February 2, 2018

 

CALL TO ACTION: Tell the Representatives you are opposed to HB161

Hearing is this Thursday, Feb 8th at 8:30

 

Oppose House Bill 161

 

House Bill 161 (State Preemption of the Regulation of Agricultural and Vegetable Seeds) will give the state control of our seeds.

 

This includes  “cultivation, harvest, … labeling, … testing, … sale, … storage, transportation, distribution, possession, … planting or other uses of agricultural or vegetable seeds.”

 

HB 161 is an ALEC model bill.  ALEC is comprised of corporations and legislators who introduce corporate-friendly “model” bills across the United States.  Members include the Koch brothers, Bayer-Monsanto, ExxonMobil, Pfizer, State Farm Insurance and others.  Rep. Yvette Harrell (R-Alamogordo) is an ALEC board member.

 

29 states have passed similar ALEC laws against the will of their citizens.

 

“…The result is that decisions on what can be grown locally will be taken away from local control and exist exclusively in the state domain… ‘Vegetable seed’ includes the seeds of those crops which are grown in gardens…”

- NM Attorney General’s Office

 

If you garden, farm or eat, please take action:
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  1. HB 161 will be heard this week:

                        Date:  Thursday, Feb. 8th

                        Committee:  State Government/Indian & Veteran Affairs

                        Where:  State Capitol in Santa Fe, Room 309

                        Time:  8:30 am (time the committee starts)

 

  1. Call or Visit the committee members, and Attend the hearing.  Tell the Representatives you are opposed to HB161, which will give the state sole control over our seeds, gardens, and farms. 

 

Rep. Georgene Louis (D), Chair      District: 26

  • County: Bernalillo
  • Capitol Phone: 986-4327
  • Capitol Room: 312A
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Rep. Rodolpho "Rudy" S. Martinez (D),  Vice Chair             District: 39

  • County: Dona Ana, Grant & Sierra
  • Capitol Phone: 986-4248
  • Capitol Room: 206B
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County:
San JuanRep. Sharon Clahchischilliage (R)        District: 4

  • Capitol Phone: 986-4453
  • Capitol Room: 203HN
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rep. Yvette Herrell  (R)     ALEC Board Member      District: 51

  • County: Otero
  • Capitol Phone: 986-4210
  • Capitol Room: 204B
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rep. D. Wonda Johnson (D)                   District: 5

  • County: McKinley and San Juan
  • Capitol Phone: 986-4236
  • Capitol Room: 413D
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rep. Derrick J. Lente (D)                          District: 65

  • County: Rio Arriba, Sandoval and San Juan
  • Capitol Phone: 986-4433
  • Capitol Room: 413F
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rep. William "Bill" R. Rehm (R)             District: 31

  • County: Bernalillo
  • Capitol Phone: 986-4214
  • Capitol Room: 201B
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Rep. Dennis J. Roch (R)                           District: 67

  • County: Colfax, Curry, Harding, Quay, Roosevelt, San Miguel and Union
  • Capitol Phone: 986-4227
  • Capitol Room: 203A
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rep. G. Andrés Romero (D)                    District: 10

  • County: Bernalillo
  • Capitol Phone: 986-4435    
  • Capitol Room: 413A
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Seed Freedom

Percy Schmeiser

 

Mr. Schmeiser, a canola farmer from Canada, speaks about his  experiences of being sued by Monsanto for “planting” their seeds.  When in fact, the Monsanto seeds cross-contaminated seeds he had been saving for over 30 years. (www.percyschmeiser.com)