Deborah shared the following letter with me from Congresswoman Pingree of Maine. (The letter had been written to one of Pingree's constitutents who is a good friend of Deborah's).
I was very encouraged to see that Pingree has removed herself as a cosponsor of HR 875, DeLauro's bad billl. If we work hard enough, we can get more cosponsors to remove their names from these bills and we can succeed in killing or amending them!
Thank you for contacting me about H.R. 875, the Food Safety
Modernization Act. I appreciate your thoughtful feedback on this
very important issue.
As you may know, I have been a staunch supporter of organic farming
and the local food movement for a long time. As someone who once
owned my own small organic farm on North Haven, I truly understand
your concerns with this piece of legislation. I want you to know
that I am working hard to make sure small and organic farmers are
safe under any new food safety laws.
Any food safety bill that moves through Congress this year must
take organic and small farmers' concerns into account. This is why I
have decided to remove myself as a co-sponsor of H.R. 875. Several
bills have been introduced in the 111th Congress aimed at addressing
food safety in the wake of the recent peanut salmonella outbreak.
Although I am an advocate for food safety, these bills that affect
small and organic farmers could have unintended consequences.
I have carefully reviewed your suggestions, and have started
looking into ways to proactively protect the Maine farming
community. To this end, I have been working closely with Russell
Libby, a good friend and Executive Director of the Maine Organic
Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). We have been talking
about ways to ensure that our foods are safe, while also making sure
that the local farming movement can continue to grow.
Russell has put together information on the several food safety bills
that have been introduced in the 111th Congress. If you would like
additional information about these or other bills, please visit
I also thought you would be interested to read a
related Bangor Daily News article on the current food safety debate:
I appreciate your continued comments as we work towards better food
safety. Thank you for taking the time to engage in the legislative
process and inform me of your thoughts on this extremely important
issue. Please know that I am on your side and that I will only vote
for a bill that protects the small, organic farms of Maine - and I
truly look forward to working with you.
Thanks again for being in touch, and I look forward to hearing from
Member of Congress
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