“Growing food is one of the most dangerous occupations on this earth because you are in danger of becoming free. ” Jules Dervaes
Now more than ever are we seeing that growing our own food not only has environmental but self-empowering implications. When take back our food we take back our lives.
Our food security is being bombarded on all fronts – from saving our seed sovereignty [Monsanto’s Many Attempts to Destroy All Seeds but Their Own], to bar coding our backyard farm animals the back to the land, urban homestead lifestyle is under attack.
To become self reliant, free is a dangerous occupation!
No longer is grandma’s “victory” garden going to get us out of this mess.
A new defining food security movement is sprouting across the country. Talking about freedom – growing freedom.
“Freedom Gardens” are taking root in forward-thinking municipalities and on the Internet.
As spring 2009 steps over the threshold, Americans are once again facing tumultuous times. Economic demands are forcing many people to cut back on budgets and set new financial priorities. And, if energy prices once more climb to historically high levels—as many experts predict—individual out-of-pocket expenditures for food will inevitably increase.”
Gardeners across the nation are arming themselves with a handful of seeds, trowels and shovels and are digging their way to a free and secure food future.
“I can see the day coming when even your home garden Is gonna be against the law.” – Bob Dylan, Union Sundown
Perhaps Bob Dylan’s prophetic words are coming to fruition with the latest salvo directed at local security food front.
Could the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 be the End to Farmers’ Markets and Organic Farms?
H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 could end farmers’ markets as we know it by requiring growers to register, be subject to inspections of their gardens by federal agents, and maintain safety records related to food production or face large fines.
Under H.R. 875, all participants in farmers’ markets will be forced to register, otherwise the market will be shut down as an illegal operation. Failure to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 would result in a fine of up to $1,000,000 per violation. Specifically, the law would apply to any food establishment, including farmers’ markets, defined as:
(A) IN GENERAL- The term ‘food establishment’ means a slaughterhouse (except those regulated under the Federal Meat Inspection Act or the Poultry Products Inspection Act), factory, warehouse, or facility owned or operated by a person located in any State that processes food or a facility that holds, stores, or transports food or food ingredients.
Just like small family handmade toy companies can’t afford the requirements under CPSIA, the extra requirements and inspections required of small family farms under the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 would be a burden. I believe this bill is well intentioned; however, some critics have gone so far as to say the bill criminalizes organic farming. Ironically, or not so ironically, the bill was introduced by Rosa DeLauro whose husband Stanley Greenburg works for Monsanto. OpEdNews explains why this is Monsanto’s dream bill:
The bill is monstrous on level after level – the power it would give to Monsanto, the criminalization of seed banking, the prison terms and confiscatory fines for farmers, the 24 hours GPS tracking of their animals, the easements on their property to allow for warrantless government entry, the stripping away of their property rights, the imposition by the filthy, greedy industrial side of anti-farming international “industrial” standards to independent farms – the only part of our food system that still works, the planned elimination of farmers through all these means.