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Get Those Congresscritters!

Sharon July 29th, 2009

Thanks to Bob Waldrop for the heads up on this – he posts:

HR 2749, a so-called “food safety” act, will likely be voted on by the US House of Representatives today.

This bill will cause serious problems for local food systems.  Among other things –

+ It includes a new $500/site fee for any kind of food processing faciltity or business.
+ It gives the FDA new authority to regulate the growing, harvesting and selling of fresh produce.

Both of these provisions may be the kiss of death for local farmers and artisan processors.

Please take action now — not this afternoon, not tomorrow — to defend your right to buy, and the producers’ rights to produce, local and artisan foods.

Call your congressperson now and ask them to vote against HR 2749.  To find your congressional representative’s contact info, go to  and enter your zip code in the box in the upper left corner of the screen.

Please notify others who should be concerned about this.

Do the work.  Pass it on.  Thanks all.