Could Your Squash Send You to Jail?

Posted on December 10, 2012 in Be Healthy, Blog - 13 comments - 0
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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:

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13 comments

  1. mary - - reply

    What??! I’m truly shocked (and outraged) to hear this. Thank goodness there’s no such bill in the UK (yet) but I’ll keep an eye out. We deserve to have the option of healthy food. I hope this bill gets overturned asap!

  2. Leigh - - reply

    I think everyone should have a little vegetable garden – just to go outside and get something for dinner is great. But I would freak if my neighbor decided to plant a vegetable garden in the front. That’s where the flowers should go!
    That’s just me…
    Leigh

  3. Family Travels on a Budget - - reply

    This bill was introduced in February of 2009 and has not moved forward. Furthermore, “There is no language in HR 875 that would regulate, penalize, or shut down backyard gardens or ‘criminalize’ gardeners; the bill focuses on ensuring the safety of food in interstate commerce.”

    The USDA is structured to protect the food supply in the US, and has been doing just that for a very long time.

    As to those growing offensive vegetable gardens in the front yard, I wonder if there’s a home owner’s association/neighborhood restrictive covenants behind such claims. Our neighborhood does not allow front yard gardens, but back yard gardens are strongly encouraged — nothing like sharing fresh veggies with the rest of the ‘hood!

    1. thedetoxdiva - - reply - author

      Actually, Karen, it HAS moved forward. It is one of the reasons recently, even more small organic farmers have been forced out of business in California, that, and the fact that, even though they are organic farms, there were mysteriously Monsanto patented seeds found on their land (wind is a pain, eh?). They buried them in so much paperwork and lawsuit activity they could no longer stay open. Those same patented seeds also, more than likely contaminated their fields. That same bill is being cited in multiple cases (including one peanut butter company that was just shut down) currently on the books. And the woman I reference in the post that could be jailed…. she was actually following the lead of the White House where part of the lawn (I am quite sure out of public view) has been converted to an organic vegetable garden. Unfortunately, the threat is very very real that they could start to enforce the necessity for chemicals in home gardens and even outlaw them outright as many communities have outlawed outdoor clotheslines (even ones in your own back yard!). It’s not a dead bill. It’s not a law, but it’s not a dead bill. Unless something dramatic changes, it will be mandatory to buy licensed seeds (read….patented) which means most likely NOT heirloom.
      Oh and if you have ever been to the UK, you will see vegetables planted around communities all over the Midlands and they have managed to make them look beautiful!! They have landscaped them rather than putting them into rows, and have really focused on encouraging sustainable communities.

    1. thedetoxdiva - - reply - author

      Since it’s not a law YET there is still a chance for people to stop it but it will take a LOT of calls to congressmen and a lot of fighting back… the good news is…. if we are willing to do it, they won’t be able to stop us ALL!

  4. Rosey - - reply

    It is clear that you are passionate about this, and I applaud you for sharing it! A lot of fundamental rights are being tainted, so though I did not know about this one, it is not a huge shock to me. I’ve never seen anything changing so fast, and being so widely accepted as okay, as what i have seen in my country/society in the last decade or so. Some is good, but a lot just leaves you shaking your head wondering how it could even happen.

  5. gina valley - - reply

    It is unfathomable to me why our government wastes resources trying to shutdown micro farming. It is such a valuable resource for families.

    Don’t we have murderers and drug traffickers to chase after? Where are the priorities?!?!

  6. Real Army of Moms - - reply

    I have been going more organic for the last 4 years now. It never ceases to amaze me how hard our government and big business work to make us sick and then complain about the cost of healthcare. then prescribe more pills that not only don’t fix the problem but have side effects that make us even sicker.

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