April 03, 2009

Goodbye to Farmers Markets, Organic Farming Unless We STOP This!


Say goodbye to farmers markets, CSAs, and  roadside stands unless we STOP HR 875, HR 814, SR 425 and SOON, HR 759 or

The above so called "food safety" bills in Congress were written by the nation-less corporations such as; Monsanto, Cargill, Tysons, ADM, etc. These bills are  all associated with the opposite of food safety. What is this all about  then?

- By Linn Cohen-Cole - March 3, 2009  

In the simplest terms, organic food  and a rebirth of farming were winning. Not in absolute numbers but in a  deep and growing shift by the public toward understanding the connection  between their food and their health, between good food and true social  pleasures, between their own involvement in food and the improvement in  their lives in general, between local food and a burgeoning local  economy.

Slow Food was right - limit your food  to what comes from your region and from real farmers, and slow down to  cook it and linger over it with friends and family, and the world begins  to change for the better.

And as we face an unprecedented  economic crisis, and it is hard to be sure what has value, one thing that  always does is food. Which is why the corporations are after absolute  control over it. But what obstacles to a complete lock on food do they  face? All the people in this country who are "banking" on organic farming and  urban gardens and most of all, everyone's  deepening pleasure in and increasing involvement with everything about  food.

Farmers markets. Local  farmers. Real milk. Fresh eggs. Vegetable stands.

Those are things we not only all want,  but things we are actively getting involved in, and things we very much  need. And where they are truly good, they  are growing <http://hartkeisonline.com/2009/02/12/fda-response-to-raw-milk-symposium-in-toronto-a-symposium-of-their-own/>

<http://hartkeisonline.com/2009/02/12/fda-response-to-raw-milk-symposium-in-toronto-a-symposium-of-their-own/> The international financial  corporations which have wreaked havoc around the world with astounding  nonsensical "solutions" that are destructive of everyone but them, are  brothers to the international agribusiness giants (Monsanto, Cargill,  Tysons, ADM, etc.) which are just as aggressively after their own form of  "taking." Just seeds, animals, water, land.

And freedom.

Because human beings are by in large  good and by in large incredibly resilient and clever, and left to their  own devices - that is, free - they would handle this gargantuan financial  stupidity the corporations brought us with NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT and all  other globalized schemes (which they hope to eventually top off with  CODEX). How? By being productive in real ways and locally. And farming is  the solid ground under that. Farmers produce something of real value  (something we used to take for granted), and from that base, businesses  grow up. Local markets, local food processors, local seed companies, local tool and supply  companies, local stores ... and an economy based on reality and something  truly good for us, too, begins to grow.

So, look again at what has been  exciting us - Farmers markets. Local  farmers. Real milk. Fresh eggs. Vegetable stands. - and realize that they  are not only wonderfully healthy but fun and naturally community building.  And more, they are a real economy and deeply democratic - and just at a  time we need something that works economically, that supports our  democratic rebirth, and that protects food itself and our easy access to  it.

And it is all those things that  threaten the corporations... which is why we now have these massive "fake food safety" bills in Congress.  Everything is going under thanks to these fools, and they wish to be there  like vultures to make sure that every drop of blood that can be sucked out  of our resources and us, is theirs. To wit, they must get rid of such good  and innocent things and yet truly powerful things as:

Farmers markets. Local farmers. Real  milk. Fresh eggs. Vegetable stands. And how will those who contaminate our  country's food with pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and more, do that? Why, by setting standards for "food safety" that are so grotesquely and  inappropriately and even cruelly applied to a local, independent farmers  and ranchers that there is no way they can manage. Imagine your being  faced with a 100 page IRS form and facing a million dollar a day penalty  for screwing up. That would be in the ball park of the impossible  complexity mixed with threat facing our farmers. Imagine having the  government and corporations deciding every single thing you can do and  must do in your kitchen and backing that up with the threat of 10 years in prison for screwing up - though you have never made anyone sick, and those  corporations have. Imagine being surveilled 24 hours a day by GPS tracking  devices that feed into ... a corporate data bank, one they have now moved  out of the country so no one here can have legal access to see what is in  it.

Imagine the devil himself - or a whole  boardrooms of them, dressed in suits - defining the only safe and healthy  food in this country as dangerous and burdening hard working farmers with more work then anyone could bear, while his own, their own, food is so  dangerous at this point that in the last 10 years alone, diabetes has gone up 90% <http://www.healthfreedom.net/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=582&amp;Itemid=> And how did they get this far with  such a scheme to apply insane industrial standards to every farm in the  country? Through fear of diseases and of outbreaks of food borne illnesses, both of which they  cause themselves.

How it works: Tyson helps Bill Clinton get into office. Bill Clinton  immediately and significantly lowers contamination standards for poultry  as a thank you. And it is such contaminated waste from transnational  poultry factories which is now implicated as the  source of bird flu. <http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&amp;code=ENG20051127&amp;articleId=1333> - Then fortunes on made on that fear. And  then poultry industry uses the crisis they created to push  out small farmers  <http://www.ens-newswire.com/ens/feb2006/2006-02-27-01.asp> and take greater control than ever. Their  mantra? Biodiversity not only be damned but be eliminated. And get rid of  those damn farmers who protect it while we're at it.

The bills would require such a  burdensome complexity of rules, inspections, licensing, fees, and  penalties for each farmer who wishes to sell locally - a fruit stand, at a  farmers market - no  one could manage it  <http://www.opednews.com/articles/Farming--Why-Obama-s-gove-by-Linn-Cohen-Cole-090125-421.html> . And THAT is the point. The whole dirty  tricks point. The whole "be in tight control of everything needed for  survival because it'll be worth a fortune" point.

So, if you like farmers markets, local  farmers, fresh milk, fresh eggs, vegetables stands, and freedom, let your  friends know that it's all on the line right now with those "fake food  safety" bills brought to us with well-planned evil and more of it to come,  by Monsanto, Cargill, Tysons, ADM, etc.

Slow Food reminds us of just where we  need to be (and notice how much would help any local  economy):

Forming and  sustaining seed  banks  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seed_bank> to preserve heirloom  varieties  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heirloom_plant> in cooperation with local food systems;  Developing an " Ark of  Taste  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ark_of_Taste> " for each ecoregion  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecoregion> , where local culinary traditions  and foods are celebrated; Preserving and promoting local and traditional  food products, along with their lore and preparation; Organizing  small-scale processing (including facilities for slaughtering and short  run products); Organizing celebrations of local cuisine within regions  (for example, the Feast of Fields <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Feast_of_Fields&amp;action=edit&amp;redlink=1> held in some cities in Canada   <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada> ); Promoting " taste education  <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Taste_education&amp;action=edit&amp;redlink=1> ;" Educating consumers about  the risks of fast  food <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_food> ; Educating citizens about the drawbacks of commercial  agribusiness  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agribusiness> and factory  farms <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Factory_farm> ; Educating citizens about the risks of monoculture  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monoculture> and reliance on too few genomes <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genome> or varieties; Developing various political programs to preserve family farms  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_farm> ; Lobbying for the inclusion of organic farming  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_farm> concerns within agricultural  policy  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agricultural_policy> ; Lobbying against government funding of genetic  engineering  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_engineering> ; Lobbying against the use of pesticides  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pesticide> ; Teaching gardening  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gardening> skills to students   <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Student> and prisoners  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison> ; Encouraging ethical  buying  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_purchasing> in local marketplaces.

To truly make a difference; we  recommend a direct person to person contact, such as phone calls, faxing  and paying personal visit to their offices and see how they are ruining  our lives. - We need to stop these bills first, or we are left with no  money from the financial bail-out and no food from the food  steal-out.

President, Barack Obama
The White  House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave  NW
Washington, DC 20500
Phone: (202)  456-1414
Comments: (202)  456-1111
Fax: (202) 456-2461

U.S.  Congress: (202) 224-3121

U.S. Senate: (202) 224-6221

Send a message to Congress. <http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/568/t/1128/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=26714>

<http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/568/t/1128/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=26714> We need millions to be fighting this.  Contact Eli Pariser at MoveOnmoveon-help@list.moveon.org <http://us.mc543.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=moveon-help@list.moveon.org>  to tell him MoveOn  is badly needed.

Take action -- click here to contact  your local newspaper or congress people: Stop HR 875, HR  814, SR 425, and soon, HR 759 <http://www.usalone.net/cgi-bin/oen.cgi?qnum=7290>  

Click here to see the most recent messages sent to  Congressional Representatives and local newspapers <http://www.usalone.net/cgi-bin/transparency.cgi?qnum=oen7290>   

Linn Cohen-Cole <http://www.opednews.com/author/author10919.html>  

LIBERTY in Our Lifetime!


The above so called "food safety" bills in Congress were written by the nation-less corporations such as; Monsanto, Cargill, Tysons, ADM, etc. These bills are  all associated with the opposite of food safety. What is this all about  then?

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