Government control of your garden: HR 875 and SR 425?

Greetings All,

You may already be aware of this... but this came across my desk recently: Below is some important information about  HR 875 and SR 425, two disturbing pieces of  legislation on the fast track to regulate all farms  under the guise of preventing food contamination,  among other things. HR 875 is a major threat to sustainable farming  and the local food movement. Supported by the  > deep pockets and political influence of Monsanto,   http://www.grist.org/comments/food/2008/01/17/ this legislation places small farms throughout the  > country under federal jurisdiction and would give  > the federal government the authority to appoint  > designated “administrators” (lobbyist, consultants,  > private contractors, etc.) and empower them with  > the authority to enforce severe penalties for  > non-compliance. The wording of this bill is so broad  > and vague, non-compliance could very well include  > anything from the use of home-made farm equipment  > (plows, seeders, etc.), to methods of seed production  > and the use of organic fertilizers.  The bill can also  > (by its broad definitions) potentially jeopardize your  > right to cultivate a backyard vegetable garden or  > establish and maintain a compost bin! > > It’s not that it can happen here – it’s HAPPENING HERE! > > Youtube: Criminalize Organic Farming? > http://www.ftcldf.org/news/news-02mar2009.htm > > An excellent summary: HR 875 - The Federal Take-Over of Food Regulation > http://www.ftcldf.org/news/news-02mar2009.htm > > The actual Legislation: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (HR 875) > http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.875: > > The Food Safety and Tracking Improvement Act (SR 425)(the Senate version of the bill) > http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-425 > > HR 875 has been assigned to both the  > House Committee on Energy and Commerce  > http://energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=24&Ite mid=53 > >  and the House Committee on Agriculture. > http://agriculture.house.gov/inside/members.html > > What you can do: > > 1- Contact your elected representatives (202-224-3121) and the members of the two committees and ask that they oppose HR 875.  While you’re at it, ask them if they’ve personally read the legislation. Site specific sections of the bill and ask what their position is? > > 2- Find out who sits on your states agriculture and farming committee and contact them with your concerns and let them know what the implications are for local organic farmers. > > 3- Contact a friend, a neighbor, a farmer, a CSA, a community garden, or anyone who buys, cooks, eats, and enjoys locally grown food and ask them to get involved. Tell them that the future and autonomy of our individual and collective rights and well being are at stake. > 3- Contact a friend, a neighbor, a farmer, a CSA, a community garden, or anyone who buys, cooks, eats, and enjoys locally grown food and ask them to get involved. Tell them that the future and autonomy of our individual and collective rights and well being are at stake.

 Barry Crumbley, President > I.N.T.A.C.T. Community Development Corporation > 127 North Macquesten Parkway > Mount Vernon, NY 10550-1812 > 914-513-7200    info@intactcdc.org