THE FOOD BILL
The government is being directed to take away some of the rights
that you thought were eternal and inalienable. This will effect all of
us. If you want to save seeds from your garden and share them
with other gardeners or seed banks this will effect you.
The Food Bill 160-2 (2010) is before parliament and has already passed
through one reading and recommendations of the assigned committee have
been made to parliament. This means that it is due to go for it’s second reading
at parliament with the recommendations integrated into it. It could easily be
mistaken for a Bill designed with public safety in mind, but a closer look reveals
that this Bill would put an end to your basic right to freely share our food, seeds,
and natural remedies.
Anyone selling their own produce would be required to gain legal authorisation
to do so, at a cost. Small scale growers and sellers at farmers' markets would
be hit with increased costs of compliance, that would of course push up food
prices. hurting the growers and the buyers of produce. Not being legally allowed
to share seeds without authorisation will discourage diversity of seeds,
encouraging homogenisation of seed stock. This would provide massive market
advantage to multinational seed corporations such as Monsanto.
You may wonder why the NZ government would want to push this bill
through.There are many reasons, but the main reason being presented is that
we must comply with the the rules set out for us in the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) which the the NZ government is a signatory to. So why is
the WTO so important?
The WTO is the corporate/elite police which rules 'Free Trade', supervising
tariffs, subsidies and export barriers. It’s rulings usually favour the US, it upholds
the $US as the global reserve currency.
This is the same struggle that is going on all around the world, involving 100s of
millions of poor people, and it has been hidden from us by our media.
If this all seems surreal and overwhelming to you, you are not alone. This Bill is
not yet law, and despite formal public submissions being closed (though few of
us heard about it when the submissions were open), it is not too late for those
opposed to the Bill to make our voices heard and have a very real impact on
parliament as they consider it’s merits.
What can we do about this attack on our fundamental rights to food
sovereignty? While there is very narrow provision within the law to opt out of
this proposed law being enforced upon individuals this simply is not enough.
We believe that it must be stopped! The law can be changed. This is a call out
to everyone to get ready to take action.
Sign the petition on line: www.petitiononline.co.nz...
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You can also get an update from Sue Kedgley's blog:
And you may also want to visit: www.combat-monsanto.co.uk...