You may remember our action alert from November. Food safety legislation has been knocking around Congress for quite a while, in the wake of the numerous recalls and other scares. It seems obvious that the government should put more teeth into food safety oversight, but – like many “obvious” initiatives that are spawned in Washington – the devil is in the details. In this case, the bills that have been reported out of committees have the very real potential to put many small farmers out of business. This could include our farmer partners here and abroad. A group of Senators is working on a solution.
For the specifics on how to take action, download this action alert from the National Organic Coalition (Equal Exchange is a member).
For more details on the legislation, see this update from the Executive Director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.