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Category Archives: Food Safety Modernization Act
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
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!
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:
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.
After many delays, it looks like Congress is getting close to a final version of the Farm Bill. We’ve been told that the conference committee has agreed on the broad framework. The final negotiations will include several issues that we’ve worked on: Country of Origin Labeling, fair markets for livestock farmers, and food safety regulations.
Even if you have called before, please call again to make sure your voice is heard on these issues! You can find out who to call and what to say in the Take Action section below.
Action Alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
There are only a few days are left to speak up for our farmers and food hubs! Help keep local food available and affordable.
During the last several weeks, people have been submitting their comments to the FDA regarding the proposed food safety regulations. But we need more voices if we’re going to win this battle!
- Are you a farmer worried about losing your ability to farm sustainably?
- Are you a consumer concerned that healthy fresh fruits and vegetables could disappear from your local co-ops and farmers market?