New Food Act
After a year and a half of hard grind, our New Food Act, which supports the small farmer's right to sell home gown and processed farmhouse foods, is now getting its first reading in the Polish parliament!
Up until now, Poland's small farmers have been heavily discriminated against thanks to regulatory pressures making it illegal for them to process and sell home grown foods without a separate building and a special license. Supermarket and food industry lobbying of successive governments has pushed millions of small farms to the edge of bankruptcy and threatened the future of traditional Polish farming values throughout the Country.
Our 'farmer/consumer' written Act, insists on a derogation being made available for smaller scale farms to be freed from Polish and EU regulatory conditions only pertaining to large farming enterprises. The Act which will change all this, still needs to pass through further stages of parliamentary procedures, before being voted on.
Small scale indigenous farms are under intense threat throughout Europe and beyond. This Act shows that we can all play a part in supporting their survival and revival!
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