Today we take a look at a new proposed bill currently in committee in the House called HR 875. There is a lot of resistance to this bill (with good reason) but there is some hype as well.
Does HR 875 really say a home gardener can’t grow an organic tomato in their back yard? Does it say that home gardeners are subject to inspection by Federal Agents? The answer to both of these questions is a big no. That said there is still a LOT wrong with this proposed legislation, not the least of which is that the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, is married to a lobbyist for Monsanto!
This bill places huge government power into a single agency, creates a huge bureaucracy for small and micro farms and small scale livestock producers. It clearly steps on states rights and further it consolidates power and hence the potential for mistakes, abuse and incompetence into a single orginazation.
Further it is being championed by Monsanto and other big agriculture companies that stand to profit hugely but requirements to use specific chemicals, pesticides, etc.
However the opposition is hyping some other aspects that are not in the bill such as shutting down the home gardener and ignoring the exemption for growers selling “direct to the consumer”. This is a bad bill, we should try to kill it but if we hype it that is a big mistake. There is enough bad here that we don’t need to be hypesters of alarmists.
Resources for Today’s Show
- Join the Members Support Brigade
- Gov Tracker Status of HR 875
- All the Members of the House Committee on Agriculture (call one a day till you hit them all and tell them what you think about HR 875, use your opinion not mine and BE PROFESSIONAL)
- Good Article on HR 875 in the Context of History
- The World According to Monsanto (a video about Monsanto and who they really are)
- The Future of Food (another video you really need to watch)