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Tag Archives: food safety
Announcement from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
Find out how YOU can make a difference for the future of local agriculture.
Join us at the 11th Annual Farm & Food Leadership Conference, September 24-26, in McKinney, Texas!
Get the latest news about sustainable farming and local foods while you connect with others who are as passionate as you are about these issues.
Take advantage of Early Bird rates
by registering now!
Don’t miss the keynote address by international leader in sustainable agriculture Fred Kirschenmann!
Hear other top speakers on important issues, including:
- On-farm food safety.
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!
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.
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-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:
Support California Citizens’ Initiative & Nationwide
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Dr. Mercola Discusses an Important Topic: GMO
Something Historical is About to Happen – But Your Participation is Critical
The Money Bomb Against Monsanto has been officially launched!
Yes, it is official.
Volunteers and staff from the California Right to Know Campaign are submitting nearly 1 million signed petitions from registered voters across the state of California to county officials, to place Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act on the Ballot for November 6.
Message from the California Right to Know movement:
Signature gathering is done; now, to turn those petitions in and create a very positive effect!!!
Organic Consumers Association and California Right to Know Rally!
Join us on May 2 to Celebrate our Success!
Rally and march May 2 to celebrate turning in nearly a million signatures to put the California Right to Know GMO labeling initiative on the ballot! Kids, babies, baby carriages encouraged – we’ll be wheeling in petitions in carriages to represent the importance of this issue to children and future generations.
News from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:
by Judith McGeary, Esq.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study in February that the agency publicized with the headline, “Majority of dairy-related disease outbreaks linked to raw milk.” It’s not surprising, but still disappointing, to see how the agency was willing to ignore the real facts and data in order to try to discourage people from drinking raw milk. More . . .
The Weston A. Price Foundation has responded to the press release from the CDC claiming a rate of 150 times more outbreaks from raw milk than pasteurized. The CDC ignores data that shows dangers of pasteurized milk.
WASHINGTON, DC, February 21, 2012. In a press release issued today, authors affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control claim that the rate of outbreaks caused by unpasteurized milk and products made from it was 150 times greater than outbreaks linked to pasteurized milk.” The authors based this conclusion on an analysis of reports submitted to the CDC from 1993 to 2006.