Category Archives: Food Rights

Texas Legislative Update as of February 6, 2017 (FARFA)

News from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Texas Legislative Update as of  February 6, 2017

A fifth bill that we’ve been working on has been filed by Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo). The Agriculture & Rural Ombudsman Bill provides assistance with the maze of regulations from multiple agencies that small-scale farmers must navigate.

SB 656 would establish an office of agriculture & rural ombudsman within the Department of Economic Development & Tourism, to help farmers and food producers understand what is required of them and to communicate with the agencies when there are conflicting interpretations.

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Local Foods Awareness Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 9

News from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Local Foods Awareness Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 9

Texas CapitolPlease help us promote the passage of bills that will enhance the ability of small farmers to make a living … and that increase consumer access to local foods! Join us for our Local Foods Awareness Day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 9.

Together with farmers and local food consumers from around the state, you’ll be on the front lines educating legislators about the issues important to our movement.

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2015 Farm and Food Leadership Conference – September 25 – 26, 2015

Want to get the latest news about sustainable farming and local foods?  Connect with other people who are passionate about these issues?  Be able to make a difference for the future of local agriculture?

Then join us at this year’s Farm & Food Leadership Conference on September 25-26 in Bryan/ College Station, Texas!

CLICK HERE FOR EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

Early Bird Registration has been extended to August 25, so register now!

Hear top speakers on hot issues:

  • Farm-to-School Programs and Beyond
  • Genetically Engineered Crops
  • The Threats to Bees
  • The Future of Water in Texas
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Help Fix Your Local Food System – Attend Food Freedom Fest!

Food Freedom Fest
August 14-16, 2015
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

Grow Your Agtivism Skills at Food Freedom Fest!

Food Freedom Fest Aug 14-16 2015 Shenandoah Valley, VAAttend the second annual Food Freedom Fest, an educational and entertaining (up to) three-day gathering for anyone who celebrates and appreciates freedom of choice in food and agriculture, all set in the scenic and historic Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Discover ways to educate the public, legislators and regulators about strengthening our local food system and network with others who share the same passions!

Register Now to secure your spot at Food Freedom Fest 2015!

Join us! Here’s the plan:

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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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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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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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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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Experience Polyface Farm & Honor Joel Salatin!

Announcement from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:

Experience Polyface Farm & Celebrate Joel Salatin’s Work!

September 5 & 6 – Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

On Friday night, join supporters of Food Freedom for a market and street fair in historic downtown Staunton! Enjoy live music, cause-friendly vendors, dinner by Chipotle, and help us, along with the city of Staunton, honor Joel Salatin and his tireless effort to restore and preserve food freedom.

Then, on Saturday, celebrate the mission and vision of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund as evidenced at the innovative and sustainable Polyface Farm, the Virginia home of Joel and Teresa Salatin.

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