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The Facts About HR 875, 759 and 1322


| 3/27/2009 3:57:25 PM


Today the Cornucopia Institute issued an alert, calling to action its troops in support of organic and sustainable agriculture. Three bills have been introduced to Congress (HR 875, 759 and 1322), all designed to strengthen our country’s food safety system, but all falling short. 

Like the Organic Consumers Association, the Cornucopia institute was quick to point out that none of the bills are backhanded attempts from agriculture giants to cripple organic producers, as many have been led to believe. (Read HR 875: No Need for Alarm ... Yet.) But they do urge you to visit their website to read up on the bills, and contact your representatives to make your opinions known. As always, sample message wording and contact info for members of Congress are supplied — it will take a matter of minutes to make a big difference!



 

Dan Marks
5/7/2009 2:26:26 PM

Why would anyone want to restrict the "simple wording" to just during the "Economically Challenging" times? Who would decide if times were "Economically Challenging"? How about restricing the federal government involvement to either (a) just interstate commerce involvement (as is stipulated in the Constitution), or (b) add an amendment authorizing an FDA, period (it is NOT authorized and therefore it is unconstitutional at this time)? See the 10th amendment, please. Dan .


Dominic Ebacher
4/23/2009 3:37:39 PM

Genius! Keeping it simple, and redesigning laws like this so that they made sense would be a huge help to a working public that don't speak legalese. "No foodstuffs produced by American Citizens on their own property for their own consumption, sharing with neighbors or to supplement other hungry individuals during these Economically Challenging times shall be covered by HR 875."


Sharon S._1
4/6/2009 8:52:14 AM

When one writes a bill with such sweeping language that does not specifically exclude small farmers, roadside veggies stands, and home gardens it causes confusion and apprehension. So here is the question: Wouldn't this entire mess just be cleared up if simple language, you know the Keep It Simple Silly principle, was applied? How about: "No foodstuffs produced by American Citizens on their own property for their own consumption, sharing with neighbors or to supplement other hungry individuals during these Economically Challenging times shall be covered by HR 875." I mean - we expect results - let us tell the legislators what we want. Maybe that is too simple - but look at the situation we are in now by writing thousand page Bills.






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