Later today the U.S. Senate is set to vote on the much anticipated Food Safety Modernization Bill (S.510). While this bill has been controversial, family farmers and small-scale producers have won vital protections by getting the Tester Amendment included in the Manager’s Amendment. Now there are attempts to kill these provisions, which exempt farmers that have sales of less than $500,000 and sell within 275 miles of their farm, and others are hoping to kill the bill outright. Below is a link to an editorial regarding the recent amendments to the food safety bill and how they will protect family farmers and consumers.
You can read more about this important bill in the recent NY Times Editorial co-written by Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser: