PunkJohnnyCash is a big fan of farmer’s markets. So am I and so are millions of Americans. It appears that the Senate of the United States, and the powerful lobbyists that champion legislative instead of average people like us, however, does not. From Natural News, b/w of Disinfo:
Senate Bill 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, has been called “the most dangerous bill in the history of the United States of America.” It would grant the U.S. government new authority over the public’s right to grow, trade and transport any foods. This would give Big brother the power to regulate the tomato plants in your backyard. It would grant them the power to arrest and imprison people selling cucumbers at farmer’s markets. It would criminalize the transporting of organic produce if you don’t comply with the authoritarian rules of the federal government….
This law would also give the U.S. government the power to arrest any backyard food producer as a felon (a “smuggler”) for merely growing lettuce and selling it at a local farmer’s market.
It would criminalize seed saving (http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/20…), turning backyard gardeners who save heirloom seeds into common criminals. This is obviously designed to give corporations like Monsanto a monopoly over seeds.
It would create an unreasonable paperwork burden that would put small food producers out of business, resulting in more power over the food supply shifting to large multinational corporations.
The extreme hold of our personal lives that the government continues to maintain is not only violating of the Constitution and founding principles, but the very concepts of self-governance that Thomas Jefferson laid out. Jefferson said eloquently, “Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen people, whose breasts he has made his peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue. It is the focus in which he keeps alive that sacred fire, which otherwise might escape from the face of the earth.”
Today’s lawmakers must disagree with Jefferson’s view of self-governance.
Wealth can be genuinely generated through small entrepreneurship. However, from the striking down of Proposition 19 to Senate Bill 510, policy seems to be slated in the United States towards interest groups than the general welfare of the people. This is a plague in both political parties and not just Republicans, with progressives in the Democratic Party lashing out at genuine calls for reform in public education.
When decent education and jobs are on the decline, while the US continues to spend on endless, goalless wars and a military complex that only benefits prison guard unions, it’s time to really ask what the hell is going on. Washington D.C. is broken.