Defending the rights and broadening the freedoms of family farms and protecting
consumer access to raw milk and nutrient dense foods.
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Reject S.510 - Protect America's Small Farms & Food Producers
111th U.S. Congress - Senate Bill S.510 [Click here for Talking Points]

Update 11/17/10: Cloture passed 75-25. Call Senators to VOTE "NO" on S.510

More than ever S.510 represents a major threat to the local food movement, states' autonomy to regulate food, and the country's ability to become self-sufficient in food production.

Passage of the revised version into law will enable FDA potentially to regulate all farms marketing food products direct to consumers even if the farms engage only in intrastate commerce. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 (S.510) needs to be stopped!

How bad can a federal food safety bill be? Let me count the ways! Better yet, let Senator Coburn give you a short video tutorial on the underlying problems with S.510.

FDA's failure to exercise its current powers hardly justifies rewarding the agency with expanded authority in the aftermath of the egg recall and peanut butter fiasco. Moreover, FDA has proven itself untrustworthy to operate in the best interest of the American public as clearly seen in allowing the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in animals and its lax policy regarding genetically modified foods.

Congress hasn't gotten the message that they need to solve the real problems--the centralized food distribution system and imported foods--and not regulate our local food sources out of business.

Tell your Senators to protect local foods and vote against S.510. Then follow up this petition email with phone calls; for contact numbers, go to the S.510 legislation page and enter your zip code in the right panel box.

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