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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. The bill passed early Tuesday morning by a vote of 73 to 25, garnering broad bipartism support for... more

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.The upper chamber voted 69 to 26 to limit debate on the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510), which now includes a measure to exempt small... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 29th, 2010
Michael Pollan & Eric Schlosser say -- Tell your Senators to pass the Manager's Amendment and the food safety bill to protect consumers and family farmers! Over 10,000 phone calls have been made to protect local and organic farmers. Can you make one last call today? Food Safety VOTE is TODAY: Tell your Senators to support the Manager's amendment to protect family farmers - Vote YES for... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 24th, 2010
  Click here to watch this important video by the Coalition for Immokalee Workers.       Join us on Facebook to tell us what you're Thankful for this year!   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... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 19th, 2010
Urgent: Big Ag and Republicans are trying to kill food safety reform in the Senate today - Give farmers and our children a fighting chance. Click here to call your Senators Now! So far you've made over 7,000 calls to your Senators - Can they Hear US Now? Are you committed to change?  Call your Senator to pass food safety legislation now. This past week the action in the U.S. Senate... more

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... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 18th, 2010
Update: Watch Senator Tester's statement on the Senate floor. 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 out the final... more

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

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 17th, 2010
Critical Vote: Tell your Senators to support the Tester-Hagan amendment - Vote YES for family farmers! The Senate just voted 74 Yes to 25 No in favor of the cloture vote. This means that S.510, aka The Food Modernization Act, will move forward in the Senate for a vote by the end of the week, possibly as soon as tomorrow. Even as the debate continues on the Senate floor, the forces of Big Ag are... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 16th, 2010
Critical Food Safety Vote in 24 Hours: Tell your Senators to protect family farmers and local food today! In the last two years alone America has witnessed some of the largest food safety recalls in our nation’s history, including the American Peanut Corporation fiasco and more recently, Jack DeCoster’s massive egg recall. If one thing is clear from watching this news, it’s the... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 15th, 2010
By Eddie Gehman Kohan Record-breaking levels of food insecurity from 2008 survey remain steady for 2009, with more participants than ever before enrolled in federal nutrition assistance programs About 17.4 million households in America had difficulty providing enough nutritious food due to a lack of resources last year, according to USDA's "Household Food Security In The United States 2009," an... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 09th, 2010
Tell the FDA you want the TRUTH about GMO salmon Officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were recently caught red-handed intentionally hiding a damning report from the public that provided conclusive evidence that genetically modified (GMO) salmon pose a serious threat to endangered Atlantic salmon if accidentally released into the wild. These FDA officials knowingly withheld a vital... more

Posted By: Food Democracy Now on Nov 01st, 2010
A few weeks ago Iowa's Republican gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad opened his state's longest festering political sore when he responded to a question asked by a family farmer on a campaign stop if, as governor, he would improve the state's regulatory policies regarding industrial animal confinements. According to the Iowa Independent, Branstad told Webster county farmer Gene Brown, "Local... more

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