The assessment highlights challenges and opportunities in the county around local fruit and vegetable production and access of residents to healthy, fresh, local food and includes an action plan to help increase access to these types of foods.
Including a County By County Inventory of Programs, Policy and Infrastructure
Tell the FDA To Keep Their Hands Off Local Food
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 and other pro-local provisions in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) didn’t get the memo.
We must fight back, and CFSA is leading the charge. Over the coming weeks, we will feature detailed analysis of the rules’ impacts here on our Food Safety web center, and we will be hosting town hall meetings throughout the Carolinas to mobilize farmers and food producers on these issues.
If we want local, organic food and farming to thrive, we need to mobilize our families, friends, and neighbors; and our farmers, foodmakers, and customers, to comment on these rules and tell FDA to keep its hands off local food. The feds must hear from us if we are going to fix these flawed and illogical rules. We won some critical victories three years ago, and together we can do it again.
SC Farm-to-Restaurant Sales at Risk
Salad mixes, bunched greens like chard and kale, and other leafy greens are a vital crop for hundreds of small SC sustainable farms, and restaurants are an important customer for those products. Now South Carolina’s Dept. of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has proposed rules that would cut most small farms off from the restaurant market for salad mixes, spinach, arugula, kale, chard, and even collards, hurting their economic viability and limiting restaurants’ access to the best, freshest products. Learn More
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. Learn More
The Fight Is Not Over
As many of you know, the statewide ballot initiative to label genetically engineered food in California, known as Proposition 37, was defeated on Election Day by a vote of 53 percent to 47 percent.
While the measure was defeated, the 4 million votes that were cast for Prop 37 in California shows that a huge number of Americans want the right to know what is in their food. Learn More
We Saved the Salad Greens!
UPDATE: May 11, 2012
Two weeks ago we launched an urgent grassroots campaign to prevent small NC farms from losing restaurants as a customer for lettuces, spinach and other leafy greens. Learn More