Saturday, August 1, 2009

HR 2749 Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009
Has passed the house. Important to contact your representatives and let them know what you think of it. It will affect every farm and garden in america, every man, woman and child.

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
For Farmers and Consumers Defending the Right to Buy and Protecting the Right to Sell Nutritious Food directly from the Farm.

"The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund is opposed to HR 2749 because it would adversely impact small farms and food producers, without providing significant reforms in the industrial food system. HR 2749 does not address the underlying causes of food safety problems, including industrial agriculture practices and the consolidationof our food supply."

Talking Points - Alarming Provisions

"Geographic Quarantine. Under the provision, farmers markets and local food sources could be shut down even if they are not the source of the contamination."

"...would give FDA the power to make warrantless searches of the business records..."

"...Amish and Mennonite food producers having to register would thus be faced with a choice of violating either their religious faith or the law, while other food producers could face added expense and problems if they do not have the necessary technology. Failure to property register would constitute misbranding and would be a violation of the law."