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Another Significant Step Toward a Clean and Healthy Lake Champlain
by Rebekah Weber

Last week, CLF and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (AAFM) agreed to an historic settlement that provides the blueprint for farmers to reach Vermont’s goal of clean and healthy waters across the state. This agreement comes nearly a year after AAFM originally rejected CLF’s petition for stricter standards for agricultural operations. However, the context…

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Celebrating the Opening of Boston Public Market
by Elena Mihaly

This first-of-its-kind, all locally sourced market was brought about with the help of CLF’s Legal Services Food Hub The grand opening of the Boston Public Market today included beautiful displays of plump summer fruits and glistening freshly caught seafood, but that’s not what caught my eye. My focus was drawn to the various stall arrangements for…

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Protecting Farmland and Communities – Keeping Act 250 Strong
by Sandy Levine

For decades, Vermont’s premiere land use law, Act 250, has provided important protections for Vermont’s natural resources and communities. Prescient when it was passed in 1970, it provides for development to conform to the natural resources on which we all rely, and to provide for objective, citizen oriented environmental review of major development projects. Over…

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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…

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Your Turn To Act: Tell FDA Not To Crush Local Farms!
by Ben Tettlebaum

Do you love farmers’ markets, farm-to-table restaurants, and fresh fruits and vegetables in schools? New regulations proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could seriously damage small New England farms that bring you this healthy, local food. As explained in my last blog post, FDA’s proposed rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act…

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Food Safety Trivia: What Do Local Farms and Industrial Food Manufacturers Have in Common?
by Ben Tettlebaum

Answer:  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) threatens to treat both of them the same under its proposed food safety rules. The proposed regulations could force thousands of small farms across the country to comply with expensive and environmentally damaging standards meant for industrial-scale operations.  The rules could also ensnare flourishing urban farms and gardens…