Action alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
While grassroots efforts to require labeling of genetically modified foods (GMOs) are gaining momentum, Big Food and the biotech companies like Monsanto are trying to block your right to know what’s in your food.
These companies are backing a federal bill, HR 4432, that would: Read more...
- Prevent states from adopting their own GMO labeling laws.
- Block any attempt by states to make it illegal for food companies to put a “natural” label on products that contain GMO ingredients.
- Prevent the FDA from requiring companies to label GMO ingredients and instead continue a failed “voluntary” labeling policy.
The FDA’s re-proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules will have a disastrous impact on small, sustainable farms and food businesses if they are approved as written. Many producers will have to raise prices, or could be driven out of business, reducing consumer access to local, healthy foods.
The real risk for foodborne illness comes from the large-scale, industrialized food system, with its national or even multinational sourcing and distribution chains. But the FDA’s rules take a one-size-fits-all approach on many issues, imposing costly burdens on small producers who are not the source of the problem. In addition, many of the new requirements are so confusing that they will raise costs and penalize producers simply from the confusion they will create! Read more...
Posted in Action Alerts, Agriculture, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, Farming, FDA, Food Freedom, Food Safety, Food Safety Modernization Act, Water
Tagged alerts, FARFA, farming, FDA, food freedom, food safety, regulations
News from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
As the weather starts to cool down, food and agriculture issues are heating up.
At the federal level, The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled that the United States’ mandatory country of origin labels (COOL) rules for meat and poultry are an improper trade barrier. This international power play is a stark reminder of why we need to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which may be coming back in the lame duck session after the elections. (And stay tuned for the latest news on food safety regulations, coming next week!) Read more...
RAW MILK SYMPOSIUM WILL EXPLORE RAW MILK SAFETY ISSUES
Symposium Free for the Public and Government Officials through Live Streaming
The annual raw milk symposium presented by the Weston A. Price Foundation will be available to the public and to government officials through livestreaming (and archived).
The session will feature raw milk experts and activists, including Mark McAfee, owner of the largest raw milk dairy in California and chairman of the Raw Milk Institute, Pete Kennedy, president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and Sally Fallon Morell, founder of A Campaign for Real Milk. Read more...
Citizen Activism Workshop
Monday-Tuesday, November 10-11, 2014
The local food movement is growing by leaps and bounds, but so is the opposition to it. From local zoning conflicts to burdensome state and federal regulations, we need more people across the country–both farmers and consumers–to speak up!
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is offering a two-day Citizen Activism Workshop to help you learn how to be effective in speaking up on the issues that matter to you, whether it’s as part of a larger group like FTCLDF or FARFA or leading the charge at the local level. The knowledge and information you will gain will help you make good use of your valuable time and have a greater impact. Read more...
Spread the word!
Entries due 7 p.m. PST Thursday, November 6, 2014
Help us reach our goal of $25,000!
Enter Now for an exciting chance to win this trip for two in July 2015 to Alaska with Kristen Michaelis the Food Renegade.
When you enter, you’ll also be supporting a fabulous cause: the work of FTCLDF!
This trip for two includes: Read more...
- round-trip airfare to Anchorage, Alaska for you and your guest from anywhere in the continental USA
- 6 days & 5 nights total lodging in Seldovia and in Homer
Houston Real Food Nutrition is presenting the Nourishing Our Children series on Saturday, October 18th, 2014, at 3 pm.
If your children seem to have more health problems than they should, join us to learn how you can help them to be healthier. Even if you don’t have children, the nutrition principles explained are the same for both adults and children. Come to the presentation to learn how you and your family can be healthier and better nourished.
The Nourishing Our Children series includes 12 sections plus an introduction. Read more...
Posted in Dr. Weston A. Price, Events, Health, Houston Real Food Nutrition, Nutrition, Pregnancy, Raw Milk
Tagged health, local food, nourishing our children, nutrition, raw milk, traditional diets, wapf, weston a price
Yes, it’s true. I am a nerdy lover of all things fermented. I can’t help it! The idea of transforming something good into something great captures my imagination! To my great pleasure I had the chance to hang out with a bunch of people as crazy about fermentation as I am and tell anyone braving the Texas heat just how amazing fermenting can be.
Announcement from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:
A new prize has been added to this year’s Food Freedom Fest benefiting the FTCLDF. (See the previous post about the Fest.)
You can win a trip for two to the Shenandoah Valley
Entries due midnight Friday, August 15, 2014
Enter Now for an exciting chance to win an all-expense paid getaway for two to the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia for Food Freedom Fest September 5-6, 2014. Read more...
Posted in Events, Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, Farming, Food Freedom, Food Rights, Nutrition
Tagged food freedom, FTCLDF, Joel Salatin, local food, nutrition, Polyface Farm, traditional diets