The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently revised several key parts of what are known as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules, and they’re asking for feedback from farmers and consumers before the rules are finalized. We have the chance to fix FSMA so that the rules support a healthier and more just, sustainable food system.
Fall and winter 2014 will bring with them a whirlwind of new federal farm and food policies – everything from proposals for new food safety laws and conservation programs, to bills that aim to bring fresh, local, and healthy food into our nation’s schools – and we’ll need your voice to support sustainable farm and food systems more than ever!
Every five or so years, Congress rewrites child nutrition program legislation in a large, single bill known as the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act (CNR). A large part of CNR includes legislation for our nation’s school-based meal programs (think school breakfast, lunch, and snacks), of which farm to school efforts are an important piece. The current CNR – the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 – expires in September 2015, meaning that Congress’ work on the act and grassroots advocacy around it starts NOW. We have the opportunity this fall to encourage more investment in farm to school efforts across the nation – leading to healthier kids and stronger local farm economies! Stay tuned for ways to support this work!
Programs that reward farmers for their conservation efforts and help protect our nation’s air, soil, and water are a win-win for farmers and sustainability. Now, more than ever, those programs are facing a record-high demand. That’s why it’s important that the USDA hears from us this fall about how to make conservation programs work for farmers across the country. The USDA just released interim rules for the Conservation Stewardship Program, and soon they will release rules for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Regional Conservation Partnerships Program. These three on-farm programs are critical to improving and enhancing natural resources for farmers and future generations. We’ll need you to submit comments on these programs this fall, so stay tuned for our full analysis on the rules and ways to take action. Join us in supporting farmers who take the lead in sustainability!
If you care about getting healthy food to everyone, protecting our natural resources, and supporting the next generation of American farmers, then you’ll want to get involved this year!
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