Michael Bulger, a graduate student in New York University’s Food Studies Program, is seeking input from produce growers on the Food Safety Modernization Act rules for a research project that could be used to advocate on behalf of farmers.
Bulger has launched a survey and is encouraging all produce growers, especially small and midsize operations, to participate. The survey takes 10 minutes and all responses are anonymous.
“I hope to find out more about produce farmers’ attitudes, levels of awareness of proposed rules, and readiness to meet new standards,” said Bulger, who is trying to get more farmer responses this week.
“If I can collect a sizable number of responses, I hope to analyze the data based on farm size (as measured by income) and/or marketing channels.”
Bulger hopes his research can shed some light on whether farmers are ready for the coming rules and which size operations anticipate having the most difficulty.© Food Safety News