If you have time tomorrow, please call your representative and ask them to oppose H.R. 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009. This bill would essentially destroy what small farms we have left in America, take away the freedom to buy fresh raw milk and other products directly from farms, and work toward a “global market” of food at the expense of feeding ourselves. I’m all for food safety, but there are numerous things wrong with this bill. I won’t go into detail here, but if you want to read the text of the bill for yourself, you can read that here:
If you’d like to read some of the specific complaints with the bill, you can read that here.
This bill is being backed by organizations like Monsanto, who wants to control all seed production in the US and who has effectively achieved this in many other locations by passing laws like the one that would be created with this bill. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I want to retain my right to purchase seeds, grow my own food, feed my children fresh food from a farm down the road, and even save seeds for next year’s harvest (which would be illegal with “copyrighted” seeds – that’s already happening).
I believe this is simply one of many steps toward globalization. This is happening on many realms, but now it’s happening with our food. The government already has claimed power over many areas – finances, education, healthcare (soon to be), and now they will have complete control over our food sources. Are you ready for that? There is nothing wrong with making sure that food sold in stores and imported food is safe, but that cannot be accomplished with the regulations in this bill. All it’s going to do is put more power in the hands of the federal government, take power away from individuals, and put small farms out of business.
So please, if you care about our nation’s farmers and the ability to eat fresh, home grown food from your own garden, please take a few minutes to call and oppose this bill. I would recommend that people find the contact information for your legislators and keep these handy at all times – stick it underneath your emergency contact list! LOL : ) Please don’t forget to call.