Food Bill Final Vote: Pots and Pans Protests Sunday
It’s time to hit the streets – this Sunday at 1pm, then Parliament House on Tuesday 20 May at 9am.
The Food Bill surrenders New Zealand’s sovereignty, yet passed its second reading this week with full Parliamentary support. Its third and final reading is due on Tuesday (it nearly happened yesterday). This gives a very limited period to show your opposition. And it needs to be LOUD.
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The bill surrenders our sovereignty in both domestic and international food policy, as demonstrated by this website and multiple submitters to the Primary Production Select Committee. The Select Committee has even admitted this in its revised commentary to the bill, and the government freely admits it here (NZ is a member of FSANZ and the WTO): http://www.foodstandards.govt.nz/science/international/codex/pages/default.aspx
The bill, in conjunction with the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, essentially means that overseas corporations such as Monsanto would control our food supply via the World Trade Organization and the US Food and Agriculture Organisation. Then, with the massive regulation the Food Bill would bring, the price of food would also rise sharply.
Finally, under Sections 355 and 346 of the bill, the Governor-General would be able to declare anyone or anything a Food Business and regulate them out of existence. And he’d be getting his orders via international directives and moneyed interests. Boom.
There’s been no media coverage of the second reading, despite 40,000 people signing an online petition which opposed the bill. Also, it’s being rushed through at the same time as the Budget, so expect news of that to eclipse the Food Bill pretty comprehensively – that is the government’s intention – unless you MAKE your voice heard.
And you should. There is a concerted effort underway to deceive you with the Parliamentary process and take away your rights as New Zealanders. The bill jumped from number 36 on the Parliamentary Order Paper last Thursday to number one on Tuesday, a pretty sly move. Then, two readings were attempted during Budget week.
Last but not least, the planned final reading for yesterday would even have coincided with a full moon, which should be significant for the occultists – and gardeners – among you. It certainly would have been significant for Parliament. Presumably they only dropped the ball on that in their frenzy to relieve you of money via the Budget. Well, now you can get your own back.
Share widely and fast, please. The streets on Sunday are step one. Step two is Parliament before the third reading (scheduled Tuesday). Step three is Government House, before the bill gets Royal Assent – time and date TBC. At which point, feel free to use the phrase “treason in parliament” at will. Actually, you could do so now – because it’s happening.
Kia ora. Bring your pots and pans!
Where and when:
1pm, Sunday 18 May:
Aotea Square, Queen Street, Auckland
Cuba Street water buckets, Wellington
The Octagon, Dunedin
Other locations TBC – email email@example.com with suggestions please
9am, Tuesday 20 May
Parliament House, Wellington, prior to third reading.