5,000 rules

Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont is the centerpiece of this NYT article about the complications farms face from complying with many layers of rules and regulations related to everything from labor law to ladders to food safety. As Laura Ten Eyck is quoted in the story: "I'm not necessarily in favor of rolling back a lot of federal regulations ... I'm in favor of applying them intelligently." (The article also includes an interesting little side trip into Whole Foods marketing its "local" farm claims.) [NYT]

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Given the range of activities that take place at Indian Ladder Farms -- a farmer growing apples, workers picking apples, employees producing various foods, employees operating a retail store, customers picking their own apples -- it's not surprising there a host of food safety, employee safety, customer safety, and business-related regulations. Common sense tells us that's to be expected in a society that values public safety and heath, employee safety, and legal and ethical business operations.

Regulations do need to be pruned (and added to) from time to time to keep up with changes in practices and technology. Unfortunately, the Trump administration has already begun to "roll back" useful regulations in a libertarian-inspired free-for-all.

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