Re: Proposed USDA rule on movement of organisms.
Sal Schettino (email@example.com)
Wed, 8 Mar 1995 07:53:06 -0800 (PST)
The USDA is really starting to scare a lot of organic farmers. I don't
think they are on our side and in fact they seem to be trying to destroy
us. They seem to be redefining organic all wrong and taking away all our
tools. I have been using microorganisms and benificial insects for years
and have always thought organic means useing no systhics. I don't think
there is anything we can do about this. (can't fight city hall) For years
they have been saying
that organic farming is no different than conventional farming and now
they are making that a reallity and in fact a law.. Just when I thought the
turning to a more sustaniable ag. I don't know much about tecnical stuff
but some how I feel we are really taking a beating. There is a mite out
here in Cal. thats eating avocados and only a benificials insect mite can
stop it. Under the new rules I don't think we would have that one. Also
I remember when we had a white fly problem and had to bring in a
binificial insects to help out. Do we have to kiss that kind of stuff
good-by. Seems like they are cutting off their nose to spite their
face. I was hopeing to see more research into these products and feel this
will cause less. The people that do this kind of research are not
multi-million $ chemicals companys and they cannot aford the fees that
will be required to help us organic farmers. Other countrys seem to be
moving more to benificials helpers where here in the USof A we are calling
them pests and killing off the good people working on these products.
Seems like the USDA hates the good things that I like. Darn!
If a farmer brings in organisms to help him out its because they are not
there already. Why would you pay to bring in something thats all ready
there? If it was established you would not need it. This must be the age
of permits. You need a permit
to farm organic and use helpful organisems now after over 6000 years.
How did we get along all those years with out the help of the USDA? Who
do I talk to at the USDA for my cats? They eat rats do I have to have a
permit for her. She is a organism I had to introduce here.
Tue, 7 Mar 1995, Kathy Brunetti wrote:
> Regarding USDA APHIS 7 CFR PArt 335 Plant Pests: Introduciton of
> Nonindigenous Organisms: Proposed Rule: At a hearing in Sacramento today,
> ihe USDA indicated that they may be extending the comment period on this
> proposed rule for 45 days until May 12. This proposal describes
> nonindigenous as being any organism proposed for introduction, movement, or
> release in "any area of the United States beyond its established range."
> Permits will be required for movement and relase of these organisms. The
> proposed rule covers many organisms that are not traditionally considered
> plant pests such as insect parasites and predators, microbial pesticides
> and microbial constituents of composts and soil amendments. The rule could
> be of interest to anyone who raises, manufactures, sells, distributes,
> researches or is an end user of any of these products. The full text of
> the regulations is available at
> Kathy Brunetti, Agriculture Program Supervisor
> Department of Pesticide Regulation 1020 N Street Room 161 Sacramento CA 95814
> voice (916) 324-4100 FAX (916) 324-4088 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sal Schettino,Organic Farmer,don't panic eat organic,email@example.com
or check out my homepage: http://www.rain.org/~sals/my.html .