It's all our fault

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It's all our fault

Post: # 267542Post diggernotdreamer
Tue Oct 16, 2012 9:21 am

Just read in the Daily Mail online (so it must be true) that allotment gardeners and grow your own veg types are completely to blame for the outbreak of late blight. The potato council are placing the blame on amateur gardeners who don't know what they are doing and don't deal with blight early enough and that commercial crops are suffering the consequences. They say we should stop growing potatoes and buy safe, properly grown potatoes from retailers. I don't fully understand how blight travels around, but my neighbour who lives a mile across from me had devastating blight, whereas my spuds did not succumb to blight for at least another 6 weeks, but the wind regularly blows from his place down to mine. How long will it be before we are outlawed from growing our own spuds by the potato police, dawn raids and loads of coppers taking plastic bags of confiscated contraband potatoes from covert spud growing criminals.

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Post: # 267551Post The Riff-Raff Element
Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:03 pm

It was in the Torygraph too. Bloody arrogant.

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Post: # 267559Post oldjerry
Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:51 pm

That's,quite simply,unequivocally,24 carat , complete Bollocks........Sorry,feel free to edit\delete,these people really rattle my cage.

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Post: # 267563Post diggernotdreamer
Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:17 pm

Is this stage one to outlaw citizens from growing and sharing their own produce, seems there is a bill afoot in the USA to make it illegal to grow and share and only agri business can control the growing and distribution of food

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Post: # 267711Post merlin
Sun Oct 21, 2012 12:38 pm

diggernotdreamer wrote:Is this stage one to outlaw citizens from growing and sharing their own produce, seems there is a bill afoot in the USA to make it illegal to grow and share and only agri business can control the growing and distribution of food
I can't find a ref to that anywhere, do you have a link?
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Post: # 267736Post GeorgeSalt
Sun Oct 21, 2012 4:59 pm

Senate Bill S510 - link - now dead, but interesting that anyone thought it worthwhile to try and pass it.
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Post: # 267756Post merlin
Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:28 am

Thanks for the link, yes it is a bit wierd that anybody could think of things like this. It makes you wonder what the heck is going on< what is the plan!!!
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Post: # 267857Post Berti
Wed Oct 24, 2012 10:04 am

I agree with Oldjerry. Total bollocks and they just are looking for someones to shake a finger at.
Strange no one is speaking about the ones that grow foods for a living huh? No its the allotment gardeners....come on, use your brains, people.

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Post: # 269203Post diggernotdreamer
Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:36 am

Ooooops look like we went and did it again. Now us back yard poultry keepers are in the frame for having the potential to contaminate commercial flocks with all the nasty diseases our chickens have. So when Bernard Matthews brought in hens with avian flu which could have spelled disaster for everyone with poultry, that was ok then?? (plus the millions in compo he claimed for the privilege)

Oh and not to mention the blue tongue debarkle where the animal health lab liberated it down the sink!!!!!

Looks like big agri business is really rattled by us ish types and our home grown vegetables and free range eggs and chicken. I smell some move afoot to outlaw micro food production :angryfire:

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Post: # 269212Post boboff
Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:12 pm

It was some bloody Hippy Smoking weed brought in Ash Die back as well, some Immigrant brought in all that rain, coming here with there strong work ethic making us all look bad, did you know allotments give you cancer, and binge drinking is a direct result of eating home grown parsnips.......
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