Ok, folks time to get out and do something to save our family farms and organic farms. The big corporate farming giants are at it again! There are two bills currently in committe HR 875 and S 425. These bills will make it impossible for family farms to comply with food production regulations. Even if you only produce food for yourself you will still be subject to the regulations of a NEW federal agency to be established for the purpose of regulating your farm. These bills are designed to put small family farms out of business. Why? because we are becoming too much competition for the corporate giants. As people want better quality and safer food they are turning to the small family farm. Our state has seen tremendous growth in small family farms this past year and I am sure others have as well. As a collective whole we family farmers are filling a need and taking money away from the corporate giants. Even though they still make plenty of money greed drives them and they want it all. Here are several things that these bills will do if passed.
1. Take away state's rights to oversee their agriculture and put it in the hands of the federal government.
2.Criminalizes any farm practice outside of the commercial type practice, this means organic farmers will become criminals
3.These bills effect anyone growing food even if they are only consuming what they grow
4.Section 103 allows for factory farm corporations to become the experts in interpreting these two bills and the legislation is wide open with very little specifics about anything. Any aspect of food production could wind up being illegal.
These are just a few things. So folks, get busy we have got to save our farms. Family farms are the hope of this country and the hope of the people. Don't let that hope die because you had some excuse to not help. Tell everyone you know, make sure farmers in your area know about this, visit your state ag department, write letter/emails. Get the word out and save our family farms or we will all be in a world of hurt and very, very hungry. May God help us all.
Edit Note: The above links won't work for long. I guess they will only let you access the bill page for a little while and then you get an error page. So to see the bills for themselves please go to http://thomas.loc.gov/ then in the search box type in the bill number and it will take you to the bill. Sorry for the inconvenience, but that is the nature of our government.