Are you a lover of your area's small farms and the amazingly wonderful local food networks around North Carolina? Do you love a good meal out a few times a month at one of the RTP areas restaurants that use local food from local farms? You wanna keep those options around, along with their positive economic and environmental impacts?
Then you need to keep reading because small farms are about to have a big fat financially draining regulatory millstone hung around their proverbial necks if changes are not made to a bill up for a vote in the Senate in next few weeks.
Here is a note I recently received from Roland McReynolds, Executive Director of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association:
Folks: Many of you may be aware of or following the debate in Washington DC over produce and processed food safety. The US Senate is considering a bill, S510, that would give the Food & Drug Administration wide ranging authority to dictate and enforce food safety practices on farms and in food processing facilities.
A number of agriculture organizations, from American Farm Bureau Federation and Carolina Farm Stewardship Association to the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and the Western Organization of Resource Councils, have voiced concerns about the impact of the bill on small farms and local food systems.
Over the past month, Carolina Farm Stewardship Assoc. has organized a Farmers Market Action campaign to educate consumers about S.510 and the changes needed to protect small farms and local food systems.... The bill may be coming up for a vote in the next two weeks....
To learn more about the bill, visit our website and blog.
You can find a leaflet/fact sheet created by CFSA on this matter here.
Thanks for your time and attention. This matters for all of us.
At a moment in our nations' life when we are trying to expand the numbers of small farms and young farmers and rethink our industrial food system, this bill would affect the growth of small farms the way spraying roundup over a field of fresh baby greens would affect the growth of those greens. Please consider doing whatever you can to kick up a fuss about it.
Or, drop our Senators and your Congressperson a civil little email about the bill, asking for relief for small farmers.