There are concerns circulating on the internet that organic farming could be ‘banned’ by a new Bill about to be presented to the US House and Senate. The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (bill HR 875) proposes measures to enforce the use of pesticides and fertilisers to ensure ‘food safety’. The Bill’s jurisdiction might even extend to private back gardens and would criminalise families growing organic produce for their own consumption.
The bill is still being debated and may turn out to be benign. But the concern is justified. The spouse of the bill proposer is a lobbyist for Monsanto.