The Government is banning organic Farming-Fiction!


Summary of eRumor:

A forwarded email warning of a congressional bill, HR 875, that the email claims will outlaw organic and back yard farming. The warning urges readers to quickly contact their elected representatives to request that they not pass the bill as it is being pushed through the process so it can be passed with two weeks.


The Truth:

The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (HR 875) is real.

The bill was introduced to Congress on February 4, 2009, sponsored by Connecticut’s Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro  and was referred to Energy and Commerce as well as the Agriculture committees.   Click for LOC Bill information, legislation text and status.

Opponents of the bill, such as a group that calls itself Democracy in Action, say this bill will the legislation will suppress organic farming and natural food production.  They contend that, if passed this bill will criminalize seed banking resulting in the prison terms or fines for farmers.  Using terms like “planned elimination of farmers”, their concerns include possible the introduction of GPS tracking of livestock and warrant-less government  searches.

Critics also say that DeLauro’s husband, Stan Greenberg, is linked with a corporate proponent of the bill, Monsanto.

The passage of this bill would create a Food Safety Administration under the Department of Health and Human Services in order to prevent and reduce food-borne illness by regulating how food products are treated to rid them of contamination.

A spokesperson for Congresswoman DeLauro told that these claims are false and that a myths and facts information sheet on HR 875 has been posted on her web site.  Click for Rep. DeLauro HR 875 fact sheet.

DeLauro’s fact sheet says that her Stanley B. Greenberg has never worked for Monsanto or conducted surveys for them in the past decade.  Greenberg, according to his bio, is CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner but also lists Monsanto as a past corporate client.

updated 4/3/09

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Please tell everyone who wants organic foods…..
US House and Senate are about (in a week and a half) to vote on bill that will OUTLAW ORGANIC FARMING
(bill HR 875).

There is an enormous rush to get this into law within the next 2 weeks before people realize what is happening.

Main backer and lobbyist is Monsanto – chemical and genetic engineering giant corporation (and Cargill, ADM, and about 35 other related agri-giants). This bill will require organic farms to use specific fertilizers and poisonous insect sprays dictated by the newly formed agency to “make sure there is no danger to the public food supply”. This will include backyard gardens that grow food only for a family and not for sales.

If this passes then NO more heirloom clean seeds but only Monsanto genetically altered seeds that are now showing up with unexpected diseases in humans.

There is a video on the subject.

And another one:

The name on this outrageous food plan is: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (bill HR 875).

Get on that phone and burn up the wires. Get anyone else you can to do the same thing. The House and Senate WILL pass this if they are not massively threatened with loss of their position…. They only fear your voice and your vote.

The best thing to do is go to all you have to do is put in your zip and it will give you your
congressperson and how to get in touch with them. When you call their office someone will answer the phone, just tell them (politely) that you are calling to express your views on HR 875. Tell them your views, they’ll take your name and address and pass your comments along to the congressperson.