As some here may be aware of, last summer a most repressive piece of legislation became law, courtesy of the California legislature.
JULY 1, 2015
Farmers and Consumers Unite!
In support of small farmers and consumers, the California Grange will sponsor Seed Freedom Day on July 1, 2015.
AB2470 was passed by the California State legislature last summer.
This legislation is super restrictive, and a bad law. It seriously impairs the right of farmers to share and sell their seeds, gives the Secretary of Agriculture authority to decide what foods we can and cannot grow in California's counties and cities, and supports the notion that corporations have the same rights as people.
The legislation makes it illegal for a farmer to distribute their seeds beyond three miles from their farm, unless they adhere to a strict and onerous packaging process. Under this law, a farmer is not allowed to share seeds at a swap meet that takes place more than three miles away, or make a gift of seeds to a friend who lives more than three miles down the road without jumping through the same hoops that a big commercial seed retailer does like Monsanto.
Under AB2470, any ordinance adopted by a county or municipality after January 1, 2015 that would restrict the production of GMO crops is subject to approval by the Secretary of Agriculture.
AB2470 was intended to be a weed abatement bill, warns California Grange President Bob McFarland, but in black & white the bill goes far beyond that purpose and becomes another set of onerous regulations that undermine the work of small farmers. Under this bill, agricultural freedoms that have been practiced by humankind for 10,000 years are aborted.
On July 1, the California Grange will sponsor Seed Freedom Day. Farmers and consumers across the state will celebrate our agricultural heritage. In an act of civil disobedience, farmers will draw a white line exactly three miles from their farm and stand inside that line holding seeds theyve produced. At exactly twelve noon, the farmers and supporters will simultaneously step across the three mile line with seeds in hand, in defiance of the unfair provisions of AB2470.
For more information and to participate in Seed Freedom Day, please go to www.californiagrange.org/seeds or phone the office of the California Grange at (916) 454-5805.
utilized by athletes in sports (although it is usually illegal to gain advantage in sporting competitions by using it.)
Is it being used in the USA to help elderly people? Is it being used for people with severe anemia, including cancer victims whose treatment leaves them anemic?
EPO stands for Erythropoietin. I know there have been tests on its use done in Europe, and I know this was one of the therapies Lance Armstrong utilized to win his Tour De France cycling adventures.
But is it getting to patients who need it? If not, why not?
Most here are probably unaware of one of our nation's first highly regarded women journalists, a lady named Dorothy Thompson.
Given that we are heading into contentious territory regarding the upcoming Democratic primary, I think her story bears repeating:
George Seldes, who was a Chicago Tribune correspondent during the late Nineteen teens and up until 1929 relates the following conversation that he had with Dorothy Thompson -another news reporter and the wife of Sinclair Lewis:
Thompson told Seldes in 1935 that while en route by ocean liner from France to NYC how a Mr. F. Sinclair, a Big Money Guy, took her away from the table where they were eating to talk privately with her.
"See those folks at the table who were eating with us?" F Sinclair asks Thompson?
"Yes," answers Dorothy.
"Well, all of us are the ones who decide who gets nominated to run for the Presidency and who gets to win that office."
Among those he indicated was an important associate of the Giannini family, who established Bank of America. (Giannini family headed up Bank of America.)
""We give money on both sides of the aisle, so that no matter what, one of our people is always in a place to do our bidding."
"What about FDR?" asked Dorothy.
"Our support for him was a major misjudgement on our part. We saw to it that he had money and of course, we fully expected for him to say the sort of things that he always said. We just didn't expect him to act on those statements."
Sinclair went on to state for the purpose of Thompson's enlightenment that the Inner Circle of Power Brokers was attempting to raise some five to twenty million to defeat FDR in 1936.
But the voting machinery during FDR's era was still non-hackable back in that era. And FDR had millions upon millions of everyday people to vote him back in.
How we progressives could ever get one of our own into office remains to be seen.
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