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The Associated Press reports that even as the US Senate prepares to vote - and, observers say, likely approve - a “far-reaching food safety bill that could give the government more power to prevent foodborne illnesses,” advocates of the local food movement plan to continue their objections.

Locavores say that the restrictions imposed by the legislation could force small farms and suppliers out of business by imposing onerous and expensive requirements.

"It's going to put a nail in the coffin of our family food producers," Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana), tells AP, which reports that Tester “is planning an amendment to exempt some small farms who market food close to their operations. He says many small farms already comply with state and local regulations to keep food safe.”
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