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Family fights government of Florida after being threatened for growing vegetables on their own property

Main Source: Natural News
Date: 24 June 2016
Author: Julie Wilson staff writer

(NaturalNews) A husband and wife from the Orlando, Florida, area were recently told by their City that they would have to uproot their beautifully manicured vegetable garden, cultivated on a piece of property owned by the couple for more than two decades. Continue reading Family fights government of Florida after being threatened for growing vegetables on their own property

Food seizures begin: Venezuela farmers ordered to turn over their food to the government

Source:Natural News
Date: 7 August 2015
Author: Daniel Barker

(NaturalNews) As Venezuela’s economy continues to worsen — its currency having entered “free fall mode,” according to the Financial Times — the desperate Maduro government has taken the extreme measure of nationalizing the nation’s food industry.

Venezuelan farmers and food producers are now required to sell anywhere from 30 percent to 100 percent of their products to state-owned stores. The order covers staple foods such as rice, milk, oil, sugar and flour.

Shortages and long lines in stores have become common since Venezuela’s economy began sliding into inflation — a situation that placed them at the top of the list in the world for inflation in 2014. The official inflation rate was 65 percent last year, and in the last month the currency has lost another 43 percent of its value. Oil prices once again have dropped, causing further strain on Venezuela’s struggling economy.

The recent free fall of the country’s currency — the bolivar — is evidence, according to FT.com, of “the growing inability of Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s president, to stabilise the country’s fast deteriorating economy.”

Maduro's Leftist government has attempted to cover its debts by printing money, a move which has pushed the country towards a state of hyperinflation, according to leading economists. Venezuela's money supply has increased 85 percent in the last year, while the currency continues to devalue. The black market value of the bolivar has nearly reached the 700 to one dollar mark -- a figure roughly one-hundredth of the official government rate of 6.3 bolivars to the dollar.

Many observers believe that the move to nationalize the food supply will only worsen the situation, especially for Venezuela's lower income citizens.

Pablo Baraybar, president of the Venezuelan Food Industry Chamber, says the order is "illogical"
and will harm consumers:

Taking products from the supermarkets and shops to hand them over to the state network doesn't help in any way. And problems like speculating will only get worse, because the foods will be concentrated precisely in the areas where the resellers go.

Speculation and exploitation

The "speculating" that Baraybar refers to is the widespread practice of private retailers in Venezuela purchasing and hoarding cheap food products from the state-owned markets for resale at greatly inflated prices in the private stores.

The speculators, nicknamed "bachaqueros" (giant ants), buy goods from the three state-owned store chains, then resell them at a profit.

The nationalization will also lead to even longer lines in the markets, according to Baraybar, because "goods will be available in fewer stores."

From the Telegraph.com:

The state owns 7,245 stores, compared to more than 113,000 in private hands. Mr Baraybar said that many of the private shops were in densely-populated areas, meaning that people will now be forced to make longer journeys to the state stores.

Solution: increased production, not nationalization

Baraybar says that the Venezuelan Food Industry Chamber was not informed about the order and has called for a meeting with the government to discuss the plan. He says that the move "does absolutely nothing to help with the shortages" and that increased national production is the solution.

For years now, Venezuela has exercised strict price controls on many basic goods in an effort to keep them affordable for the country's poor, but manufacturers claim that high production costs make it impossible to for them to operate, leading to further shortages.

Meanwhile, the government accuses the producers of greedy speculation and trying to undermine the revolution.

The socialist model has proven to be disastrous to Venezuela's economy, as it has in other countries which opted for the same approach. Simply taking over the private sector will never be a formula for economic success.

Sources:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk

http://www.ft.com

http://www.telegraph.co.uk

New food act will see unlicensed online sellers fined

Source: NZ Stuff
Date: 23 Junes 2015
Author: Taryn Utiger

Complaints to the New Plymouth District Council about people selling homemade hangi are rising.

Selling homemade hangi without a licence could soon land people with a $450 fine.

The online sale of hangi and other food items has caused an influx of complaints to the New Plymouth District Council recently.

The council’s manager of regulatory services Mary-Anne Priest said phone calls about Facebook pages being used to sell homemade food, and in particular hangi, were growing.

“The staff here have said they’ve handled more complaints about food recently than ever before. People are seeing food for sale on websites and ringing the council to see if it’s ok,” Priest said. Continue reading New food act will see unlicensed online sellers fined

What so troubling about TPPA (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement) and why the government trying to keep it secret?

Eco Liberty
8 March 2015
Written by Matthew Miller

Why so Secret?
It any government willing to keeping something secret because they have agenda that is only for better the government itself or any organisation interest; rather the interest of the public. For example like the TPPA (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement) is being kept secret because the National government has an agenda to made it better only for the corporate’s interest, not for the better of the public in any of the 12 pacific nations who sign onto the Trans Pacific Partnership deal. As government trying kept agenda secret by having the media to deceive the public about the government’s agenda by making the public think the opposite what the agenda is about, by keeping the public distracted by convening public “for the government is a good thing for the country”. Continue reading What so troubling about TPPA (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement) and why the government trying to keep it secret?

Agenda 21 = Death

Infowars
July 1, 2014

U.N.’s urban planning program turns the population into mere serfs who are easily controlled by the government

Signed in 1992 by multiple nations, including the United States, the United Nations Agenda 21 Sustainable Development program is an urban planning “action plan” which calls for government to eventually take control of all land use without leaving any decision making in the hands of private property owners.

The overall intent of Agenda 21, which can be best described as neo-feudalism, is to expand government power at the expense of individual liberties by making the population more dependent on city infrastructure controlled by the government.

Some of the current urban planning trends of Agenda 21 include but are not limited to:

– The closure of rural land for public use and the erosion of rural property ownership

– The development of “multi-use” condos with the first floor designated for businesses catering to the tenants above, encouraging condo dwellers to remain close to home much like serfs from the Middle Ages

– The purposeful lack of easy freeway access in cities which similarly ensures that residents never venture far from their neighborhoods

– The construction of expensive and inefficient public rail systems in cities in order to increase centralized government control while also reducing – and even outright banning – the use of private transportation such as cars

– The accelerated implementation of toll roads, especially toll roads that discourage driving by increasing prices for traveling alone or for driving in “congested” areas

– Utilities monitored by “Smart Meters” which can be controlled – and shut off – remotely by public utility companies

While Agenda 21 proponents constantly suggest that the program is simply “voluntary,” this is a moot point when so many American cities are already implementing Agenda 21 which clearly benefits the government at the expense of its citizens.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency Kills Flock Of Rare Healthy Sheep, Destroys Innocent Shepherd’s Life

Global Research
By Jeff Roberts
Global Research, June 10, 2014

Farmer and shepherd Montana Jones has had a rough couple of years. Since 2010, she’s been fighting a downward battle with a ruthless agency, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Before all of this, she was living a simple life as a farmer and blogger in a rural part of Ontario, Canada. Continue reading Canadian Food Inspection Agency Kills Flock Of Rare Healthy Sheep, Destroys Innocent Shepherd’s Life

Food Bill Final Vote: Pots and Pans – Breaking News

New Zealand Food Security.Org
May 16, 2014

The bill surrenders our sovereignty in both domestic and international food policy, as demonstrated by this website and multiple submitters to the Primary Production Select Committee. The Select Committee has even admitted this in its revised commentary to the bill, and the government freely admits it here (NZ is a member of FSANZ and the WTO):http://www.foodstandards.govt.nz/science/international/codex/pages/default.aspx

The bill, in conjunction with the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, essentially means that overseas corporations such as Monsanto would control our food supply via the World Trade Organization and the US Food and Agriculture Organisation. Then, with the massive regulation the Food Bill would bring, the price of food would also rise sharply.

Finally, under Sections 355 and 346 of the bill, the Governor-General would be able to declare anyone or anything a Food Business and regulate them out of existence. And he’d be getting his orders via international directives and moneyed interests. Boom.

There’s been no media coverage of the second reading, despite 40,000 people signing an online petition which opposed the bill. Also, it’s being rushed through at the same time as the Budget, so expect news of that to eclipse the Food Bill pretty comprehensively – that is the government’s intention – unless you MAKE your voice heard.

And you should. There is a concerted effort underway to deceive you with the Parliamentary process and take away your rights as New Zealanders. The bill jumped from number 36 on the Parliamentary Order Paper last Thursday to number one on Tuesday, a pretty sly move. Then, two readings were attempted during Budget week.

Last but not least, the planned final reading for yesterday would even have coincided with a full moon, which should be significant for the occultists – and gardeners – among you. It certainly would have been significant for Parliament. Presumably they only dropped the ball on that in their frenzy to relieve you of money via the Budget. Well, now you can get your own back.
Share widely and fast, please. The streets on Sunday are step one. Step two is Parliament before the third reading (scheduled Tuesday). Step three is Government House, before the bill gets Royal Assent – time and date TBC. At which point, feel free to use the phrase “treason in parliament” at will. Actually, you could do so now – because it’s happening.
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My Opinion:
This is Breaking News for all New Zealanders; Codex Alimentarius will be in place very soon and tyranny in New Zealand is at our front door. This is now the time for all New Zealander to wake up and choose a side. And I knew it the government will try to get this bill passed into law sometime before the NZ election. This is Hugh for Eco Liberty. There have been no mainstream media coverage of the second reading and there will be none on third reading on Tuesday as well. It’s hard to believe it is that soon.

FDA To Ban Organic Farming?

Off The Gird News
Written by: Michael Foust
May 16, 2014
Farming methods that have been used in America and throughout the world for centuries are in danger of essentially being banned under proposed regulations by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Small and large organic farms alike that sell produce would be impacted by the proposed new rules, which would place burdensome restrictions on everything from compost to livestock to water – so much so that many organic farmers will be forced out of business, said Judith McGeary, executive director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance, a national organization that supports independent family farmers. The restrictions placed on compost would be so severe that it amounts to a ban. Organic farms that have livestock in close proximity to their crops also would find it difficult to clear government rules. Additionally, organic farms that use surface water would be forced to test their water regularly. All total, it could add up to many organic farms simply closing, unable to grow crops naturally or unable to afford the cost. It’s all part of the FDA’s food safety proposals that impact all farms – not just organic. But it’s the organic farms that will be hit hardest. Congress handed FDA the power in 2010 to regulate farms.
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Green Party celebrates changes to food bill

Green Party NZ
Wednesday, 12 Jun 2013 | Press Release
The Government have made great strides on the revised Food Bill, the Green Party said today.

Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye has released the changes that will be made to the Food Bill which will significantly improve it. The major wins are the reinstatement of genetic engineering as a matter for potential consideration, the inclusion of a ‘Good Samaritan’ clause which allows people to keep donating food to those in need, the assurances around swapping food and the exclusion of seeds for growing being regulated under this Bill.

“This announcement today is a win for home gardeners, charities, and small businesses who worked with the Government to have their concerns addressed,” said Green Party agriculture spokesperson Steffan Browning.
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