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Old 05-06-2009, 12:29 PM   #1
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Default Own a Garden, maybe not much longer...

http://tennzen.blogspot.com/2009/03/...s-farmers.html

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* have a garden (backyard, homestead, or full-blown farmer)
* participate in a CSA
* buy or sell vegetables at a Farmer's Market, roadside stand or Amish/Mennonite community
* buy or sell milk or cheese (especially raw milk products) from a local farm
* buy/sell/grow organic meats, vegetables, or dairy products

... then you need to know that there's some legislation that's rapidly progressing through Congress that could affect you.

The bills are HR 875 and S 425: the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 and the Food Safety and Tracking Improvement Act, respectively.
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These bills would basically transfer all state control over food regulation to a new agency - the Food Safety Administration, under the the Department of Health and Human Services. (In blatant disregard for the 10th Amendment, I might add.) Its implications point to the weeding out of all independent, family farms as well as all organic farming operations because of peremptory federal regulations determined in favor of corporate factory farms.

Some of the requirements in these bills include:

Designating the Food Safety Administration (FSA) as sole regulator of food safety rather than the individual states, including granting FSA the power to implement and administer a "national system for regular unannounced inspection of food establishments" under its own terms. ("Food establishment" is so broadly defined in the bill that it can be anything from a meat packing plant to a backyard garden.)

Reclassifying all farms as "food production facilities", ensuring they come under the regulatory and inspection protocols of FSA as well as enforcing compliance with whatever FSA deems as appropriate food safety requirements. (Again, "farm" is used very generically.)
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Additionally, the bills contain language that would expand the definition of the word "contaminant" for purposes of widening the scope of what constitutes "adulterated food". In other words, the vague, open-ended language would grant nearly unlimited authority to the FSA to arbitrarily levy fines whenever and to whomever it deems fit for breaching its subjective food safety rules.
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:33 PM   #2
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Default Re: Own a Garden, maybe not much longer...

They are not going to get my Tomatoes on pain of Death!
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Default Re: Own a Garden, maybe not much longer...

oh boy i was afraid the O(crap) administration wasn't gonna make government even bigger. gee, if we're lucky, (note sarcasm) there won't be ANY areas of our life that govt isn't involved in by the time O(crap)s first term is over.
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I wonder if this applies to my wife's herb garden? She'd be so pissed off if they try to regulate her Lavendar or Parsley.
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I can't wait till they legislate someone to come in and help me wipe my ass after a good healthy !
This way it will save me the trouble of reaching back there myself and leaving dingleberries.
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So much for saving jobs.

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legalize it
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I wonder if this applies to my wife's herb garden? She'd be so pissed off if they try to regulate her Lavendar or Parsley.
Unfortunately, the language is so vague...that a hardcore could interpret that your wife's Herb Garden wasn't safe...and take your supplies.
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Gets worse...at least here in Ohio...some of this has already started.

http://open.salon.com/blog/xylocopa/...03/war_on_food

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On December 1, 2008, Lorain County Sherriff’s deputies stormed the home of John and Jacqueline Stowers of LaGrange, Ohio, where they run a natural foods co-op called the Manna Storehouse, which distributes locally produced food, including grass-fed beef and lamb, free-range chicken, organically grown grains and produce, and raw milk and cheeses. The Manna Storehouse website promises food that is “...all natural, as God intended it to be.”

In a video statement on youtube, the Stowerses claim that the police rounded up their children, who were being homeschooled, and held them captive for more than six hours while they ransacked their home, seizing not just co-op supplies but also a year’s personal supply of food for the Stowers, as well as their cell phones and computers. The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund have joined forces to represent the Stowerses in a civil suit against the State of Ohio and Lorain County.
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