Tribes Create Their Own Food Laws to Stop USDA From Killing Native Food Economies

Tribal systems are preserving their culture by teaming up with advocates and lawyers to write tribal food codes. Food codes are federal laws that govern food processing, and are supposed to protect consumers. However, some food codes ignore tribal customs. By writing their own food codes tribes can protect their customs. “It’s one thing to say that we have to develop food and process food in certain ways, but it’s another thing to recognize that tribes have their own versions of food safety.”

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