Uncle Sam Wants to Rip Up Your Veggie Garden

So I usually don’t listen to anything cable news talking head Glen Beck says, because, well, he’s stark raving mad. But the above clip caught my attention. Beck, who makes a nice little living convincing Americans that our government is out to fuck us all, now informs us that Congress is about to pass a law that will destroy all small farms and possibly even make it illegal for you to grow basil on your windowsill.

I’ll be honest, I’m too lazy to research this one, so I have no idea if it’s at all based in fact or just random lunacy. Anyone?

(Via: The Pink Peppercorn)

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  • Maids May 4, 2009  

    I gonna have to call bullshit on this: the intention of the Bill, is to promote public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination. The bill establishes a food safety administration under HHS, consolidates much of the regulatory oversight of food establishments (nonprofit food producers like grandma and her garden are SPECIFICALLY exempted) into a single agency. There is NOTHING in the bill that would regulate or shut down backyard gardens. This bill is solely focused on ensuring the safety of foods sold in supermarkets. there is also nothing in the bill that would result in farmers markets being regulated, fined, or shut down. In fact, the bill would insist that imported foods meet strict safety standards to ensure that unsafe imported foods are not competing with locally-grown foods. There is also no language in the bill that would stop organic farming. The National Organic Program (NOP) is under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Food Safety Modernization Act only addresses food safety issues under the jurisdiction of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
    If Glen Beck wants to rail against a conspiracy against home gardening of food, he should rail about this: First lady’s organic garden concerns chemical firms

  • miked. May 4, 2009  

    gonna go with random lunacy

  • for real May 4, 2009  

    not the US Gov’t, it’s Codex Alimentarius. Look ’em up.

  • Peter Justason May 4, 2009  

    Wasn’t it the Yankee Gardens that helped the US make it thru WWII and original recession?

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