Press Release: Warn of Threats to Farm Economies by Dow’s New GMO Crops

 
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Judith McGeary, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance: 254.697.2661; judith@farmandranchfreedom.org
Paul Towers, Pesticide Action Network: 916.216.1082; ptowers@panna.org
Lisa Griffith, National Family Farm Coalition, 202.543.5675; lisa@nffc.net
Anna Ghosh, Food and Water Watch: 415.293.9905; aghosh@fwwatch.org
Abigail Seiler, Center for Food Safety: 443.854.4368; aseiler@centerforfoodsafety.org
 
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Farmers Warn of Threats to Farm Economies Posed by Dow’s New Genetically Engineered Corn and Soybean Varieties

USDA Receives Nearly 400,000 Public Comments Opposing Approval of 2,4-D Resistant Crops

 

AUSTIN, Texas – March 11, 2014 – Today over 387,000 farmers, farmworkers, health professionals, and concerned individuals from across the country joined together in urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reject Dow AgroSciences’ application seeking approval of controversial genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybean varieties that are resistant to the hazardous herbicide 2,4-D.

In addition, over 800 farmers from across the country petitioned Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to reject the pesticide-promoting seeds, warning that their introduction would directly harm their crops, farm businesses, livelihoods and health.…

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Press Release: Speaking Out Against FDA Proposed Food Safety Regulations

 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Judith McGeary, 254-697-2661 (office) or 512-484-8821 (cell)
judith@farmandranchfreedom.org
 
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Farms, Markets, Food Businesses, and Nonprofits Across the Country Speak Out

Against FDA’s Undermining of Congressional Intent in Proposed Food Safety Regulations

AUSTIN, Texas – November 25, 2013 – Almost 300 farms, farmers markets, food businesses, and nonprofit organization submitted a joint letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), urging significant changes to the agency’s proposed rules regarding the Tester-Hagan exemption under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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Press Release: FDA Proposed Food Safety Regulations Threaten Farmers and Food Produce

 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Judith McGeary, 254-697-2661 (office)
judith@farmandranchfreedom.org
 
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FDA Proposed Food Safety Regulations Threaten Farmers and Food Producers

Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Organizing Public Comments

 
AUSTIN, Texas – November 5, 2013 – With the deadline for commenting on the FDA’s proposed food safety regulations rapidly approaching, the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is inviting interested farming and consumer organizations to sign on to a joint letter addressing FDA’s treatment of small, direct-marketing producers in the proposed regulations.

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Press Release: Groups Urge Congress to Address Food Safety Regulations

 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Judith McGeary, 512-484-8821
judith@farmandranchfreedom.org
 
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Groups Urge Congress to Address Food Safety Regulations in Farm Bill

Joint Letter Says FDA Needs to Analyze the Science and Economic Impacts

AUSTIN, Texas – September 10, 2013 – Thirty-nine farmer and consumer organizations sent a letter urging Congress to include a provision in the final Farm Bill that would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to do more analysis before enforcing rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The provision, sponsored by Representative Dan Benishek (R-MI), was included in the version of the Farm Bill passed by the House; a similar provision had been proposed by Senator Angus King (I-ME), but was not voted on by the Senate.

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Press Release (Texas): Governor Perry Signs Local Food Bills

 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Judith McGeary, 254-697-2661 (office)
judith@farmandranchfreedom.org
 
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Governor Perry Signs Texas Local Food Bills

Local Farmers Gain Bipartisan Support from Texas Legislators

AUSTIN, Texas – June 18, 2013 – On Friday, June 14, Governor Rick Perry signed the three local foods bills passed by the Texas Legislature this session. The cottage foods bill (HB 970), the farmers’ market bill (HB 1382), and the DSHS Better Communications bill (HB 1392) all help make it easier for local farmers and food producers to raise and sell the healthy, local foods that so many consumers are increasingly seeking out.

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Press Release: New Long-Term GMO Study Findings

 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Howard Vlieger
Board Member, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance
(712) 567-4151 / studentofthesoil@mtcnet.net
 
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New Long-Term GMO Study Findings:

Animals Seriously Harmed by Eating Genetically Modified Crops

 
AUSTIN, Texas – June 12, 2013 – A ground-breaking study, “A long-term toxicology study on pigs fed a combined genetically modified (GM) soy and GM corn maize diet,” was published today by the peer-reviewed Journal of Organic Systems, Vol 8. No 1 (2013). The paper – co-authored by Dr. Judy Carman, Howard Vlieger, Dr. Larry Ver Steeg, Veryln Sneller, Dr. Garth Robinson, Dr. Kate Clinch-Jones, Dr. Julie Haynes, and Dr. John Edwards – shows that animals are harmed by the consumption of feed containing genetically modified (GM) crops.

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Press Release (Texas): Texas Senate Approves Cottage Foods, Farmers Market, and DSHS Better Communications Bills

 
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Texas Senate Approves Cottage Foods, Farmers Market, and DSHS Better Communications Bills

Significant Growth in Support for Local Food Movement at Capitol

AUSTIN, Texas – May 23, 2013 – Yesterday, the Texas Senate voted to pass HB 970, the Cottage Foods Bill sponsored by Senator Robert Deuell (R-Greenville); HB 1382, the Farmers Market Bill (also sponsored by Senator Deuell); and HB 1392, the DSHS Better Communications Act sponsored Senator Jane Nelson (R-Grapevine). All three bills will now go to the Governor for signing.

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Press Release (Texas): DSHS Better Communications Bill and Fair Property Tax Bill Hearings

 
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DSHS Better Communications Bill and Fair Property Tax Bill Hearings

Bills Would Remove Unnecessary Barriers For Small Farmers Providing Local Food

 
AUSTIN, Texas – March 18, 2013 – On Wednesday, March 19, two bills concerning small, local farmers and food producers will be heard by Texas House of Representative committees.

HB 1306, the bill to give fair tax treatment to small-scale and sustainable producers, will be heard by the Agriculture and Livestock Committee in Room E1.010. The bill clarifies provisions in the current state law that have been misinterpreted by county tax assessors to exclude vegetable growers, urban farmers, community gardens, and diversified farms from obtaining agricultural valuation on their property.

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Press Release (Texas): Texans Gather at the Capitol to Show Support of Local Farms and Food

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Texans Gather at the Capitol to Show Support of Local Farms and Food

Citizens Lobbying Day Relies on Strength in Numbers of People

AUSTIN, Texas – March 12, 2013 – On Tuesday, March 19, people from all over Texas will gather at the Capitol in support of local farms and food on Local Foods Citizens Lobbying Day, organized by the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA). {Click here for details on how to participate.}

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Press Release: Family Farmers and Organizations Ask FDA for More Time to Analyze New Food Safety Rules

 

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Family Farmers and Organizations Ask FDA for More Time to Analyze New Food Safety Rules

Joint Letter Says Comment Period Too Short for Complex 1,200-Page Proposal

AUSTIN, Texas – March 6, 2013 – Over 270 organizations, food businesses and farms requested an extension today of the comment period for two major proposed food safety rules. The groups seek more time to assess the effects of the 1,200 pages of rules on family farms and small food businesses.

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