This proposed bill in the U.S. Congress -- HR 875 -- that we've written about in the last two weeks is worse that expected when you read the details.
Chelsea Schilling, writing for the neo-conservative Web news giant WorldNetDaily, reports that the bill has 39 co-sponsors, all of them Democrats. (You can read the full article HERE.) Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut introduced this bill. She's married to a researcher for Monsanto, one of the world's biggest chemical companies. Monsanto is heavily involved in genetic modification of seeds and herbal pesticides. So we have possible conflict of interest issues here.
The bill would create a "Food Safety Administration" as a part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This "administration" would be granted, under the new loosely-written rules, legal authority to regulate ALL food production in the country.
Let me repeat that. They will regulate ALL food production, including CSA farms, farmer's markets and backyard gardening. That's no exaggeration.
The Farm-To-Consumer Legal Defense Fund did a further detailed analysis of HR 875, especially in regards to those Americans who use and advocate the consumption of raw milk and raw milk products. You can read their analysis HERE, and it will make your blood boil.
This bill and the others we've mentioned on the Voice lead to more Federal government control over America's food supply, especially from small food producers. This ultimately benefits both the HHS bureaucrats in Washington and Big Agribusiness and chemical giants like Monsanto. This is Socialism and Capitalism working together again to squash the little man, especially in regards to growing his own food.
We Distributists and others of good will must stand together against such totalitarian measures disguised as so-called "food safety".
So we urge you to call your Congressmen and demand they kill HR 875 and the other bills we've mentioned relating to local food production. Don't let up the pressure until it's done. And tell your friends and neighbors about this bill, especially those at CSA farms and fellow gardeners. For the so-called "mainstream media" either won't tell folks about this bill at all, or spin it in favor of the Federal government and Monsanto.