Get active! Oppose the New Zealand Government Food Bill 160-2

Sorry to get all activist-like on you guys so quickly, but this is something that I really believe in. Please, take time to read this and sign the petition.

Producing and sharing out own food is a basic human right. It’s not something that should ever be controlled by the government.

This bill will have serious effects on our ability to produce our own food and operate initiatives such as community gardens, food co-ops, heritage seed banks, farmers markets, bake sales, and roadside fruit & vegetable stalls.

To read the actual bill click here.

The people who propose these laws are not making them in the interest of health and safety for the population. They are making them in the interest of regulation and control of the food supply.

Apparently we live in a democracy – lets put that to the test. Click here to sign a petition against the food bill and show that you care about our future of food.

Comments

  1. Meaghan Reply

    Hiya it is not illegal to sell or buy raw milk in NZ… 5L at the farm gate is allowed.

    http://www.foodsafety.govt.nz/industry/sectors/dairy/unpasteurised-milk-products/

    under the heading, “Rules on the sale of unpasteurised milk”.

    3 yearss ago
    • Bryce Reply

      Thanks for that Meaghan! Got misinformed on that one. Good to know! Have modified that info in the post.

      Cheers,

      Bryce

      3 yearss ago
      • Meaghan Reply

        You can also ‘barter’ then no ‘money’ changes hands and you are doing away with the whole food money thing… ;)

        3 yearss ago
        • Bryce Reply

          That’s true Meaghan! One of the things that I really want to look into is some of the new monetary systems that are being developed.

          3 yearss ago
  2. Bryce Reply

    Here is a draft letter that I was sent, which people can personalize and send to their local MP’s.

    To my local MP,

    I would like to know what you are doing about the Food Bill Food Bill 160-2 (2010), Government Bill?

    My family and I, voters in your area, are opposed to this Bill and want to know what is being done about it when thousands of people have vehemently opposed it.
    Do you even know about this Bill? And what it means to EVERYDAY NEW ZEALANDERS?

    Here are the problems with the Food Bill?
    - It turns a human right (to grow food and share it) into a government-authorised privilege that can be summarily revoked – yes YOUR home garden could be a privilege revoked. If you have ever even owned your own fruit tree then this should upset you.
    - It makes it illegal to distribute “food” without authorisation, and it defines “food” in such a way that it includes nutrients, seeds, natural medicines, essential minerals and drinks (including water). Even water! SO who owns the water then?
    - By controlling seeds, the bill takes the power to grow food away from the public and puts it in the hands of seed companies. That power may be abused. Let’s not even get into the GMO debate…
    - The bill will push up mainstream food prices by subjecting producers to red tape and registration costs. Food prices are already rising due to increased energy costs and commodity speculation, while effective disposable incomes are falling. Thats not going to be helpful to our local economy here in the Christchurch area.
    - Growing food for distribution must be authorised, even for “cottage industries”, and such authorisation can be denied.
    - Under the Food Bill, Police acting as Food Safety Officers can raid premises without a warrant, using all equipment they deem necessary – including guns (Clause 265 – 1).
    - Members of the private sector can also be Food Safety Officers, as at Clause 243. So Monsanto employees can raid premises – including marae – backed up by armed police.
    - The Bill gives Food Safety Officers immunity from criminal and civil prosection.
    - The Government has created this bill to keep in line with its World Trade Organisation obligations under an international scheme called Codex Alimentarius (“Food Book”). So it has to pass this bill in one form or another.
    - There are problems with Codex also. Codex will place severe restrictions on the content of vitamins, minerals and therapeutic compounds in food, drinks and supplements etc.
    - The Food Bill means that non-Codex-complying producers can be shut down easily – thus it paves the way for the legal enforcement of Codex food regulations. Producers will be denied registration (which is discretionary) if they do not keep to Codex food production rules.

    What are the implications for Food Security in NZ?
    - The bill would undermine the efforts of many people to become more self-sufficient within their local communities.
    - Seed banks and seed-sharing networks could be shut down if they could not obtain authorisation. Loss of seed variety would make it more difficult to grow one’s own food.
    - Home-grown food and some or all seed could not be bartered on a scale or frequency necessary to feed people in communities where commercially available food has become unaffordable or unavailable (for example due to economic collapse).
    - Restrictions on the trade of food and seed would quickly lead to the permanent loss of heirloom strains, as well as a general lowering of plant diversity in agriculture.
    - Organic producers of heirloom foods could lose market share to big-money agribusiness outfits, leading to an increase in the consumption of nutrient-poor and GE foods.
    _______________________________________________
    This list could go on and on. But I’m sure you can see some of the key issues here.
    Are we no longer free citizens in our own country? Is our, your, basic human right to grow our own food is being taken away.

    Do you want your children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, family, friends and community growing up in a world when they can get sent to jail for growing some vegetables? You may laugh and think that this is preposterous, I know my grandparents would have, but this is happening and it’s happening now. It’s already happening in the USA.

    You are our representative in government and we expect you to take action for the future generations. If not you, then who?

    With our trust that you will take action,

    Kind regards

    3 yearss ago
  3. KARLA TE TAU Reply

    We oppose the bill, this will be dictatorship and we deserve to live in a free land.

    3 yearss ago

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