Thursday, June 25, 2009

Feds Want to License Homemade Breadmaking and Garden Sales

Home Bread, a federal matter?
Well, the job that you used to have,
They gave it to somebody down in El Salvador.
The unions are big business, friend,
And they're goin' out like a dinosaur.
They used to grow food in Kansas
Now they want to grow it on the moon and eat it raw.
I can see the day coming when even your home garden
Is gonna be against the law.

-Bob Dylan "Union Sundown"

If HR 2749 becomes law, those lyrics may soon reflect federal policy. This according to a report from the Journal of Whole Food and Nutritional Health.

An excerpt, :Q3: I have a garden and sell produce at a road-side stand on my property. Would HR 2749 apply to me?

A3: "Yes, you would now have to follow federally-established standards for growing produce. [3a] Produce not grown as required by these standards would be considered as adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). [3b] Further, you would be required to make your business records available to FDA inspectors. [3c] The inspectors would have the power to show up unannounced without a warrant to search your records without any evidence whatsoever that you have committed a violation of the law. If you refuse to let the inspector see your records, you would be guilty of adulteration under FFDCA. [3d]

* [3a] Section 104(b)–pp. 38-41
* [3b] Section 104(a)–p. 38
* [3c] Section 106(a)–p. 48
* [3d] Section 207(a)–pp. 119-120


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