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Early Christmas Gift for Small Farms

Posted 12/21/2013 6:42am by Michael Scheidel.
Hey good folks!
Here's an early Christmas gift for America's small farmers.  Last year the FDA proposed an extremely lopsided piece of legislation under the guise of food safety that would have levied serious financial burden on small farms; basically applying the same rules and inspection fees for small farms like ours as large industrial operations.  I submitted my comments on the proposed legislation to our representatives and participated in webinars trying to understand the proposal.  Yesterday it was announced that the FDA has issued a surprise reversal on their proposal but will revise and resubmit next year some time.  So for now the small family farm is safe from the disconnected mindset that any legislation for farms could be one-size-fits-all. 
Below is an excerpt from Jim Gerritsen's recent post on his website.  Jim is an organic potato (and more) farmer in Maine who owns and operated Wood Prairie Farm and is a leading advocate for GMO labeling and the fight against Mon(ster)sa(tan)nto!  

Thank you for supporting our farm!  Peace.
The Scheidels