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HR 875: No Need For Alarm … Yet

By Alison Rogers

Tags: sustainable farms, industrial agriculture, food and agriculture policy, organic agriculture, food safety,

American Food
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We’ve received e-mails from many of you, concerned that a new bill introduced to Congress will mean the ultimate demise of small and organic farms nationwide. HR 875: The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, is definitely flawed but according to the Organic Consumers Association, there’s no need to panic at this time. 

The bill is designed to address inadequacies in our food safety system, but it doesn’t create controls specifically for filthy factory farms. Instead it applies the typical one-size-fits-all regulations on the entire industry, which almost always spells trouble for small producers who don’t have the extra funds to implement them. 

You can learn more about the bill, OCA’s stance, and tell your representatives that revisions are needed through this handy tool. Simply plug in your zip code and all the work is done for you! Speak out for organic farming.