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not Internet Hysteria over H.R. 875

Posted in Uncategorized by rewiringangel on May 14, 2009
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This is not Internet Hysteria over H.R. 875

The science of seed diversity is under attack.  This bill is about seeds covered legally for the royalties and with the ownership of the genetically engineered pollen inside of the seed. ‘Genetically engineered’ means that the seeds are able to with stand toxic chemicals used to kill weeds in the field.

Making ‘Pollen’ a ‘patentable’ particle is a big issue in this house bill. All the rest of the conversation is a cover up paraded by big business.  Please write to your senators and congress people that this bill should go the way the European Community went.

I am enclosing a letter that is just polished propaganda to keep people from uprising against bad seeds, bad food and bad health.

Hinchey (D-NY): Stopping the Internet Hysteria over H.R. 875

Congressman Maurice Hinchey has represented the New York 22nd Congressional District as a Democrat since first winning his seat in 1992.  He currently sits on the House Appropriations Committee.

Our office has received many calls and e-mails in relation to a misinformation campaign that makes false claims about H.R. 875, the Food Safety Modernization Act.  These calls and e-mails falsely claim that the bill would, among other things, criminalize backyard gardens, close farmers’ markets, and eliminate organic farming by requiring them to use certain types of seeds and fertilizer.  Furthermore, these correspondences claim that H.R. 875 will pass Congress soon without amendments or debate.

  1. This legislation also would penalize companies for knowingly selling tainted products, such as what has happened with the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA).

Myths and Facts
H.R. 875 – The Food Safety Modernization Act

MYTH: H.R. 875 “makes it illegal to grow your own garden” and would result in the “criminalization of the backyard gardener.”
FACT: There is no language in the bill that would regulate, penalize, or shut down backyard gardens. The focus of the bill is to ensure the safety of food in interstate commerce.

MYTH: H.R. 875 would mean a “goodbye to farmers markets” because it would regulate and penalize “each farmer who wishes to sell locally.”
FACT: There is no language in the bill that would result in farmers markets being regulated, penalized by any fines, or shut down.  Farmers markets would be able to continue to flourish under the bill.  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.

MYTH: H.R. 875 would result in the “death of organic farming” or “mandate the use of chemicals or certain types of seeds on organic farms.”
FACT: There is no language in the bill that would stop or interfere with 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).

MYTH: H.R. 875 was written by Monsanto and other large agribusiness companies because Stan Greenberg, Rep. DeLauro’s husband, is a consultant for Monsanto.
FACT: Monsanto and other large agribusiness companies did not write or express support for H.R. 875.  Mr. Greenberg had no involvement in the drafting of the bill.  Greenberg, Quinlan Rosner does no lobbying on any issue and its work is wholly independent.  Mr. Greenberg never worked for Monsanto, and has not conducted surveys for Monsanto in the past decade.  The bill is supported by several Members of Congress who have strong progressive records on issues involving farmers markets, organic farming, and locally-grown foods.  Also, H.R. 875 is the only food safety legislation that has been supported by all the major consumer and food safety groups:
— Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention
— Center for Science in the Public Interest
— Consumer Federation of America
— Consumers Union
— Food & Water Watch
— The Pew Charitable Trusts
— Safe Tables Our Priority
— Trust for America’s Health

MYTH: H.R. 875 would implement a national animal ID system (NAIS).
FACT: There is no language in the bill that would implement NAIS, which is under the jurisdiction of the USDA.  H.R. 875 addresses issues under the jurisdiction of the FDA.

MYTH: H.R. 875 will pass the Congress next week without amendments or debate.
FACT: Food safety legislation has yet to be considered by any Congressional committee.  As legislation moves forward, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will consider H.R. 759 as its base bill.  The Senate HELP Committee will consider S. 510 as its base bill.

The actual text of the bill can be found here.

Paid for by Friends of Maurice Hinchey

PO Box 4497
Kingston, NY 12402

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  1. William said,

    “This bill is about seeds covered legally for the royalties and with the ownership of the genetically engineered pollen inside of the seed. ‘Genetically engineered’ means that the seeds are able to with stand toxic chemicals used to kill weeds in the field.

    Making ‘Pollen’ a ‘patentable’ particle is a big issue in this house bill.”

    How do you come to these conclusions? There is no language in the bill about this! The words ‘pollen’, ‘patent’, and ‘genetic’ don’t even occur in the bill!


    • for more than 10 years i was a journalist covering science and industry and food/nutrition. I feel I have the creds to see the long view of the effects of the chemical companies ‘wording’. when the companies went into the European community they were ousted. perhaps you can research what transpired in both the European community and countries specifically. you cannot disable the communicator. before i posted i interviewed a scientist about the specifics of what the law would do and just what was done to the seeds that caused them to be called genetically engineered, as well as exactly what that label meant. we are in for a dark age where our food will be poluted and the human race will be in dire danger of expiring entirely. read michael pollens books.


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