NZ: Food Bill Threatens Food Freedom

Kiwi’s rise up and sign this petition to protect your right to do what you choose with your own home-grown food! This is a bill that has been pushed through all around the world and we are already seeing small local real food lovin’ folks being targeted in North America and in UK. Join the global fight for food sovereignty. More information here:

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What is the Food Bill (New Zealand)?

A Government Bill introduced to Parliament in May 2010, which has since passed its first reading and been through a Select Committee review. It is awaiting a second reading as at 20 July. It may be enacted in the near future.

What are the problems with the Food Bill?

  • It turns a human right (to grow food and share it) into a government-authorised privilege that can be revoked by the Governor-General.
  • It makes it illegal to distribute “food” without authorisation, and it defines “food” in such a way that it includes nutrients, seeds, natural medicines, essential minerals and drinks (including water).
  • It will push up mainstream food prices by subjecting producers to red tape and registration costs. Food prices are already rising due to increased energy costs and commodity speculation, while effective disposable incomes are falling.
  • Growing food for distribution must be authorised, even for “cottage industries”, and such authorisation can be denied.
  • Under the Food Bill, Food Safety Officers can enter premises without a warrant using all equipment they deem necessary, including guns (Clause 265 – 1). Police can be Food Safety Officers, and so can members of the private sector, as at Clause 243. So Monsanto employees can raid premises like houses or marae without a warrant, backed up by armed police.
  • The Government has created this bill to keep in line with its World Trade Organisation obligations under an international scheme called Codex Alimentarius (“Food Book”). So it has to pass this bill in one form or another.
  • There are problems with Codex also. Codex will place severe restrictions on the content of vitamins, minerals and therapeutic compounds in food, drinks and supplements etc. The Food Bill means that non-complying producers can be shut down easily – thus it paves the way for the legal enforcement of Codex food regulations.

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Birgit Blankers

    Please explain democracy and human rights again. What was that with monopoly?

  2. Zaphod

    Perhaps this will be the final straw that lifts the sheep out of their soaps and going “hang on a moment…”.

    This Bill is the death of any last vestige of freedom we have and will make us fully dependent on Big Brother for the very means to stay alive. Our food.
    It will allow the Monsanto’s of this world to foist their genetically modified filth on the public with a few sheckles dropped into John “pimp of the Pacific” bank account.

    Vitamins are toxins?!! what is this madness.

    Wake up, get off your couch and storm the very gates.

  3. Clint

    SOUND FAMILIAR? – When governments take possession of, and control, the food supply

    1. From 18 November 1932 peasants from Ukraine were required to return extra grain they had previously earned for meeting their targets. State police and party brigades were sent into these regions to root out any food they could find.
    2. Two days later, a law was passed forcing peasants who could not meet their grain quotas to surrender any livestock they had.
    3. Eight days later, collective farms that failed to meet their quotas were placed on “blacklists” in which they were forced to surrender 15 times their quota. These farms were picked apart for any possible food by party activists. Blacklisted communes had no right to trade or to receive deliveries of any kind, and became death zones.
    4. On 5 December 1932, Stalin’s security chief presented the justification for terrorizing Ukrainian party officials to collect the grain. It was considered treason if anyone refused to do their part in grain requisitions for the state.
    5. In November 1932 Ukraine was required to provide 1/3 of the grain collection of the entire Soviet Union. As Lazar Kaganovich put it, the Soviet state would fight “ferociously” to fulfill the plan.
    6. In January 1933 Ukraine’s borders were sealed in order to prevent Ukrainian peasants from fleeing to other republics. By the end of February 1933 approximately 190,000 Ukrainian peasants had been caught trying to flee Ukraine and were forced to return to their villages to starve.
    7. The collection of grain continued even after the annual requisition target for 1932 was met in late January 1933.[58]

  4. Kate Cole

    Another nail in the coffin for preventative health. Money in the pockets of unscrupulous food industries that manufacture unhealthy toxic food for the public and denying us accessibility to home grown fresh vegetables and fruits from farmers markets- shame on the heads of governments and corporations that control them- we are heading for a dystopic world

  5. Diane

    Good grief…enough is enough, now the Government are telling us what to do with our food. Good grief 🙁 A “Government-authorised privilege” !!!!!!! ) Good grief for goodness : / This is a worry 🙁

  6. Marie

    Thank you for this! I’ve posted it on my Facebook page:)

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