Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

IMG_0206If you’re reading this, you’re probably someone who is interested in good food…local food…food that might not be available if the Congress does not hear your voice today. The FDA has proposed new rules under the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) that will have a devastating impact on local farmers and businesses who are responsible for bringing fresh local food to schools, hospitals and your dinner plate. These new rules will likely put many farms out of businesses, destroy more wildlife habitats and require an increase in the use of chemicals.

I don’t know about you, but I could use a little less government in my food, thank you very much. Listen, in my mind it’s pretty simple. The bigger things get, the more dangerous they can become. I don’t like the idea of only a few titans in the food industry, including the government, controlling the future of one of our most basic needs. While we’re all asleep at the wheel, CEOs have turned food into spreadsheets and are slowly reducing your freedom of choice, turning our food into “frankenfood” with the help of modern science, putting small farms out of business, creating cruel new ways to torture and kills billions of animals each year and essentially, creating an unstable and unsustainable future for all of us. (Want to read a scary book, try Bet the Farm…and then try sleeping ever again.) When things get big, you need big sweeping changes to try and fix what’s broken. The problem is that a one-size-fits-all solution rarely addresses the core issues and always creates collateral damage to the the ones who don’t fit the profile – in this case, it’s the small farms and business.

IMG_1726So if you are one of the many people who want to know where your food comes from, enjoys the ability – and right – to buy from small farmers, participate in CSAs or visit your local farmers market, take a few minutes out of your day today – how about right now? –  to ensure that new regulations do not put family farms out of business, harm farmers’ soil, water, and wildlife conservation efforts, or shut down the growth of local and regional healthy food systems! By signing the petition and voicing your concern, you are letting the government know that, in the words of Dr. Seuss’ “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Categories: General
Linda Soper-Kolton

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