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mmuller - Tue, Nov 16, 2010, 12:46 P
Food Safety Modernization Act
There is a bill about to be introduced to the floor of the US Senate that many people are alarmed about. One aspect of it would outlaw the saving of seeds, and regulate home-grown food.

This website has a pretty heavy-handed and overstated view of the bill, but does bring to light some of the ramifications:

http://www.naturalne...ation_Act_seeds.html

Clearly this is a corporate-sponsored bill.

How to protest Senate Bill 510, "Food Safety Modernization Act"

Call your senators:

John Kerry: (202) 224-2742
Scott Brown: (202) 224-4543

Once connected ask to speak to the legislative staff person responsible for agriculture. If they are unavailable, leave a voice mail message. Be sure to include your name, town, and phone number.

Explain that you are a constituent of the senator and that you oppose the Food Safety Modernization Act, s510, in its entirety. It is a destructive law that will destroy the future of food in America. We may lose our right to grow our own food and save our own seeds if Senate Bill 510 passes.

This is a dangerous law that would criminalize many of the very people growing our food and turn food production into yet another corporate monopoly.

Please take the time right now to contact your U.S. Senator and voice your strong opposition to this bill. When you're done, post your experience here.

BTW, I just called both and spoke with someone who took my request. Apparently neither senator has formed an opinion on the bill yet, so your calls could have a strong impact.