Farming Outlawed? by Greg Traver
Do you grow, transport, store,
or sell farm produce? Do you prepare any manner of produce in a restaurant?
If so, you need to read this article!
If the Food Safety Modernization
Act of 2009 (HR 875) is passed, organic farming as we know it, will be
forever changed. Once law, this bill will mandate that anyone who produces
fruit or vegetables for public consumption will register and comply with
new standards. The government will give birth to yet another agency which
will be empowered to detain, seize, condemn and take "other appropriate
enforcement action" against any person exhibiting non-compliance. Under
the guise of food safety, organic farmers will be told what chemical to
use, how much to use and when its use is required, and violators will be
prosecuted. Furthermore, growers of organic produce will be told what kind
of seeds can be "safely" used and where they must be purchased.
Once law, the parameters
covered by this bill could easily be expanded to cover all food grown on
private property for personal use. And your input and preferences won't
Does this all sound far-fetched?
There are people working hard right this minute to make it a reality! I'm
not talking about a group of patients in a facility for the criminally
insane - I'm talking about a member of the United States Congress who has
introduced a bill which is already being studied in committee.
Let's look at the motivation
behind such an idiotic piece of legislation.
1. First, the bill was presented
by Democrat Rosa DeLauro, the wife of Stanley Greenburg, who is an executive
at Monsanto. Monsanto, as you probably know, is the world's largest manufacturer
of chemical herbicides (grass and weed killers) and genetically engineered
Can anyone say "conflict
2. Second, let's peruse Section
3, Article 14 of this bill. Please note that the official definition of
'food production facility' means any farm, ranch, orchard, vineyard, aquaculture
facility, or confined animal-feeding operation. That means any farm, regardless
of size-- even a small family farm.
A few more high points:
3. Growers will be required
to register and comply with all new regulations; non-compliance will be
countered by an agency empowered to detain, seize, condemn, and take "other
appropriate enforcement action."
4. Growers will be told what
chemical to use, how much to use, and when to use it.
5. Organic growers will be
told where to buy their seed.
If this doesn't sound bad
enough, it's a good bet that the paperwork and compliance regulations are
going to be as easy to understand as the current tax laws.
So what happens after you
register as an organic grower? What are these new rules that must be adhered
to? How much is it going to cost to register? What kind of fees will be
imposed? The answer to all these questions is: no one knows yet, because
the head of this new agency will decide and this bill specifically states
that all regulations will be retroactive.
What is particularly disturbing
is that this possible new agency will be headed up by a presidential appointee.
(Here's a few rhetorical questions worthy of consideration: how often,
in recent memory, has a presidential appointee actually possessed the qualifications
necessary for the job, as opposed to being given a plum position as a reward
for some political favor? Can we expect the appointee to be anyone with
experience or background in agriculture or food safety? Will the new "Food
Safety Czar," like other agency directors we've seen, thumb his/her nose
at future congressional inquiries?)
Back to the bill: Ah, but,
you're not an organic farmer or grower, so this won't affect you, right?
Wrong! Further investigation of this bill reveals an expanded scope of
authority - to the extent that persons who handle anything defined as "food,"
or who are involved in the production, storage, transportation, or preparation
of food must register and comply with all the regulations of this new agency.
Doesn't this sound like something
written about Russia back in the cold-war era? Can this really happen in
If you think not, consider
that the word "terrorist" has been eliminated from the guidelines and official
speech of the Department of Homeland Security. Consider that soldiers who
have served faithfully with honor in Iraq and Afghanistan have been put
on the Department of Homeland Security's official watch list? The same
sort of mentality that came up with those winners is now going to define
"food" for us and tell us how to grow it.
If we do not raise our voices
collectively and in the streets to confront this kind of silliness, we
will soon wake up and find that we have lost our ability to say anything
at all. Call your State's representatives today and tell them to kill this
bill in committee! We know that it's a fact that those who fail to learn
from history, will see it repeated. Let's Roll!
About the Author - Greg Traver
is a freelance writer who claims anyone can be a successful organic gardener.
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Copyright 2009 Greg R. Traver