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Seeds - How to criminalize them

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(c) Regulations- Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture andrepresentatives of State departments of agriculture, shall promulgate regulations to establish science-based minimum standards for the safe production of food by food production facilities. Such regulations shall--

   (1) consider all relevant hazards, including those occurring naturally,and those that may be unintentionally or intentionally introduced;

   (2) require each food production facility to have a written food safety plan that describes the likely hazards and preventive controls implemented to address those hazards;

   (3) include with respect to growing, harvestingsorting,and storage operations, minimum standards related to fertizer use, nutrients, hygiene, packaging, temperature controls, animal encroachment... and water;

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Ah, such a little paragraph, and so much evil packed in it. Notice they mention harvestingsorting and  storage operations?  Notice they never mention seeds but they are precisely what those words cover.  

Now, watch how they will be able to easily criminalize seed banking and all holding of seeds.  First, to follow how this will be done, you must understand that: 

1.  there is a small list inside the FDA called "sources of seed contamination" and 

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2.  the FDA has now defined "seed" as food,   

3.  so seeds can now be controlled through "food safety."   

Those seeds (so far) include: 

seeds eaten raw such as flax, poppy sesame, etc.;  
sprouting seeds such as wheat, beans, alfalfa, most greens, etc.; 
seeds pressed into oils such as corn, sunflower, canola, etc.; 
seeds used as animal feed such as soy ....   

That is most seeds.  It may even be all seeds, given how they are skilled at new definitions.  

And what are the "sources of seed contamination" inside the FDA?  They include only six little items:

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agricultural water 
manure (but not chemical pesticides or fertilizers) 
harvesting, transporting and seed cleaning (sorting) equipment  
seed storage (storing) facilities 

Did you know that seed cleaning equipment is THE single most critical piece of equipment for sustainable agriculture?  It is how we collect organic seed.  It is the machinery used after the season, when plants "go to seed," to separate out (sort) the seeds from the plant material so the farmer can collect (harvest) and then save (put in storage) seed for the next year at little cost.  With his own seed, the farmer also stays free of patented, genetically engineered, corporately privatized seeds.

This year, 2009, one item on the "sources of seed contamination" list is suddenly illegal in some parts of this country - seed cleaning equipment.

To get the drift, perhaps you need to know that the people who clean seed are being wiped outas well  

How can they make such vital equipment illegal?  Quietly, first of all, so as not to alert organic farmers who have a lot of political ties.  And by saying it contaminates food.  And by applying their innocent and reasonable sounding "minimum standards."   

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