Category: Policy

NJ Senator takes on ‘Foodopoly’
August 30, 2018August 30, 2018
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NJ Senator takes on ‘Foodopoly’

On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced bill S-3404 “The Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act of 2018.” This bill would enact an 18 month merger moratorium on national agribusiness, grocery, and food/beverage manufacturing and establish a federal commission to study ways to strengthen antitrust oversight. According to Booker, consolidation of chemical...

There is Still Time to Comment on the NBFDS – The Propaganda You Paid For
July 3, 2018July 3, 2018
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There is Still Time to Comment on the NBFDS – The Propaganda You Paid For

Until 11:59pm tonight, July 3, 2018, you have an opportunity to comment on the proposed rule for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. This is a very important rule that will determine how foods that contain GMOs will be labelled – or not.  This rule is an outgrowth of the DARK Act (*).  Your taxpayer...

Securing Fresh Food from Fertile Soil, Challenges to the Organic and Raw Milk Movements
July 1, 2018July 1, 2018
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Securing Fresh Food from Fertile Soil, Challenges to the Organic and Raw Milk Movements

“Securing Fresh Food from Fertile Soil, Challenges to the Organic and Raw Milk Movements”, by Dr. Joseph Heckman, is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Digital Object Identifier for citation: https://doi.org/10.1017/s1742170517000618...

Action Alert: Comment Period on GMO Labeling Ends July 3!
June 30, 2018June 30, 2018
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Action Alert: Comment Period on GMO Labeling Ends July 3!

Food labels are meant to inform the consumer of the components of their food, so that consumers can make informed decisions of their food choices. Many agree that the methods to produce food should be clearly labeled as well. In May, the USDA proposed new GMO labeling rules. The USDA’s proposed nationwide standard of GE labeling...

Farm Bill Overview by TheFERN.org
June 14, 2018June 14, 2018
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Farm Bill Overview by TheFERN.org

The Food & Environment Reporting Network released this short video on June 12 that does a superb job explaining the Farm Bill.  With today’s Senate panel approval, both houses of Congress now have a version of the farm bill in the public domain, although the House version failed in a May 18 vote.  As explained...

Action Alert: GMO food labeling rule
May 31, 2018May 31, 2018
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Action Alert: GMO food labeling rule

On May 3rd the USDA released its proposed regulations for the mandatory disclosure of foods produced using GMO or GE methods. These rules establish more detail on how disclosures will be implemented following the 2016 federal law requiring disclosure. The rules are the final step to securing GE food labeling in the United States at...

Letter from Secretary Fisher Regarding Ag Labor Housing
May 18, 2018May 18, 2018
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Letter from Secretary Fisher Regarding Ag Labor Housing

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has asked members of the ag community to distribute the attached communications throughout the ag community. The letter from NJDCA concerns farm-labor housing, especially any agricultural buildings that previously served other purposes but have been converted to farm-labor housing. It also emphasizes a phased-in approach to helping farms, if...

House Farm Bill Vote Approaching, Please Read!
May 16, 2018May 16, 2018
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House Farm Bill Vote Approaching, Please Read!

The House Agriculture Committee has approved a Farm Bill that the House will vote on, likely this Friday, that further tips the playing field toward subsidizing large commodity farmers, away from small and mid-size fruit and vegetable growers. This bill fails to address the needs of our farmers and will increase hunger in New Jersey....