Um, Guys. I think this is strangely relevant to us all..

"NZ food bill to make growing food a government privilege rather than a human right"


The God-given human right to freely cultivate food is under attack in New Zealand (NZ) as special interest groups and others are currently attempting to push a "food security" bill through the nation's parliament that will strip individuals of their right to grow food, save seeds, and even share the fruits of their labor with friends and family members.

In accordance with the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Codex Alimentarius scheme for global food control, the NZ Food Bill, if passed, will essentially transfer primary control of food from individuals to corporations under the guise of food safety. And unless massive public outcry and awakened consciences within the NZ government are able to put a stop to it, the bill could become law very soon.


For more information, the Article link is Below:

http://www.naturalnews.com/034337_New_Zealand_food_freedom_human_ri...

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Comment by Matt Moir on December 15, 2011 at 9:41am

http://www.petitiononline.co.nz/petition/oppose-the-new-zealand-gov... please sing this partition and pass the link on to everyone you know new zealand food bill

Comment by Catherine on December 14, 2011 at 9:24pm

the NZ food bill didn't get much attention from most of you. I think that we should all be VERY concerned by it, if you don t want to  finish like his:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEr9EeXe4I0&feature=fvwrel

Comment by Catherine on December 13, 2011 at 10:31pm

I desagree with you Bridge.

The home gardeners will be spared FOR NOW!!!! But not for long if  we allow them to adopt this new food bill!  They can t just take such a huge step, because people would desagree, but if they do it by little steps, they know that most if people will think like you say: that doesn t affect us.

And when you say that they couldn t do it, just because it is unfair, but don't you think that it is already unfait, even if the home gardeners are not affected for the moment?

 

And YES we can  and SHOULD act against it right NOW. One of the things we can do is let know the politicians that we don't allow this. We live in democratie, they are supposed to represent our opinions, not only the willings ofMonsanto and other companies it is gonna help earn more money!

Comment by Bridge Scully on December 13, 2011 at 8:19pm

We intially reacted really badly to the food bill and were asking alot of questions of it....we were thinking that there would be a hiddle agenda somewhere and that surely this was the beginning of the end. Kate Wilkinson wrote back to say that we wouldnt be effected and that we and all home gardeners would be excluded from the bill (after all there is no way home gardeners are going to fork out the $ for the levy they are asking, its simply not right nor is the inablility to save our food source), i was working for a seed company at the time who grows and distributes heritage seed and basically if the bill went through as it was we would have to register every single seed we had, and pay the fee individually! I would certainly hope there would be a huge outrage such as the occupy movement if Monsanto got their dirty noses into all this and prevented us from our basic birthright. Afterall the work we were doing was literally saving ou culture, our health, everything. Rather not good at all but in the meantime we can only continue to grow out the awesome heirloom varieties and distribute them to as many gardeners as poss!

Comment by Catherine on December 12, 2011 at 11:13am

I think it is really worrying and this is the current tendence in the whole world, not in  NZ only.

I just started a new group about Monsanto (http://ooooby.ning.com/group/against-monsanto), which is one of the biggest corporations having a huge interest in all of this.  And I think that they can get what they want for 2 reasons

1) they have a lot of money

2) people think that nothing is gonna happen in the short term (like Bridge), so they let it go....but at some stage it will be too late to react

Comment by Bridge Scully on December 11, 2011 at 8:36pm

It is definatly a worry in the long term, however i dont think that homegrowers need to be thinking it will effect them...even businesses such as koanga should be ok. Going from the outrage that everyone had upon this being released months ago, its a sure sign they will definately be making ammends to the bill and they have been working on it so that it wont effect the humble home gardener.  So yes, its not great, but no, it wont effect our ability to pass on seeds and plants from one to another : )

Comment by Stacey King on December 11, 2011 at 12:10pm

Oh good ... I was about to put this up myself but I see someone has beaten me to it!! Yup should definitely be of interest to all of us, as if this goes through not only will the whole ooooby thing be illegal, but so will all our seed swapping, and small online seed businesses like mine and several others. (as well as larger ones like koanga).

And the way they have worded it it includes anything that can even remotely be eaten ... including packaging of all things!

Here is a url to the current draft of the actual bill, (complete with editing marks - obviously a work in progress)

http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2010/0160/latest/who...

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