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Local Livestock in Burlington, Vermont
by Sandy Levine

Burlington Vermont residents now have even more local food options. Burlington City Council passed two new livestock ordinances. The ordinances regulate the humane treatment and slaughter of chickens, rabbits, goats and sheep within the city limits.

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Farmers and Lawyers: A Match Made in Maine
by Ben Tettlebaum

Noah Fralich moved back home to Maine with one ambition: to open a business on his family’s land in New Gloucester. His fledgling cidery business was just getting off the ground when he hit a snag – the name of his business was already trademarked by someone else. Now, in the midst of trying to grow…

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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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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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There He Goes Again — Governor LePage Says “No” to Maine-Grown Food
by Ben Tettlebaum

Last week, Maine Governor Paul LePage vetoed a bill that would help Maine farmers and fishermen bring more of their food to institutional markets: “An Act To Support School Nutrition and Expand the Local Foods Economy” (LD 1431). The Maine legislature recently passed the bill unanimously in the Senate and with a supermajority in the…