Metuchen CSA Calls For Action Alert to Protect Food Safety Bill

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Tracey and Gideon Gelber help run the Metuchen Community Supported Agriculturegroup. They recently sent us this information regarding a food safety bill that could affect farmers' markets like theirs. A CSA is a group that buys a share of an organic independent farm and supports it by buying produce from them throughout a particular planting season.

Here's their plan:

An issue has cropped up that could use your help. There is a food safety bill already passed by the Senate and now under consideration by the
 House of Representatives that increases the regulation of agricultural
 product from large agri-business operations. The problem is that at the last
 minute the agribusiness lobby is trying to gut amendments to the bill that
 protect small famers, farmer's markets, and organizations like our CSA. If
 you could find the time this week to write to our congressional
 representatives to ask them to include the Tester-Hagen Amendment to
 Bill#S.510 (the amendment that protects family farmers) intact, it will 
really help.

Here's a link to National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition with information on how to take action.  Also, here's a link to congress.org for email addresse, or call 202-224-3121 and leave a
 message or Representative Frank Pallone, Metuchen's  congressman.

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