A reader writes:
I find it hard the believe the Obama’s would want to harm the organic food industry, didn’t she just plant a garden at the White House? Anyway thank’s Butner I’m just trying to get my hands around the facts. Also most of the websites you go to (gov) for info seem to be down what gives, you think?
You’re right, recently with much fanfare, the first lady, Michelle Obama, rolled out her organic garden at the White House. She is on a mission of sorts, she told the New York Times:
While the organic garden will provide food for the first family’s meals and formal dinners, its most important role, Mrs. Obama said, will be to educate children about healthful, locally grown fruit and vegetables at a time when obesity and diabetes have become a national concern.
“My hope,” the first lady said in an interview in her East Wing office, “is that through children, they will begin to educate their families and that will, in turn, begin to educate our communities.”
The first lady is absolutely right, no one should underscore the importance of a diet which consist of healthful, locally grown organic fruit and vegetables. So why is her husband’s administration seeking to push farm control legislation through Congress, coordinated is such a way that there has been no debate, even the committee meetings are closed? Is this the transparency we were promised?
With the economy in shambles the number of home gardeners has exploded, folks are depending more than ever on community supported agriculture such as Farmer’s Markets, local produce vendor’s and the self-sufficiency of “their” own home-grown foods from “their” backyard garden’s to make ends meet. Having started a raised bed vegetable garden, myself a few years ago I can tell you first hand of the money it has saved me not to mention the nutritional benefits. So what gives? Why is Congress working against the very thing Mrs. Obama is promoting, an individuals right to have and enjoy organic gardening? What exactly do they have against the little guy, the small farmer anyway?
“Understanding parts of the bill at times depends on smelling smoke as you read it. Here in the US, we still have only smoke … an Ohio state ag department SWAT team raid on an organic coop, Pennsylvania ag department raids on horse and buggy Mennonites, California setting coliform levels so low fresh milk dairy farmers would need cows that produced pasteurized milk right out the udder, arrest and handcuffing of a single mother in front of her children for selling goat milk, the USDA paying its agents bonuses for foreclosing on farms”
For over a decade multinational corporations like Monsanto, Dupont, Syngenta and BASF, some aggressively buying seed and other agbiotech companies have sought to control seeds worldwide, if you control the seeds you control the food supply. This year new standards were “suddenly” imposed over seeds by the FDA, in short citing “strict safety standards”, seeds were redefined as “Food”. With that rule change comes a huge change in how seeds can be handled for distribution. But it gets worse;
To begin with a reminder. Food Democracy Now put this out as an alert: Michael Taylor, Monsanto executive and lawyer, the guy who ran the FDA under Clinton and gave us rBGH and genetically engineered food, is waiting to run “food safety” from an office inside the White House.
If the Feds are successful their legislation will criminalize your right to grow your own food and even put an end to your local Farmer’s market, all under the guise of “Food Safety”. Sounds harsh? That’s the least of it if H.R. 875, Senate S 425 and H.R. 759 becomes law. The bills have discrete, deceptive names like the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009,and the Food Safety Tracking and Improvement Act but in reality this legislation is on track (if we don’t stop it) to be some of the most insidious legislation of our generation. It will destroy the small farmer but very profitable for “Big Agra” like Monsanto, unless of course you boycott their products. It is up to you to stop these bills once and for all, don’t be one of those people who complain about something happening but do nothing to stop it.
To put it plainly as Scaredhuman says over at the Daily Kos.
Read the bill. Stop asking organizations to interpret it for you. They appear to be lousy at it, to have little understanding of laws that must be seen in relation to it, to realize the words there which has harmless lay meaning come with legal definitions that are significant. Or they may have agendas you don’t know about.
I’ll be the first to admit I have an agenda against H.R. 875 and the NAIS . Moreover, we can stop”Big Agra” and the NAIS but it will take a united effort, so Sign the Petition , and contact your representatives today, tomorrow, hell everyday until we win.