Local & Organic Foods at Risk
North Carolina has a growing and thriving local, sustainable food system that holds the promise of making our community’s food secure, our environment cleaner, and our farmers and citizens more prosperous. However, federal Senate Bill 510, intended to reduce food safety risks in the industrial food system, threatens to impose significant burdens on our local and organic farmers.
NC Senators Richard Burr & Kay Hagan have the ability to improve this bill and we need your help! Send the email below urging them to include language from Senate Bill 2758 in S510. S2758 would establish a training program to help small farms and food businesses improve food safety without driving those entities out of business.
What I wrote to my Senators about the bill:
I’m a young mom. I was raised in North Carolina and since having my two girls, who are 3 and 1, I’ve started learning more about our culture and who I am by going to the local Farmer’s Market.
Every week my daughters go the local Farmer’s Market in Fayetteville with me. My oldest one knows all the farmers. She talks to them, asks them questions. They love her.
She takes such pride in bringing home her unique and superior local food. She loves the egg guy and his blue eggs, and can’t wait to eat it.
We’ve gotten so much more from the local farmers than we could from a chain grocery store; healthier, fresher food that is easier on the environment, a sense of community, a feeling for what is means to be a North Carolina farmer.
Please do what needs to be done to protect small farmers and Farmer’s Markets.