Local Food Haven to Ban Growing Food Without Authorization

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist December 1, 2011

New Zealand Lamb is World Famous

Shortly after my husband and I got engaged, the large, global company we both worked for at the time assigned him to a long term consulting project in Wellington, New Zealand.

Our phone conversations and his hand written letters (no email then!) were filled with amazement and praise about the plethora of small local farms where he was able to obtain fresh, delicious food for very reasonable cost pretty much anywhere at anytime.

He loved to tell me stories about where exactly he had obtained his food and the farmers and small local businesses where he had procured a recent meal.

My husband has always been into local food, long before I got the bug.  His mother was actually an early pioneer of locally produced food co-ops in none other than Uganda, where he was born and spent the first few years of his life before the entire family was forced to flee for their lives when their friends started mysteriously disappearing after Idi Amin, the infamous and bloodthirsty dictator, rose to power in the early 1970′s.

My husband’s year spent in Wellington left him with fond memories of this country’s small farm bounty which is some of the most varied in the world.  Could it be that New Zealand’s golden reputation as a haven for local food and farms offering fresh, quality food is coming to an end?

The WorldWide Power Grab for Control of the Food Supply

A new 400 page, “food safety” bill introduced by the New Zealand Parliament in May 2010 has been stealthily making its way through the approval process and may become the law of the land in the near future.  The bill is crafted to be in line with obligations to the World Trade Organization with regard to the international scam Codex Alimenatrius, also known as the “Food Book”.

This bill would seriously undermine efforts of families to be self sufficient by growing their own food. Shockingly, under the language of the bill, growing one’s own food is considered a privilege that can be revoked by the government at any time with non-Codex complying producers the most vulnerable to enforcement action.

Those “registering” to grow food (can you imagine such a thing?) would not be able to receive authorization if they do not comply with food production rules as outlined by Codex.

Distributing food – even for free – is not permitted and the definition of “food” is extremely broad encompassing nutrients, seeds, natural medicines, essential minerals, and even water!

By controlling even seeds, the power to grow food is handed to global seed companies like Monsanto. Seed sharing banks and networks could be shut down if they are not able to obtain government authorization.  This would frighteningly and very quickly result in a loss of seed variety and be of clear financial benefit to the global seed companies.

Home-grown food and some or all seeds could not be bartered on a scale to feed people of a community even in the event of economic collapse where commercially grown food has become unavailable or unaffordable.

Let me repeat that:  This bill would force people to starve in the face of economic hardship rather than grow their own food to survive.

What does this sound like to you?  To me, it sound eerily like the former Soviet Union with its complete and utter control of the economic factors of production which disallowed peasants from producing food for anyone except the State.

Police to Act as “Food Safety” Officers

Under this NZ Bill, local police can act as Food Safety Officers, raiding a home or business without a warrant using all necessary equipment such as firearms.

Even worse, members of the private sector, such as Monsanto employees, can act as Food Safety Officers and raid a targeted location without a warrant backed up by armed police.

The bill goes even further by providing these “Food Safety Officers” immunity from criminal and civil prosecution!

The language of this bill allows the creation of no less than a Food Gestapo which terrorizes the citizenry with warrantless searches, seizures, and arrests with no accountability or repercussions for their actions in a court of law.

Control of the Seeds the Ultimate Goal

The ultimate bottom line of this bill is control of the seeds in New Zealand which boasts an extremely wide variety due to the bounty of its small, local farms.

If the seeds are controlled, growing food is automatically controlled so enforcement of people growing their own food becomes basically a non-issue.

No good seeds = No good food

What Can Be Done to Stop This?

Unfortunately, this problem is not just occurring in New Zealand.  It’s happening all over the world.

New Zealanders, however, have a secret weapon in their back pocket with which to fight these global food terrorists who are pushing their self serving corporate agenda in their beautiful and bountiful homeland.

New Zealand citizens can individually or in larger groups, opt out from under this legislation by revoking their consent to parliamentary representation.

To do this requires them to serve a Claim of Right which will revoke any requirement to adhere to the legislation since they are no longer represented by it.

Citizens and communities opting out of the legislation simply serve copies of their Claim of Right to affected governmental agencies thereby notifying them of their lack of jurisdiction on their private affairs. The Claim must be filed via a Notary Public.

In the meantime, it would be wise for activist minded New Zealanders to notify their elected officials of their outrage over this treasonous bill to ensure its defeat.  It would no doubt be best to never have to get to the point where a Claim of Right is necessary!

Oh, and it might be a good idea to save a few seeds in a secure location as well!

 

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Source: Food, Illegal?  Not in My Back Yard

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Comments (72)

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  2. Sarah, have you actually read this bill before writing an article on it? You can still sell food on small scale for charity etc and you can still trade food non-commercially for your own use and not be subject to the bill. You are required to operate under the new food handler guidance. However this has no regulatory obligation associated with it and is merely a guidance document to assist people. The Food Act 1981 (the current act that this will replace) currently includes ‘barter’ in the definition of ‘sale’. It is therefore the responsibility of the person bartering or swapping food to ensure it is safe to eat so no changes there.

    Read 93, 94, 94A specifically from the bill that should alleviate your concerns (and corrects the most obvious misinformation in the article):

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2010/0160/latest/whole.html?search=ts_bill_food+bill_resel&p=1#DLM2996207

    http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/government/2010/0160/latest/whole.html?search=ts_bill_food+bill_resel&p=1#DLM3435510

    However if you are selling for profit you are subject to the new food *SAFETY* bill. I think this is a good thing. I don’t want to buy food that isn’t prepared in a safe way. This replaces an out of date bill that has more redtape associated and less constancy between regional authority enacting it. This will make things easier, not harder.

    Read more here:

    http://www.foodsafety.govt.nz/policy-law/reform-nz-food-regulations/food-bill/questions-answers.htm

    http://foodsafety.govt.nz/policy-law/reform-nz-food-regulations/food-bill/

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  3. It’s called Fascism. Corporate control over our governments. The CONservatives of the world began their take-over some thirty years ago and we’re now seeing the economic effects of their destructive ideology take hold over nearly everything.

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  4. Here in CA we have been waiting on the government to release their recall (based on nothing) of our raw milk. This already felt very controlling and big-brother. I’m sure that our country will continue to move into this direction. After all, our diet of processed, toxic foods keeps drug companies making record profits!

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  7. Mother Earth gave and gives all for free. No one can say they own her or can control her. None can show she sold anyone her land or food, etc No one has receipt from HER to say they bought Her either.
    We are ALL GUARDIANS OF OUR MOTHER EARTH

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  9. I just spent nine months in New Zealand and I was so angry when I heard about this! The country as a whole is still very rural and just about everyone we met or stayed with grew their own veggie garden. I hope Kiwis will see the importance of rising up against this bill and taking action!
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  10. I may be going off subject here, but it seems like the right place to bring it up. Obama quietly passed a law this summer called the White House Rural Council, which is govt. control over rural America. Even Homeland Security is involved. If you aren’t using your land or using it as they see fit they can come in and tell you what you need to do with it. It sounds like another way to control small farmers.

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    • An executive order is not a law. It is an unconstitutional over reach of power by the presidents of the USA since good ol’ Abe started the abuse during the Civil War.

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  11. Whilst there is definitely much in this bill that concerns me greatly, there is nothing in it that implies to me that here in NZ we are under threat of being raided by FSOs “backed up by armed police” using “equipment such as firearms”.

    The NZ police in general do not carry firearms – we have 17 Armed Offenders Squad which operate under strict rules and which deal with, as their name suggests, armed offenders who are a violent threat to themselves or the general public. There has to be an actual or threatened use of firearms or other weapons against members of the public or Police for them to be deployed.

    The stealth with which this bill is being tabled through parliament is highly suspicious – thank you for blogging about this now, I will be posting a link to this on my local co-op FB page in the hope of raising some awareness and stirring others to action and calls to oppose it.

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  12. Thank you so much for writing about this terrifying, unconstitutional over-reach of govt authority that’s happening all over the globe. I’ve been spending weeks trying to figure out what happened to the U.S. Constitution and to our Bill of Rights – that it is no longer being upheld by our public officials. Isn’t that treason? Google Dean Clifford, Robb Ryder, Carl Miller to get some idea of how to go about reclaiming our Sovereignty. If you don’t know your rights, you have no rights. On the other hand, global tyrants are asserting that Might Makes Right – as seen by police attacking peaceful protesters with pepper spray at Occupy demonstrations. We need to get law enforcement on board that they are one of us- and to uphold their oath to protect the Constitution.

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  13. If people will wake up and realize that this is NOT going AWAY, then take a stand against this corruption and injustice! I believe the Word of God talks about this, and I hope it doesn’t come soon, but in Rev. 13:16 and 17, then again in Rev. 14:9-11, this scenario is described. When I was just a girl, my mom told me that these things were foretold and that I might see it in my lifetime. I just wouldn’t believe it, but I did begin to see things happening that really scared me. I am a realist and a pragmatist, so for me to finally see that another possible worldwide holocaust could be coming…well, that has just been hard to even imagine. Too many governments are now out of control and do not seem to care about the people of their nations. I do trust in God, so that keeps me going. Not trying to be negative, but I am hopeful that others will see the severity of our situation and begin to trust Him too and always be ready to speak against WRONG. Thank you Sarah for just watching and getting the info to us. Keep up the good work!

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    • We need to start making noise right here in the good ol’ USA because our rights are eroding faster than you can say this is a bunch of bull. Actually, as one poster already said, it’s a bit late because between the global warming scam and the control of our food supply, well – yeah, it’s a bit late to take action.

      Now the police have been militarized and can come into our homes without permission or even provacation. And the pharma companies et al have to stand no liability for anything they do wrong against the human race.

      Too much pork tacked onto too many past congressional bills. The pork is the part WE don’t know about until it’s too late to do anything about it. IOW, our government tricks us into thinking our votes and our calls to congressional representatives actually help.

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      • You bet! This is why we need Ron Paul for president; he is currently the ONLY one in Washington who even CARES about our food freedom. Ron Paul 2012! :D

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  14. It looks like governments everywhere have lost their collective minds, probably from the crap food they are eating. And yes, we know money talks. They are determined to send us all to h-ll in a handbasket when they have destroyed this earth and everything in it all for profit.

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  15. I am a New Zealander and am aware of this Bill, though it has been kept very quiet by officials and I don’t think many people are aware of what this could mean for us. Emma of Craving Fresh blog has rallied people to send submissions to the Government. Hopefully that will have some impact.

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  16. Brett Judd via Facebook December 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Unfortunately, through the subtlety of case law we are seeing this now. The recent judges order that we do not have the right to consume and produce our own food is telling us that this is already here and moving through the back door channels. Perhaps it is time for us to Occupy our Garden plots. and make a united noise.

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  17. We actually lived in Wellington, New Zealand for three months last year. What a lovely city on the water with all the houses built up on the hills surrounding it with views. We thought we might actually live there………as in to stay. Technically we were trying to leave the USA because we see a economic crash coming and are unhappy with the government here. But the New World Order has it’s fingers all over the world………even in beautiful New Zealand. The people there have a very laid back attitude so I wonder if they even realize what is going on? We ended up not staying but have a fond place in my heart for New Zealand.

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    • I think it’s a good thing. Living out in the country where sometimes people can’t afford to feed their horses because of the cost of hay (which is very high this year) let them starve or they set them free since they can’t take them to a locker plant to have them processed. That’s the main reason we will never have horses here. If we can’t eat it or it doesn’t have a job, then there’s no place for it here. It is a huge problem right now. I’m not aware of this new law of being able to consume horse meat. If this is so, then Obama has finally done something right for a change.

      Being able to consume horse meat would be a good thing. It would actually be more humane to have them processed than to endure a long death and crummy conditions. Horses have come into abundance, kinda like cats, where they are everywhere, there’s no money in having them anymore, and they are very expensive to keep, and touchy to keep healthy. Plus they destroy the pastures due to not enough land for them to roam. Don’t get me wrong, I love horses . I think they are beautiful and fun to ride. I would have a couple if and only if they were work horses. I could go on all day on this subject. We have a homestead and have been witnessing the neglect of horses since we moved here. As long as a blade of grass can be found, there is no neglect and they cannot be taken away. Then they are taken away to where? Like I said, there are many horses in dire need of a good home and with a poor economy, there aren’t too many of those. Yes, processing horses would be a good thing.

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  18. Tina Loving via Facebook December 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    WTF. Seriously. This is getting absurd. In Colorado, I cant legally collect rainwater. Lowes and Home Depot cannot sell water collecting barrel systems in the state of Colorado. There’s a law being voted on that may take away our right to supplements. Do you like your fermented cod liver oil? Well, the right to buy it without a prescription may be gone soon. I love my fulvic acid and magnesium oil but I may not be able to buy it unless I go to a doctor and get a prescription.

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  19. Amen to that, Jason & Lisa! Well said! I encourage everyone to see the new documentary, Thrive. Search for it on YouTube or go to http://www.thrivemovement.com for more info. Just remember that once you know the information, act on it when necessary, share with everyone you know and then shift your focus from fear (and anger) to the absolution that this will NOT become our reality.

    For positivity, change, enlightenment, etc to be present, we all have to raise our vibrational level by feeling love, gratitude, joy, peace, abundance and not stay in a state of fear. If we see these atrocities presented to us as imminent and expect them, then we actually help to co-create them. So, let us see what it is we do not want (this tyranny) and then shift our focus, use our minds, hearts, bodies and souls to create the reality we DO want- a fair, just, moral and enlightened society where people are respected and have freedom- by envisioning it, creating it and walking towards it as a collective.
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    • “Positivity,” “vibrational levels,” “walking…as a collective,” “shift our focus [from these atrocities].”

      It is well-documented that power encourages and finances such vague, nebulous, feel-good, mind-is-reality New Age thinking: it is effective in neutralizing dissent while keeping the populace marching “as one.”

      It is one thing not to be a worldling, it is another not to recognize a material problem as a material problem. Amy Love has much to learn about psychological warfare.

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  20. How awful that the global corporate profiteers are destroying our food supply with their artificial, nutritionally-worthless garbage. Codex Alimenatrius is the same tyrannical law banning natural medicine in Europe, which has long been the battleground for such things.
    We all need to come together to save our food and ultimately ourselves from the pseudo-science of chemical-pushing corporations. Only then can be manage to save the environment that we all depend on. Most people don’t even believe this is happening but is sadly is.
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    • actually shelly, yes…. this will all be tied to the carbon taxing system..you purchace carbon credits based on how much carbon you produce.. it doesnt stop a carbon footprint at all, it just charges you to leave one.. the more purchaces you make, the more of a footprint you can leave.. being taxed to be alive.. this is why the global warming agenda is being pushed so hard.. it is getting the ball rolling towards this global carbon tax..

      -jason and lisa-

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  21. you’re right sarah.. this is happening all over the world and soon to take place in our own back yard with the passing of the food safety bill here in the states.. the american people are just too worried about what paris hilton did last night or how lindsay lohan got a new sobriety coach.. such a shame what our country has come to and in my opinion this is a global effort to move towards a central government with a decreased population.. yes i said it.. so has bill gates and david rockefeller..i believe that the “powers that be” are doing all that they can to rid the world of any free thinkers and be left with a population of slaves that they can keep under control.. really really easy to keep someone under control if you seize their food supply and have taken away any means of self protection they have.. even easier if you manipulate the youth in to voluntarily giving up such rights.. simply change a little each generation and within a few decades, people actually start to believe that food isn’t a right.. that self protection isn’t a right.. that caring for your own children isn’t a right.. that free speech is only a right so long as you speak the opinions of the masses and don’t hurt anybody’s feelings in the process.. its the old frog in boiling water trick all over again.. your blog is a great place and you’re doing great things, but it is the responsibility of the people reading this blog to continue passing these messages on..tell your friends, tell your family.. prepare a food storage.. quit worrying about what the celebrities are doing, pay attention to what’s really happening and get ready for the biggest food fight (FOR) your life.. its coming..

    ignorance is bliss i truly believe; but you’re now in the know.. what will you do with the knowledge??

    -jason and lisa-

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    • She means horse meat. I think it’s interesting. The article I read said that they approved it to save animals from being abused as they get older and aren’t able to work. Horse meat is considered a delicacy in many parts of the world.

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  22. Brandi Monson via Facebook December 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Kay, with the farm safety bill that they passed a while back (last year or 2009??) they *already* have in place the very same abilities here.

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