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Concerns Grow Over Implementation Of Food Safety Modernization Act

By Elisha Dorfsmith

“I’m disappointed to report that, according to decidedly nonparanoid, noncrazy observers, the proposed rules as currently written represent a significant and possibly devastating burden to small and midsize players.” –Tom Philpott (Mother Jones)

“They will over-regulate local food. The rules could consider farmers markets, roadside stands, and community-supported agriculture programs “manufacturing facilities” subject to additional regulation.” –National Sustainable Agriculture Commission

For years, the Flag Liberty Blog and Flagstaff Liberty Alliance have been warning about the potentially devastating impact the Food Safety Modernization Act could have on local organic food and small farms. Today the window for feedback closes and soon we will get to see just how far the FDA will go with their excessive rules and regulations.

I have often felt that the many warnings I posted on my blog fell on deaf ears. Especially the ears of those who should be paying the most attention. It was sad to see local food activists and certain Flagstaff City Council members join together to fight a recent food freedom resolution supporting local food and organic gardens. The resolution put forth by Flagstaff Liberty Alliance was created in part to fight the excessive restrictions in the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Thankfully, some Councilmembers did get the spirit and message of the resolution. Councilmember Karla Brewster mentioned multiple times during council meetings that a resolution was needed to combat companies like Monsanto (who helped write the FSMA). Mayor Jerry Nabours and Councilmember Jeff Oravits (who introduced the resolution) also made statements standing up for food freedom. In the end, the resolution died with only three of the seven council members willing to publicly support local food and small farms.

Now that the deadline for public comment on the Food Safety Modernization Act has arrived, people and groups across the political spectrum are waking up and sounding the alarm about the dangers of the FSMA. Better late than never. Last week Mother Jones published an excellent article titled 4 Foods That Could Disappear If New Food Safety Rules Pass. Will you miss your organic spinach and pickles? You can read the full article here:

http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2013/11/will-new-food-safety-law-small-farms-organic-FSMA

The National Sustainable Agriculture Commission has also voiced major concerns on their website in an article titled Top 10 Reasons for Farmers, Consumers, and Organizers to Weigh in on Proposed Food Safety Rules. That article can be found here:

http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/food-safety-comments-top-10/

While the deadline to weigh in on the new FSMA regulations passes today, the fight for local, organic food and farms has just begun. Please do some research about how this law will impact you and let us find common ground and try to work together to protect food freedom in Flagstaff.

Disclaimer: The views represented in my blog are mine and mine alone and do not necessarily represent the views of the groups I work with.

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  1. November 13, 2013 at 7:01 pm

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