Senate amendment needed to protect small farms

August 14, 2010 at 11:49 pm 1 comment

The U.S. Senate has finally released a new and improved draft of S.510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, including many new changes to ensure that small farmers and food businesses aren’t plowed under by onerous and unnecessary regulations. But, according to Roland McReynolds, executive director of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, one giant task remains: getting a key amendment added to the bill.

Consumer groups, sustainable farm advocates, and the bill sponsors have worked with Sen. John Tester of Montana, an organic farmer, to develop language that prohibits FDA from imposing:

(1)     additional produce regulations on small farms, and

(2)     industrial-sized safety plans on small food businesses.

NC Senator Kay Hagan has endorsed the Tester amendment  and NC Senator Richard Burr is a co-sponsor of S.510, and has worked to improve it to protect small farms and businesses.

If you care about the future of sustainable agriculture, please contact them today to thank them and tell them that the Tester amendment is essential to protect sustainable farms and food enterprises. Also contact SC Senators Lindsay Graham and Jim DeMint, and ask them to put the Tester/Hagan language in the bill before it goes to the full Senate for a vote.

The links below have contact info for each Senators’ offices, both in DC and in their local offices in the Carolinas, as well as link to the current text of the bill.

The bill: http://help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/WHI10337.pdf

Sen. Richard Burr, NC, http://burr.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home

Sen. Kay Hagan, NC, http://hagan.senate.gov/?p=contact (phone and fax numbers are in small print over on the left)

Sen. Jim DeMint, SC, http://demint.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Offices

Sen. Lindsay Graham, SC, http://lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.OfficeLocations

Many thanks to Roland McReynolds, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and all the grassroots activists who have worked on this, for looking out for sustainable farming and food enterprises. www.carolinafarmstewards.org

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