Rady Ananda, Contributing Writer
On Tuesday, by a vote of 5-4, agriculture committee members rejected the Wyoming Food Freedom Act which would have exempted some food products from government inspections and would have encouraged the sale and consumption of homemade foods. Sue Wallis, who introduced the measure, told the Billings Gazette its defeat was “disappointing.”
Georgia, however, will consider two bills to protect food freedom, introduced by Cobb County Rep. Bobby L. Franklin.
H.B. 12, the Georgia Food Freedom Act, exempts from regulation direct farm to consumer products as long as they are “unprocessed” which is defined as those “that have not been shelled, canned, cooked, fermented, distilled, preserved, ground, crushed, or slaughtered.”
Franklin also introduced H.B. 2, Georgia Right to Grow Act, which bans localities from prohibiting or requiring a permit “for the growing or raising of food crops or chickens, rabbits, or milk goats in home gardens, coops, or pens on private residential property so long as such food crops or animals or the products thereof are used for human consumption by the occupant of such property and members of his or her household and not for commercial purposes.”
This sort of legislation will stem local abuse against small growers like Steve Miller who was fined $5,200 for growing too many vegetables in his two acre garden in Clarkston, last year. Billing itself as the “greenest county in America,” DeKalb County has set a 2011 court date for Miller’s organic garden, according to a recent update by Georgia Insight. Organic gardening has been Miller’s hobby for 15 years. Though he sells some produce at local farmers markets, he gives most of the food to neighbors.
This follows a recent civic Resolution for Food Sovereignty in Vermont filed publicly in response to passage of the federal food control bill known as the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Also in response to passage of the food control bill, a coalition of Kentucky farmers and consumers have drafted their own Farm Freedom Act since “it has become apparent that the Federal Government is trying to set up a system of total control over the food supply in the name of safety.”
Speaking for the group, Christy Arendt advised that they’ve held several meetings consisting of herd share owners and representatives of Campaign for Liberty, Take Back Kentucky, a Tea Party, and the Community Farm Alliance. Their goal is to get the Farm Freedom Act introduced this year.
The Florida Food Freedom Act died in committee last year. Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund notes that, “Floridians are decades behind when it comes to getting fresh, locally-grown food. It’s because the Florida Food Safety Act, passed in 1939 and amended over the years, has placed burdensome regulations and fees on all food producers regardless of size or style of food distribution.”
Given the vast expanse of power granted to the wholly corrupt Food & Drug Administration, which approves non existent products made by non existent companies, and which approves products that kill over 100,000 people each year, States best assert their sovereignty and reject federal overreach beyond that granted by the U.S. Constitution.
If not, expect food to be grown so toxically that haz-mat suits are required to farm it. This is what Obama means by “modernization”:
Rady Ananda holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University’s School of Agriculture. Her work has appeared in several online and print publications. Using years of editorial experience and web publishing, Rady now promotes the ideas and work of a select group of quality writers and artists at Food Freedom and COTO Report.
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