The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets (VAAFM) has drafted a new set of Required Agricultural Practices (RAPs) for all farms. The RAPs are intended to help protect and improve water quality in Vermont, and would include BIG changes for small farms in particular. That’s why VAAFM must hear from the farmers that these new Continue Reading
RAPs Comment Deadline GMO Labeling Update Legislative Preview Read the full alert here.
Dec. 15, 2015 by Mike Faher Full Article BRATTLEBORO – The range of discussion Monday morning at Brattleboro’s Latchis Theatre – from questions about butternut squash to concerns about global imports – shows the sweep of the federal government’s new food-safety rules. But as federal and state officials worked to explain some of those rules Continue Reading
Vermont Business Magazine: Welch, Leahy, Sanders join bipartisan challenge of new FDA cheese standard
12/4/15 Full Article Vermont Business Magazine Representative Peter Welch (D-VT), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are leading a bicameral, bipartisan coalition in Congress challenging a new US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standard that could ban many age-old recipes for raw milk cheese and severely harm artisan cheese producers in Vermont. Continue Reading
12/3/15 By Steve Banker Full Article Last year, Ben & Jerry’s celebrated a milestone: all the plant-based ingredients in their ice cream, yogurt, and sorbet products transitioned to non-genetically modified (non-GMO) sources. Now, they’re working with dozens of other food companies to build up non-GMO commodity supply chains across the country to support this growing Continue Reading
Read the compelling letter Board Member Susan Hayes writes to the Rural Vermont community here.
See Rural Vermont’s ‘Quilt Square’ here. Rural Vermont works on tough and often controversial issues in a fight to change the system for family farmers and rural communities, in Vermont and beyond. They have traveled many of the same roads as Farm Aid over the past 30 years—including sending a large delegation of Vermont farmers Continue Reading
MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press December 8, 2015 Full Article WASHINGTON — Food companies are mounting an aggressive year-end push to head off mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. The food industry wants the labeling to be voluntary, and it hopes to get a provision in a massive spending bill that Republicans and Democrats want Continue Reading
By Debbie Barker and Michael Pollan December 4, 2015 Full Article Debbie Barker is the international programs director at the Center for Food Safety. Michael Pollan is the John S. and James L. Knight professor of journalism at the University of California at Berkeley. When Will Allen is asked to name the most beautiful part Continue Reading
Rural Vermont Fills Bethel Town Hall For Anniversary By Lisa Sacks Warhol 11/26/15 Full Article When Rural Vermont was founded by Sen. Anthony Pollina in the 1980s, farmers state- and nationwide were experiencing devastating legal and financial problems. The organization fought to save Vermont’s agricultural way of life. In the 30 years since, Rural Vermont Continue Reading