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CLF’s Pro Bono Legal Services Food Hub Helps Boston Food Entrepreneurs
by Molly Norton

Earlier this year, two young Boston entrepreneurs were in the thick of starting a food business. Their idea was to start a food truck in low-income Boston neighborhoods where they would cook and serve on-the-go meals made with ingredients sourced from local farms. Through this venture, the duo aimed to increase access to healthy, affordable,…

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The Holidays Come Early? FDA Revises Draft Food Safety Rules
by Ben Tettlebaum

CLF, sustainable agriculture organizations, and farmers and food businesses across the country can finally open the gift FDA presented just before the holidays last year. As explained, thanks to tens of thousands of comments, FDA announced last December that it would revise the most onerous provisions of two Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules — the…

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Rhode Island’s Food Scrap Bill Is Good For Business
by Max Greene

On June 4, the Rhode Island Senate unanimously passed a CLF-supported bill requiring large producers of food scrap to send this and other organic material to composting facilities and anaerobic digesters instead of to the Central Landfill. This is good news! And it’s attracting national attention. A story in the Wall Street Journal that same…

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Could New England Produce Half the Food It Consumes?
by Ben Tettlebaum

What if New England produced half of the food its residents need? Is such a vision possible? Based on the amount of acreage in farmland, our region currently produces only about 10 percent of the food we consume. The latest agriculture census numbers point to challenges to achieving significant growth in producing our own food.…

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Breaking a Few Eggs: The 2014 Farm Bill
by Ben Tettlebaum

Today, President Obama signed into law the Agriculture Act of 2014, better known as the Farm Bill. Earlier this week, Congress passed the bill with bipartisan support. Making the omelet that is the 2014 Farm Bill involved breaking a few eggs, but it was a long overdue piece of legislation with many programs vital to…

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Brazil, Iceland, Outer Space, and . . . Portland, Maine
by Ben Tettlebaum

Last month, Business Insider listed its top 14 recommendations for must-see places in 2014. In addition to places like Brazil, Iceland, Tokyo, and even the bonus destination of outer space, falls Portland, Maine. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. As the magazine notes, Portland loves quality food and has been attracting talented chefs for years. The city…

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FDA Grants New England Farmers’ Holiday Wish
by Ben Tettlebaum

You spoke; the U.S. Food and Drug Administration listened. The FDA announced today that it will redraft significant portions of its recently proposed Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule and Preventive Controls Rule. This is big news! As drafted, the rules could have forced thousands of small farms across New England out of business…

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FDA Extends Deadline To Comment on Food Safety Rules
by Ben Tettlebaum

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended the deadline to comment on its two proposed food safety rules until this Friday, November 22.  Many people reported trouble accessing the federal comments website, regulations.gov, last week.  FDA has been flooded with so many comments about its proposed Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules that it…