Forbidden fruit (and vegetables)

@p1kef1sh (45640)
March 2, 2008 3:50pm CST
I read the article here http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/01/opinion/01hedin.html?em&ex=1204606800&en=dd5832c47ea07bc0&ei=5087%0A with huge sadness. If true, and why shouldn't it be, the US Government is actually working against the wishes of so many ordinary people to raise their families in a wholesome and natural way. The article makes me weep for the development of agriculture.
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4 responses
• United States
3 Mar 08
You aren't going to find diamonds in reading articles about the US Government. Heck, I work for them and still I can only afford cubic zirconia :)
@p1kef1sh (45640)
3 Mar 08
You are my conscience.
• United States
3 Mar 08
If I am your conscious, we are both in trouble. LOL
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
3 Mar 08
I read the article and this is so sad. There is a need to allow the local growing of our fruits and veggies. What we need to do is get to writing our state reps and congressmen to let them know how we feel about these kids of farm bills. They were good to help the farmers at one time but they are out of date now. If those rep were inundated with letters and phone calls it could change these bills.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
3 Mar 08
I do so agree with you. Also if there was a boycott of certain mass market products that might help too. Thank you so much for your post.
• United States
2 Mar 08
First of all, I would like to thank you post starting this post. I had no idea the US Government was working to discourage local producers for meeting its local demands. Before I read this article, I did know that the United States government was buying food from certain farmers ( I do not know all the details) and it was putting certain farmers at a disadvantage. I have also heard the US government actually pays some farmers not to produce or farm their lands or even if they have, they were allowed to use only a small portion of it, because of food prices or something like that. I am not sure of all the details, but all I know is that sometimes when the US Government thinks it is helping disadvantaged farmers, it is really not. -Feel Free to Disagree!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
2 Mar 08
I see no help to the disadvantaged in this story. Just the food lobby getting Washington to help them drive out the competition. Real bully boy tactics if you ask me.
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
2 Mar 08
it is too bad - i was not aware of such ridiculous laws! where i live there are no more farms - they are all shopping centers & housing plans now.
@p1kef1sh (45640)
2 Mar 08
I find that very sad. But I guess that people have to live somewhere.