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Drought in New England: Expect the Unexpected
by Sumana Chintapalli

What does the climate have to do with the food system? A lot, it turns out. This relationship plays out in different ways, but lately we have been seeing an awful lot of one particular aspect. From the production side to the business side of agriculture, drought and heat are a dangerous combination. Drought conditions…

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Can Cows, Manure, and Algae All Add Up to Clean Water? Lessons from Charlotte, Vermont
by Carolyn Dube

Innovation continues to thrive in the Green Mountain State. The Nordic Farm is looking at using algae to turn manure and other biological waste into fuel and fertilizer. The farm’s dairy barn is home to 300 cows. These ladies produce more than a ton of manure every day. That’s a lot of waste. Seventeen dairy…

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CLF Petition Seeks Win-Win Solutions for Agricultural Water Pollution
by Anthony Iarrapino

Yesterday, CLF filed a first-of-its-kind state law petition with the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture. The petition calls for Vermont officials to require dairy and livestock producers in the Missisquoi Bay region of Lake Champlain to implement “Best Management Practices” proven to reduce erosion and runoff of manure into area tributary waterways and the Lake itself. Agriculture is a huge part of…

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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…

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Cow Power, the Vermont brand electricity
by Sandy Levine

This article first appeared in the Sunday May 5 edition of the Rutland Herald /Times Argus. For over a decade, Vermont’s hardworking cows and farmers have been keeping our lights on, curbing greenhouse gas emissions and helping local businesses grow. The renewable energy produced by cow manure in Vermont now powers 2,990 homes and businesses,…

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Growing Our Food Without Poisoning the Water: VT Issues Important New Draft Permit
by Anthony Iarrapino

CLF is committed to protecting clean water AND to supporting a healthy farming economy in Vermont and throughout New England (read more about our food and farm work here). At CLF we know we Vermonters can grow our food without poisoning our water.  We have no choice if we are going to achieve a thriving New England…