Food Safety Bill Passes but Funding is Cut

Food Safety Modernization Act at Work

The food safety modernization act, HR2751, which many feared would put an end to small farms, and the sustainable agriculture movement, was signed into law by President Obama on Jan. 4, 2011. The bill passed both the house and senate in a very suspicious way. It was originally defeated in the house. The next day, in a second vote, under a suspension of the rules, the bill was passed. In the senate it was pushed through late at night during the lame duck session. On June 16, 2011, in an attempt to meet its budget, congress voted to cut funding to the FDA. Not only did the FDA not receive the 1.4 billion it needed to implement the new food safety bill, with it's 18,000 new inspectors, its current budget was reduced by 87 million dollars. Apparently food safety is not as big of an issue as it was claimed to be. There is definatly an up side to to current economic collapse we're going though. At the last minuet, an amendment was added which exempts farms with sales under 500,000 dollars, but that exemption can be revoked at the discrection of the FDA at any time. It seems we have won this battle for the right to farm. At least for now, our small sustainable farms have been given a reprieve. We must however remain vigulant, the war is far from being over. The new "food safety" laws are still on the books, however, and could be fully implemented at a later date. I'm all for food safety, but I don't think that's really what this bill was all about.