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Criminalize Organic Farming?


Section 3 which is the definitions portion of the bill-read in it’s entirety.
* section 103, 206 and 207- read in it’s entirety.

What it Does:

* Legally binds state agriculture depts to enforcing federal guidelines effectively taking away the states power to do anything other than being food police for the federal dept.
* Effectively criminalizes organic farming but doesn’t actually use the word organic.
* Effects anyone growing food even if they are not selling it but consuming it.
* Effects anyone producing meat of any kind including wild game.
* Legislation is so broad based that every aspect of growing or producing food can be made illegal. There are no specifics which is bizarre considering how long the legislation is.
* Section 103 is almost entirely about the administrative aspect of the legislation. It will allow the appointing of officials from the factory farming corporations and lobbyists and classify them as experts and allow them to determine and interpret the legislation. Who do you think they are going to side with?
* Section 206 defines what will be considered a food production facility and what will be enforced up all food production facilities. The wording is so broad based that a backyard gardener could be fined and more.
* Section 207 requires that the state’s agriculture dept act as the food police and enforce the federal requirements. This takes away the states power and is in violation of the 10th amendment.
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717272 tn?1277590780
This is erroneous BS, one of those panic emails that made the rounds a few months ago.  It's a US bill that sets up a stronger food safety department, separate from other departments.  None of the listed bullets is in the bill.  The USDA'a food inspection section was gutted some time ago, the reason that we keep getting e. coli problems from crops like green onions, strawberries and greens.  The bill would put inspectors back into the fields, a good thing for the US food supply.  Why so interested in US policy?
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Q: Would a new bill in Congress make my backyard organic garden illegal?

A: A House bill proposes to split the Food & Drug Administration, creating a separate entity to oversee food safety. It’s aimed at food sold in supermarkets and doesn’t say anything about organic gardening, pesticides, farmers’ markets or that tomato plant in your backyard.
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Why so interested in US policy?...
am i not allowed to talk about the US policies..or any other country?...isnt there free speech?.....dont forget  north america includes Canada

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That site you posted says the swine flu is safe too..emmmm.
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And away we go.  
475300 tn?1312423126
ya think??  okey dokey, time for lift off
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AS long as you dont use derogoty  and belittling comments....so watch what you say and all will be okey dokey,,,and away we go ....LOL
717272 tn?1277590780
You can be interested in US policy.  I worry about you stirring up hysteria against a good thing that we desperately need in this country, a safe food system.  
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Free speech is for some, not others :)

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Stopping organic food and using more pesticides is not making foods safe.,and thank you for giving me permission to talk about USA.
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Free speech
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Nothning is free,not even free speech.

By Me
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I disagree,  free speech !!
717272 tn?1277590780
Read the bill in question at
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EXPANDED AUTHORITY- The Administrator shall have authority under section 304 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 334) to administratively detain and seize any food regulated under this Act that the Administrator has reason to believe is unsafe, is adulterated or misbranded, or otherwise fails to meet the requirements of the food safety law.

this means food that has not beed sprayed with pesicides
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(a) Civil Sanctions-


(A) IN GENERAL- Any person that commits an act that violates the food safety law (including a regulation promulgated or order issued under the food safety law) may be assessed a civil penalty by the Administrator of not more than $1,000,000 for each such act.

(B) SEPARATE OFFENSE- Each act described in subparagraph (A) and each day during which that act continues shall be considered a separate offense.
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Is being a incessant public irritant a criminal activity?
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Is using derogoty belittling insulting comments and words towards members of this borad criminal?...are you saying im a criminal?
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Carl Jung
Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
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Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 334) to administratively detain and seize any food regulated under this Act that the Administrator has reason to believe is unsafe, is adulterated or misbranded, or otherwise fails to meet the requirements of the food safety law.

Who wouldn't be GLAD that there is an agency out there to try and keep people safe from unsafe food?  Like any agency or person even nothing is infallible but the fact that they do their best to prevent ecoli outbreaks and things like that makes me very happy.

I don't see any big evil plot against anything here as usual. Just people making sure our food is safe. Nothing wrong with that. :)
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Rocker, I hope you will clear up some confusion for me.  You frequently cite your right to post your negative opinions about the United States, its laws and its federal agency rules and you call this "free speech" yet when others tell you that you are an irritant you characterise this as "using derogoty belittling insulting comments and words towards members of this borad" (sic)  What is the difference?
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Its ok to have negative opinions, but i dont say to anyone or any govt  that they are irratant  and are crimials,im just voicing what i think without using derogoty belittling insulting comments and words towards anyone one or any thing about USA
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I don't think Mike's comment was derogoty at all.  

"The truth shall set you free"
475300 tn?1312423126
I have a negative opinion but I will keep it to myself
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