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Your home garden may soon come under Federal Regulation

http://blog.friendseat.co…es-small-farms/

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)

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Small business owners tighten their [black] belts

Al Tracy, a martial arts studio owner, is warning other martial arts studio owners of the difficulties they will be facing in a worsening economy. I found the article interesting in light of having recently joined a dual CrossFit/Jiu Jitsu gym.

Fortunately for this gym, I think CrossFit is really taking off and most of the participants are adults. Nonetheless, I found Tracy’s warning worth sharing. It is unfortunate, but I can only assume that the effects of a deteriorating economy will grow in the days to come.

July 6, 2008

For too many studios my advice will be too late

3,200++ Martial Arts Studios went out of business in the month of May alone.

In the history of Martial Arts in the United States – nothing like this has ever happened. In one month about 20% of all studios closed their door. Most will never reopen! Most should never been in business to start with.

Fact: Starbucks is closing 600 locations this year because people cannot afford to pay $3 for a cup of coffee.

How do studio owners – especially those with 90% kids expect parents to pay $100 per month plus testing fee’s? Now they have the added expense of $4 a gallon gas.

This is a no brainier for parents: Cut out the kids Karate and Dance lessons.

Hat tip to Mish.

In other unfortunate economic developments, not only is copper wiring being ripped out of homes (both foreclosed or still being built), but reports have emerged that catalytic converters are being sawed off of vehicles for the platinum they contain.

I don’t plan on blogging economics much on this site, but all of this is sad and I only see it getting worse in the coming months. I implore readers to save what they can, get out of debt, and (while hoping for the best) prepare for the worst.

Also, it probably wouldn’t hurt to invest in a bit of gold and silver (if this sounds crazy to you, just do some research — diversifying your savings away from financial assets and real estate by getting into commodities, particularly precious metals, is pretty basic advice).