The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed new rules this year that will have a huge impact on how fresh fruits and vegetables are grown and processed in the US.

This is a big deal for farmers and eaters!

Everyone has a role in ensuring safe food from field to fork – but FDA’s new proposed rules as written will unfairly burden family farmers, target sustainable and organic farming, and reduce the availability of fresh, local food in our communities.

Right now, we have a chance to tell FDA that this is unacceptable – and we need your help to do it.

FDA’s new food safety rules must:

Allow farmers to use sustainable farming practices, including those already allowed and encouraged by existing federal organic standards and conservation programs.
Ensure that diversified and innovative farms, particularly those pioneering models for increased access to healthy, local foods, continue to grow and thrive without being stifled.
Provide options that treat family farms fairly, with due process and without excessive costs.

Head to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition FSMA Action Center to find out how you can help, download comment templates for farmers and for consumers, and sign up for action alerts!

Comment Deadline is November 15, 2013!