Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009

A few weeks back I received a forward impassioned email from a chef colleague about the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 and how it was going to essentially ruin the world. (Did you get one? ZumFamily did as well, and she wrote a short post about it, too.)

“The U.S. house and senate are about to vote (in a week and a half!) on a law that will OUTLAW ORGANIC FARMING!! Main backer is (of course) Monsanto chemical and engineering giant corporation. 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 back yard gardens that grow food only for family use. If this passes, no more heirloom clean seeds but only Monsanto genetically altered seeds that are now showing up with UNEXPECTED DISEASES in humans!”

Scary indeed. But it is accurate?

Ethicurean takes a more measured approach and lays out what’s really going on.

Read Ethicurean's food safety post if you care about farming bills, tainted produce, the environment or all of the above.


zebe912 said…
My biggest issue with this legislation was how LONG it was and how impossible it was to wade through the info. Everything sounded horrible, but it was near impossible to read the actual legislation and make any sense of it. As a result, people only read the attached email and couldn't do the normal research they might on a better written bill. I agree with this article that says "one size fits all" isn't going to work anymore. The same goes for the children's safety laws that are being imposed for anyone & everyone creating items used on/by/for kids.

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