Podcast with host Dennis Crowley
Episode 13 of the Food Rights Hour podcast is about the Food Safety Modernization Act that was signed into law on January 4, 2011. During this episode, our host, Dennis Crowley, and Michael Tabor, the lone farmer to testify last winter on Capitol Hill about the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), discuss:
- How much time should we have until the new FSMA regulations are issued and enforced?
- How might FSMA affect small sustainable farmers?
- How have farmers already been affected by FSMA even though the Act is not finalized?
Listen to the podcast to find out!
The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speaker(s) and not those of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund.
Even though individual farmers don’t have a lot of clout, farmers, consumers and artisanal producers taking a stand together do!
FTCLDF can help farmer members who face penalties because of FSMA.
Michael Tabor has owned Licking Creek Bend Farm since 1972. It had a short life as a “diaspora Kibbutz,” but after the “city-slickers” returned to the big city, he had grown to love his land and turned seriously to farming. It was only two years later that he participated in his first farmers’ market in Washington, D.C. Thirty-eight years later, he is still doing what he loves while also staying socially active. His mission is to provide delicious and nutritious food at an affordable price.
Note: This podcast episode was originally recorded in October 2013.
FDA comments for the proposed HARPC and Produce rules are now closed on FSMA, but FDA plans to publish revised language on the rules by early summer 2014 and will be accepting additional comments on those sections. Subscribe to our Food Rights News mailing list to receive FSMA Action Alerts and more.
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FTCLDF, as part of a coalition of 39 farming and consumer organizations, urged Congress to include a provision in the Farm Bill that would require the FDA to do more analysis before enforcing rules under FSMA. Read the letter at bit.ly/farm-bill-benishek.