Today may be your last chance to make sure protections for family farm, local and organic producers are included in the new food safety bill. As early as this afternoon or later this evening, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the Food Safety Modernization Act, S.510.
When I called Patty Murray's office, the young man wanted to set me straight. This bill affects only farms that earn over $500k/ year and processing plants... that sort of thing.
BUT, here's the thing: Those laws DO impact small farmers. FOR EXAMPLE: I have two steers to take to a processing plant. I want to be able to sell the meat to restaurants and local grocers. The only way they can accept the meat is if it has been processed in a USDA certified facility. The only USDA certified facility that handles custom orders in five hours from here.
... so, in order to have my moos sold to local businesses, I have to trailer them for five hours -- FIVE HOURS!!!-- to the custom USDA plant. That's UNnecessary stress on Kobe and Bruiser, don't you agree? Then I have to drive home. And two weeks later I have to drive another ten hours to pick up the meat. That's 20 hours of driving, hundreds of dollars in fuel to allow the locals to buy local.
Does this make sense to you?
Please call you Senator.