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The Crucial Work of the Center for Food Safety

From the Show: CLEAN Food Network
Summary: The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a national non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health.
Air Date: 4/18/16
Duration: 10 Minutes
Guest Bio: Cameron Harsh, Senior Manager for Organic and Animal Policy at Center for Food Safety
Cameron-HarshAs the Senior Manager for Organic and Animal Policy at Center for Food Safety, Cameron Harsh works to provide in-depth research and analysis, draft informational materials, and coordinate with other organizations for projects in the Organic & Beyond, Animal Factories, and International campaigns. His current work at CFS is focused largely on highlighting the environmental and public health consequences of industrial animal production, including the overuse of certain drugs, and promoting strong national standards for organic farming.

Before joining CFS, Cameron worked with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and co-authored a report on the economic benefits of locally-scaled composting initiatives. He earned an M.A. in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development from the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica and an M.A. in International Affairs from American University in Washington, DC. His graduate research focused on sustainable food systems with an emphasis on gender dynamics in U.S. agriculture.

Prior to grad school, Cameron worked on a number of community-based food justice projects in Seattle, including developing urban food gardens and teaching gardening classes.
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The Crucial Work of the Center for Food Safety
Factory farming and conventional food production has become extremely industrial. It's not uncommon for these farms to confine animals indoors for days at a time.

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a national non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture.

The CFS is also heavily involved in litigation against government organizations such as the FDA. The FDA currently allows for the details surrounding research, safety and efficacy of animal drugs to come from the manufacturer itself, rather than an independent research group. An example of the battle against this trend is the CFS's long-fought success in getting the FDA to withdraw the approval of arsenic-based feed additives, allowed in chickens, turkeys and pigs. 

Listen in as Cameron Harsh, Senior Manager for Organic and Animal Policy at CFS, joins host Lisa Davis to explain the crucial work of the organization, as well as the positive strives it is making in ensuring food safety.
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