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Calling All Rhode Island Attorneys: We Want You!
by Sumana Chintapalli

On the heels of a successful two years running in Massachusetts and Maine, CLF’s Legal Food Hub is coming to Rhode Island, and we are looking for attorneys and firms to join our network.  The Hub connects lower-income farmers and food businesses to much-needed pro bono, transactional legal assistance and is a great way for…

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Starting a Business Just Got Easier
by Ben Tettlebaum

Sooner or later, if you’re thinking of starting a business, you’ll need to decide what form it should take. Do you want to start a for-profit? A nonprofit? A cooperative? Wonder if an S Corp might be a better choice than a C Corp? Is a B Corp right for you? What’s the difference between…

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Federal Law Will Determine What You Eat
by Ben Tettlebaum

Since the founding of the United States, law and policy (or sometimes the lack of either) have shaped what we eat. To most of us — food consumers — changes that law and policy bring to our food system are subtle. We may realize our favorite drinks now have high-fructose corn syrup but not connect that…

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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…

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Last Chance To Save Your Farmers’ Market!
by Ben Tettlebaum

When Congress drafted the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), it intended to make our food safer while protecting smaller farms and food businesses, not forcing them to shut down.  And when President Obama signed the FSMA into law in 2011, he never intended to put out of business small- to medium-scale family farmers across the…