Write you Congressmen and Senators to Oppose H.R. 875 and S. 425 banning Farmer’s Markets

Send a message to your Congressman (see below for my letter)

This is going down in the next week or so. find info and a petition here http://www.naturalnews.com/025824.html

Find your Congressman:

https://forms.house.gov/

Louisiana District 2/ New Orleans Joseph Cao
https://forms.house.gov/josephcao/contact-form.shtml

Senators
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Mary Landrieu
http://landrieu.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

David Vitter
http://vitter.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.ContactForm

Sample letter:

Dear Congressman Cao,

I’m writing to you with my deep concerns about H.R. 875 and S. 425 which purports to reform food safety policy. The bill is written by lobbyists for big agri-businesses and I strongly believe that this bill goes in exactly the wrong direction in regard to changing our nation’s food systems.

We face major health and environmental problems due in large part to the Farm Bill and to massive centralization of the farming industry. Massive subsidies for commodity crops such as corn, soybeans, and wheat have led to vast monocultures, farmlands devoted to a single crop that requires large energy inputs (petroleum-intensive farming equipment, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and irrigation) and as a result are environmentally quite damaging, not only due to the chemicals used, but also because of the fertilizer runoff that pollutes our rivers and creates the annual dead zone in the Gulf that is so damaging to Louisiana’s economy.

The health implications of the H.R. 875, S. 425, the Farm Bill, of giant agribusiness, and food system centralization are best summarized by Metabolic Syndrome X which now affects 20-25% of the American public and is characterized by obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. It is the result of consuming most of our calories in nutrient-deficient, highly processed (and therefore high-profit) “food products” such as high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated vegetable oils, and white flour. Even leaving moral and ethical concerns (compassion) aside and looking at the direct results of federal subsidies in cold economic light, these “food industry” profits are greatly overwhelmed by the health care costs attributable to these junk foods that are so prevalent in the modern American diet.

Far from embracing greater centralization of our national food supply, we need to look for ways to empower small farmers, individual vegetable gardeners, and local farmers markets.

In fact, food security and safety demand it. Centralized systems are not only less efficient (growing crops with large inputs of fossil fuels then delivering them across great distances), but make us more susceptible to crop failure, famine, surges in energy prices, natural disasters, even terrorism (remember the Chilean grapes that were poisoned with cyanide in 1989?).

Decentralization means greater variety of crops, more seasonal produce, better nutrition, and stronger local economies. And it means freedom and self-determination, core American values. As a Vietnamese-American, you can appreciate the value to your community of small-scale, local agriculture. Not only for the physical health of your constituents, but for the psychological and spiritual benefits of living close to the Earth and your own food production.

Don’t create new federal bureaucracies that will be easily manipulated by the giant players in the food industry. We need to put our trust and faith in small local farmers and cut the pipeline of our federal tax dollars to feed these giant agri-businesses that are destroying our health and environment.

Thank you,

Joseph Meissner

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~ by nolashaolin on March 17, 2009.

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