Food Safety Conference Call this Thursday

National Good Food Network Cluster Call: Oct 15, 3:30-4:45 PM ET NGFN and Food Safety: An Interactive Briefing Moderated by Steve Warshawer, Enterprise Development Manager at La Montanita Coop and NGFN Food Safety Coordinator

Food Safety is a hot topic these days, with legislation moving through the Congress which could significantly affect beginning and small farmers. This is an opportunity to learn more about this issues, and efforts to ensure that new and small farmers get a fair shake, and that the interests of those who want to promote and build local food systems are heard. Please join in.

This Thursday, the NGFN hosts our monthly “NGFN Cluster Call” — an interactive webinar that gives you the opportunity to learn and connect with on-the-ground practitioners and experts interested in “scaling up” local food.

Food safety is one of the most critical and fastest moving topics in food systems today. The National Good Food Network Food Safety Coordinator, Steve Warshawer, will lead an interactive briefing with some of the leaders of efforts to ensure that the needs of small- and mid-sized producers are considered as new laws are formed. This Cluster Call will include reports from Aimee Witteman, executive director, and Ferd Hoefner, policy director, of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), on current Congressional bills on food safety (HR.2749 and S.510), and from Patty Lovera, assistant director of Food and Water Watch (FWW), on the National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (NLGMA) hearings. Russell Libby, executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will present an alternative to the food safety system being debated by the federal government. A Q&A session will follow their presentations. If you're working with producers, buyers or processors, or supporting the interests of local food systems and small- and mid-size producers, you won’t want to miss this Cluster Call. Register Feel free to forward this announcement! Questions? Email us at contact@ngfn.org

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