September 15, 2010

Is Congress about to steal your freedom to grow and sell herbs?

How would you like to end up in jail for growing herbs and giving them to your neighbor? Think it's absurd and will never happen here in the Land of the Free? Think again.

You may have heard that Congress is now back in session after a late-summer recess. One of the first bills they will consider is Senate Bill 510. This bill imposes draconian oversight on food production. It imposes extremely burdensome requirements on thousands of small farmers and food processors. Many of these small food producers might be selling directly to you in your local area.

This bill easily could wipe out the small organic farmer. But it could be much worse. Conceivably, you could become a criminal simply for growing herbs and giving them to your friend. We don't have the full understanding of how far the "benevolent" government wants to go in protecting your food. It's possible that some bureaucrat's interpretation might finger your herb garden.

We have to stop this bill. But it won't be easy. After the big egg recall, Americans are clamoring for protection from the government. I have little doubt that the unseen pushers of bills like this are Big Agri which seeks to destroy the small farmer. But they're not the only ones behind this horrible bill.

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My sources say that this bill will remove our rights to own and store seeds and place that otherwise inherent right into the hands of the likes of GMO Frankenfood giant Monsanto. (No wonder this bill is getting so much support.) In the name of food safety, the government could move to promote antibiotics, hormones, and GMO Frankenseeds, likely wiping out the small conscious farmer.

I love to garden. I grow some fruit every year. If I barter some of that fruit for something else, they might haul me away as a food smuggler!

Bills like this present a great danger to freedom. Right now, the U.S. Code mandates that the government must find "credible evidence" to launch an attack on a food producer. They want to replace that phrase with "reasonable probability." Hold on. Who will be making that determination of "reasonable probability"? Some bureaucrat 3,000 miles away? Might he decide that the raw milk that has restored your health be removed for "reasonable probability"?

We don't need this bill. I'd rather take my chances on a rare outbreak of food bacteria than let the government control what comes to the food stores or what I personally can produce. I can treat the food-borne bacteria. I can't easily treat pasteurization's toxicity, Monsanto's Frankenfood, the hormones, pesticides, or other petrochemicals that are dumped into your food in the name of "safety."

Please call your senators and demand that they stop this bill dead in its tracks. Demand oversight on the use of chemicals, GMO Frankenfood, hormones, and antibiotics, and freedom for the small farmer.

To call your Senator's office in Washington, follow this link.




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