York County oyster farmers Anthony Bavuso and Greg Garrett had their respective cases argued before the Virginia Supreme Court on October 28. In each case, York County Zoning Administrator J. Mark Carter and other county officials were appealing rulings from
Food safety regulations proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pose significant problems for sustainable farmers, food producers, and food hubs across the country.
Under the proposed regulations, many farmers will be forced to comply with high-cost, industrial-scale regulations, and they will be unable to use traditional, sustainable growing practices. Food hubs and local food businesses will be forced to deal with costly and
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The FDA is yet again putting burdens on farmers who use healthy, sustainable practices, and justifying them with fear-based assumptions rather than data. The agency’s latest move is a draft guidance document that will make it all but impossible for farmers with 3,000 or more laying hens to keep the birds on pasture.
FDA is aiming to undermine the Tester-Hagan amendment which exempts small-scale, direct-marketing farms from the most burdensome aspects of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This exemption is essential to the continued vitality of the local foods movement.
FDA is proposing rules that would make it very easy for the agency to force even small-scale farmers to comply with the extensive, burdensome
Bill Attempts to Ban Retail Raw Milk Sales Senator Pat Woods (District 7) expects to present Senate Bill 286 to the Conservation Committee on Thursday afternoon or evening, February 28th. The Senate Conservation Committee is chaired by Senator Peter Wirth (District 25). SB 286, as written, calls for a ban on the sale of retail […]