Sunday, March 8, 2009

The End of the Farmer's Market?

Some of you may not know about the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (HR4040) that has already ended some of our access to artisan made goods for children under 12, and is likely to even further limit access when it fully takes effect on Feb. 10, 2010. All in the name of safety.

AND I'M BETTING NONE, or only a few, OF YOU HAVE HEARD OF HR875 AND S425 FDA FARM NATIONALIZATION. PLEASE FOLLOW MY LINKS AND/OR GOOGLE THEM NOW.

HR875 is the "Food Safety Modernization Act" and S425 is the "FDA Farm Nationalization Act."
Both purportedly will improve food safety and consumer confidence by similar measures taken under the CPSIA such as tracking, labeling, and regulating growing/farming techniques and shipping and production operations.

This sounds good because none of us want our families poisoned by tainted meat or peanut butter or spinach, right? But the same problem exists with this legislation as exists with the CPSIA legislation. It is so broad and far-reaching that it squashes the ability of the small farmer to continue to run a viable and profitable business. It will effectively kill small organic farms and limit our choices. These bills are mandates that will industrialize all farms and will require that farmers are forced to buy and use certain chemicals and drugs in their farming operations. The stated reasons are safety and suppression of harmful bacteria in the food supply.

But a likely result is the end of organic farming and organic food choices. Additionally, like with the CPSIA, there is no exemption for the individual and the "backyard farmer." I have not read the bills yet in their entirety, but I am gathering that anything you grow and then [give or] sell to anybody will fall under this law. This will likely affect those small growers and sellers we like to visit at the farmer's market.

I don't know the timeline on these bills, but it appears they are moving FAST, so visit here:
http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/568/t/1128/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=26714
and submit a petition to your Representative today!

We want to be safe, but we want to have freedom of choice, also...

Utilize your voice through democracy
and affect change that will preserve
our choices, not limit them.

4 comments:

ashok said...

Such new legislations must be strictly restricted to large establishments and farms of more than a hundred acres only.

If applied to the samll farmer it will destroy them. Some who have lost their city jobs and homes in this recession have found shelter and food in small family farms. his legislation will force them out of there as well.

KayzKreationz said...

I hope that does not happen. I don't use chemicals on anything I plant and grow and don't want farmers forced to use them on the food I wish to purchase. Will have to check out those links. I had not heard about this. Thanks for posting.
http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

ClayItAgain / 12MidnightOils said...

Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention Nature. I had not heard about it. We also do not use any chemicals on our garden. It sounds like a way of goverment trying to control our gardens. We also use organic heirloom seeds. So the chemicals would sure put our suppliers out of business. What are these legislators thinking?

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