The biotech industry keeps promising to solve major problems, from world hunger to malnutrition. Instead, they’ve given us herbicide-resistant and pesticide-producing crops, increasing Americans’ exposure to toxic chemicals. And guess what’s the latest genetically engineered crop that’s heading for your plate? Apples that never turn brown.…
Farmer, Rancher and Consumer Groups Celebrate New “COOL”
Thanksgiving as Improved Food Labels Take Effect this Week
New, Clearer Country-of-Origin Labels (COOL) Will Let Consumers Know
Where Their Turkey Comes From this Year
WASHINGTON (Nov. 26, 2013) – Following the recent implementation of new country-of-origin labels (COOL) for meat and poultry products, 15 farmer, rancher and consumer groups issued the following statement:…
TAKE ACTION ON FDA’S PROPOSED FOOD SAFETY REGULATIONS!
Under the proposed regulations, many farmers will be forced to comply with high-cost, industrial-scale regulations, and they will be unable to use traditional, sustainable growing practices. Food hubs and local food businesses will be forced to deal with costly and burdensome paperwork. Ultimately, consumers will face increased food prices and reduced availability of locally and sustainably produced foods.
CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION: find out how YOU can help, with sample comments to the FDA and more! (Note: please be sure to submit your comments by the Friday, November 22 deadline.)
Bonus Action Items:
- If you’re a farm, nonprofit, or food business, please sign on to our organizational comments
- Download and print out a flyer and distribute at your farmers markets and local communities
- Share the information from our FARFA Facebook page
The major problems with the proposed regulations are explained below.…
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The Farm Bill is finally making progress. The House and Senate have both appointed conferees to try to work out the differences between the two chambers’ versions of the Farm Bill, and the conferees are meeting this week.
One of the issues under discussion is the FDA’s proposed food safety regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA’s proposed regulations pose a significant threat to sustainable farmers and food producers across the country.…
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) is proposing a new rule on cattle identification, and we need you to speak up for small producers!
Previously, the TAHC had adopted a requirement that all adult cattle be tagged upon change of ownership, with no exemptions. Due to the objections of many groups and the debate during the Texas legislative session, the agency agreed to repeal that rule and replace it with a rule that included a direct-to-slaughter exemption.
The TAHC has now done that … sort of. …
Water is our most precious resource. As the drought of 2011 so painfully reminded us, our farmers and ranchers cannot survive without sufficient water for their crops and animals.
In 2011, Texas voters approved $6 billion for a revolving fund to loan money to local government entities for water infrastructure, without being subject to constitutional debt limitations. But no bonds have been issued under that program.
Now, just two years later, the legislature is asking voters to approve Proposition 6, to take $2 billion from the state’s emergency fund, known as the Rainy Day Fund, to help underwrite such loans.…
Congress is considering a continuing resolution spending bill that includes the controversial Monsanto rider.
This rider effectively destroys judicial review and gives the biotech industry the power to decide which genetically modified (GMO) crops should be planted even when a court has found that there could be environmental damage or economic damage to farmers.…
The FDA is yet again putting burdens on farmers who use healthy, sustainable practices, and justifying them with fear-based assumptions rather than data. The agency’s latest move is a draft guidance document that will make it all but impossible for farmers with 3,000 or more laying hens to keep the birds on pasture.
Click here for more information about how to take action; keep reading to learn more about the history behind FDA’s guidance document.
The stated goal is to prevent the spread of salmonella from wild birds and other animals to the hens. But there is absolutely no evidence that pastured chickens pose a food safety threat. To the contrary, all the major incidents of salmonella in eggs have come from confinement factory farms.…