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Kat
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Monsanto: A bill to outlaw organic farming next week? US House and Senate are about (in a week and a half) to vote on bill that will OUTLAW ORGANIC FARMING (bill HR 875). There is an enormous rush to get this into law within the next 2 weeks before...



   

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kat y (400)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 4:42 am
HERE IS THE INFO:

Monsanto: A bill to outlaw organic farming next week? US House and Senate are about (in a week and a half) to vote on bill that will OUTLAW ORGANIC FARMING (bill HR 875). There is an enormous rush to get this into law within the next 2 weeks before people realize what is happening.
 

kat y (400)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 4:44 am
Main backer and lobbyist is (guess who) Monsanto (aspartame maker) - chemical and genetic engineering giant corporation. This bill will require organic farms to use specific fertilizers and poisonous insect sprays dictated by the newly formed agency to "make sure there is no danger to the public food supply". This will include backyard gardens that grow food only for a family and not for sales. If this passes then NO more heirloom clean seeds but only Monsanto genetically altered seeds that are now showing up with unexpected diseases in humans. There is a video on the subject.

There is a video on the subject. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thE54K3PaTY And another one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeWVkTU1s1E

The name on this outrageous food plan is Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (bill HR 875). THIS IS REAL, FOLKS! PASS THIS ALONG TO ALL CONCERNED ON YOUR MAILING LISTS & CALL YOUR SENATE REPRESENTETIVES TODAY! Get on that phone and burn up the wires. Get anyone else you can to do the same thing. The House and Senate WILL pass this if they are not massively threatened with loss of their position.... They only fear your voice and your vote. The best thing to do is go to www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm is a list of the U.S. senators and their contact info. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-875 https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml
 

kat y (400)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 4:46 am
Thank you, Sue!
 

charles mclachlan (1677)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 4:58 am
hi noted thanks kat
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 5:06 am

This is just pure evil. (Composing email to Phil Roe, my representative -- who is so sorry I moved to Tennessee LOL)
 

Mary P (177)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 5:52 am
Thankyou Kat....Noted. I do not live in USA but am horrified that a bill is being pushed through government, by corporations, towards becoming actual reality so quickly. Organic farming has become a popular enterprise for people here in Australia so why so much emphasis on controlling food growth so fast in USA.
"This will include backyard gardens that grow food only for a family and not for sales." That part I read with utter belief!!!!!
 

Carolyn T (234)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 5:52 am
Noted. Why should any seed company be given a monopoly...gee, I remember when we tried to prevent those! Monsanto's experiments with genetically altered/"mutated" seeds elsewhere have already shown us--even in the early stages of tracking--that they are toxic. And now, atop everything else the government wants to mandate, it has come down to the type of plants we grow in our own back yard. Ludicrous...dangerous. You bet I will be contacting my Senators and Representative and my entire address book. Some of us are actually trying to reduce the toxins in our food and water supply, so we are not going to chose to purchase, plant or consume more government-sponsored poison. Thanks, Kat. This is important story and a clarion call.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 6:00 am
This is the message I found on the web and used to send to congress if your busy like I am feel free to copy and paste I wrote the first line (laughing) vote no on HR 875 and S425
Vote yes on HR503 and HR1018 horse slaughter and mustangs issue.. Thank you Kat for bring to our attention love and hugs to all
I am against HR875 for the reason stated below vote NO!

There is an enormous rush to get this into law within the next 2 weeks before people realize what is happening.
Main backer and lobbyist is Monsanto – chemical and genetic engineering giant corporation (and Cargill, ADM, and about 35 other related agri-giants). This bill will require organic farms to use specific fertilizers and poisonous insect sprays dictated by the newly formed agency to "make sure there is no danger to the public food supply". This will include backyard gardens that grow food only for a family and not for sales.
If this passes then NO more heirloom clean seeds but only Monsanto genetically altered seeds that are now showing up with unexpected diseases in humans.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 6:03 am
Sorry Kat out of Stars
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"

You cannot currently send a star to Kat Moasi because you have done so within the last week.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 6:10 am
This is a direct link when page comes up just click on your state and your reps will come up. Its one on the best and easy sites that I have found it is on my Group Site under Congress feel free to us you do not have a member to use love and hugs to all haviand

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=20674&pst=1280341
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 6:48 am
That is just insane.....
 

kat y (400)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 7:13 am
Haviland...thanks for all the useful info! Yery much appreciated!

And a big THANK YOU to ALL of you guys for speaking out on this!
 

John Bessa (305)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 7:27 am
I am sure my reps are aware of this and will fight it, NY.

I also know that the same people are targeting the "ancient" religions such as the Mennonites.

Attacking old-school Christianity in the US is simply stupid, so I believe that this will subside.

It is also a good reason to break up the US into local regions. I don't see any of the "regions" such as NE, Dixie, Mid West, etc, actually supporting something like this.


 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 8:16 am

Monsanto is sneaking into everything regarding food safety!

Only a few weeks ago, I posted this:

URGENT: Radio Chip Animal Identification Bill
Monday, March 16, please help to stop the incredibly destructive corporate scheme described below.
 

stephanie v (85)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 8:21 am
Letter sent. I added this to the above sample letter....I find this totally unacceptable, to have a company like Monsanto dictate how and what I or anyone else plants in our gardens! I try and buy from local ORGANIC growers, NOT the big corporate farms that are giving us CANCER!

Again I plead with you, VOTE NO!!!!
Thank you Kat, Haviand, and Charles for fowarding.
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 8:28 am

Illegal to grow your own food
 

stephanie v (85)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 8:34 am
Petition to sign....http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Food-farms-seeds-HR875
 

Arielle S (313)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 8:38 am
There is not a fire in hell hot enough for Monsanto.
 

Arielle S (313)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 8:40 am
Forgot to say, check out the Millions Against Monsanto campaign at http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 8:40 am

So true, Arielle . . . but we need to assure that the temperature can handle all those who allow Monsanto to get this far.
 

Arielle S (313)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 8:54 am
I think I can add my senator - he took $14,000 in campaign contributions from Monsanto in 2008. Boo Hiss.
(you can check your reps and senators at the sight above)
 

Joan Mclaughlin (133)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 9:19 am
noted and sent a note to Joe Sestak-Pa I forgot to save it.
 

Rhonda Maness (580)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 10:24 am
noteed and sending letter, thanks!
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 10:37 am
How ridiculous !!! noted , thanks !!!
 

Jamie L (195)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 10:43 am
Noted and sent. Thank you.
 

H Nick H (1826)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 11:34 am
It makes me sick to see these big corporations and the politicians who bow to them, try to pass something else over the American public. This is part of negitive stuff one party is trying to run over Obama with. It's destroy American one step at a time. We stood up to get him in, now we all need to get behind our president and make sure these people stop it. This includes the religious right, repulican party, leaders of this party, and the big corporations who benifit by all this underhandedness.

Speak up, or slowly but surly we lose our rights, one day at a time.
 

Mike Tedesco (65)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 11:41 am
Not only will you not be able to grow your own food organic or not,but you also will lose all access to any nutrition via the Codex Alimentarius
elimination[dec 31,09] of all beneficial foods,vitamins,herbals,etc for your own good.
Ask Osama Bin Obama's wife if she agrees with this ban?She is organic gardening and raising honey bees on the Whitehouse property?I guess it's Ok
for her highness and others[check out the Eden Project]to have good food,but
for us it's the same old poison delivered by Monsanto,ADM,and others.
Maybe they will let you grow hybrid GMO corn...I mean the new form of DDT and Roundup!!!Corn and Corn Gluten are toxic and are NOT organic! It's Monsanto's and others way of infiltrating the organic fertilizer industry with toxins that kill all the living beneficial organisms in the soil[and you]under the guise of an organic weed control...Think for yourself???

Are you going to let them do this to you? Wake up or they will!!!
 

Blackcat Prowl (182)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 12:16 pm

'FOOD PRODUCTION FACILITY- The term ‘food production facility’ means any farm, ranch, orchard, vineyard, aquaculture facility, or confined animal-feeding operation.

...shall promulgate regulations to establish science-based minimum standards for the safe production of food by food production facilities. Such regulations shall--

...include, with respect to growing, harvesting, sorting, and storage operations, minimum standards related to fertilizer use, nutrients, hygiene, packaging, temperature controls, animal encroachment, and water;

In any action to enforce the requirements of the food safety law, the connection with interstate commerce required for jurisdiction shall be presumed to exist.'


http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-875

 

. (0)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 1:04 pm
Link to full bill text http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-875

I agree that the bill is a nightmare and may put an end to even backyard and communty gardens.

Having to be fair is Monsanto truly at fault????? This is a tough call for me to make after reading this

http://www.opednews.com/articles/HR-875--Monsanto-s-Dream-by-Brad-Mitchell-090320-355.html

I say most likely but is there any concrete proof?

Yet that doesn't matter to how much mess this bill is going to create if passed.
 

John Reilly (0)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 1:10 pm
THIS THE LARGEST PACK OF BS I HAVE EVER SEEN. MONSANTO IS JUST ATTEMPTING TO PROTECT IT'S BUSINESS BY SPREADING LIES. THIS BILL WILL NOT (I REPEAT "NOT) AFFECT BACKYARD OR COMMUNITY GARDENS. WAKE UP PEOPLE.
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 1:18 pm

HULLO!

Who are "our" representatives REPRESENTING???????

Ya know, this stuff doesn't just creep in under an unguarded windowsill.

It's time to kick butt, take names (and let them know you're making copies).
 

Gerardo Barriga (1)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 1:34 pm
As a landscape/maintence contractor I used Monsanto products(chemicals). If I knew all this bullshit then, I would have not used them. Thanks for your input,AND please forgive me.
 

Tierney G (381)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 2:16 pm
I contacted my representitive on this. We all need to get this planet cleaned up and fast. Thank you for this
 

Lynne L (71)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 2:45 pm
thanx for the post Kat, and also, thanx Haviland for allowing us to use your words in a copy & paste. i also added the phrase: Do not allow this bill to pass--our lives depend on it!!!
 

Tim Redfern (581)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 3:37 pm
I've sent a message to my worthless
Repug Congress-Kritter:

Message Subject: WEBAGR
Message Text: Congressman Roe: I am writing to urge you to oppose HR875, the bill which would outlaw organic farming, and greatly benefit Monsanto. This bill is an outrage, especially in a time when more and more Americans are opting for organic produce, and opting to grow their own organic produce. I will be following the progress of this bill, and especially taking note of how you vote. Please abide by the wishes of your constituents, and ignore the desire of a mega-corp. like Monsanto.

Thanks, Kat!
GREAT post!
noted.
 

Bobbie Masse (10)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 3:53 pm
You guys need to READ THE BILL before you go off half-cocked. There is NOTHING in this bill that requires any pesticide or toxic substance - exactly the opposite. It creates an agency - ooops, now THAT is a bad thing - under the FDA - OMG, the FDA can't or won't do it's job NOW!!! - to oversee any "food production" facility (SNOPES says that's quite a stretch to include backyard gardens! and in fact, home gardens are NOT mentioned) to make sure they DON'T use nasty things, and to protect from salmonella - because of all the scares lately. GET REAL FOLKS, DON'T GET EXCITED WHEN THERE'S NOTHING TO GET EXCITED ABOUT!
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 4:05 pm

(I think someone neglected to take their meds today.)

Bobbie, The FDA has a HISTORY of neglecting to find REAL dangers (after being paid by big pharma to do so).

The bill:
HR 875 IH

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 875

To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 4, 2009

Ms. DELAURO (for herself, Ms. ESHOO, Ms. DEGETTE, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Mr. ENGEL, Ms. CASTOR of Florida, Mr. MURPHY of Connecticut, Ms. SUTTON, Mrs. LOWEY, Ms. SLAUGHTER, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. MCGOVERN, Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, Ms. HIRONO, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. SCHAUER, Mr. NADLER of New York, Mr. BISHOP of New York, Ms. LINDA T. SANCHEZ of California, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. RYAN of Ohio, Ms. GIFFORDS, Mr. FILNER, Mr. HALL of New York, Ms. LEE of California, Ms. PINGREE of Maine, Ms. KAPTUR, Mr. BISHOP of Georgia, Ms. MOORE of Wisconsin, and Mr. DEFAZIO) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

HERE'S SOME BACKGROUND ON MS. DELAURO:

Is Organic Farming Killer Rep. Rosa DeLauro Becoming the Most Hated Woman in America? (I Hope So) Mar. 20, 2009

From: John C. Hammell, President International Advocates for Health Freedom (IAHF) http://www.iahf.com jham@iahf.com

Rosa DeLauro (The Bride of Satan?)Congresswoman Rosa De Lauro (Whose Husband Works for Monsanto)
IAHF List:
Seems that Congresswoman Rosa De Lauro, the sponsor of HR 875, the (so called) Food Safety Modernization Act, has a husband employed by Monsanto, a company that would directly benefit from the provisions in her bill that threaten to destroy organic farmers and even backyard gardiners via threats of gigantic fines and massive red tape....

Please utilize the info below to raise bloody hell with De Lauro and your own member of Congress, and if you happen to live in the state of Connecticut, and can help me contact every organic gardening club in the state about this, please let me know your phone number.

We'll organize a Tsunami of opposition to this bill from De Lauro's constituents especially so it can be dutifully buried and De Lauro's congressional career appropriately ENDED.

Lose Your Property for Growing Food?

Bye-Bye Organic Foods!

Big Brother legislation could mean prosecution, fines up to $1 million

Attached is a fax that I am sending to both my Senators and House Representative. . . . . . .Find your representative at:: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt

We need to flood Congress about this Insane Legislature to benefit Monsnato

Lose Your Property for Growing Food?

March 16, 2009
By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Some small farms and organic food growers could be placed under direct supervision of the federal government under new legislation making its way through Congress.

Food Safety Modernization Act

House Resolution 875, or the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, was introduced by Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., in February. DeLauro's husband, Stanley Greenburg, works for Monsanto – the world's leading producer of herbicides and genetically engineered seed.

DeLauro's act has 39 co-sponsors and was referred to the House Agriculture Committee on Feb. 4. It calls for the creation of a Food Safety Administration to allow the government to regulate food production at all levels – and even mandates property seizure, fines of up to $1 million per offense and criminal prosecution for producers, manufacturers and distributors who fail to comply with regulations.

Michael Olson, host of the Food Chain radio show and author of "Metro Farm," told WND the government should focus on regulating food production in countries such as China and Mexico rather than burdening small and organic farmers in the U.S. with overreaching regulations.

"We need somebody to watch over us when we're eating food that comes from thousands and thousands of miles away. We need some help there," he said. "But when food comes from our neighbors or from farmers who we know, we don't need all of those rules. If your neighbor sells you something that is bad and you get sick, you are going to get your hands on that farmer, and that will be the end of it. It regulates itself."

The legislation would establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services "to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes."

Federal regulators will be tasked with ensuring that food producers, processors and distributors – both large and small – prevent and minimize food safety hazards such as food-borne illnesses and contaminants such as bacteria, chemicals, natural toxins or manufactured toxicants, viruses, parasites, prions, physical hazards or other human pathogens.

Under the legislation's broad wording, slaughterhouses, seafood processing plants, establishments that process, store, hold or transport all categories of food products prior to delivery for retail sale, farms, ranches, orchards, vineyards, aquaculture facilities and confined animal-feeding operations would be subject to strict government regulation.

Government inspectors would be required to visit and examine food production facilities, including small farms, to ensure compliance. They would review food safety records and conduct surveillance of animals, plants, products or the environment.

"What the government will do is bring in industry experts to tell them how to manage all this stuff," Olson said. "It's industry that's telling government how to set these things up. What it always boils down to is who can afford to have the most influence over the government. It would be those companies that have sufficient economies of scale to be able to afford the influence – which is, of course, industrial agriculture."

Farms and food producers would be forced to submit copies of all records to federal inspectors upon request to determine whether food is contaminated, to ensure they are in compliance with food safety laws and to maintain government tracking records. Refusal to register, permit inspector access or testing of food or equipment would be prohibited.

"What is going to happen is that local agriculture will end up suffering through some onerous protocols designed for international agriculture that they simply don't need," Olson said. "Thus, it will be a way for industrial agriculture to manage local agriculture."

Under the act, every food producer must have a written food safety plan describing likely hazards and preventative controls they have implemented and must abide by "minimum standards related to fertilizer use, nutrients, hygiene, packaging, temperature controls, animal encroachment, and water."

"That opens a whole can of worms," Olson said. "I think that's where people are starting to freak out about losing organic agriculture. Who is going to decide what the minimum standards are for fertilization or anything else? The government is going to bring in big industry and say we are setting up these protocols, so what do you think we should do? Who is it going to bring in to ask? The government will bring in people who have economies of scale who have that kind of influence."

DeLauro's act calls for the Food Safety Administration to create a "national traceability system" to retrieve history, use and location of each food product through all stages of production, processing and distribution.

Olson believes the regulations could create unjustifiable financial hardships for small farmers and run them out of business.

"That is often the purpose of rules and regulations: to get rid of your competition," he said. "Only people who are very, very large can afford to comply. They can hire one person to do paperwork. There's a specialization of labor there, and when you are very small, you can't afford to do all of these things."

Olson said despite good intentions behind the legislation, this act could devastate small U.S. farms.

"Every time we pass a rule or a law or a regulation to make the world a better place, it seems like what we do is subsidize production offshore," he said. "We tell farmers they can no longer drive diesel tractors because they make bad smoke. Well, essentially what we're doing is giving China a subsidy to grow our crops for us, or Mexico or anyone else."

Section 304 of the Food Safety Modernization Act establishes a group of "experts and stakeholders from Federal, State, and local food safety and health agencies, the food industry, consumer organizations, and academia" to make recommendations for improving food-borne illness surveillance.

According to the act, "Any person that commits an act that violates the food safety law … may be assessed a civil penalty by the Administrator of not more than $1,000,000 for each such act."

Each violation and each separate day the producer is in defiance of the law would be considered a separate offense and an additional penalty. The act suggests federal administrators consider the gravity of the violation, the degree of responsibility and the size and type of business when determining penalties.

Criminal sanctions may be imposed if contaminated food causes serious illness or death, and offenders may face fines and imprisonment of up to 10 years.

"It's just frightening what can happen with good intentions," Olson said. "It's probably the most radical notions on the face of this Earth, but local agriculture doesn't need government because it takes care of itself."

Food Safety and Tracking Improvement Act

Another "food safety" bill that has organic and small farmers worried is Senate Bill 425, or the Food Safety and Tracking Improvement Act, sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

Brown's bill is backed by lobbyists for Monsanto, Archer Daniels Midland and Tyson. It was introduced in September and has been referred to the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee. Some say the legislation could also put small farmers out of business.

Like HR 875, the measure establishes a nationwide "traceability system" monitored by the Food and Drug Administration for all stages of manufacturing, processing, packaging and distribution of food. It would cost $40 million over three years.

"We must ensure that the federal government has the ability and authority to protect the public, given the global nature of the food supply," Brown said when he introduced the bill. He suggested the FDA and USDA have power to declare mandatory recalls.

The government would track food shipped in interstate commerce through a recordkeeping and audit system, a secure, online database
or registered identification. Each farmer or producer would be required to maintain records regarding the purchase, sale and identification of their products.

A 13-member advisory committee of food safety and tracking technology experts, representatives of the food industry, consumer advocates and government officials would assist in implementing the traceability system.

The bill calls for the committee to establish a national database or registry operated by the Food and Drug Administration. It also proposes an electronic records database to identify sales of food and its ingredients "establishing that the food and its ingredients were grown, prepared, handled, manufactured, processed, distributed, shipped, warehoused, imported, and conveyed under conditions that ensure the safety of the food."

It states, "The records should include an electronic statement with the date of, and the names and addresses of all parties to, each prior sale, purchase, or trade, and any other information as appropriate."

If government inspectors find that a food item is not in compliance, they may force producers to cease distribution, recall the item or confiscate it.

"If the postal service can track a package from my office in Washington to my office in Cincinnati, we should be able to do the same for food products," Sen. Brown said in a Sept. 4, 2008, statement. "Families that are struggling with the high cost of groceries should not also have to worry about the safety of their food. This legislation gives the government the resources it needs to protect the public."

Recalls of contaminated food are usually voluntary; however, in his weekly radio address on March 15, President Obama announced he's forming a Food Safety Working Group to propose new laws and stop corruption of the nation's food.

The group will review, update and enforce food safety laws, which Obama said "have not been updated since they were written in the time of Teddy Roosevelt."

The president said outbreaks from contaminated foods, such as a recent salmonella outbreak among consumers of peanut products, have occurred more frequently in recent years due to outdated regulations, fewer inspectors, scaled back inspections and a lack of information sharing between government agencies.

"In the end, food safety is something I take seriously, not just as your president but as a parent," Obama said. "No parent should have to worry that their child is going to get sick from their lunch just as no family should have to worry that the medicines they buy will cause them harm."

The blogosphere is buzzing with comments on the legislation, including the following:

* * Obama and his cronies or his puppetmasters are trying to take total control – nationalize everything, disarm the populace, control food, etc. We are seeing the formation of a total police state.
* * Well ... that's not very " green " of Obama. What's his real agenda?
* * This is getting way out of hand! Isn't it enough the FDA already allows poisons in our foods?
* * If you're starving, no number of guns will enable you to stay free. That's the whole idea behind this legislation. He who controls the food really makes the rules.
* * The government is terrified of the tax loss. Imagine all the tax dollars lost if people actually grew their own vegetables! Imagine if people actually coordinated their efforts with family, friends and neighbors. People could be in no time eating for the price of their own effort. ... Oh the horror of it all! The last thing the government wants is for us to be self-sufficient.
* * They want to make you dependent upon government. I say no way! already the government is giving away taxes from my great great grandchildren and now they want to take away my food, my semi-auto rifles, my right to alternative holistic medicine? We need a revolution, sheeple! Wake up! They want fascism ... can you not see that?
* * The screening processes will make it very expensive for smaller farmers, where bigger agriculture corporations can foot the bill.
* * If anything it just increases accountability, which is arguably a good thing. It pretty much says they'll only confiscate your property if there are questions of contamination and you don't comply with their inspections. I think the severity of this has been blown out of proportion by a lot of conjecture.
* * Don't waste your time calling the criminals in D.C. and begging them to act like humans. This will end with a bloody revolt.
* * The more I examine this (on the surface) seemingly innocuous bill the more I hate it. It is a coward's ploy to push out of business small farms and farmers markets without actually making them illegal because many will choose not to operate due to the compliance issue.


 

Bobbie Masse (10)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 4:12 pm
Yes, Carole, I know about the FDA. What a joke! They're in pharma pockets, and they have NO BUSINESS overseeing anything, much less organic farms. But I've still read the bill, and it does NOT require pesticides. It just says be careful! It does seem "innocuous", and is just another case of somebody making unnecessary laws again, and again, and again. But once more, it's not going to trash organic gardening, and doesn't require genetically modified seeds, etc etc etc. I'm all for getting excited when something real happens, but this isn't it.
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 4:20 pm

well, you gotta green star for that.
 

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 4:33 pm
Illegal to Grown Own Food
PLEASE READ THIS!
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 4:42 pm
I ask the Universe/God/Goddess to destroy ALL evil. In the name of all that is good and Love, remove evil from the Earth, NOW.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 4:51 pm
H.R. 875 is also VERY BAD NEWS FOR PET OWNERS as well. There are NO protections in this bill for pet food. There is no language in this bill specifying protection from the nastiest types of waste from being used in pet food.

Check it out here H.R.875
 

. (0)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 5:51 pm
noted thank you
 

Eric Straatsma (3802)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 7:16 pm
For those who think this law is so innocent...

Why is just about EVERY natural health or organic association AGAINST this bill, if it is so good?

THey all share the same concern. They want exclusions written into the bill to EXCLUDE small organic farms, gardens and foods....

The way it is written, the FDA can literally put all organic farmers out of business by requiring them to use chemicals, fungicides, pesticides, and Monsanto seeds, all in the name of 'food safety'...

We all know that organic food has bugs in it, right? And using manure as fertilizer, well, that would be too dangerous, as it can transmit salmonella..

For those who trust the FDA and big corporations, go ahead and volunteer to be the first to report to the FDA what you are growing organically..


 

Rod Gesner (60)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 7:56 pm
While I Agree that Monsanto Must be Stopped and The Corrupt Connections of the Sponser of this Billl Should be addressed The fear mongering Exageration and Paranoid Interperatations Here; take away from the Message.
If the Law is Passsed. it will be Imppossible for it too be Enforced against every Small farm, Much Less Backyard Gardeners....
I for One will continue to Plant and Grow as I wish; and Likewise Feed and Eat animals in my Care as I wish To. for this Law to Be Enforcable on Everyone it would need a Budget in Excess of the USA Military and it would Lead to Battles Harder to Win Than Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam Put Together. So Fight The Power that Corrupts and Poisons; But Use Truth, Not Exageration; Use Sensible Tactics, Not Paranoid Lathered up Overreactions. We Lose Credibility When We Get caught up in these Fentastic Exagerations; your Letters and emails will be recieved as "Just another Paranoid Kook" and Dissmissed as Easily..
Whe Need Scientific Responses;
Not Paranoid Ravings and Exagerated interperatations.......
 

JOSSIE ROSS (62)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 8:40 pm
THANKS, KAT.
 

Faith M (161)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 9:08 pm
Noted this and signed will call-If they make it illegal to gro our own food I guess I am just going to be a criminal
 

John Bessa (305)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 9:43 pm
I am working on a plan to break up the US into a loose confederation of regions, which makes sense from this perspective.

Smaller is better, and a lot harder to control

CIA elimination giving the "killing" roles back to the military, and spying to researchers

End the executive branch, which is capital (corporate executives, law enforcers, cops and bounty hunters, governance executives)

Force the IRS to simplfy taxes to implement them

National environmental and human rights, and national protection only

Force China, Russia, and India to break-up

Regional self-determination: End forced globalization

End the Southern economic slavery influence and North subsidies of Southern economic styles

Create a buffer for the "bleeding heart" North against Latin American resource annexation through cocaine expansion

Encourage family members to stay within reasonable distances when younger members move or parents divorce

Size: if the society breaks up into a half-dozen equally sized nations, the top of each structure will be 600% closer to the supporting bottom
layer of workers, allowing 600% more empathy for the workers from the controlling top layer

Limit, or end, centralized prosecution
Show the empathy ratio with respect to size by comparing federal and state (and possibly local) penalties for the same crimes.
End the high percentage of prisoners
Allow religous "right for life" to end the death penalty

Prevent replication of culture, didactic control
Serial expansion of crime

Local self-determination

Finally ditch the Roman/Egyptian empire capital models

Allow each region to choose to sever ties with "bastard" nations that violate human and environmental, and social protection standards

Sherman's March to the Sea:
Document war crimes by the North against the South during the Civil War to demonstrate the viral nature of bias

http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddk32zv4_925gbx6bf63
 

Bobby A (4)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 11:49 pm
I'm all for food safety. 100% What could be safer than organically grown foods that the grower monitors for safety. If I chose to grow a garden, and chose what goes in it, making sure before the planting it is safe and its end produce will be safe, my organic garden is actually safer than the ones inspected by government inspectors, that may get kickbacks from Monsanto if this bill is passed. I appreciate an inspection to make sure food is safe, not an inspection to make sure I am eating the food they offer me on their twisted fork. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I fired off my letter to my congressman. I am in hope he will do the right thing. Then comes congressional elections, which are rewards or punishments for doing or not doing the right thing.
Here is the body of the letter I sent:
I understand Bill HR875 Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is making its way to a vote way too soon. Never would be too soon! The use of chemical fertilizers and additives on foods should be our choice, mine, yours, the next voter's, not Monsanto's and other chemical companies whose lobbyists are poised to generate millions of dollars for their companies and themselves, while folks like us continue to contract cancers and other diseases from the poisons they inject into the plants and vegetables to make them "pretty" longer. It is well aware by many that this bill will eliminate my personal ability to plant and grow organically, which would include ending the planting of heirloom plants. Ending the life of heirloom plants is the same as ending the life of any piece of history. How about we let Monsanto bulldoze the Hermitage in Nashville, or the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Mt. Vernon or the Capitol in Washington. Same difference, except with no heirloom or chemical free foods, we are literally killing ourselves with each new trip to the grocery store or to that favorite eatery on the strip. As one of those you serve, I respectfully ask that you vote against such legislation that forces us to be fed by pesticide companies and not allow us freedom of choice in the matter as it is now. Freedom isn't free, The price just went up. And if everyone starts contracting cancer as I have (although in remission seven years), they won't be able to work to pay for this expensive freedom, the freedom to buy the foods the government tells us to buy, whether we like the taste (and side effects) or not.
 

Haudeno Saunee (19)
Sunday April 5, 2009, 11:53 pm
Bobbie Masse:

You don't know as much as you think you might know about how bills really get passed! What you viewed is A COSMETIC BILL AS IT APPEARS TO THE PUBLIC, NOT THE FINAL ONE THAT'LL GET VOTED ON IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING You savvy that?

As others here have indicated, Monsanto isn't to be trusted (if you don't believe me or the others, check out what they did to the Iraq farmers when Paul Bremer passed patents and copyright laws pertaining to controlling (at the insistence of Mansanto, et. al.,) what the Iraqi famer will be able to grow [The US Govenment forfeited their right to own the right to own their seeds that have been passed down from their ancestors]. The farmers are being forced to buy Mansanto's genetically-modified, bio-engineered seeds!

Then there's Monsanto's takeover of 100+ Land Grant Universities agriculture programs (wanna guess what they plan to teach in those courses?). At Kasas State, they spun off WILDCAT GENETICS, a side company whose purpose is to sell soybean seeds genetically engineered to survive RoundupA applications. Kansas, as it turns out, has had a decades long partnership with the Satanic pesticide maker Mionsanto

At Texas A&M, there's a chai for the "DOW CHEMICAL PROFESSOR of BIOLOGICAL and AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING.

At West Virginia, they also have a similar chair for a chemical professor of biological and agricultural engineering.

At Lousiana State, they also have a similar chair for yet another chemical professor of biological and agricultural engineering.

At Iowa State they boast of having a MONSANTO AUDITORIUM; Iowa offers students MONSANTO- FUNDED
GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS on SEED POLICY with a SPECIAL FOCUS on "THE PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS!"

The Agricultural College of the University of California at Davis IS PARTIALLY FUNDED BY DUPONT and CALGENE!

The U of Cal at Berkely's PLant and Microbiology Dept. ENTERED IN TO A $25,000,000/5 YEAR QUASI-EXCLUSIVE RESEARCH AGREEMENT with (formerly) NOVARTIS (now SYNGENTA, THAT IS FUNDING A LAND-GRANT RESEARCH GROUP on SOYBEAN FUNGI!

In 2005, Perdue U a land-grant school, DEVELOPED an APPLICATION of the so-called TERMINATOR GENE [PIONEERED BY DELTA PINE and LAND COMPANY] for SELF-STERILIZING PLANTS!

Think about this Bobbie: When corporations such as Monsanto, Sygenta, Dupont, Cargill, DOW, et al. raking in sales of 7-12 billion per annum, they're not gonna play by the book and neither are their sockpuppets in Congress...I guarantee their "tools" will hustle that bill through after last minute changes that'll give the Multinational Biotech Conglomerates exactly what they want!
 

Marty H (119)
Monday April 6, 2009, 1:32 am
I really really dislike Monsanto! From Agent Orange to modern day GE foods! They are EVIL incarnate! They should have been kicked out of this country ages ago! It's all about controlling the food supply and therefore the people! I've taken action on this a while back! Thanks and noted!
 

Tommy S (12)
Monday April 6, 2009, 1:35 am
I am in the middel of the idea. Organic in the US. REALLY?. How can you prove you dirt is free of Bacteria, the water you use, the rain, the air, The fertilizer, Then to say the seeds. Most seeds in the US were already treated many years ago. I was very young when they started radiating seeds which produce large plants and fruits. I had the seed the gov sent out and watched the difference in growth. The seeds were dangerouse if you eat them but the plants that followed were not. Milk is radiated at a very small level and that level is not reported. Also any milk that last longer then four days something is stopping it from going bad. If you think Organic is the way why is it so exspensive? Like if you buy anything without sugar it costs more then with sugar and sugar is very expensive? I do not believe people that eat food from a health food store will live longer then one that does not. Prove. Healty people die too. Look at the people that live over a hundred. They have not been eating heathy food all their life. JUst the same as vitamins the human body will get all that it needs if one eat different things. Native people all lived old unless they were hit by a wild animal or feel off a cliff or a bullet. It was white mans sickness that stated killing them untill they created a cure for themselfs to stop it. If a Organic farm comes down with any problems who will find out? The people that buy it. In Hawaii they have something that is very dangerouse that grows on Kale. It makes a person very sick and not treated could kill a person. Yes Organci farms sell it but it must be cleaned very good. I have a freind that always washed his Kale that he bought from a organic farm and His wife almost died from it. It took a few weeks to figure what she had. There is always a good and bad side to anything. I will say the choise should be up to the people and we do need to make it right by what most people believe right or wrong. Just like our morals. The way it is now one person can make the rest suffer. Man fights but never for the right cause. One person doesn't like a book it has to be taken out of a school the same as prayer. No soda in school make them drink juice what a very sick idea. When you were little and drank it it did not make you sick , fat or crazy even coke when it had drugs in it. You could not take it with asprin though. Cola was given to many children with stomach problems. No we need hard core medicines now. Did you ever see bugs eating plants. Organic farmers can find everyone? If we had a clean planet organic farming would the greatist thing but we have a very toxic world and to an organic farmer you would need a completly sealed environment. T
 

Mike Tedesco (65)
Monday April 6, 2009, 5:29 am
The tools for repairing the toxic nature of our soils and earth are here already. The toxins can be turned into useful plant food in a short period of time.We can repopulate the beneficial organisms and grow organic and NUTRICIOUS food. Check out www.agrogreencanada.com for the tools...
Save yourselves...Save our Earth...get conscious now...
 

Teresa del Castillo (1519)
Monday April 6, 2009, 7:21 am
noted
 

Winefred M (88)
Monday April 6, 2009, 7:31 am
This is outrageous! I hate when big corporates try do dictate what you should eating.DANGEROUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Robert P (3)
Monday April 6, 2009, 8:48 am
I have read a dozen opinion pieces both for and against. I have read the bill , but Im not a lawyer, but it seems the powers are overbroad. My partner and I went thru a really bad couple of years, when we got the old bills paid off from being outsourced 2x in 2002(long sad story, but if not for Second Harvest we would have starved, we were already near homeless, the house we had to rent was almost as bad as under a bridge no heat, mould infection flooded basement). It took us a few years go get to where we could consider buying a place, which we did with the intent to become organic farmers. While we don't have live stock we had planned to sell fruits and veggies, without chemicals. Would this force us to use chemicals? At the very least we will grow our own food and have been trying to collect heirloom seeds which they will have to kill us to take.
 

Roseann d (178)
Monday April 6, 2009, 3:19 pm
Even Monsanto insiders admit GM Crops and Non-GM crops cannot co-exist...organic would become a thing of the past.
 

Martha A (8)
Monday April 6, 2009, 6:59 pm
MOnsant is a greedy, evil coporations which is frightened that there is a growing trend in the United States for people to grow their own gardens. They are doing this, so they can have the freshest produce, free of pestisides and monsanto fertilizers.

They are not worried about the spread of diseases or anything else, but worried about organic farmers cutting into their profit margin and want to force us to only depend on using their seeds, or purchasing food in markets, grown in the United States with genetically engineered monsanto seeds.By the way, the husband of the congressmen who introduced this bill, works for Monsanto. MY MY! There wouldnt be a conflict of interest WOULD THERE!!!!! The lengths some people will go to make MONEY is Pathetic!!!
 

sue M (184)
Monday April 6, 2009, 9:37 pm
Thanks for posting Kat!
 

Leigh B (211)
Tuesday April 7, 2009, 11:10 am
Noted, letter sent to Jim Marshall, thanks Kat
 

Haudeno Saunee (19)
Saturday April 11, 2009, 2:53 am
Monsanto LOVES threatening, intimidating, harrassing, using thugs to get small family farmers to "cooperate" by buying ONLY THEIR SEED.

And to think Walt Disney had signed a contract with Monsanto, prior to the opening of Disneyland, that allowed them to install a free ride for the public to get a nice brainwashing while beholding the future [according to Monsanto] of the wonders of their products like Astroturf (low cost, weed-free alternative to natural grass.."Why mow when you can have a permanent lawn that your neighbors will be jealous of?"
 

Brei M. (0)
Thursday April 30, 2009, 2:46 am
If you think this is bad, which it is, then you should watch the film about CODEX ALIMENTARIUS. It will make you mad. Everything that goes into your mouth will be regulated, to be started on 12-31-2009. You won't be able to nourish your body with healthy foods or healthy water for that matter. Not to mention vitamins and minerals, they will be considered poison.
The following link is the first part of 5. You can find the other 4 parts there also.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmrF9KjlGsc

 
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