|Vilsack: Biotech will solve our ag problems|
Grist - 4/21/2009.By Tom Philpott – USDA chief Tom Vilsack has been in Italy at the G8 meeting, talking ag policy with reporters. As the global hunger crisis lingers and climate-change and population fears fester, Vilsack is using the opportunity to push agri-biotech as the solution to the globe’s food needs. ... A few days earlier, Vilsack weighed in on a key debate in global food policy: the need for organized government grain reserves.
|Maine farmers speak out against new food safety regulation bills|
Maine Campus - 4/20/2009.By Jeffrey Hake – Several new bills for food safety legislation, recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, have local farmers and small farm supporters disgruntled. The new legislation attempts to establish increased regulations to ensure food safety. People against the bill say legislators are "viewing all agriculture as big agriculture" and that the new laws will adversely affect small farms.
|Not enough fine print in the food safety bill|
Mother Jones - 4/20/2009.By Taylor Wiles – Recently Kiera Butler wrote that the Food Safety Modernization Act 2009, or HR 875, will not mean the end of organic farming if it passes. Well, the bill may not send the feds tromping through your backyard basil patch, but it's certainly worth questioning – along with the Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act, or HR 759, also currently in the House. For local farmers whose produce doesn't reach the conventional food industry, how legislators construe 875 could have dire consequences.