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Call Congress TODAY To Ensure that New Food Safety Regulations Do Not Punish Small Farmers or Home Gardners

Posted By admin On November 30, 2010 @ 5:11 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled

Washington’s Blog
Nov 30, 2010
The Senate will likely vote this week [1] to limit debate on substitute amendments to the new food safety bill – S510.

While everyone is for food safety [2], it is important to remember that one size does not fit all.

Specifically, that most food safety problems are caused by the giant, industrial-size food producers, such as huge confined animal feeding operations [3] and giant egg producers [4],

Any version of S510 which penalizes small farms and ranches with onerous regulations targeted to the food giants will stifle competition, and drive many small independent food producers out of business.

Democrats Jon Tester of Montana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina have proposed an amendment which would exempt from the new regulation small farmers and food facilities with less than $500,000 in annual sales that directly market to consumers in a 275-mile area.

Call your senator [5] and support the Tester-Hagan amendment to S510.

Many websites have also warned that S510 could – intentionally or unintentionally – interfere with people’s ability to grow food in their own gardens. While I have seen no evidence of that (admittedly, I haven’t spent any time looking at the issue), people should also demand that the language of S510 be clarified to explicitly exempt home gardens.

Having A Supply Of Healthy Foods That Last Just Makes Sense (AD) [6]

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URLs in this post:

[1] this week: http://www.congress.org/news/2010/11/29/food_safety_bill_hits_homestretch

[2] everyone is for food safety: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/11/we-can-fix-america-if-we-focus-on-what.html

[3] confined animal feeding operations: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2009/05/truth-about-pig-farms.html

[4] giant egg producers: http://www.google.com/search?q=salmonella+eggs&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

[5] Call your senator: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

[6] Having A Supply Of Healthy Foods That Last Just Makes Sense (AD): http://www.efoodsdirect.com//index.html?aid=14&adid=43

[7] Image: http://www.infowarsshop.com/United-We-Fall_p_339.html

[8] FDA requests $300 million war chest to implement onerous new food safety regulations against farmers, commercial food growers: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fda-requests-300-million-war-chest-to-implement-onerous-new-food-safety-regulations-against-farmers-commercial-food-growers.html

[9] S 510 Fake Food Safety bill passed by Senate in late-night sneak attack on small farmers and food freedom: http://www.prisonplanet.com/s-510-fake-food-safety-bill-passed-by-senate-in-late-night-sneak-attack-on-small-farmers-and-food-freedom.html

[10] Congress sticks it to U.S. farmers with passage of food safety bill that will actually cause fresh produce to be more dangerous: http://www.prisonplanet.com/congress-sticks-it-to-u-s-farmers-with-passage-of-food-safety-bill-that-will-actually-cause-fresh-produce-to-be-more-dangerous.html

[11] Mainstream media agrees that food safety bill will do nothing to improve food safety: http://www.prisonplanet.com/mainstream-media-agrees-that-food-safety-bill-will-do-nothing-to-improve-food-safety.html

[12] Senate Bill S 510 Food Safety Modernization Act vote imminent: Would outlaw gardening and saving seeds: http://www.prisonplanet.com/senate-bill-s-510-food-safety-modernization-act-vote-imminent-would-outlaw-gardening-and-saving-seeds.html

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