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H.R. 875: Agricultural Giants Try To Kill Organic Farming

organic-farmingP556Big agriculture has declared war on organic farming in the United States, and the centerpiece of that war is H.R. 875.  This horrific bill has created a massive uproar among small farmers who claim that this bill would basically destroy organic farming in the United States.

H.R. 875 has been given this very deceptive name: “Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009”.  This draconian bill would establish a “Food Safety Administration” within the Department of Health and Human Services.  The mandate of this new department would be “to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.” 

The regulatory role of this new agency would extend to small organic farms, backyard gardens and even to the kitchens of gardeners and entrepreneurs who sell food products at farmers markets, through local stores or even to their neighbors.

The cover story is that this bill is supposed to protect consumers from food contamination.  However,  every major case of food contamination in recent American history has come from large-scale industrial agriculture – not from small farms.

In addition, these proposed new regulations are so overwhelming and so draconian that they will even discourage people from growing family gardens in their own backyards. 

The reality is that this bill is an effort by the big agricultural corporations who control 90% of the food production in the United States to crush the small organic farmers that compete with them.

H.R. 875 was introduced by Democrat Rosa DeLauro in February. Her introduction of this bill represents a stunning conflict of interest, because her husband, Stanley Greenburg, works for Monsanto. Monsanto is the world’s biggest producer of herbicides and genetically engineered seeds, and they would GREATLY benefit if thousands of small organic farmers were put out of business, because organic farmers don’t use Monsanto products.

You can find the full text of the bill here:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-875

Section 3 of H.R. 875 defines what type of establishments would be subject to the regulations in this legislation. It that section, a “food production facility” is defined this way:

<strong>The term ‘food production facility’ means any farm, ranch, orchard, vineyard, aquaculture facility, or confined animal-feeding operation.</strong>

So that would include…..

*All organic farms
*All small farms
*All family farms
*Even small family gardens if you sell any produce to your neighbor at all

If you read this bill, you will see that it gives the government the power to regulate what is “safe” farming, and therefore if organic farmers are not using enough herbicide on their plants to be “safe” or they aren’t following the same “quality control” procedures as the big guys they could be instantly put out of business.

In addition, it loads small farmers with massive amounts of paperwork and administrative burdens that the big corporations can handle but they can’t.

That is how you put a horde of small competitors out of business – you get the government to pile on the rules and burdens and regulations until they collapse.

That is why Monsanto desperately wants this bill. They hate the small farmers and they want to take them out of the picture.

Why in the world do you THINK Monsanto is so in favor of this bill?

Why would Monsanto WANT more regulations placed on them?

Why?

Because it would give them a radical competitive advantage.

This bill would be another huge step towards corporations such as Monsanto gaining a stranglehold on the food supply of the United States.

This bill is a direct assault on the independence and security of American farmers and gardeners.

Any member of Congress that supports this bill should be voted out of office in the next election.  Please contact your member of Congress and tell them that you DO NOT support this bill.

  • http://www.CodexAlimentarius.Come2me.nl Annelies

    This law, HR 875, is supported by Barak Obama. You need to research the connections: Monsanto, Barak Obama, Rosa DeLauro, Clinton and Bush.

    You’ll be sick for a day of two, but this is happening in America !! You better be prepaired.
    For example, see: http://ObamaBarak.Come2me.nl

    You need to be creative: more than ever in this new born year 2010. And don’t take any vaccine’s !!!

  • jenni

    I think that we can leave vaccines out of this talk. We all know that vaccines save MILLIONS of lives. I volunteer in Haiti and I see hundreds of people dying of PREVENTABLE diseases such as typhoid, tetaunus, varicella, meningitis. We are so fotunate in this country for the protection from herd immunity. People are so IGNORANT. They will withold vaccines from their kids but then feed them poison from McDonalds and other crap. Makes me foam at the mouth.