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.
The Farm Bill is a massive piece of legislation that comes up every five years or so, and sets US policy for everything from food stamps and school lunches, to soil and water conservation, to subsidies for growing certain crops, to beginning farmer support programs, and so much 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
UPDATE – March 2013
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
Take action! Contact your member of congress today. Learn More
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.