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Say No to HR 2749, Say Yes to Local Farming

Say No to HR 2749, Say Yes to Local Farming

HR 2749 would hurt a lot of smaller, local farms. These farms are where you will often get the best produce for your cooking.

Abigail Curtis| Bangor Daily News, Maine

“We’re not catching so many small fish now. We’re trying to do what the lobstermen do,” Libby said. “This is an attempt to do something. We’re going to lose our fishermen, unless we do something.”

The lobstermen are worried about losing their livelihoods, too, said audience member Ryan Post of Rockland, who engaged in a lively discussion with panelists.

“We all know that farmers of the land are struggling,” Post said. “But I’ve got to tell you, farmers of the sea are struggling, too.”

Post said that he is encouraged by midcoast entrepreneur Linda Bean’s recent efforts to brand and market Maine lobster.

“Talk about organic – Glen’s fish and my lobster – that’s knowing where your food is coming from,” Post said.

Panelists and some in the audience urged people to pay attention to HR 2749, a federal food security bill that they said could make doing business a lot harder for smaller farmers.

“You have to contact your local representatives and fight for what you believe in, because if you don’t, your voice isn’t being heard,” Kelly said.

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