Jon Tester and Kay Hagan added an amendment to the S.510 food safety modernization act. IT would help save the small farmer in this bill. Big AG is now fighting it and will not support the bill with this attached. The question is WHY do they care what someone like me, who is no threat to their bottom line, does?
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snipppet of letter they wrote in retaliation of this amendment:
The letter from the Agribusiness groups states: "[B]y incorporating
the Tester amendment in the bill, consumers will be left vulnerable to the
gaping holes and uneven application of the law created by these exemptions.
In addition, it sets an unfortunate precedent for future action on food
safety policy by Congress that science and risk based standards can be
this is what i think they are afraid of:
taken from the pdf attached:
The growing trend toward healthy, fresh, locally sourced vegetables, fruit, dairy, and value-added products improves food safety by providing the opportunity for consumers to know their farmers and processors, to choose products on the basis of that relationship, and to readily trace any
problems should they occur.