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SB 510 will wipe out local farmers markets

Posted: December 13, 2010 7:22 p.m.
Updated: December 14, 2010 4:55 a.m.

I am Laura Tapia, part of Tapia Brothers Farms and the local farmers markets.

Have readers heard of Senate Bill 510? This is the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act — which it is not. It is the beginning of our private lives, as we know it, being taken away by our government.

Do you grow tomatoes in your backyard? Well, if you answered “yes,” forget it. The government will need to test those plants and seeds first, and they will decide if you can grow them.

If the seed did not originate from the company Monsanto, forget it. They are the lobbyists for this bill, and they want total control.

Remember, a few months back, I wrote about eating fresh, locally grown produce because you know where it is coming from?

Well, guess what? If this bill passes, the importers will have more freedom and no regulations compared to the American-grown fruits and vegetables.

Write your congressman. It already passed the Senate, so one more step and it goes to the president with a chance of becoming law. Farmers markets will be gone, and say hello to Chilean-grown oranges.


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