to meet both fast and Slow Money types like Jason.
Comment by William Ray Ford on October 27, 2010 at 12:44pm
A big shout out to Farmland LP by undergoing the Slow Money review process and becoming approved. I had no doubt! CONGRATULATIONS to your whole team. Let's see if we can squeeze in a "FREE" lunch one of these days. On me so we can get caught up and do a little planning.


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