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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Educate Yourself on "Cabbagegate" and Senate Bill 510

Education is a life long pursuit. Adults not receiving formalized education still need to be aware of legislation and political decisions affecting their lives.

Here is some information on Senate Bill 510, also known as "The Food Safety Modernization Act". It passed with a large majority. On its face, who wouldn't want safe food? Perhaps the senators paid about as much attention to this bill (or read it) as they did the Health Care bill. Let's highlight one particular point about what is really in this bill from Natural News called "Top Ten Lies about Senate Bill 510":

Lie #4 - S.510 will exclude and protect small farmers

The Tester Amendment, which was finally included in S.510, excludes farmers who sell less than $500,000 worth of food each year from the more onerous paperwork and compliance burdens described in the bill. But this dollar amount is not indexed to inflation, meaning that as the U.S. dollar continues to lose value due to the Federal Reserve counterfeiting machine running at full speed (more "quantitative easing," anyone?), food prices will continue to skyrocket -- and this will shift even small family farms into the $500,000 sales range within just a few years.

In fact, a single-family farm with just four people could easily sell $500,000 worth of fresh produce a year right now, even before inflation. Remember, $500,000 is not their profit, but rather the gross sales amount. The profits on that might be only $50,000 or even less.

Furthermore, this $500,000 threshold means that small, successful farms that are doing well and would like to expand will refuse to hire more people or expand their operations. To avoid the tyranny of S 510, small farms will try to stay small, and that means avoiding the kind of business expansion that would create new jobs.

This "lie" is apparent already. Watch this youtube clip of a farmer with two acres in DeKalb County, Georgia being prosecuted by the American government. He's been growing crops on his land for 15 years, giving food away and selling some at a local farmer's market. So, what is his crime? He apparently is growing too much food. And even though he rezoned for agricultural status (with his neighbors' approval), he is still being prosecuted for the original charge. His fine is currently set at $5,000.00.

The farmer, Steve Wright, probably won't reach the $500,000 threshold set forth in the new law, but the fact the government can fine a person for growing too many vegetables on their own property should cause concern for any Constitution based thinking person.

Educate yourself on the control we are experiencing from this administration and ask yourself why this control is necessary. Watch the video. Steve Wright wants to know the answer to that question as well. I'll leave you with this tidbit. This bill outlaws "heirloom seeds". What are heirloom seeds? Here's an explanation from an email I received:

I just looked up what an "heirloom" seed is (I wasn't aware). Here's what I found:

"An heirloom plant, heirloom variety, or (especially in the UK) heirloom vegetable is a cultivar that was commonly grown during earlier periods in human history, but which is not used in modern large-scale agriculture. Many heirloom vegetables have kept their traits through open pollination, while fruit varieties such as apples have been propagated over the centuries through grafts and cuttings. The trend of growing heirloom plants in gardens has been growing in popularity in the United States and Europe over the last decade."
So, what you're saying is that Congress wants to OUTLAW the growing of NATURAL, non-modified FOOD??????? God's food?????? ILLEGAL??????? Is that it??

And a response from another person:

Yes that's it ! Heirloom seeds will re-seed
so you always have seed for the next year(s)
Government control means having genetic modified
seed that will NOT re-seed
making us all dependent on seed producers
Like Monsanto.

And is Monsanto involved in this food safety bill? You decide. Gee, it seems as if the senators know less about bills and the resulting consequences than the people...again.

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