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Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 15th, 2010

U.S. SenateBy Helena Bottemiller

The Senate took a key vote on a high profile deal to extend the Bush-era tax cuts Monday, a move that could clear the way for the food safety bill to be considered later this week.

The food safety bill, which stalled in the Senate after the House approved a similar bill in July 2009 and ultimately passed the upper chamber earlier this month, will most likely be considered attached to an omnibus spending bill that funds the federal government through September 2011.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 10th, 2010

Antitrust comment deliveryOn Wednesday, we personally delivered nearly 200,000 comments from Food Democracy Now! members and our allies at Credo Action to Department of Justice and USDA officials at the final hearing on antitrust violations in the food and agricultural sectors of our economy. Together with our coalition partners we submitted more than a quarter million comments calling for real change and in the past year Food Democracy Now! members made more than 110,000 comments on this vital issue.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 07th, 2010

WASHINGTON – On the eve of the final Department of Justice/USDA public workshop examining the effects of corporate concentration in food and agriculture, a coalition of farm and food activists submitted almost a quarter of a million (nearly 240,000) petitions calling on both the Justice Department and USDA to take swift action to curb the abusive market power that a handful of corporations exert over farmers and consumers.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 06th, 2010

In the past 30 years America’s food system has become dangerously over consolidated, which has made our food less safe, our nation obese, driven tens of thousands of family farmers off the land and fundamentally undermined the integrity of our democracy. This week we’re traveling to Washington DC to deliver your comments to the Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Agriculture, asking for the Obama Administration to break up agribusiness'

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Dec 01st, 2010

Just when you thought it couldn't get any weirder in Congress, the Senate throws food safety and family farm advocates for a loop. Yesterday morning, Tuesday Nov. 30th, the Senate passed the Food Safety Modernization Act AKA S.510 by a wide bipartisan margin vote - 73 to 25.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 30th, 2010

Clear Lake, IA - Food Democracy Now!, a national sustainable agriculture advocacy organization, is thanking their members for making 12,000 phone calls to the U.S. Senate in helping pass the Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) with the inclusion of the Tester-Hagan and Manager's amendments.


Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 30th, 2010

By Helena Bottemiller,

The Senate food safety bill, which has been inching towards passage the past few weeks, cleared a key procedural hurdle Monday, but Senate leaders put off two votes on amendments and the final vote on the bill to Tuesday morning.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 29th, 2010

Food Safety Vote is Today: Tell your Senators to support the Manager's amendment to protect family farmers - Vote YES for family farmers!

Today may be your last chance to make sure protections for family farm, local and organic producers are included in the new food safety bill. As early as this afternoon or later this evening, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on the Food Safety Modernization Act, S.510.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 24th, 2010

This Thanksgiving, give thanks to the farmers and farmworkers who make this meal possible.

It’s that time of year again. Every fall people travel across the country or just across town to share a meal with family, friends and loved ones in order to celebrate another year of health, happiness and good food.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 19th, 2010

This past week the action in the U.S. Senate has been fast and furious. In the past 48 hours more than 7,000 Food Democracy Now! members have made phone calls to their Senators asking them to include provisions in the Food Safety Modernization Act that protected family-scale farm operations from excessive regulations. You’re incredible.

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 19th, 2010

By Helena Bottemiller,

After a long day of debating--and waiting--Thursday, the Senate was at impasse over the details and politics surrounding the food safety bill.

Though Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said earlier this week he would, if necessary, keep the Senate in town over the weekend to finish the bill, sources on the Hill said it was more likely the legislation would not move for

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 18th, 2010

Late yesterday afternoon I started hearing about a compromise deal being reached in the Senate on the Tester-Hagan Amendment between consumer and sustainable agriculture groups. After nearly 18 months of battling rumors, innuendos and false starts, the two sides sat down separately with key Senate staff and hammered

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 17th, 2010

Mr. Smith Goes to WashingtonBy Hellena Bottemiller

The Senate today approved a cloture motion for the long-awaited FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, or S. 510.  The cloture vote, which eliminates the threat of filibuster by limiting debate, is a key step forward for the beleaguered bill. 

Late last night staffers worked to iron out language and try to broker deals on the Tester and bisphenol A amendments.  Both have become controversial speed bumps for the slow-moving bipartisan bill, which among other things would give the FDA more authority in testing for food pathogens, tracing outbreaks, ordering recalls and penalizing companies that sell contaminated food.


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