Food, farmers, families at risk! Stop HR 875!

April 5, 2009


HR 875, also being referred to as “Monsanto’s Dream Bill,  is a bill before the House that is says it will “protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.”  Sounds good at first glance but this bill is about more than protecting our food supply, it’s about controlling it.

Believe it or not, Monsanto wants one of their own employees, Mr. Michael Taylor, to be named as Food Safety Tsar in a proposed new Food Safety Administration. (http://www.lavidalocavore.org/showDiary.do?diaryId=1234). This is the man who forced genetically engineered rBGH on us (unlabeled, and without warning) when he was placed over “food safety” in the 90s. HR 875 would give him immense power over what is done on every single farm in the country.

This bill would make it a crime to run seed banks. It would also mandate 24 hour GPS tracking of farm animals and impose industrial standards upon small, private farmers.

Monsanto is already in the business of genetically modifying seeds so that they cannot reproduce. (See Monsanto, the bad seed). Monsanto already controls a huge percentage of the (genetically modified) food production for the entire world.

For more information on HR 875 go to:
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-875

While reading through the bill, keep in mind, Rep Rosa Delauro (who introduced this bill) is married to Stanley Greenberg, President of Greenberg-Quinlan Research, Inc., a public issues research and polling firm. “Greenberg has worked with corporate clients including BP, Boeing, Monsanto, Comverse, and United HealthCare.” (http://www.greenbergresearch.com/index.php?ID=403).  A little conflict of interest?

Take one minute and voice your concerns! Go to:
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-875 and click on “Ways To Take Action.”
You can also call, email, fax your representatives! Contact your members at 202-224-3121 and ask them to oppose HR 875 and S 425. While you are at it ask them if they personally have read the legislation and what their position is? Let them know you’re holding them accountable.

5 Responses to “Food, farmers, families at risk! Stop HR 875!”


  1. […] Original post by annierichardson […]


  2. […] Food Democracy created an interesting post today on Food, farmers, families at risk! Stop HR 875!Here’s a short outlineHR 875 is a bill before the House that is says it will “protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes.”  Sounds good at first glance but this bill is about more than protecting our food supply, it’s about controlling it. Believe it or not, Monsanto wants one of their own employees, Mr. Michael Taylor, […]


  3. I am really just amazed at the length that the government of a “free” country will go to to “protect” us from… well that is just the thing… from what?? It is my belief that nature made everything perfect just the way it is. Food is not dangerous and does not become dangerous until we, smart humans, start messing with it. So really it is less about keeping us (the general public)safe, and more about the all mighty dollar. Sad really.

  4. Tyler Says:

    I’m curious if YOU have actually read the legislation. Where did you get the quote the “monsanto’s dream bill”? From an email forward? Remember back in the days when you used to delete messages that arrived in ALL CAPS because they were spam? This is the exact same thing yet you actually believe it. But wait! Someone made a video of themselves and put it on youtube. Well that’s GOT to be legitimate then. And I’m sure you’re also still waiting on millions of dollars from that Nigerian prince…

    You should also check the link from the second video. She admits that she got quite a few things wrong.

  5. annierichardson Says:

    The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund also has concerns about how DeLauro’s bill might affect small farms.

    “We think there are two food systems in this country, the industrial food system, which does have food-safety problems, and the local food system, which is thriving,” said Pete Kennedy, interim director of the fund. “This proposed bill adopts a one-size-fits-all regulatory approach.”


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