We’ve been warned. Over and over again. By the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). By the John Hopkins’ Center for a Livable Future (CLF). Industrial agriculture is killing the planet and making us sick.
So how has the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) responded to these warnings? By trying to make it tougher, not easier, for small, local, sustainable food growers and producers to survive.
Unless changes are made to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), your local farms, farmers markets and food hubs could be in trouble.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has published the Top 10 Reasons farmers and consumers need to let the FDA know that these rules need to be rewritten in a way that promotes, not threatens, local, sustainable agriculture.
Food writer Tom Philpott just came out with a list of four foods that could disappear if the FSMA isn’t revised.
The deadline for sending comments to the FDA is November 15. Please take action today!
TAKE ACTION BY NOVEMBER 15: Tell the FDA: The FSMA puts small and mid-scale farmers and processors at a competitive disadvantage against corporate farmers and producers who can more easily absorb costs, fees and fines. Please revise the FSMA to level the playing field for small growers.