Many people heard about what the CPSIA was trying to do to handmade toys, and we all responded. Largely due to the amazing outcry of US citizens, that legislation has been postponed.
Now, there's another cause that is, in my opinion, even more important than saving handmade toys, and I'm asking you to help. Have you heard of HR 875? It's sponsored by Rep. Rosa DeLauro D-CT., the wife of Stan Greenberg, a political consultant for Monsanto. If passed, this bill will criminalize organic and backyard farming. Just like the CPSIA, HR 875 is hiding behind the "safety for our children" cover, but it is just another way of trying to put small farms out of business.
If this bill goes through, you can all kiss Farmer's Markets goodbye. I know many high school kids who help their parents farm so they can sell sweet corn and other vegetables during the summer to help raise money for cars, college, or just to have a little bit of spending money. There are elderly people who garden just to sell their produce at Farmer's Markets to make ends meet.
Small farms and backyard gardens are too valuable for us to just ignore this. You can read about it here, or look at the actual bill here. Click here to write to your representative, or go here for a form letter.
Also, feel free to use the button below (or on my side bar) I created to spread the word. You can link it back to this post, or to one of the links I provided above. I don't care, just as long as the word gets out and we put a stop to this.