There are only a few days left to make your voice heard on proposed FDA regulations that will affect small farms all across the United States. These changes could ultimately, directly affect the emerging regional and local foods systems that we are working to build by placing undue regulatory burdens on small farms. The FDA is currently encouraging consumers, farmers and producers to submit feedback that they will use to help shape these policies. Now is your chance to weigh in and let the FDA know that we must protect our small, local producers to ensure the continued growth and viability of our local food systems. Here are some resources to help guide you through the proposed policies and information on how to submit feedback. The FDA is accepting comments until Nov 15, so don’t wait, make your voice heard!
According to Farmandranchfreedom.org:
“The FDA’s proposed food safety regulations pose significant problems for sustainable farmers, food producers, and food hubs across the country. Under the proposed regulations, many farmers will be forced to comply with high-cost, industrial-scale regulations, and they will be unable to use traditional, sustainable growing practices. Food hubs and local food businesses will be forced to deal with costly and burdensome paperwork. Ultimately, consumers will face increased food prices and reduced availability of locally and sustainably produced foods.”
Take action: There is still time to submit comments directly to the FDA, the deadline is Nov 15. To submit comments online, go to:
On-Farm Produce Rule: www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2011-N-0921-0199
Preventive Controls / HARPC Rule: www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FDA-2011-N-0920-0188
For more information on submitting comments, sample emails and information on contacting your local officials, click here.