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Old 06-11-2009, 12:17 PM   #1
John S Park
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New bill to outlaw organic farming

I just received this e-mail from some local farmers.

Do you think something like this could ever pass?

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Dear Customers:

ALERT:

US House and Senate are about to vote on a bill that will OUTLAW ORGANIC FARMING (bill HR 875).
There is an enormous rush to get this into law before people realize what is happening. Main backer and lobbyist is Monsanto – chemical and genetic engineering giant corporation (and Cargill, ADM, and
about 35 other related agri-giants). This bill will require organic farms to use specific fertilizers and poisonous insect sprays dictated by the newly formed agency to "make sure there is no danger to the public food supply". This will include backyard gardens that grow food only for a family and not for sales.
If this passes then NO more heirloom clean seeds will be available but only Monsanto genetically altered seeds that are now showing up with unexpected diseases in humans. The name on this outrageous food plan is:
Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (bill HR 875).

WHAT CAN YOU DO????

Get on that phone and burn up the wires. Get anyone else you can to do the same thing. The House and Senate WILL pass this if they are not massively threatened with loss of their position.... They only fear your voice and your vote. When you call their office someone will answer the phone, just tell them (politely) that you are calling to express your views on HR 875. Tell them your views, they'll take your name and address and pass your comments along to the congressperson. Here is contact info:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contac...m.cfm?State=CA http://www.house.gov/writerep


We appreciate your support of organic farming and local sustainable agriculture!
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Old 06-11-2009, 12:30 PM   #2
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Re: New bill to outlaw organic farming

Your correspondents are misinformed. Snopes debunks most of the scare tactics surrounding HR 875 here (WFS): http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/organic.asp

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Old 06-11-2009, 12:34 PM   #3
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Re: New bill to outlaw organic farming

Have you read the proposed bill? Can you point me to the provisions in the bill that would "OUTLAW ORGANIC FARMING"? It doesn't seem to be an explicit prohibited act under Section 401.
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:53 PM   #4
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Re: New bill to outlaw organic farming

I have read through this bill twice and there is nothing even remotely frightening about it. if anything it will be detrimental to corporate farming as it requires more strict monitoring of food storage and processing facilities. The main goal of the bill is to protect American citizens from tainted imported food products. IT WILL HAVE NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON SMALL OR ORGANIC FARMS.
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:10 PM   #5
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Re: New bill to outlaw organic farming

You live in California, at the state level you see all sorts of crazy stuff pass all the time. Most County of Los Angeles Voters don't even remember they passed Measure A in Nov 2008, this will boost sales tax to 9.75% in most of the county and 10.75% in some cities within the county.

What I am saying is there's a boatload of bills, laws, regulations, changes, and all sorts of stuff that the feds, states, and locals do, so much that the average citizens go about their day and can't keep up with what's going on in Washington, or their own state.

Anything can pass or fail at anytime, you never know.
Combine high voter turn out with 50% dropout rates in public schools, you will be amazed at the things that pass and fail.

An uneducated public is the most dangerous weapon in the world.
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:44 PM   #6
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Re: New bill to outlaw organic farming

Thanks for clearing that up.. I don't know why they are sending out the e-mail today.. Sorry..
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Old 06-11-2009, 04:56 PM   #7
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Re: New bill to outlaw organic farming

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Thanks for clearing that up.. I don't know why they are sending out the e-mail today.. Sorry..
Virtually all chain emails like this are at worst nothing but outright lies, and at best small nuggets of truth twisted into outright lies. Factcheck/Snopes everything.
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Old 06-11-2009, 09:08 PM   #8
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This is just conspiracy theory nonsense. These militant organic people are becoming the new 9/11 truth nimrods.
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Old 06-12-2009, 06:59 AM   #9
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Re: New bill to outlaw organic farming

If you forward it to one hundred people Wholefoods will send you a $10 voucher.
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:22 AM   #10
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If you forward it to one hundred people Wholefoods will send you a $10 voucher.
With $10 at Whole Foods you could buy a small cup of free-trade coffee and half an organic donut.
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