Colle Farmers Market Responds to Threat Posed to Organic Farming Community by Recent Legislation

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After reports that the organic farming community may suffer under the provisions of a recently-approved federal farm bill, Colle Farmers Market offers a response, encouraging organic food supporters to rally.

On February 20, Colle Farmers Market issues a response to a recently-approved farming bill which may reportedly create financial difficulty for the organic farming community.

According to an article on Public News Service, a recent stopgap farm bill may make it much harder for organic farmers to compete on the agricultural market.

“When federal lawmakers approved an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, they left out funding for the National Organic Certification Cost Share and the Organic Agriculture Research Extension Initiative. The Organic Cost Share reimburses farmers up to $750 to pay for annual organic certification.”

The article points out that farmers who forgo getting their annual certifications for organic growing may have difficulty competing, depending on where their biggest market share lies. Farming operations that do a lot of wholesaling to grocery stores may find the necessary incentive to stay organic-certified, according to the article, but smaller farms and farmers market operators are less likely to be able to afford the extra cost.

The article singles out Michigan’s efforts, where the Organic Research Extension Initiative (OREI) has been used “to research organic farming's economic, nutritional and environmental implications.” Programs like this are paving the way toward answering the many questions about the benefits of organic foods, claims the article, such as speculations that “organic is healthier, organic is better for the soil, organic will allow a country to feed itself.”

Colle Farmers Market responds to the bill, saying that legislation of this sort may represent an unfortunate setback for our agricultural economy. Colle, an online directory of farmers markets and advocate for organic farming, says that farmers markets represent “a crucial grassroots component” of the agricultural sector, providing consumers with an important local alternative to grocery stores.

Colle is an E-Commerce enabled farmers market community that is passionate about sustainable consumption and responsible conservation. The Colle movement is dedicated to connecting natural product vendors, organic farmers and all people who are living an organic and natural lifestyle.

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