I was horrified to come across this article from an interesting site called FriendsEat.com and, although I was aware that the chances that big business would one day threaten the very ability for our communities to grow their own food and be sustainable, stories like the woman in Oak Park, Michigan having to go to court (where she could face up to 93 days in jail) because she chose to plant an organic vegetable garden in her front yard and someone did not appreciate her taste in landscaping and called the city are cropping up everywhere. I know very well that organic farming has been in jeopardy for many years now as
Satan’s Monsanto’s strength grows and puts a choke hold on anyone who dare refuse to use their demon seeds. After all, if people choose organic, healthy, local and sustainable produce, how can the ‘fat cats’ get fatter? What’s more than that (and this is the conspiracy theorist in me surfacing) how can the federal government control our very souls if they can’t force us to eat unequivocally potentially harmful crap and make it impossible for us to choose a healthier way of eating that will preserve our ability to think for ourselves, sustain our communities, and feed our families self-sufficiently?
As our government hands over billions to Wall Street bankers, jobless Americans live in tent cities and collect food stamps in record numbers. Now when we need it the most, growing our own food may be against the law and punishable by a fine of up to $1,000,000. Think I’m joking? Meet Bill HR 875, The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, introduced by Rosa DeLauro whose husband Stanley Greenburg works for Monsanto. The insanity doesn’t stop there—fishing boats, hotdog stands, neighborhood vegetable booths and farmers’ markets will be federally regulated under the same draconian law. As always, the spin is designed to make you (the public) believe these new provisions are for your own good. Under the deceitful guise of protection, the goal of this bill is crystal clear: to prevent us from locally growing our own food so multinational agribusiness can completely control the production and distribution of our food supply. I refer you to the usual suspects—Monsanto, ADM, Sodexo, Tyson, and Smithfield.
This bill is designed to allow corporations, with the help of their hired government guns, to force small competitors (you and me) out of business. This is as evil as it gets, folks. Since the dawn of man we have hunted and farmed our own food——it’s second nature. To be stripped of the most fundamental act of survival is equivalent to the kind of mass enslavement you only read about in history books, like the kind under Pharaohs in ancient Egypt.
Lurking within the maze of technical lawyer-like jargon, the bill places wildly restrictive regulatory incumbrances on the average vegetable growing Joe-The-Plumber, small organic farmer, or anyone for that matter who may one day decide to grow a small garden. The bill would require anyone associated with growing, storing, transporting or processing food to be subject to inspections by federal agents of their property and all records related to food production; you would be required to conduct specials tests, maintain samples and records, and allow government officials to mandate the use of chemical pesticides, fertilizers, specific types of nutrients, packaging, and temperature controls. Violation of any of these provisions would subject the offender to property seizure, imprisonment and fines up to $1,000,000. The implementation of these bogus regulations are designed to be so cost and time prohibitive, no one would bother to grow their own food or risk being jailed and fined for participating in a black market.
Linn Cohen-Cole with Oped News writes:
“The bill is monstrous on level after level – the power it would give to Monsanto, the criminalization of seed banking, the prison terms and confiscatory fines for farmers, the 24 hours GPS tracking of their animals, the easements on their property to allow for warrantless government entry, the stripping away of their property rights, the imposition by the filthy, greedy industrial side of anti-farming international ‘industrial’ standards to independent farms – the only part of our food system that still works, the planned elimination of farmers through all these means.
“The corporations want the land, they want more intensive industrialization, they want the end of normal animals so they can substitute patented genetically engineered ones they own, they want the end of normal seeds and thus of seed banking by farmers or individuals. They want control over all seeds, animals, water, and land.”
I urge you to read the bill here (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h875/text), then call your representative and congressman.
Here is a video on it: