Va. HB 1290: Groundbreaking Bill Supports Local Food Choice

by Bernadette Barber on January 23, 2015

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The Virginia Food Freedom Act, HB 1290 [sponsored by Rob Bell (R-58)], has been introduced into the Virginia General Assembly. The bill aims to allow direct sales of home- and farm-produced foods without burdensome regulations. Specifically, HB 1290 provides an exemption from the authority of the Virginia Board of Agriculture  [Read more]

The Fog of Farming

January 21, 2015
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Back in the day, if a pesticide cloud strayed onto a neighboring farm due to high wind or an inept crop duster, it was likely welcomed, a free service that the farmer would have had to pay for anyway. In some places today, that might still be the case. Unless, of course, you are an organic lettuce  [Read more]

Virginia Farmer’s Property Rights Dispute With Green Group Hits Another Snag

January 14, 2015
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Virginia farmer Martha Boneta thought her long-running dispute with a local green group was coming to an end. But now, that light at the end of the tunnel has gone dark again. Efforts to reach a settlement with a local green group, the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), are on hold. The PEC currently  [Read more]

2015 – Year of the Small California Farmers Market Farmer

January 13, 2015
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Protecting our small farmers with a 2-tier food regulatory system
 
You weren’t invited to participate in the major rewrite of regulations impacting small farmers. Small farmers weren’t invited or consulted either. These bills created a stealth competitive barrier for small farmers in farmers markets, and a  [Read more]

Rule by Bureaucratic Fiat in Vermont

December 11, 2014
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With the passage of the Administrative Procedures Act in the states and at the federal level, government agencies have been given powers traditionally reserved to the legislative and judicial branches. The result has been less representative government and situations where the bureaucracy rules by administrative fiat with little or no input from  [Read more]

Right to Farm Protection in Michigan Threatened

November 24, 2014
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A major development in the American system of government has been the rise in power of the executive branch and the corresponding weakening of the “separation of powers” doctrine. In this article, Wendy Banka, President of the of the Michigan Small Farms Council, reports on the  [Read more]

Living with GMOs: A Letter from America

November 24, 2014
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An open letter to the citizens, politicians, and regulators of the UK and Europe about the hazards of genetically modified crops—the warning comes at a critical time as the European Parliament will vote in January whether member states can decide for themselves to grow GM crops or not. If this legislation is passed, the UK  [Read more]

Tell Congress to Vote NO on TPP and Fast Track Authority for Trade Deals

November 18, 2014
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ACT NOW! Sign the FAX Petition and send your own comments to your U.S. legislators.
 
Help stop the latest push for “Fast Track” legislation. This type of legislation would enable corporate power grabs–like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement–to be rushed through Congress without the normal procedures for amendments and debate.  [Read more]

FSMA: The Threat to Raw Milk

November 2, 2014
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Even though the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hasn’t carried out or threatened an enforcement action against raw milk producers for several years, FDA remains the most anti-raw milk government agency in the country. In 2010 Congress, greatly expanded FDA’s power with the passage of the  [Read more]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Raw Milk Cases for Food Freedom

October 18, 2014
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WILL WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT UPHOLD FOOD FREEDOM?
By Gayle Loiselle
 
Three Wisconsin farms now have petitions for review before the state’s Supreme Court—all challenging the legality and constitutionality of contracts between farmers, private citizens and private food groups to acquire or provide fresh unpasteurized  [Read more]

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