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Category Archives: Food Safety
Action alert from the Weston A. Price Foundation:
We have an exciting opportunity to expand access to locally produced meat for consumers around the country! U.S. Representatives Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) have introduced legislation to make it easier for small farms and ranches to sell locally raised and processed meat to consumers.
H.R. 3187, the Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption (PRIME) Act, would give individual states the freedom to permit intra-state distribution of custom-slaughtered meat to individual consumers and to restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores that directly serve consumers. Custom-processed beef, pork, lamb, and goat are covered under the bill.
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!
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
Food Freedom Fest
August 14-16, 2015
Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
Grow Your Agtivism Skills at Food Freedom Fest!
Attend 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:
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!
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.
We hope you will join us for this year’s Farm & Food Leadership Conference on September 15-16 in Bastrop, Texas. Hear the latest news on the laws and regulations that govern our food supply, connect with others who are passionate about our food system, and get the tools you need to make a difference in the coming year!
Registration fees will go up on August 1, so register today to save money!
Action Alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
The use of that herbicide skyrockets.
We’ve seen it happen with Roundup-resistant crops, and now we face a tidal wave of 2,4-D spraying. The impact would be inescapable. This toxic herbicide can volatilize and travel for miles, killing and stunting non-GMO crops with no way for the farmers to protect themselves.
In addition to destroying non-GMO crops, 2,4-D has also been linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, and reproductive problems.
Action alert from the Weston A. Price Foundation:
HR 4432- GMO Labeling Laws
The biotech companies and Big Food are trying to block your right to know whether the food you’re eating contains genetically modified organisms (GMO).
With their anti-labeling allies such as Monsanto and Dow, the Grocery Manufacturers Association has convinced Congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas to introduce a federal bill, HR 4432, which 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.
Farm Bill Victories: Country of Origin Labeling, Fair Competition, Food Safety Rules, and States’ Rights
News from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
After more than two years of congressional debate, the Farm Bill is moving forward. Last week, the conference committee issued a report that resolved the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. The House voted to approve the conference committee version of the Farm Bill, 251-166, and the Senate is expected to vote on it this week.
We’ll start with the bad news: the bulk of the Farm Bill continues the same programs that favor large-scale, chemical-intensive, mono-cropping and commodity agriculture.
Action alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
Farm Bill Update: Proposed NAFTA label would undermine Country of Origin Labeling (COOL)!
Congress continues to get closer to a final Farm Bill, and word is that Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is in trouble. We need your help!
The latest proposal to undermine COOL would allow meatpackers to put “product of North America” on the label, replacing labels that actually identify a meat product’s country of origin. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) did many things – many of them bad -but it did not create a new country! Simply put, a NAFTA label is not COOL.