I’ve been reading some fairly disturbing reviews of the “Food Safety Bill” HR 2749, and wrote this morning to my Congressman, Eric Massa:
Hi Congressman Massa,
I am writing to voice my concern over sections of HR 2749, which appears to be an attempt on the part of large businesses to further lock up and control our food system in the name of safety. I’d be happy to see a bill that actually addressed safety concerns many of us have over our food: end to factory feed lots, rational livestock sewage management, regulation of manipulation of corn and food commodity prices, regulation of anti-biotics use in large feedlots and so on. However, this bill appears to target small and organic growers’ practices without in any way addressing these large concerns.
As an agricultural district, the Fighting 29th is home to many small farms, organic growers and processors, CSAs and home gardens that would likely be affected by the contents of this bill. These small farms and gardens will be critical to our food system in coming years as industrial farming’s problems mount up. These problems include those listed above, and also include rising energy prices, dead, eroded soil, crumbling delivery systems and other issues.
I believe this bill is now in committee negotiations and we have not seen the final text. However, based on what has been released so far, I strongly urge you to use your vote both in committee and on the floor to keep this burden off the back of small growers, organic farmers and home gardeners here in NY-29.