Bill that could threaten gardeners

sandybeach(z9 CA)April 14, 2010

Home gardeners should take an interest in this.

I'm not saying to vote for or against, just that we should all be aware.

It's H.R. 857. It's a bill that is said to be linked to Monsanto (large agriculture company) that could outlaw home gardens (posing as a food safety bill). Here are two links:

http://tribes.tribe.net/foodnotlawns/thread/cbc5c631-50f6-4c7d-9717-0e351c8c80e8

http://www.seventhgeneration.com/learn/inspiredprotagonist/monsanto-evil-company

From the 7th generation link it says that Michael Taylor former vp of public policy at Monsanto is now the new senior adviser of the FDA.

Other interesting links

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_17370.cfm

Found some more info. Scroll down. This is spring 2010.

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-s510/show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeWVkTU1s1E

I normally don't pay attention to stuff like this, but I don't want to be told what I can and what I cannot do on my land.

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lazy_gardens

uh ... bovine excrement!

857 in the current session is "To convey the New River State Park campground located in the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in the Jefferson National Forest in Carroll County, Virginia, to the Commonwealth."

Care to adjust the tinfoil hat and try again?

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 8:35PM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Riiiight. Outlaw home gardens. That's how they're scaring people now on a bill sitting in committee for over a year?

chuckle

I do love the hysteria on this board.

Dan

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 9:00PM
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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

A factual link was added to this same sort of thread from OP on the CA Forum
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/calif/msg0419571313204.html?2

Here is a link that might be useful: OP on CA Forum

    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 12:09AM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

If one were to actually read what the Organic Consumers Association has to say they would find that most of what sandybeach has written is hogwash. There is nothing in this bill, meant to require the USFDA to do the job it was meant to do back when Theodore Roosevelt signed the Pure food and Drug Act that established the FDA as part of the USDA. Much of what the FDA is supposed to do was made nearly immposible during the Reagan administration when major cutbacks in personnel kept inspections from being done.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 7:17AM
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dan_staley(5b/SS 2b AHS 6-7)

Its almost comedy. Or someone making a parody character to sully the perception of organic folks. Either one not good.

Dan

    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 9:25AM
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scarletdaisies(6)

But you see how this was misused by opposers, now see how it will be misused by the "Yes" people. It doesn't say to outlaw gardens, but as ignorant as they are, they will enforce it as that anyways.

It takes all kinds!

    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 1:59PM
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