Small farms that supply local food to farmers markets in the Baltimore area as well as nationally could be made to follow the national standards set for much larger commercial operations if Congress does not amend a pending bill. This bill would affect all sizes of farms that supply food for sale. Smaller businesses could find farmers’ markets to be less profitable because of it, which could potentially affect consumer costs and the diversity of local offerings.
The Local Harvest Newsletter has listed an ”Activism Opportunity: The ‘Food Safety Modernization Act’ Needs You.” Once you decide on a position, you may need to act fast, as the bill could be reintroduced in Congress any day. It is on the legislative calendar. Information below is directly from their newsletter and directly from govtrack.us, a civic project to track Congress.
From Local Harvest: The U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a sweeping overhaul of the food safety laws very soon! S. 510 is a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach that will unnecessarily burden both farmers and small-scale food processors, ultimately depriving consumers of the choice to buy from producers they know and trust. Please contact your Senators to urge them to support Senator Tester’s amendments, or oppose the bill entirely. Senator Tester’s amendments would exclude small facilities and direct marketing farms from the most burdensome provisions of the bill.
To call both of your Senators. You can find their contact information at www.Senate.gov, or call the Capitol Switchboard toll-free at 877-210-5351. Ask to speak with the staffer who handles food safety issues. To send an email, click here.
For more information, we recommend the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance website.
From govtrack.us: This bill was considered in committee which has recommended it be considered by the Senate as a whole. Although it has been placed on a calendar of business, the order in which legislation is considered and voted on is determined by the majority party leadership. Keep in mind that sometimes the text of one bill is incorporated into another bill, and in those cases the original bill, as it would appear here, would seem to be abandoned. [Last Updated: Apr 6, 2010 12:08PM]
Related: See the Related Legislation page for other bills related to this one and a list of subject terms that have been applied to this bill.
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‘Food Safety Modernization Act’ could adversely affect smaller local farmers by Anne Boyer is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.