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**Will it be illegal to grow my own food? WHAT????**

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by noodleroo, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    [​IMG] Apparently it is delayed (thankfully), but still a future threat. Some senators are trying to push for small growers (for co-ops, farmer's markets, etc) to be exempt. I think that they should keep their paws out of what I grow! Kinda like how raw milk is illegal in many states. [​IMG]
  2. AllTheseCreatures

    AllTheseCreatures Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:This is the impression I got as well.
    I have seen NO indication that anything in this new bill would affect a small farm or a private garden. If it came down to that, I'd be right there fighting against it and engaging in a little civil disobedience too!!

    Who is for and against a bill is often as political as anything else. That is not indicative of whether or not I support a bill.

    I'm having a hard time finding the part that addresses supplements by doing a keyword seach. Can you give me a title and section reference so I can read that part?

    They introduced a much more strident Food, Drug and Cosmetic Safety Modernization Bill several years ago that I was opposed to because it was too heavy-handed and restrictive. And it was dropped.

    There is a Q&A section on that page. You can post a question or read replies on the implications of the bill. Very interesting if you're sincerely interested in this bill.
  3. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    AllTheseCreatures wrote:
    I read the summary and I don't see where it makes growing your own food illegal. It presents many things to improve the safety of food and awareness about food safety. I think setting standards for safe food production is reasonable. If you are selling food you grow, you may fall under the scope of this bill.

    Yes I don't see anything that would prevent anyone raising their own food. Food safety legislation has been in the works for a while now.​
  4. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

    Apr 29, 2010
    Rockport, Tx
    Quote:Yes I don't see anything that would prevent anyone raising their own food. Food safety legislation has been in the works for a while now.

    "The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) states "Except for purposes of section 201(g), a dietary supplement shall be deemed to be a food within the meaning of this Act." Link to FD&C http://bit.ly/1SuAr4 You can find the citation in section 2 (Definitions)"
    There is always more to a bill than meets the eye. Read the 'additional questions' in the link. This quote is from one of the answers.
  5. PineappleMama

    PineappleMama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just curious as I could have sworn that the outbreaks of E coli, etc were from LARGE US Inspected (supposedly) farms... not the little guys that eat the product themselves... was that just me & I read all those outbreak reports wrong?
  6. dntd

    dntd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2009
    I tough e-coli was from farm practices rather then the size. I will always have a garden, count on that, my kids will have one too. We as humans have a right to healthy foods we don't have to pay for, tax my for other things but leave my food alone!
  7. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I also heard that it will apply to if you grow your own foods, and then trade or give excess to your friends/family, that doing that will not be allowed under this bill.
  8. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Farmers markets, local co-ops, etc will be affected unless exemptions are written in. [​IMG]
  9. HaikuHeritageFarm

    HaikuHeritageFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2010
    Anchorage, AK
    Quote:[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I haven't read it yet. But I did just read about a govt. program that is helping individuals set up to produce food locally. Fresher, less expensive (shipping costs), and better foods. Low/no interest loans if you produce any kind of food that is sold ONLY locally. I've been trying to get in touch with my county extension agent to find out what I need to do to raise meat birds.

    Do you know which program this is? Is it USDA?
  10. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Yes the two HRs have been around before and started firing up again right before the First lady planted her garden at the white house...I wrote the President and told him to go check his staff because if not, his wife's new garden could quickly be illegal. hahahaha

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