Tony Brown, the current Supervisor of Elections for Roane County, has been proposed as a replacement for Matt Caldwell on the Long Term Recovery Committee. Tony's term on the Elections commission is expected to end on April 24.
Looks like folks next door were unhappy with the old crop and are ready to grow some new ones. Bad day for incumbents...
"This was a railroad job for the coal industry that is against the interests of Tennesseans in general," said Rep. Mike McDonald, D-Portland, after the 7-3 vote to approve the bill.
From our Farm BLOG - Notes from the Farm - 32
Congress is feeling pressure to respond to food industry incidences of contaminated processed meat and peanut butter. However in their drive to act, several "one-size-fits-all" bills have now been proposed, that if enacted, could very well act as a defacto frontal assault against organic farmers and gardeners. It will be called the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009.
H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is: To establish the Food Safety Administration within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect the public health by preventing food-borne illness, ensuring the safety of food, improving research on contaminants leading to food-borne illness, and improving security of food from intentional contamination, and for other purposes. Now this sounds like a good thing, except all the disease and contamination seem to be coming from Industrialized Agri-business, not small independent organic farmers.
Congressional Bill HR 875 was introduced by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro,(D) whose husband Stanley Greenburg works for Monsanto. And now Monsanto wants its own employee, Michael Taylor (the man who forced genetically engineered rBGH (increases milk production) on the country when the Clintons placed him over “food safety” in the 90’s) back in government, this time to act with massive power as a “food safety czar”. HR 875 could give him immense power over what is done on every single farm in the country and massive policing authority to wield over farmers.
Monsanto is a powerful entity that has repeatedly proven its clout. Monsanto has already managed to lead the world into a new age of potentially hazardous genetic modification of seeds. Patenting not only their own GMO seeds, but also a huge number of heirloom crop seeds, patenting life forms for the first time — without a vote of the people or Congress. Once Monsanto has patented an heirloom seed, it results in not allowing farmers to legally save their seeds to replant the next year – a practice that has been done since the birth of agriculture. They have even sued farmers who have not been able to prevent the inevitable drift of Monsanto’s GE (genetically engineered) pollen or seed onto their land for patent infringement!
Perhaps their biggest assault to our food supply already is what’s known as terminator technology. These are seeds that have been genetically modified to “self-destruct.” In other words, the seeds (and the forthcoming crops) are sterile, which means farmers must buy them again each year. The implications that terminator seeds could have on the world’s food supply are nothing short of disastrous: the traits from genetically engineered crops can get passed on to other crops. Once the terminator seeds are released into a region, the trait of seed sterility could be passed to other non-genetically-engineered crops, making most or all of the seeds in the region sterile. If allowed to continue, every farmer in the world could come to have to rely on Monsanto for their seed supply! With thousands of organic farmers driven out of business, they would be that much closer to dominating the food supply of the world, since organic farms don’t use either Monsanto seeds or toxic products.
Based on their overseas seed patenting history, (especially in India) (link...) I believe it’s prudent to question what the future of our small farms will hold, should a bill with such blatant ties to Monsanto be allowed to pass without further scrutiny. It is quite possible, perhaps even most probable, that the bill entitled H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 is designed to halt the growing trend of small organic farms by insidiously creating punitive rules and laws, having little to do with food safety, that will make it extremely difficult, and incredibly expensive, for small farms to fully comply. And in this case, these rules and regulations created by this proposed bill are mandatory, not voluntary, meaning they apply equally to a tiny farmer with half a dozen cows as it does to a massive factory farm.
Some of the potential hazards of HR 875 could include small farmers who just sell their fruits and vegetables at farmer’s markets. Anyone engaged in food growing, or “holding food for consumption” in the U.S. would have to register annually, and create and maintain extensive records of the foods they grow and/or store.
It appears it could dictate how all food growers would have to grow their food, including potentially, the necessity to use certain pest control measures, for example. Authorities would have the ability to inspect any food production facility at random to make sure it’s operating in compliance with the food safety law, and again the definition of “food production facility” is so loosely defined it could apply to your personal orchard, vineyard, or vegetable garden, as long as it produces something edible.
After the enactment of this Act, the Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture and representatives of State departments of agriculture will promulgate regulations to establish “science-based minimum standards for the safe production of food” by food production facilities. Meaning, no one even knows what the food production standards are yet, but whatever they turn out to be will have to be followed. It is prohibited to: fail to register; refuse to permit access to an inspector; refuse to allow copying of all records; fail to establish or maintain any record required under the law. Should you fail to comply with any of the rules and regulations, there are both civil and criminal penalties, going as high as $1 million per violation, something that could clearly wipe out any small farmer in a blink of an eye.
The selenium bill passed out of the House committee on Environment and Conservation by a 7/3 vote.Continued...
WORK SESSION - KINGSTON CITY COUNCIL
APRIL 7, 2009 – 6:00 P.M.
KINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTER
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I've been really missing one of my favorite foods, green onions, since imported bunches were listed some years ago as potentially germ-ridden. One of the best parts of living in the woods is being able to indulge in a mess of onion tops now and again.
But this morning I made up for those years of yearning by dining on a wonderful frittata, a vegetable-laden eggs dish, a sort of loaded scrambled eggs or stirred omelet.Continued...
This might be the best deal in Tennessee. If you haven't eaten way too much at Cumberland Mountain State Park you've missed one of our treasures.Continued...
The news feed from Science News Daily has been added to the "Other Voices" block just below Whites Creek. This is a trial so I reserve the right to change it sooner or later. There are several feedss I would like to post but there's only so much room.
It involves and Oliver Springs bus and the students received minor injuries according to this KNS story...
Tony Brown and his staff have put together an election service second to none. They have been honest and fair.
I'm not going to go into the back stabbing that went into this situation but it is a huge disappointment to me. I sincerely doubt that the Republicans on the election commission have the courage to do what is right and keep Tony and his staff in place and serving Roane County.
The new TNDP website allows registered Democrats to form groups around important issues. Here's one that some of at RoaneViews will find interesting.
The end of this post has a tragic tale of warning for the people of Roane County and points downwind. But first, someone had asked, "Why don't more people attend meetings?"Continued...
How does this Bill affect TVA liability? Remember that NC won against TVA under public nuisance forcing them to clean up four of their coal fired plants.
House Civil Practice Subcommittee (HB 2154 by McCord. Nuisances- As introduced, declares that any activity that is conducted and any condition that exists subject to the terms and conditions of a permit issued by any agency, office, or department of the state shall not be found to be a nuisance.)
Ok, I've attached the amendment and I'm talking to EPA about this bill while typing.
Here's the scoop:
This bill is now amended to go back to the 2004 EPA DRAFT criteria for selenium. The standard is based on the 2002 EPA criteria and is more stringent than the draft criteria.
In the land of policy, a draft guidance has no teeth.Continued...
This bill has to be pulled. Every section of it offends.
We were told that all it does is bring the TN standards for selenium into compliance with the EPA standards and that is simply not the case. EPA standards are for TOTAL selenium content. The Yager Bill only allows testing for one compound and no others. It has the potential to greatly understate the amount of this heavy metal we are being exposed to.
The rest of the bill is unacceptable as well.
Tennessee Clean Water Network
Sometimes it seems as if some TN legislators listen only to monied lobbyists. So...why don't we the people make our own PAC and donate like we did during Obama's campaign? Then the PAC could lobby on our behalf with those legislators who seem to favor that style of governance.
In the Tennessee legislature we are seeing issues that the public is strongly in favor of fail in committee due to heavy lobbying pressure. There's a strong feeling that voters' expectation of being represented by their elected officials is being trumped by lobbyists with big campaign donations so that we wind up with a government that only serves a few people and corporations who can give big bucks to a campaign.Continued...
Seems to address the concerns expressed at Lincoln's town meeting fairly well.
By Ray Collett
Hello Readers, I hope you enjoyed the "April Fool's Special Announcement that I sent out. I never knew so many of you readers were born on Easter Sunday.Continued...
Your people in Nashville continue the attack on effective government and healthy environment.
There are some really good people with excellent and pertinent skills up for consideration. This is a far cry from the Bush appointees, whose main qualifications seem to be that they were "good" Republicans.Continued...
At class change, teachers will likely use hand signals, Parker said.
The Long Range Recovery Committee has voted to ask TVA to "tithe" and contribute 15% of the actual cost of the TVA Catastrophe as compensation to Roane County for Schools, etc. as a gesture at making Roane County whole again.
Word is that TVA may offer $30 Million, roughly $101 million shy of what is predicted so far.
Should Roane County take the deal?
Poll on the way.
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