Your home garden may soon come under Federal Regulation

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Looks like big business is making another power grab via lobbying government officials to pass onerous laws that would shut down smaller businesses, and may be so poorly written and loosely defined that your regular gardener would fall under purveyance of the Feds.

Just look at this definition of a “Food Production Facility” from the bill (HR 875):

(14) FOOD PRODUCTION FACILITY- The term ‘food production facility’ means any farm, ranch, orchard, vineyard, aquaculture facility, or confined animal-feeding operation.

Note that what qualifies as a farm is not defined. I’m skeptical about this bill for two reasons:

  1. In an economic crisis like now, that the government would actively try and stifle growing your own produce seems beyond absurd. However, I have almost no faith in government being reasonable, rational, or competent enough to stop special interests from ridiculously offesnive power grabs such as this.
  2. A law that stopped home gardening could cause revolt. Americans do not want to be told what they can do on their own land. When that is growing illegal drugs like marijuana, most Americans will bend to puritanical beliefs. But when we’re talking about growing tomatoes? That’s a whole ‘nother can of worms.

The more bills I see that go before Congress, the more my fundamental distrust and conclusion of rampant government corruption is confirmed. For further reading, see HR 600 which would put back into practice the sort of borrowing practices that led to the subprime debacle, housing boom, and housing bust.

This bill is designed to allow corporations, with the help of their hired government guns, to force small competitors (you and me) out of business. This is as evil as it gets, folks. Since the dawn of man we have hunted and farmed our own food——it’s second nature. To be stripped of the most fundamental act of survival is equivalent to the kind of mass enslavement you only read about in history books, like the kind under Pharaohs in ancient Egypt.

Lurking within the maze of technical lawyer-like jargon, the bill places wildly restrictive regulatory incumbrances on the average vegetable growing Joe-The-Plumber, small organic farmer, or anyone for that matter who may one day decide to grow a small garden. The bill would require anyone associated with growing, storing, transporting or processing food to be subject to inspections by federal agents of their property and all records related to food production; you would be required to conduct specials tests, maintain samples and records, and allow government officials to mandate the use of chemical pesticides, fertilizers, specific types of nutrients, packaging, and temperature controls. Violation of any of these provisions would subject the offender to property seizure, imprisonment and fines up to $1,000,000. The implementation of these bogus regulations are designed to be so cost and time prohibitive, no one would bother to grow their own food or risk being jailed and fined for participating in a black market.

(H/T Implode)

7 Responses to “Your home garden may soon come under Federal Regulation”

  1. Joe Jackson March 20, 2009 at 9:55 pm #

    This is pure garbage, what else is the government going to try to regulate? We try to produce food for our own consumption an some idiot thinks he government big wig and has to show his powers by trying to make it impossible for the ordinary JOE to try and make a better living for his family and friends.

    I think enough is enough.

    Joe Jackson

  2. Rebel March 27, 2009 at 6:07 pm #

    I’ve always been a law-abiding citizen and have respected the laws of this land. I have grown a garden for over thirty years and will continue to do so no matter what some goddamn bureaucrat tells me I can and can’t do. If this law is passed I suspect these same bureaucrats will see civil disobedience like it’s never been displayed here before.

    Is this really the change all those bleeding heart liberals voted for? I think not.

  3. Conservative guy in Taxachusetts March 30, 2009 at 12:37 pm #

    Private property is (sadly) the last refuge of freedom in this country and it is an increasingly unsafe harbor. This is precisely what Tom Sowell refers to as “the slow repeal”, and these socialists WILL NOT stop. Personally, I have not felt “right” since last September when the bailouts began. Come THIS fall, I might just bear arms. Are we sheep?

  4. Marc April 16, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    We are not sheep – that’s what frightens them so!

    At the same time, we also do not have any private land in this nation. Most of us are pacified (via color of law) into believing we do. But, even if you own your land free and clear of debt you don’t own it. Don’t believe me? Don’t pay your property taxes and see how long you keep your land. We the people rent nearly all land anywhere in the United States. All levels of government have decided that we do not have the right to privately owned property. So, with that in mind, why would we think we can grow what we want on it?

    This is exactly why We The People must shackle the government back into the confines of the Constitution and at the same time renegotiate with our State and Local governments for what we want them to do and how they will be permitted to tax. There must never be any form of direct taxation again!

    Marc

  5. Megan P. April 19, 2009 at 7:39 pm #

    Home gardeners,read this paragraph of the bill:

    “B) EXCLUSIONS- For the purposes of registration, the term ‘food establishment’ does not include a food production facility as defined in paragraph (14), restaurant, other retail food establishment, nonprofit food establishment in which food is prepared for or served directly to the consumer, or fishing vessel (other than a fishing vessel engaged in processing, as that term is defined in section 123.3 of title 21, Code of Federal Regulations).”

    So apparently, this bill should NOT affect those of us who grow food for our family’s consumption, as we would be considered a “nonprofit food establishment…”

  6. Steve H May 15, 2009 at 10:22 pm #

    If you think this is BS – the Colorodo State Government has made it law that the rain that falls on your property is the property of the Government. They have outlawed rain barrels and irragation ponds – because it steals water from its rightful owner – the government. There are even provisions to bill and tax people for the water used on their property – in measurable rain fall for the year…

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