Tuesday, March 31, 2009

From the General Manager’s Desk

Food Bills and Pistachios

For those of you who have seen information in the past few days about legislation dealing with food safety, here is the update:

HR 875 This bill is being closely monitored and currently poses no threat to organic growers, backyard gardeners or farmers’ markets. Most of the claims about it on the internet are false. For the latest information check www.ccof.org/foodsafety.php.

HR 814 Currently calls for a mandatory animal identification system

HR 759 Complete overall of the FDA with attendant problems for small farms

Currently, Congress is dealing with the larger issues of the economy and climate change.

Any urgent need for action concerning organics will be communicated in the Co-op and on this blog as the situation warrants.