GMO Labeling needs your help on Capitol Hill

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:

  • 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.
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Keep Small Farmers & Food Producers in Business: Take Action on FDA’s 2014 Proposed Food Safety Regulations

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!

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WHO Rules Against Meat Labeling, the Secretive TPP, Texas Water Rights, and Activism Workshopnews from FARFA

FARFA_wilderness_logoNews 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!)

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Explore Raw Mlk Safety Issues – Free Livestreaming

Real Milk.com logoRAW MILK SYMPOSIUM WILL EXPLORE RAW MILK SAFETY ISSUES

Symposium Free for the Public and Government Officials through Live Streaming

http://www.westonaprice.org/press/raw-milk-symposium-will-explore-raw-milk-safety-issues/

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.

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Texans – Learn How to Defend Your Right to the Foods of Your Choice!

Activism Workshop Nov 2014Citizen Activism Workshop

Monday-Tuesday, November 10-11, 2014 
Austin, TX 

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.

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Win an Alaskan Adventure for Two — Plus Benefit the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund

Win an Alaskan Trip

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:

  • 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
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Learn How to Improve Your Children’s Health – Join Us For the Nourishing Our Children Video Series

Food-PyramidHouston 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.

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Introducing, Gina Malewicz, Co-Chapter Leader (Cinco Ranch, Katy)

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Rebuilding our Relationship with Microbes!

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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.

 

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New Prize Added to 2014 Food Freedom Fest – Win a Trip for Two to the Shenandoah Valley

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

Spread the word! bit.ly/fff-raffle All-Expense Trip for Two plus Thursday Dinner with Jenny McGruther of Nourished Kitchen & Sarah Pope, The Healthy Home Economist

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.

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