Category Archives: Water

A Good Legislative Session for Texas’ Groundwater

News from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

Water Bill 2017While we succeeded in stopping most of the bad groundwater bills this session, one of them did pass. As we reported in our legislative wrap-up , HB 2378 provided that permits to transport groundwater out of the district will be automatically renewed, just as operating permits already are.

While groundwater conservation districts (GCDs) would retain the ability to review the permits, this automatic renewal of transport permits would have further greased the wheels for big water marketing projects to be established and continued even if the impacts to the aquifer proved to be greater than anticipated.

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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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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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Farm & Food Leadership Conference: Don’t miss early registration, program lineup

FARFA_wilderness_logoAnnouncement from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:

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!

CLICK HERE FOR EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION

Registration fees will go up on August 1, so register today to save money!

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Fluoride Free Houston!

You have a great smileHouston has a new organization of volunteers that want to make our drinking water safer!  There’s a new post on Real Food Houston about Fluoride Free Houston! Let’s make our drinking water safe!

Their next meeting is August 6th.  The Real Food Houston post has the details.

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