[permaculture] HR 875 Food Safety Bill: Bad But Not the Apocalypse

rafter t. sass rafter at liberationecology.org
Wed Mar 25 22:50:55 EDT 2009


Internet Myth of the Week:
Congress To Pass Bill That Will Outlaw Organic Farming?

This week, we received numerous calls and emails from OCA supporters  
who came across alarming YouTube videos and emails circulating on the  
internet that claimed a new food safety bill (HR 875) introduced in  
Congress would make "organic farming illegal." Although the Bill  
certainly has its shortcomings, it is an exaggeration to say that is a  
secret plot by Monsanto and the USDA to destroy the nation's  
alternative food and farming system. In actuality, HR 875, the Food  
Safety Modernization Act of 2009, is a limited-vision attempt by  
moderate Democrats and Republicans to craft food safety legislation to  
address the out-of-control filth and contamination that are inherent  
in our industrialized, now globalized, "profit-at-any-cost" food system.

This being said, OCA does not support HR 875 in its present form,  
given the fact that, if the Bill's regulations were applied in a one- 
size-fits-all manner to certified organic and farm-to-consumer  
operations, it could have a devastating impact on small farmers,  
especially raw milk producers who are already unfairly targeted by  
state food-safety regulators. Although the OCA deems this Bill as  
somewhat well-intentioned, we are calling on Congress to focus its  
attentions on the real threats to food safety: globalized food  
sourcing from nations such as China where food safety is a joke,  
domestic industrial-scale and factory farms whose collateral damage  
includes pesticide and antibiotic-tainted food, mad cow disease,  
E.coli contamination and salmonella poisoning--and to support a  
massive transition to organic farming practices.

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rafter t. sass
The Liberation Ecology Project
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