I apologize for the lack of a creative title at the moment. The brain’s a bit sluggish this morning as it flounders through the mire of H.R. 875. I cannot help but view my circle of “foodie” and “homesteading” websites and blogs with jaded eyes. To keep vision from turning to cynicism would be valuable at this point. I was revisiting II Timothy 1:7 this morning, as a reminder against my fears.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Aye. And I know that ultimately He is in control, but that does not negate how small I feel at this point, against H.R. 875. It was somewhat heartening to access the NoNAIS.org website this morning and see that they had already posted some information on the bill. After all, if this bill passes, NAIS becomes a moot point. It’s wrapped up head to tail within this bill. All we have fought against for years, sneaks in the back door. Perhaps it is taking the passage out of context, but I found it to be simply one more affirmation of the agrarian lifestyle found throughout the Bible, when I read the following verses:
The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things. (II Timothy 2:6-7)
How’s that for backup? 😉 Or at least encouragement? And last but not least, I thought Herrick had a few good things to say in his latest post:
My guess is that the disorder in agriculture will be pretty severe this year, especially since some of the world’s most productive places — California, northern China, Argentina, the Australian grain belt — are caught in extremes of drought on top of capital shortages. If the US government is going to try to make remedial policy for anything, it better start with agriculture, to promote local, smaller-scaled farming using methods that are much less dependent on oil byproducts and capital injections.
Once again, I’m dubious of government doing any such “remedial policies.” Our government has become a tool of the corporate interests. Such interests do not have any desire to promote small-scale, localized, sustainable agricultural practices. It’s not gonna happen, at least not by government influence to any significant degree. In fact, government will be a hindrance and stumbling block to such proactive and worthwhile change.
But remedial practices are exactly what every person and family in America needs to initiate and undertake on their own. As the complex industrial systems unravel themselves in the days ahead, one thing is certain—you will still need to eat, and the system may not be able to keep you supplied. Bearing that in mind, the most prudent remedial practice you can undertake is to grow and supply as much of your own food as you can. If you can not do that, then it behooves you to develop personal relationships with people in your area who are producing food.
Food…a place to grow it, the knowledge and skills to grow and preserve it, and the tools to do this may be worth far more than inflated and devalued fiat money in the days ahead.
– Economic Redundancy, the Decline of Complex Systems, and “Remedial Practices” (The Deliberate Agrarian)
It makes me wonder what will happen if this bill does pass, and our economy continues down the road it’s on. BigAg cannot be sustained. What happens when it collapses? Most small farms, homesteads, gardens, and what have you, will either have been shut down by red tape or with “operate underground” as much as they can. So what of those who manage to somehow afford to acquiesce to the fulfillment of these “minimum standards” (which – and granted, I only skimmed parts of the bill – I did not see what those minimum standards would even be within the bill)? BigAg collapses, and right there under their noses is the provision for the government to come in and sieze what you’re growing. Heck, whether it’s “for the good of the people” or they say that something is unsafe and sieze it – what’s to keep them accountable? Not to mention siezure of anyone operating illegally – or rather, those who don’t register their premises with the government.
It’s an insidiously legislated way to control the food system. There are enough people who won’t toe the line for a Chavez version of food system control, so let’s bring it in through the back door.
“For safety!” has become the cry of the oppressor. Many are tempted to stretch out their hands and take into their arms this “safety” of the government, and to them I offer the timeless words of Benjamin Franklin:
Those who would give up Essential Liberty
to purchase a little Temporary Safety,
deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.