The following is in regard to Congress’ passage of section 735 in HR 933.
“I am so disappointed.
Once again industrial agriculture has purchased our government at the cost of the people. I hope you take a moment to remember that these corporations, who wish to flout the court’s decision, continue to make money hand over fist without having to sell those seeds that were illegally approved by the USDA. Meanwhile honest farmers, who try to provide their neighbors with fresh raw milk, or those who simply want to save their own seed without worry that it has been contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically modified patented pollen, are being fined, arrested, harassed, & losing their livelihood.
These are the people you are sworn to serve, the people you are supposed to speak for… Not Goliath corporations who want to circumvent the law and purchase their way past the approval process. Please remove section 735 from HR 933.”
Please – make your disappointment known! Visit the link below and tell Obama to block the resolution & let your representatives know you are outraged at their disregard for the voice of the people.
Senator Mikulski (D-MD) tacked on a little addition to the Ag bill, which opens the way for industrial GM seed producers & growers to continue to sell and plant seed that were found to be illegally approved by the USDA as well as GM seed that hasn’t even been approved for use.
According to The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, the bill “includes a legislative rider benefiting the biotech industry and undermining judicial review of biotech crops. Essentially, the rider would permit USDA to allow for the continued planting of genetically engineered crops that a court has halted.” http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/senate-appropriations-bill/
The voting is happening this week, so please contact your Senator ASAP & tell them you oppose this rider and urge them to support amendment #74 (The Tester Amendment) to strike the rider from the bill.
Click the link & tell your Senator you OPPOSE the “farmer assurance provision”, Section 735, currently included in the Senate Continuing Resolution spending bill being considered by Congress.
Or, even better, after you add your voice at Food Democracy Now, give your Senators a call and let them actually HEAR you voice. Find the contact information for your Senators here: http://www.opencongress.org/people/zipcodelookup
Both companies have a great following among folks interested in seed saving, heirloom vegetables, and NOT supporting companies like Monsanto which are establishing monopolies on seeds through gene patents. If you are planning to get elbow deep in developing your own sustainable garden plot these are a couple of great places to start!
This year’s garden will consist of a greater variety of vegetables than I’ve planted before. I’m eager to try a few of the older varieties of corn, carrots and zucchini. Last year we let some onion go to seed and saved it to start indoors. We’ll see how well they do.
Next item on the list will be to gather a batch of eggs to incubate!