Lead: One important agent in America’s defense against contaminated food, ineffective or dangerous drugs or fraudulent product claims is the Food and Drug Administration.


                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.


                Content: Until the 20th century, most people in the United States grew up on farms or in the small towns of rural America. Most of the food or medical remedies there consumed were prepared and concocted at home or bought close to home. If you did not make your own, you usually knew the person who did make it. Food was raised or cured fresh and either eaten on the spot, canned for the basement, or stored in the smokehouse. Home remedies were fashioned from herbs and roots from adjacent fields. Neighborliness, community discipline and face-to-face bargaining usually prevented outright fraud.