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.
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.
UPDATE – March 2013
Early this month, the NC House added a provision to Senate Bill 10 (S10) The Government Reduction and Efficiency Act of 2013 that would change the sunset for the NC Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council to July 1 of this year. Just last July, we worked to get that sunset extended to 2015, and that win is in immediate jeopardy.
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