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HR 875: No Need For Alarm … Yet

3/20/2009 11:01:04 AM

Tags: sustainable farms, industrial agriculture, food and agriculture policy, organic agriculture, food safety

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We’ve received e-mails from many of you, concerned that a new bill introduced to Congress will mean the ultimate demise of small and organic farms nationwide. HR 875: The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, is definitely flawed but according to the Organic Consumers Association, there’s no need to panic at this time. 

The bill is designed to address inadequacies in our food safety system, but it doesn’t create controls specifically for filthy factory farms. Instead it applies the typical one-size-fits-all regulations on the entire industry, which almost always spells trouble for small producers who don’t have the extra funds to implement them. 

You can learn more about the bill, OCA’s stance, and tell your representatives that revisions are needed through this handy tool. Simply plug in your zip code and all the work is done for you! Speak out for organic farming.

 



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Guy Aday
8/23/2009 9:48:05 AM
Technically Amy is correct...but only in the sense that a fall won't kill you...it's the sudden stop at the bottom. The corporations have lobbyists (lawyers) that they pay huge sums of money to wine, dine and other wise encourage representatives to sponsor/vote on a bill. The end result is the same, politicians are serving their own needs and the needs of those who will keep them in office...those with the big deep pockets. Which in the case of HR 875 are Monsanto, Smithfield, Tysons, Cargill, etc. What nobody has said either is that it does nothing to address the root cause of the increasing incidence of food-borne illness which are the practices in place at concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Like the fact that we feed dead cows to chickens, chicken poop to cows and medicate the whole lot with antibiotics and hormones which then cause bacteria to mutate into hypervirulent strains of bacteria, because that's what bacteria do, it's in their nature. Nor does it mention the fact that through the state agreements, the current "voluntary" version of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is being pushed via our children. In order for a child to participate in FFA, 4H, etc. with an animal, they have to have a premise ID for where the animal is housed. In order to get a premise ID, you have to waive your 4th ammendment right to warrantless search and seizure. For most small producers their farm is also their home. Nor does is it mention that Australia has a similar program and the lose 1,000s of animals a year.

Guy Aday
8/23/2009 9:47:41 AM
Technically Amy is correct...but only in the sense that a fall won't kill you...it's the sudden stop at the bottom. The corporations have lobbyists (lawyers) that they pay huge sums of money to wine, dine and other wise encourage representatives to sponsor/vote on a bill. The end result is the same, politicians are serving their own needs and the needs of those who will keep them in office...those with the big deep pockets. Which in the case of HR 875 are Monsanto, Smithfield, Tysons, Cargill, etc. What nobody has said either is that it does nothing to address the root cause of the increasing incidence of food-borne illness which are the practices in place at concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Like the fact that we feed dead cows to chickens, chicken poop to cows and medicate the whole lot with antibiotics and hormones which then cause bacteria to mutate into hypervirulent strains of bacteria, because that's what bacteria do, it's in their nature. Nor does it mention the fact that through the state agreements, the current "voluntary" version of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is being pushed via our children. In order for a child to participate in FFA, 4H, etc. with an animal, they have to have a premise ID for where the animal is housed. In order to get a premise ID, you have to waive your 4th ammendment right to warrantless search and seizure. For most small producers their farm is also their home. Nor does is it mention that Australia has a similar program and the lose 1,000s of animals a year.

amy _1
4/13/2009 8:15:03 AM
corporations dont sponsor bills. representatives do.

webwalk
4/3/2009 7:45:47 PM
Erin, Please offer a citation for your assertion: "Sponsors for this bill: MONSANTO, ADM, TYSONS, CARGILL." Nowhere have i seen information that these corporations are sponsors of this bill. I have seen lots of SHOUTING on blogs, but no actual information. I have read reputable sites state that these corporations DID NOT draft the language or create or "sponsor" HR 875. Where are you getting your information? Not rumors, but actual information? i'm no fan of Monsanto Cargill ADM etc., and would be happy to see actual citations backing the claims that are flying around. In the mean time, i continue to trust the Cornucopia Institute, and the OCA, and MEN. Bridget, i have read HR 875 from start to finish. There is a lot of broad policy language, but on my own reading, it is NOT intended to shut down farmers markets or organic farms or backyard gardens. Please cite language in the bill that you believe makes backyard gardening illegal. Or a citation that Tyson is behind it.

webwalk
4/3/2009 7:45:14 PM
Erin, Please offer a citation for your assertion: "Sponsors for this bill: MONSANTO, ADM, TYSONS, CARGILL." Nowhere have i seen information that these corporations are sponsors of this bill. I have seen lots of SHOUTING on blogs, but no actual information. I have read reputable sites state that these corporations DID NOT draft the language or create or "sponsor" HR 875. Where are you getting your information? Not rumors, but actual information? i'm no fan of Monsanto Cargill ADM etc., and would be happy to see actual citations backing the claims that are flying around. In the mean time, i continue to trust the Cornucopia Institute, and the OCA, and MEN. Bridget, i have read HR 875 from start to finish. There is a lot of broad policy language, but on my own reading, it is NOT intended to shut down farmers markets or organic farms or backyard gardens. Please cite language in the bill that you believe makes backyard gardening illegal. Or a citation that Tyson is behind it.

Alison Rogers_3
3/27/2009 2:39:32 PM
In addition to myself, the Organic Consumers Association, and others who have read the text of this bill, the Cornucopia Institute believes the hysteria surrounding this bill is exaggerated. Read their action alert at http://www.cornucopia.org/2009/03/action-alert-critical-pending-food-safety-legislation/ "Although stakeholders in the organic community need to be on-guard, the flurry of e-mails and Internet postings suggesting that HR 875 will end organic farming as we know it seem to grossly exaggerate the risks."

Erin_12
3/26/2009 7:06:33 PM
ARE YOU KIDDING!? The person that wrote this article has *clearly* not read the bill themselves. I agree with Bridget. How can this not be a problem? Sponsors for this bill: MONSONTO, ADM, TYSONS, GARGILL. Stop listening to the mainstream for an interpretation and READ THE BILL YOURSELF before writing an article like this.

Bridget_4
3/25/2009 11:13:51 AM
How can this not be a problem? It makes organic/small farms and backyard gardens illegal. Makes any farm have to live up to large industry standards, basically eliminating organic practices. You might want to see who's behind this bill in the first place........I know Tyson is behind it......wonder why?????? Read the bill see for yourself. Ask yourself who is going to benefit from this bill???????










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