Today, I wrote an email to the office of Representative Lee Terry. He is the Congressman for my district, and I want him to know that I oppose the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009. This Act has the potential to overregulate everyone who produces food, and I believe that it will not address the true issues of safe food.
Also, it was organized by the very chemical-producing, gene-altering behemoth you have heard about in Food Inc. and other media outlets.
You can find your Representative’s information here.
As a constituent and beginning farmer, I urge you to vote against the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009. I have read the language of the bill and have participated in many discussions about it. I have no faith that it will positively impact our food production system in any way.
Clean food starts with clean farms. This means smaller farm sizes, not more regulation. No one can maintain a clean feedlot operation of 50,000 cattle or chickens.
I understand that you have donors who will tell you otherwise. However, I urge you and your peers to vote against this Act. It will harm the very people who strive to improve their communities by participating in food production.