Not an immediate Southern African concern, but something worth knowing about. There have been conflicting reports about this, however.
The US House and Senate are about to vote on a bill that will OUTLAW ORGANIC FARMING (HR 875).
There is an enormous rush to get this into law within the next 2 weeks before the public realizes what is happening. The main backer and lobbyist is the Monsanto Corporation (along with Cargill, ADM, and about 35 other related chemical and genetic engineering giants).
This bill will require organic farms to use specific fertilizers and poisonous insect sprays dictated by a newly-formed agency to "make sure there is no danger to the public food supply".
This will include backyard gardens that grow food only for a family and not for sale. If this passes there will be NO more heirloom clean seeds but only Monsantos genetically-altered seeds.
The name on this outrageous food plan is Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (Bill HR 875). Please contact your local Congressional Representative by phone or e-mail and express your concern about HR 875.
Go to http://wwwcongress.org/congressorg/dbq/officials/ to enter in your zip code and find your Congressional Representative.