The Food Safety Modernization Act is Coming to a Farm Near You!

Are you ready to Talk Turkey to the Food and Drug Administration? If you eat food – and that’s all of us, we need to make our voices heard!  We should all be concerned about the FDA’s new Food Safety Modernization Act  #FoodSafety (FSMA) laws, which unfairly target local food efforts, undermine sustainable and organic practices, and will reduce access to fresh, local food in your community.

The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed new rules this year that will have a huge impact on how fresh fruits and vegetables are grown and processed in the US. This is a big deal for farmers and eaters! Everyone has a role in ensuring safe food from field to fork – but FDA’s new proposed rules as written will unfairly burden family farmers, target sustainable and organic farming, and reduce the availability of fresh, local food in our communities. Right now, we have a chance to tell FDA that this is unacceptable – and we need your help to do it.

FDA's new food safety rules must:

  • Allow     farmers to use sustainable farming practices, including those already     allowed and encouraged by existing federal organic standards and     conservation programs.
  • Ensure     that diversified and innovative farms, particularly those pioneering     models for increased access to healthy, local foods, continue to grow and     thrive without being stifled. 
  • Provide     options that treat family farms fairly, with due process and without     excessive costs.

Are you a farmer or food processor? Start here.

Are you a concerned consumer? Start here.

This week, we and all of our partners in the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition are launching a campaign to #fixFSMA - we need you to submit comments to the FDA and speak out for local food and farms by November 15.  You can go their website for sample letters and talking points that you can customize :

Pam Kingfisher