Governments, world-wide, seem to be scraping the bottom of the barrel in order to squeeze every last drop of revenue out of us.
On Saturday the following posting from Green Flavour appeared on my dashboard :
"A New Zealand Government Bill which may be enacted in the near future turns the human right to grow food and share it, into a government authorised privilege that can b summarily revoked. The bill would undermine the efforts of many people to become self-sufficient within their local communities." So I followed the link Caron gave. That took me here:
"NZ Food Bill Will Make Growing Food a Government Privilege Rather than a Human Right"
A New Zealand Government Bill, which may be enacted in the near future, turns the human right to grow food and share it, into a government-authorised privilege that can be summarily revoked. The bill would undermine the efforts of people to become more self-sufficient within their local communities. It will also make it illegal to distribute any type of food based on the bill's language. This includes seeds, nutrients, natural medicines and even water - without the expressed government permission."
"In accordance with the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Codex Alimentarius scheme for global food control, the NZ Food Bill, if passed, will essentially transfer primary control of food from individuals to corporations under the guise of food safety. And unless massive public outcry and awakened consciences within the NZ government are able to put a stop to it, the bill could become law very soon."
Do you remember back in November when I posted about the Nationwide Census that had just be undertaken in South Africa.
You may recall I wrote:
"Funny enough, one of the questions asked of RMan when he answered the doorbell was: "Do you have a veggie patch?" Bear in mind that this census took place at our 'town house', and, RMan, mindful of what I have read (and shared with him) from overseas blogs, answered, "No". Why, I asked him? His reply to me: "Well, it's not 'my' (his) veggie patch" (so he wasn't technically lying). But the question struck him as strange. So he now thinks that the government may try and tax us on our potential additional "privilege" (as is happening overseas where small time growers (as opposed to full-on farmers) have to have a permit to grow crops for their own consumption / bartering), etc...?"
RMan was obviously correct - there appears to be (amongst the powers that be) a bid to manipulate the common man, who put them in power, even more. Big Brother certainly seems to be in the process of taking complete and utter control.
The Bill is even talking about having armed "Food Safety Officers" who will be able to raid a property without a warrant. ARMED?!?!?!
"What all this means, of course, is that the NZ Government may soon be able to arbitrarily decide, at any time, to restrict individual freedom to plant vegetable gardens and share the produce with their neighbours, for instance. Even "cottage industries", which include at-home food artisans, could be restricted under he new law."
WHAT?!!!??!?! We can't even barter in future?
I just can't get my head round it - with the predicted future, and current - food shortages due to the over-population of the world, one would think that governments would be only too happy to have small-scale / subsistence farmers relieving them of that burden and taking care of themselves.
Between the predicted revenue (licences) being collected by the Government with this Bill, and with major seed distributor's ever increasing monopoly (does Monsanto want to take over the world?) it seems as if a giant seed distributing companies can influence governments. They seem to be wielding too much power - to the detriment of every one of us.
What happened to free enterprise? As far as I can tell Money, Greed, Back-hand payments and Monopoly seem to have taken over.
And if we are only able to purchase GM seeds provided by giant agribusiness companies - oh boy - I really fear for this planet we live on.
I reckon that the time to start saving seeds from your plantings is now!
Otherwise, it may be a case of: "Someone - stop the world. I want to get off." And even that may be too late...