Monday, March 30, 2009

now the government wants to ban gardens?

I hope someone told Michelle Obama that her new garden might be illegal before she even takes a bite of her home-grown arugala, but knowing these politicians, they would stick an exemption in the bill only for 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The Feds are working on a plan that could ban organic farms and backyard gardens. Small farms and backyard gardeners could be placed under direct supervision of the federal government under new legislation making its way through Congress.

The sponsors of House Resolution 875, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, are lurking in the shadows of Congress to quietly pass a bill that levies up to $1 Million in fines to those food ‘rebels’ who dare to use organic fertilizer and not the chemicals and pesticides from companies like Monsanto, etc. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn) introduced the bill in February of 2009. (DeLauro's husband is a consultant for) Monsanto – the world's leading producer of herbicides and genetically engineered seed...

7 comments:

Mau said...

Ridiculous! I am counting on our garden when the country collapses and food becomes scarce. I'd like to see them try to plow mine under!

Milehimama said...

I blogged about this today too.

It's weird - every day I wake up, hear the news, and say "NO WAY!" ... then it turns out to be TRUE!

I'm more concerned about the registration and listing of every home that grows food...why would they need that? Wondering if there is a crisis, they'd come take it...

Foxfier, formerly Sailorette said...

This wouldn't hurt most "organic" farms-- the business-type ones I am familiar with still use chemical products, they just use "certified for organic use" ones.

It'd be a big hit on the farmers-market-believe-in-the-Organic-Cause ones, though.

SAHMinIL said...

This is the first I've heard/read of this...I just want to say I also think it's Ridiculous!

kat said...

I don't even know that many people in Maine yet, but almost everyone I do know would be affected by this: the lady who sells goat milk, another sells raw cow milk, my good friend Jennifer who just sold goats, folks who sell at the farmer's markets and at roadside stands, people who sell hay... rural areas are just saturated with barter/small-scale economic activity that can't handle this much regulation/paperwork. I looked into becoming certified organic and it was too much work- now selling anything would involve just as much paperwork. Uggggg!

Anonymous said...

When I hear things like this, I always think of the old guy in Legends of the Fall after his stroke. He flips the bird and says, "_____ em, ______ the government!"

Seriously, who comes up with this stuff? With all the horribly serious issues going on in this country alone, not to even mention international affairs, this is what they are spending their time and our taxes on?! Talk about fraud, waste and abuse! Where's THAT hotline for our congress?!

Prayers for this country! Imagine if this is what our congress was worried about when this country was being built! Our founding fathers must be turning in their graves!

God Bless,
TracyW.

Anonymous said...

ok, but why?
obviously to line the pockets of some company, but under the guise of what?