Budget Cuts Threaten Food and Water Safety Programs: What You Can Do

Posted on Apr 13 2011 - 2:36am by Mike Lieberman

There was a post on Change.org, Federal Budget Cuts Threaten Food and Water Safety Programs, which should give you another reason to grow your own food and source as much of it locally as you can.

Here’s an excerpt:

Congress recently proposed a federal budget that threatens to eliminate critical funding for food safety and clean water programs, placing the health and safety of all Americans at risk.

Since our country is in such an economic crisis, Congress sees it fit to cut the budget when it comes to the safety of our food and water. As a citizen, this is something that I’d like to vote on. Would you?

There are already food safety issues with the salmonella and other recalls. The S510 Food Safety Act was supposed to address this concern, but this proposed budget cut pretty much negates that.

We don’t get a chance to vote on this, but there are still things that we can do:

  • Continue to take food back from corporations.
  • Shop locally at farmers markets, CSAs and food co-ops.
  • Start growing your own food.

Between these proposed budget cuts and safety concerns that will follow and the rising food prices, do you really need another reason to take action?

What are your thoughts on these proposed federal budget cuts?

Photo credit: Kevin Dooley via Flickr

  • Jonathan Sanders

    This is a very important issue. I feel like we can’t trust our leaders anymore. The one thing they care about, opinion polls, need to reflect our opinions. I really appreciate you talking about this issue.

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Thanks. Definitely think it’s an important issue too that can’t be ignored.

  • http://twitter.com/SeasLife Leesie

    This is an extremely important issue for all of us.  What truly worries me is that we soon won’t have any potable water on our planet Earth.  Thanks for this post and for your thoughts and words of wisdom, Mike.  Everyone needs to and should care about these cuts.    

  • http://www.UrbanOrganicGardener.com Mike Lieberman

    Unfortunately these are the things that get swept under the table. Gotta let people know about them.