Hi everyone, this food bill has been bothering me – and when I received this email today I decided that I would share it with you. I would say that all of my newsletter recipients love having their gardens and would be shattered if what has happened overseas was allowed to happen here. I know you will all understand why I have decided to give all all the chance to attempt to have our say on this- how ironic that it is going through Parliament at the time of year when giving and our families are so important, Ginny
Apologies if repeated – but best the word gets out twice than never!
Fellow gardeners and concerned citizens,
This really is important to give 5 minutes of your time to. It is being said that if this goes ahead we may all have to pay the govt another $2500 just for the privilege of having a garden. It is expected that they will pass this law during these coming Xmas holidays when people normally are distracted with other activities. It’s absolutely insane and must be stopped! We dont want to lose the freedom of being able to grow our own veges! If this goes through we will not be able to reverse it. I see that there’s 14,500 signitures – let’s support it and try and get those 50,000. Please forward it on for the good of all kiwis!
There is a piece of legislation going through NZ parliament at the
moment called the Food Bill. There is not much information in the
media because the media aren’t or can’t talk about it. It will be
snuck through faster than a greasy pig while we are on holidays in
January. We need action now to get 50,000 signatures – already nearly
13,000 have signed – not enough and we potentially have less than TWO
Some parts of this bill involve change that is good. But some parts
are completely insane/horrendous and have the potential to compromise
your health in the future, because they reduce the ability for small
food producers produce and give away/sell seeds and food. And it
would be policed by Food Officers, not needing a warrant, not
government employees, & apparently having immunity from civil or
criminal prosecution! This is in the legislation!
And what is different about this legislation as it comes under an
international rule called ‘Codex’ or ”Codex Alimentarius’. If we go
along with Codex NZ then CAN’T CHANGE the legislation in future. This
is what is really apalling about this. It is not Common Law, it is
Napoleonic Code. It hasn’t happened before with food and is a quiet
part of Codex that most people don’t realise. We would actually have
to get out of the W.H.O. to change this legislation if we didn’t like
it – which is just not a thing governments do. We would be stuck.
So we need to take time on this legislation, not fast track it through
at Christmas time.
What’s really shocking about this is that these rules are developed to
say we need ‘food safety’. (Because we all know home grown veggies
are worse from us than mass produced stuff?!?) But what they really
mean is to get rid of little producers, little growers and keep the
growing of food in the hands of the big companies. Codex wasn’t
designed by governments and independent think tanks it was developed
by mega corporations – pharmacy, agribusiness, chemical. These laws
were NOT initially drafted by the NZ government, but by lawyers
employed by big international corporates.
We need to stop this legislation as parliament want to sneak it
through while people are on holidays in January (which is what they do
when legislation is controversial). At a later date it can then be
reviewed and amended.
Main problems with Food Bill 160-2 :
1. Home & small growers who grow small amounts of food and sell
locally NEED to be exempt – they are not.
2. Seeds for cultivation and food seedlings NEED TO NOT BE within
the definition ‘food’ under the Bill. (This is huge – imagine you not
being able to produce seed and give away!!). This sounds crazy but
seeds will be ‘explicitly controlled substances’ (like drugs) -
seriously. Why? Not sci-fi – in time whoever controls the food chain
protects their own interests. (This is so unbelievable that I believe
this is why we are not acting.)
3. Under the Food Bill, Police acting as Food Safety Officers can
raid premises without a warrant, using all equipment they deem
including guns (Clause 265 -1) (What is the precedent for this? Why
is this necessary?)
4. Members of the private sector can also be Food Safety
Officers, as at Clause 243. Eg. Monsanto employees can raid premises -
marae – backed up by armed police. (This has never happened before
or needed to happen).
5. AND Food Safety Officers have immunity from criminal and civil
prosecution. What is the precedent for this?
These petitions are internationally recognised and your details are
safe – email addresses WILL NOT be passed on.
It has been under the radar as the media won’t talk about it.
Advertisers won’t let it in and anyone trying to write an opposing
view is lobbed off as ‘weird hippies’ or whatever. Professionals who
are deeply anxious about this legislation won’t/can’t write/talk about
it because their careers/integrity could be undermined. Quite
disturbing This needs attention and thought. You make up your own
Treat it like some conspiracy theory and don’t necessarily believe
what I say. Be cynical, look this up, research it, please be
Why didn’t I do anything earlier? Because I simply didn’t realise all
the implications. Because it is just so complex. And I couldn’t
believe it all.
But please – don’t sit on this like I did – act quickly.
Please kindly forward this on.
From the Smiths:
Updated 10 December 2011: Life for Those Left Behind (Craig Smith’s Health) page 6 click here
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