Thursday, June 16, 2011

Congress Scuttles Organic Farmers Website

Honest disclosure of the conditions of growing, producing and crafting fresh, organic, natural, ethical, local and sustainable food is the only true consumer protection. Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food gives us the power to choose. So why does the GOP want to cut funding for it?

Wednesday afternoon, before driving to set up his booth at the Carrboro Farmers Market, Peregrine farmer, Alex Hitt planned to call two members of Congress to voice his opposition to a short piece of legislation that might kill the little-known website "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food."

One of those members is U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk, who has filed an amendment to the 2012 agriculture spending bill. In fewer than 30 words, the amendment would ban any U.S. Department of Agriculture funding from being spent on the Know Your Farmer website.

Foxx's amendment is one of many being put forward by Republican lawmakers chipping away at agriculture programs in their efforts to cut the federal budget. A vote on her proposal is expected today.

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