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Bill that could threaten gardeners

Posted by sandybeach z9 CA (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 14, 10 at 20:00

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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RE: Bill that could threaten gardeners

As I said on the other forum: bovine excrement.

The bill number you mention has nothing to do with gardening. Perhaps you are agitating against HR 875 ...

http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/organic.asp
http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/blogs/healthy-food/organic-farming-440320604

You may not want to be told what to do and not do on YOUR land ... how do you feel about me setting up a huge hog farm with manure ponds right next door? Or a copper smelter? You want to tell me I can't do that?

As soon as you start selling produce to others, how you grow your produce becomes a public health issue, and that's regulatable.


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RE: Bill that could threaten gardeners

ohh yet another frothing at the mouth post on a bill that is still languishing in committee (since Feb 2009)

As Lazy puts it well, Bovine excrement indeed

Always check the the Gov't Track Site before forwarding such things as most of these types of emails are about things in congress that simply are not happening.

Here is a link that might be useful: Gov't Track


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