Tuesday, March 24, 2009

What is H.R. 875?

I don't have a clear answer for this, but there has been much discussion in the blogosphere about the Food Safety and Modernization Act of 2009: H.R. 875. The text of the actual bill is all there, but difficult for most non-lawyers to read and fully understand. Some people are calling it scary things like "the death of farmers markets, CSAs, and local food" and concluding that regular Americans will no longer be allowed to grow tomatoes in their backyard. Connections are being drawn to Monsanto and Big Ag(riculture). Is it time to run for the hills? Or is this a rumor that is being spread rapidly and recklessly? Marion Nestle isn't even sure what to make of it. Stay tuned.

1 comment:

Alex Tiller said...

Here is more information on the bill: http://blog.alextiller.com/BlogRetrieve.aspx?BlogID=2729&PostID=58102