By Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

“It was a letter officials with the Cumberland County Library System were surprised to receive.

The system had spent some time working in partnership with the Cumberland County Commission for Women and getting information from the local Penn State Ag Extension office to create a pilot seed library at Mechanicsburg’s Joseph T. Simpson Public Library.

The effort was a new seed-gardening initiative that would allow for residents to “borrow” seeds and replace them with new ones harvested at the end of the season…

That was, until, the library system received a letter from the state Department of Agriculture telling them they were in violation of the Seed Act of 2004…

The department told the library it could not have the seed library unless its staff tested each seed packet for germination and other information. Darr said that was clearly not something staff could handle…

…commissioner Barbara Cross noted that such seed libraries on a large scale could very well pose a danger. “Agri-terrorism is a very, very real scenario,” she said. “Protecting and maintaining the food sources of America is an overwhelming challenge … so you’ve got agri-tourism on one side and agri-terrorism on the other.” 

…the department indicated… that it would continue to crack down on seed libraries that have established themselves in the state.” LINK

You might be an agri-terrorist if…

  • You attempt to start a seed library for members to borrow and replace seeds.
  • You don’t test each and every seed packet for germination and “other information” before sharing.
  • You actually tell the Department of Agriculture what you intend to do, go along with what they say, then expect a positive result.
  • You think that you have the right to share seeds with anyone you want without the Monsanto/Department of Agriculture seal of approval.

© 2014 Barbara H. Peterson

 

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2 Responses to “You might be an agri-terrorist if…”

  1. june says:

    This state dept of agriculture is actively involved in racketeering and anti-trust. This would be a good case for a grand jury.

  2. Publius says:

    In 1776 a number of delegates from the 13 colonies gathered in Philadelphia and agreed to hash out a document they called the Declaration of Independence and at that time the crown of england had erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
    Well, today we have a faction that has taken hold of our nations capital and using it as a staging ground to attack us, but this time with a new twist! That are passing laws creating new offices with the power to interpret the laws as they see fit and sending forth swarms of officers to harass us and be denied the right to grow life giving substance or even farm unless you get their permission and pay a fee.
    So is this legal or constitutional? Hell no and anything that comes even remotely close to what is found written in the Declaration of Independence will be declared Unconstitutional. The trick is getting a court to hear the argument.