grow right

Growth

All right everybody, there’s work to be done.

Typically I keep myself to myself.  I worry about my family and what I can do that directly affects them.  But every once in a while something big comes up that I just feel I need to have a say on.  It seems, in the rush to protect the American flock, government is looking to pass a bill that directly hits the little guy.  The “you” and “me”.

Remember the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and the legislation to protect kids from lead?  That bill got passed so fast no one stopped to think what it would do to the independent artists, the libraries, the thrift stores and the economy, among other factors.  Similarly, a rush is on to pass a new bill.

HR 875 – Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is described as legislature to protect our food supply.  But what is getting missed is how this will affect the family farmer, the organic gardener, my favorite farmer’s market (yup, it’s personal), the CSA’s and the little guys, amongst others.  From what I understand this bill is being pushed by the large agriculture companies such as Monsanto (a chemical and genetic engineering giant), Cargill and ADM.

I am not focused on whether this bill would increase the size of government or add more oversight to the processes and standards by which we live.  After all, just as I want to protect my children from lead paint poisoning so too do I want to save them from an unnecessary  e-coli or salmonella outbreak.  But we do need to go slow and consider the impact of how we get there.

There is a great deal of information available about this issue, some of it more broad based than others.  As I said, my focus is on how it affects the local farmers and organic produce that I consider integral to my family’s well being.  Please check out a well written post over at Nourished Kitchen which also tells the story.

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As my friend Angela said about herself, I have a red thumb (total opposite of a green one).  But I still daydream about one day having a little vegetable patch of my own.  I’d hate to not be able to do that because of legislation that was passed without full review.

If you buy organic, go to a farmer’s market (even if it’s only to eat the samples) or daydream about your own little patch, please, take a minute, pick up the phone and speak your mind.  Speak to your representatives; if you want to speak to me feel free to spill your guts in the comments.

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3 Comments to “grow right”

  1. I am impressed by your activism, and appreciate the time you take to inform those of us who might be a little lazy about following legislative agenda updates.

  2. Thanks for the research. This is an important topic and the bill goes in the absolute wrong direction.
    I just called my representative- the awesome Xavier Becerra. I’ll post about this ASAP and link to your post since you’ve already done all the BG and research work and laid it out in such an organized fashion. Sorry I don’t text or tweet.

  3. emma & Angela, thanks for the thanks. I have to admit this issue was brought to my attention by a friend who is starting a community garden. I thought it worth some time and hope others do too.

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