PING for the Gardening List...
Does anybody recognize some of this language from the cynically mis-named (and stealth-passed) “Food Safety Act” (S510 from last December)??
[From the Executive Order]
(c) “Farm equipment” means equipment, machinery, and repair parts manufactured for use on farms in connection with the production or preparation for market use of food resources.
(d) “Fertilizer” means any product or combination of products that contain one or more of the elements nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium for use as a plant nutrient.
(e) “Food resources” means all commodities and products, (simple, mixed, or compound), or complements to such commodities or products, that are capable of being ingested by either human beings or animals, irrespective of other uses to which such commodities or products may be put, at all stages of processing from the raw commodity to the products thereof in vendible form for human or animal consumption. “Food resources” also means potable water packaged in commercially marketable containers, all starches, sugars, vegetable and animal or marine fats and oils, seed, cotton, hemp, and flax fiber, but does not mean any such material after it loses its identity as an agricultural commodity or agricultural product.
(f) “Food resource facilities” means plants, machinery, vehicles (including on farm), and other facilities required for the production, processing, distribution, and storage (including cold storage) of food resources, and for the domestic distribution of farm equipment and fertilizer (excluding transportation thereof).
(g) “Functions” include powers, duties, authority, responsibilities, and discretion.
I remember them coming down on family gardens and local farmers' markets.
I'm headed out to the garden this very minute to plant more seeds.
I’m baaaack from two hours in the garden planting more seeds (squashes). Might get in this season’s harvest but who knows about next year’s if it hits the fan.
Pair this with the “2012 National Agricultural Classification Survey” and the FedGov will know exactly what anyone who owns any kind of property does/does not do with it. All into a database to be used at the proper time.