Monday, April 16, 2007

The Organic Struggle

"Dave Size's organic heirloom vegetables were once the cream of the crop.

That is, until the federal government got involved.

Size used to pay a couple of hundred dollars a year to be part of a regional organic growers association. But after the U.S. Department of Agriculture stepped in and he learned his costs would skyrocket, he closed his New York heirloom farm, which produced tomatoes featured on "Good Morning America" and the Food Network.

"That was a big disincentive for people that had already established organic farms, and you just can't go out and start charging your customers more money for the same thing," said Size, who now owns a berry farm near Frankford."

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