Monthly Archives: December 2014

What Does Sustainable Agriculture Mean to You?

Laurie Reese uprooted her life in the Pacific Northwest to learn how to become a farmer. The 54-year-old grandmother resigned from her office manager job and drove cross-country with her 76-year-old father last spring to join UVM’s Farmer Training program.

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Why Public Input on FSMA Matters (The Joy of Regulation, Part III)

This is the third and final post in our series on the Food Safety Modernization Act. If you’re not caught up, we encourage you to check out Part I on the history of the FDA’s role in regulating food safety … Continue reading

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FSMA: A Serious Law with Serious Flaws (The Joy of Regulation, Part II)

A few weeks ago, our post The Joy of Regulation: Part I offered a general primer on regulation in the United States. It focused on how an agency like the FDA gained so much power to write, enforce, and adjudicate … Continue reading

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Taxing Sugary Drinks: A win-win for public health and the farm economy?

By Anthony Iarrapino, Rachel K. Johnson, & Tina Zuk The staggering amount of sugar we drink is making us sick. Cheap, widely-available sugary drinks—sodas, sports and energy drinks, “fruit” punches, and sweetened teas—are the largest single source of added sugars … Continue reading

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State of Implementation: A report back from the 2014 Farm to Plate Network Gathering

By Ellen Kahler On October 23-24, 2014, approximately 300 members attended the Farm to Plate Network Annual Gathering held at the Killington Grand Conference Center to review the progress towards implementing Vermont’s Farm to Plate Strategic Plan and learn about … Continue reading

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