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On February 4th, 2009 Ms. DeLauro introduced H.R. 875 entitled "Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009." This bill is allegedly to protect the US' food supply, however, it leaves small farmers, especially organic, at a great disadvantage to the corporate ones. Congresswoman DeLauro has several ties to corporate agriculture. For instance, her husband Stanley Greenberg has Monsanto as a client. Ms. DeLauro also receives massive donations from agribusiness political action committees. This bill could potentially threaten to regulate home gardens as well.
HR 875 is the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, introduced on February 4 and now "referred to the committee" - whatever that means.
Introduced bills and resolutions first go to committees that deliberate, investigate, and revise them before they go to general debate. The majority of bills and resolutions never make it out of committee.
Originally posted by wingman77
It could have something to do with codex alimentarius, it certainly imposes many new regulations on food production. The sponsor of the bill Rosa DeLauro is in bed with Monsanto, so I have a bad feeling about this one.
Originally posted by ProfEmeritus
The good news is that most bills die in committee. Only a very small fraction ever make it out of committee to the floor for debate and a vote.No assignments have been made in the committee regarding this bill. That in itself means there is not much support for the bill in the committee, although it is possible that pressure may still be put on some, to take action. With all of the problems of a financial nature in the US and the world, I think this bill has little chance of seeing a floor vote.
Originally posted by wylee
$500 permit just to be allowed make any type of food, along with inspections and fines.
FDA control the transportation of food.
Guidelines on growing, all plants must be irradiated, anything with nutritional value will now be called a food-drug.
Rescue Local/Organic Farming in the Food Safety Bill! Urgent — Call Your Senator Today Next week, as early as Tuesday, April 13, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a sweeping overhaul of federal food safety law – S. 510. The House food safety bill passed last year (HR 2749) included several measures that threaten small-scale organic producers, including a registration fee of $500 and blanket application of complicated monitoring and traceability standards — regardless of one’s farm size. There’s no doubt that industrial agriculture needs better oversight. But, family-scale local and organic farms are probably the safest in the nation –they are part of the solution, not part of the problem — and need to be protected! Now is your chance, as a supporter of sustainable family farming, to help fix these problems! Senator John Tester (D-MT), a certified organic farmer himself, is proposing an amendment to S. 510 that would exempt small-scale farmers and food processors from the most burdensome regulations. We need your help TODAY, please call your U.S. Senators in support of these proposals. The vast majority of recent food safety scandals in the U.S. — E. coli on fresh spinach, melamine in dairy products, Salmonella in peanut butter — were all linked to industrial agribusiness practices, and these large-scale operations clearly warrant more federal food safety oversight and strict enforcement action. What is NOT needed is a “one-size-fits-all” approach that poses unfair costs and onerous reporting on local and organic farmers. Safer, healthier food options provided by local, organic, and sustainable farmers should not be punished for their responsible work with expensive and complicated new rules. These rules may make industrialized food production safer, but offer no real food safety gains to consumers of local and organic foods. Small-scale operations are already subject to adequate regulation by local and state agencies. Smaller farm size inherently poses less risk (they are almost always owner-operated), and direct marketing also offers consumers better quality food with more transparency and accountability — and easy traceability. Taking Action is Easy: Call your Senators today, and tell them that you support Senator Tester’s amendment to S. 510. To reach your state’s Senators, 1. Search his/her phone number online: www.senate.gov... 2. Or call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Sample Talking Points: Specific talking points you can share with your Senators from Tester’s proposed amendment to S. 510 include: 1. With respect to the hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls, add the following new section to Section 103: (l) EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN FACILITIES – This section shall not apply to a facility for a year if the average annual adjusted gross income of such facility for the previous three-year period was less than $500,000. 1. With respect to traceability, add the following new section to Section 204: (f) EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN FACILITIES – The traceback and recordkeeping requirements under this section shall not apply to a facility for a year if the adjusted gross income of such facility for the previous year was less than $500,000. 1. With respect to the produce standards, add the following new section to Section 105: (g) EXCEPTION FOR DIRECT MARKET FARMS – This section shall not apply to farms whose annual value of sales of food products directly to consumers, hotels, restaurants, or institutions exceeds the annual value of sales of food products to all other buyers. Thanks for your support of organic, local and sustainable farmers! To see the letter sent to the U.S. Senate which Family Farm Defenders signed (along with 80+ other groups) click here
We therefore urge you to support Senator Tester’s amendment to exempt small, local processing facilities from the bill’s hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls requirements and traceability requirements. 1)With respect to the hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls, add the following new section to Section 103: (l) EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN FACILITIES – This section shall not apply to a facility for a year if the average annual adjusted gross income of such facility for the previous three-year period was less than $500,000. 2)With respect to traceability, add the following new section to Section 204: 2(f) EXEMPTION FOR CERTAIN FACILITIES – The traceback and recordkeeping requirements under this section shall not apply to a facility for a year if the adjusted gross income of such facility for the previous year was less than $500,000. FDA Produce Standards We also request that you consider an amendment to exempt direct-marketing farms from the FDA produce standards. With respect to the produce standards, we request that you add the following new section to Section 105: (g) EXEMPTION FOR DIRECT MARKET FARMS – This section shall not apply to farms whose annual value of sales of food products directly to consumers, hotels, restaurants, or institutions exceeds the annual value of sales of food products to all other buyers. Food safety is a priority for us all. We share the concerns that have led to this bill and appreciate Congress’s commitment to addressing these problems. Thank you for your consideration, and for your support of a safer, more sustainable food system and consumer access to healthy, local foods. For more information, contact Sara Kendall at 202-547-7040 or email@example.com, or Judith Mc Geary? at 512-243-9404 or Judith@Farma And Ranch Freedom?.org. Sincerely, National and Multi-State Organizations Acres USA Food Democracy Now! Adopt a Family Farm of America Freedom 21 Alliance for Natural Health – USA Local Harvest American Grassfed Association National Family Farm Coalition American Policy Center National Hmong American Farmers Appalachian Sustainable Development Natural Environmental Ecological Management Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Organic Consumers Association Center for Food Safety R-CALF USA Citizens for Health Real Food Campaign Constitutional Alliance Small Farmer’s Journal The Cornucopia Institute Small Farms Conservancy Family Farm Defenders Western Organization of Resource Councils Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Weston A Price Foundation State and Local Organizations Arkansas Animal Producers Association Montana Cattlemen’s Association Bountiful Cities Project (NC) Montana Farmers Union Community Farm Alliance (KY) Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society Corvallis-Albany Farmer’s Markets (OR) North Missoula Community Development Corp. (MT) Dakota Rural Action Northern Plains Resource Council Dakota Resource Council Northwest Farmer to Farmer Exchange (OR) Edible Austin (TX) Oregon Rural Action Edible San Marcos (TX) Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust Empire State Family Farm Alliance (NY) Ozarks Property Rights Congress (MO) Idaho Rural Council Powder River Basin Resource Council (WY) Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming Presentation Peace & Justice Center (CA) Innovative Farmers of Ohio Raw Milk Association of Colorado Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Rural Vermont Lane County Food Policy Council (OR) Salmon Valley Stewardship (ID) Maine Alternative Agriculture Association Sustainable Food Center (TX) Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Massachusetts Small Holders? Alliance Tuscaloosa Property Rights Alliance (AL) Michigan Land Trustees Virginia Independent Consumers and Farmers Assoc. Missouri Rural Crisis Center Western Colorado Congress Monroe/ La Crosse? County Farmers Union (WI) Winter Green (NC) Co-Ops Abundance Cooperative Market (NY) Kimberton Whole Foods (PA) Buffalo Mountain Food Cooperative (VT) Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Co-op (CA) Chatham Marketplace (NC) Rising Tide Community Market (ME) City Market/ Onion River Co-op (VT) Spiral Natural Foods (MN) Common Ground Food Co-op (IL) Swarthmore Co-op (PA) Deep Roots Market (NC) Trillium Natural Foods Community Co-op (WI) French Broad Food Co-op (NC) Uncle Mindee’s Food The Good Food Co-op (MN) Upper Valley Food Co-op (VT) Good Harvest Market (WI) Yellowstone Community Cooperative (MT) Green Tree? Cooperative Grocery (MI) Willimantic Food Co-op (CT) Hungry Hollow Co-op (NY)