Yesterday we asked for your help in supporting 5 amendments and opposing 1 amendment to the House version of the 2013 Farm Bill – the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. The House Agriculture Committee worked until almost Midnight yesterday to pass the bill. The vote was 36 to 10, with mostly Democrats voting against the bill after nine hours of debate. Take Action
This past week has seen a lot of Farm Bill action, but this is the final stretch, and we need your help today. The House Agriculture Committee’s will be voting on amendments today to their draft version of the 2013 farm bill – the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013.
One of the most beleaguered segments of the local food system is wild-caught seafood. It’s a story of cultural heritage and very healthy and tasty food running up against coastal developers, the wealthy sport fishing industry, cheap imports (and all the associated issues) and political agendas.
Under current FDA policy, Americans do not have the choice to make informed decisions when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in the food we purchase and feed our families. Recently, the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association signed on to a letter of support for the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act. Take Action
Local Food Not Safe from FDA ‘Safety’ Rules
Three years ago our movement fought hard to protect local food from one-size-fits-all food safety rules, and Congress listened to us when they included the Tester-Hagan amendment in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) didn’t get the memo. They estimate that their proposed rules to implement FSMA will cost the typical small farm $22,383 per year. Since the average net cash income for farmers nationally was 10% of sales in 2011, this represents a severe burden that will put many small farms out of business.