Congress is working on a bill: HR 875 (aka the Food Modernization Act of 2009) that if passed would allow only ‘federally sanctioned’ seeds and produce to be grown and consumed in the name of ‘food safety’. The passing of this bill would also mean no more backyard gardens, community growing spaces, or small farms, as these are obviously an enormous threat to public health.
The monopoly man just rained some bills on Monsanto, literally.
I don’t even know how to begin this entry besides the obvious action of staring at my computer screen with my mouth hanging stupidly open. IS THIS THE KIND OF CHANGE WE SHOULD HAVE HOPED FOR OBAMA?!
While the intent of the bill is to assure a large-scale public safety in food regulation, the catastrophic repercussions seem to really outweigh the benefits. Lets compare them together shall we?
- Cleaner food distribution
- Standardized Prices (this could be good or bad)
- More government push towards environmentally friendly growing techniques (one would hope)
- Less parasite outbreaks from bad food (though these usually come from commercially produced products, anyone remember the peanut butter scare?)
Cons: (sorry this is obviously bias) Under the provisions of this law you could NOT legally:
- Buy heirloom seed and then harvest and re-use your own seed.
- You could ONLY legally purchase governmentally distributed seeds (aka Monsanto’s zombie seed of death!)
- You could NOT raise your own seed and sell, or even GIVE them to a neighbor.
- You would no longer be able to take your kids down to the local “pick-your-own” blueberry or strawberry farms, or buy from the roadside backyard grower of garden vegetables, or even grow your own vegetable plants, fruit trees, or nut trees, for your own consumption!!
For more information, read the FACTS at http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-875
Here is a link to read about the current status of HR 875 that is being considered by Congress.
PLEASE read up and take action to make sure this doesn’t get through. If this is some kind of attempt at saving capitalism, it will have contradictory effects, and simultaneously destroy our local sense of sustainability, and our ability to complete basic tasks (eating) without the interference of GObama.