Tell Your Senators to Support the Tester-Hagan Amendment E-mail

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: "Debate and voting on The Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) is set to begin on the Senate floor on November 17th. The bill takes important steps to improve corporate food safety rules, but it is not appropriate for small farms and processors that sell to restaurants, food coops, groceries, schools, wholesalers and at farm stands and farmers markets.

NSAC thinks that these farms should have food safety plans appropriate to their size and processing practices.  But it is critical that as we ramp up food safety protections we don’t inadvertently do harm to  family farm value-added processing and the growing investments in local and regional food systems by imposing expensive, one-size-fits-all rules.

Two amendments will be offered when S. 510 comes to the floor and both are essential to protecting this important new engine for economic growth in rural communities and to grow the supply of locally grown food."  >>>Take Action

 

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