Farm Bill in House, Online Petition to U.S. Representatives

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FARM BILL AMENDMENTS – Ask Your U.S. Representative to Support non-GMO Agriculture, Small Farmers and Local Food!

The U.S. House is debating its version of the Farm Bill (H.R. 1947). Over 200 amendments have been introduced, including several to protect farmers from burdensome food safety regulations and prevent the unauthorized release of genetically modified crops.
Use the online petition to fax a message to your U.S. Representative urging support of:

1. Amendment #214 by Benishek to protect farmers from unnecessarily burdensome regulations;
2. Amendment #115 by Kaptur to prevent large companies from retaliating against livestock and poultry producers who speak out about unfairness in the marketplace;
3. Amendment #136 by Lowey to address contamination by genetically engineered crops; and
4. Amendment #176 by Pingree to support small-scale meat processors who are vital to restoring our local food systems.

Follow up with a call your U.S. Representative as soon as possible.
It takes just a couple of minutes, and it truly does make a difference!
Please share this alert with friends and family.

 

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Action #1 – Send a Message to Your U.S. Representative

While You’re Here, Use the Online Petition then Make the Call

This FREE Online Petition will FAX your U.S. Representative the list of amendments to support and any comment you add to the “personal message” field.

The subject line reads:  Support Amdmts 115, 136, 176 & 214
Be sure to add a few sentences to personalize the message! Tell your Representative a little bit about who you are. The petition confirmation webpage will show your Representative’s name after you click “Send your message(s)”You can also choose to send your message to a local newspaper editor. 

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Action #2 – Call Your U.S. Representative 
It’s even more effective to follow up your message with a Phone Call

Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121, tell them your State and ask to be connected to your Representative’s office.
To find your Representative’s phone number and website online, go to the Directory at  at www.house.gov/representatives and enter your zip code. Click on the name for more details.
MESSAGE: My name is  ____ and I am a constituent calling about the Farm Bill.  I urge Representative ______ to support Amendments 115, 136, 176 and 214.

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More Information 

Amendments to the 2013 Farm Bill (H.R. 1947)

 

1. Amendment #115 by Kaptur to prevent large companies from retaliating against livestock and poultry producers who speak out about unfairness in the marketplace. Farmers should not have to be afraid to tell the truth about the problems with corporate consolidation in our food system. 

2. Amendment #136 by Lowey to address contamination by genetically engineered crops. The recent contamination of a wheat field in Oregon – and the resulting loss of consumer confidence both in the U.S. and internationally – has yet again shown that the existing provisions for testing unauthorized GMO crops are not sufficient to protect farmers and consumers.

 

3. Amendment #176 by Pingree. In addition to providing for various grant programs, this amendment directs USDA to establish a “local and regional farm and food system enterprise facilitation initiative to increase training and technical assistance” to help people working to establish local food businesses. The amendment also provides for critically needed technical assistance for small-scale meat processors, who are a vital piece of restoring our local food systems.

 

4. Amendment #214 by Benishek to protect farmers from unnecessarily burdensome regulations. The FDA has proposed extensive, complicated regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act that basically assume the worst of every situation and then force the farmers to find science on their own to prove that their farming methods are safe. Many traditional and sustainable methods of cultivation will be “guilty” until proven innocent.

 

The Benishek amendment would require FDA to do a scientific and economic analysis of the regulations before they go into effect, focusing on the impact on agricultural businesses of all sizes. This amendment is important to ensure that FDA doesn’t drive farmers, particularly small-scale and sustainable farmers, out of business with unfounded and unnecessary regulations.

 

For more information, go to www.farmtoconsumer.org/FarmBill2013

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit [EIN 20-8605130], defends the rights and broadens the freedoms of family farms and artisan food producers while protecting consumer access to raw milk and nutrient-dense foods. Learn more About Us or FTCLDF 2012 Summary.

Membership benefits include the possibility of representation in court; the Fund typically pays for all court costs. The Fund is not an insurance company and cannot guarantee representation on all legal matters. Your membership fees and donations help to keep local food sources available and preserve family farms facing unjust enforcement actions
Questions? Contact us by email at info@farmtoconsumer.org or call 703-208-FARM (3276). 
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