My wife heard on the radio that Governor Douglas is going to be shutting down the Vermont Meat Inspection program. This is a most unfortunate and ill-advised move. That is a very good department. I’ve worked with them a lot as a farmer. If Douglas shuts them down it will be very hard to restart. This is short sighted to close them completely. A better alternative would be some reduction that would keep the program active and alive through these tough economic times.
Without processors, VT farmers can’t get meat to the plate. Since we’ve been losing USDA inspect processing facilities for years this means it will be harder and harder for consumers to buy locally produced meats. That will then shut down local farms and cause farm infrastructure such as feed stores to lose business. This is a short sighted, ill-advised move that will worsen the current situation.
I appeal to you to contact Governor Douglas to let him know what you think. Drop him a short note in support of the VT Meat Inspection department. Without them we will lose local slaughter houses – something already in very short supply.
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