Under the guise of food safety, US Congress is seeking to pass HR 2749, a legislative bill which, among other things:
- It imposes an annual registration fee of $500 on any “facility” that holds, processes, or manufactures food.
- It empowers the FDA to make random warrantless searches of the business records of small farmers and local food producers, without any evidence whatsoever that there has been a violation.
- HR 2749 creates severe criminal and civil penalties, including prison terms of up to 10 years and/or fines of up to $100,000 for each violation for individuals.
While some of the above items don’t sound too bad on their own, keep in mind that agri-business is behind this bill and they won’t be the ones punished by it. This bill is designed to eliminate competition from the organic farming industry as the public begins to demand more of these products.
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To read more about how this bill endangers the organic industry, please read the post over at Food Freedom on HR 2749. Then, sign the petition against it at the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund site. Together we can make a difference.