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Old 12-01-2010, 06:50 AM
 
Location: PA soon to be AK
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Default Food Bill or Farm Bill -- what are your thoughts??

What are everyone's thoughts on the new bill that just passed?

Do you think the government is trying to help or hinder us? What about the talk of controlling seeds and banning small farms? Would love to hear everyone's input!! Here is some interesting reading.
http://www.naturalnews.com/030587_Se...od_Safety.html

Last edited by Qanuk; 12-01-2010 at 07:23 AM.. Reason: added a link
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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I honestly think this belongs over in the politics forum.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:35 AM
 
Location: PA soon to be AK
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You are probably right.. I was just wondering about how everyone in Alaska felt about it, especially when food cost an arm and a leg already.. and the good chance we might not be "allowed" to save seeds anymore..
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:41 AM
 
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I'm not personally crazy about the bill but I think the linky you posted was written by whackaloons. And I will continue to save my marijauna and opium seeds. And Stiff, gth.
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Homer Alaska
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I supect that the article is bogus. The "government" would not be able to stop people from saving seeds even if they wanted to.
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Old 12-01-2010, 10:29 AM
 
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S. 510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (GovTrack.us)

here's the bill if you want to read it.
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Old 12-01-2010, 12:28 PM
 
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Thank you Melbern, the bill reads like stereo instructions but at least it's not an interpretation from either side of the issue.

The FDA has already proven itself incapable of handling food oversight in our country. New laws that give it more sweeping power won't make it any less inept... But potentially will make it more dangerous, in the sense that it will have a bigger club with which to swing blindly.

These are the same people that think genetically engineered salmon are not only okay, there is no need to notify the people buying it that it isn't natural food. Because it's genetically "close."

How does this thread relate to Alaska? Well, as has already been stated, increased food prices will be felt nowhere more keenly than Alaska. Cost of the food rises, fuel continues to rise, quickly the economics will steer towards "go local or go hungry."

Personally it's just another nail in the coffin of the -48 for me, I want outta here. Stop the crazy train, let me off, I'd rather hunt and fish for my food, manage my garden, and live somewhere that my personal freedoms are at least relatively intact. If the bill demonizers ARE right, well, I doubt the FDA would spend all the effort required riding the marine highway for two days to come pull my bush beans out of the dirt. More apt to be the bears, I reckon.
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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Thank you Melbern, the bill reads like stereo instructions but at least it's not an interpretation from either side of the issue.

The FDA has already proven itself incapable of handling food oversight in our country. New laws that give it more sweeping power won't make it any less inept... But potentially will make it more dangerous, in the sense that it will have a bigger club with which to swing blindly.

These are the same people that think genetically engineered salmon are not only okay, there is no need to notify the people buying it that it isn't natural food. Because it's genetically "close."

How does this thread relate to Alaska? Well, as has already been stated, increased food prices will be felt nowhere more keenly than Alaska. Cost of the food rises, fuel continues to rise, quickly the economics will steer towards "go local or go hungry."

Personally it's just another nail in the coffin of the -48 for me, I want outta here. Stop the crazy train, let me off, I'd rather hunt and fish for my food, manage my garden, and live somewhere that my personal freedoms are at least relatively intact. If the bill demonizers ARE right, well, I doubt the FDA would spend all the effort required riding the marine highway for two days to come pull my bush beans out of the dirt. More apt to be the bears, I reckon.

Agreed, except, that also includes moving far outside of Anchorage.
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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What has this thread to do with Alaska?
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Old 12-01-2010, 01:38 PM
 
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Reading is hard, Glitch. Maybe try television?
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