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The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Intiative’s director, Janie Simms Hipp, and consulting attorney, A-Dae Romero-Briones, were recently featured in Yes! magazine discussing the future of tribal food codes. The story was authored by Tristan Ahtone and published to their website on May 24.

“So how do 567 different tribes with 567 different traditions, needs, and goals go about writing food codes specific to their cultural heritages? They call a lawyer. Specifically, Janie Hipp, director of the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, a legal think tank at the University of Arkansas.

“Hipp, a former senior advisor for tribal relations at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, says her office has already received dozens of calls from tribal governments about food inspection and how to get tribal products off reservation and into other markets.

“One area of concern has been general food safety. With the passage of FSMA, laws governing how food is grown, processed, and handled are changing rapidly.

“According to Hipp, tribal governments need to respond, not only to protect their own producers, but also to protect their own existing food production systems.”

Find the full story here.