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Offline Kilgor

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See link for direct links to the legislation and a breakdown of the legislation.  

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http://cryptogon.com/?p=7362

Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets? Say Hello to H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009
March 9th, 2009

What this will do is force anyone who produces food of any kind, and then transports it to a different location for sale, to register with a new federal agency called the “Food Safety Administration.” Even growers who only sell only fruit and/or vegetables at farmers markets would not only have to register, but they would be subject inspections by federal agents of their property and all records related to food production. The frequency of these inspections will be determined by the whim of the Food Safety Administration. Mandatory “safety” records would have to be kept. Anyone who fails to register and comply with all of this nonsense could be facing a fine of up to $1,000,000 per violation.

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Re: Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets?
« Reply #1 on: March 09, 2009, 03:01:19 PM »
Behold! I own you when I control your food!

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Re: Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets?
« Reply #2 on: March 09, 2009, 03:05:38 PM »
/shudders

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Re: Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets?
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2009, 03:11:38 PM »
first the CPSIA that regulates what you can sell and wear. Along with what you can read and give to kids to read.
then the NAIS for your livestock.
then the seed distro with Monsanto and now this../

HOW MUCH more will you all take.. I am gettin really PO'd now.

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Re: Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets?
« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2009, 04:44:26 PM »
heres the full text of the bill in case anybody is interested

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?c111:1:./temp/~c111HPJiz5::

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Re: Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets?
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2009, 05:36:25 PM »
but it's for our safety.

*sigh*


I love my farmer's market, but I also love local festivals and the vast array of food booths.  I'm not sure how much more of this can take before my head explodes.

the tobacco tax went into effect as I sowed my tobacco seeds...

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Re: Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets?
« Reply #6 on: March 09, 2009, 05:56:40 PM »
It's also (along with HR 814) attempting to mandate NAIS (animal identification; see section 210) that Jack talked about on podcast, I believe it was 243.  It's in the house now.  I've posted this on three threads, but no feedback, so I'll keep thumping.  CALL YOUR REP!

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-875

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Re: Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets?
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2009, 03:30:28 PM »
I bitched in an email to my congress critters, now time to start calling them.

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Re: Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets?
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2009, 06:24:39 PM »
My town had a thriving Farmer's Market.  It was in the parking lot of the local mall.  The mall let the farmers use an empty corner of their huge parking lot.  The small plot farmers did a booming business selling produce out of the back of their trucks.

Then the government got hold of it.  The built a million-dollar farmer's market facility outside town with stalls, covered parking, one-way streets, lights, bathrooms, the works.  They instituted a bunch of regulations, restrictions, and permits to sell there.  It's been empty for three years now.  Oh, except for the three government employees who have offices there to lock and unlock the gate each day.


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Re: Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets?
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2009, 07:42:22 AM »
My town had a thriving Farmer's Market.  It was in the parking lot of the local mall.  The mall let the farmers use an empty corner of their huge parking lot.  The small plot farmers did a booming business selling produce out of the back of their trucks.

Then the government got hold of it.  The built a million-dollar farmer's market facility outside town with stalls, covered parking, one-way streets, lights, bathrooms, the works.  They instituted a bunch of regulations, restrictions, and permits to sell there.  It's been empty for three years now.  Oh, except for the three government employees who have offices there to lock and unlock the gate each day.



that's such a sad story :(

my local farmer's market is very small, and very nice.  It tends to get left alone, since 20 miles down the road in the big city of Baton Rouge.  It's huge.

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Re: Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets?
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2009, 10:03:23 AM »
Where's my pitchfork??!!  This country isn't even CLOSE to free anymore.

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Re: Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets?
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2009, 05:16:28 PM »
Where's my pitchfork??!!  This country isn't even CLOSE to free anymore.
No offense - but you just now noticed?  We ain't been free for a LONG time....

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Re: Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets?
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2009, 03:13:52 PM »
No offense - but you just now noticed?  We ain't been free for a LONG time....

I'm with you...and I didn't just notice.  But the occasional outburst is to be expected.....

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Re: Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets?
« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2009, 07:22:35 AM »
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/us/politics/15address.html?_r=1&hp

We cant even trust this guy to run an economy.. He is going to regulate food. And he makes it sound like its good for us.

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Re: Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets?
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2009, 05:19:30 PM »
I just clicked on the link and got the message: File Not Found.   >:(

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Re: Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets?
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2009, 06:31:45 PM »
I just clicked on the link and got the message: File Not Found.   >:(
Try this one

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/15/us/politics/15address.html?_r=2&hp

Not sure why that happened, it opened fine for me.

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Re: Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets?
« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2009, 06:52:27 PM »
Thanks.
The only one that didn't work for me was the Library of Congress one. 

I think that WE the PEOPLE should fight this one - hard!
We would be in bad shape if we had to depend on them for sustenance.  (I don't like the idea of "altered" foods either)
I also don't like the idea of being a "slave" to any company in that way.

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Re: Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets?
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2009, 04:00:14 PM »
I'm with you...and I didn't just notice.  But the occasional outburst is to be expected.....
I have the same  ARE YOU *($#&%*(#$&%&*B #@$% KIDDING ME moment from time to time myself.