Please Read if you love gardening, growing food, and eating
How many of you buy food from a farmerÂs market, grow a garden, or buy "locally"? I struggled with sending this to all of you, but.....we all EAT and most of you know how passionate I am about "healthy" food, so here it goesÂ..
US House and Senate are about (I heard next week) to vote on a bill that creates a government agency which will tell you how you may grow and process your food according to the latest scientific standards decided by the GOVERNMENT. The fines for violating the rules of this bill are huge, and will hurt many farmers. It sounds nice-- food safety, but please, let "me" decide what food is best for me and my family. This could potentially destroy all organic farming as we know it today. There is an enormous rush to get this into law within the next week before people realize what is happening.
The main backer and lobbyist is (guess who) Monsanto Â chemical and genetic engineering giant corporation. The bill is sponsored by Rosa DeLauro, whose husband Stan Greenberg, is closely linked with Monsanto. As some have interpreted, this bill will require organic farms to use specific fertilizers and poisonous insect sprays dictated by the newly formed agency to "make sure there is no danger to the public food supply". This is to include backyard gardens that grow food only for a family and not for sales.
If this passes, then NO more heirloom clean seeds but only Monsanto genetically altered seeds that are now showing up with unexpected diseases in humans.
Here are websites to get your senators and representatives phone numbers: (Go to the site and type in your zip code to find who represents you)
If you have a few days and want to read the bill, above is the site
Above is a "summary" (opinion of someone who read the bill)
Here is a petition you can sign against this bill and a place to learn more information, http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/568/t/1128/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=26714
I sincerely appreciate any phone calls, emails, or letters you can make!!!!!