Wednesday, November 17, 2010

S.510 - Creation Of The Food And Garden Police

Otherwise known as Fascism in Agriculture.
Where does the over reaching of our Federal Government end?

I am honestly sick to death of these stupid pieces of legislation that dictate to every American what they can and cannot do. What's worse is that they do it under the guise of "Protecting Americans"! What a crock!

S. 510: the "FDA Food Safety Modernization Act"
makes it a crime for you to grow your own produce and sell it to anyone else without expensive oversight by the government. Other parts of the bill are just as reprehensible.

If this moronic piece of legislation does become the law of the land, you can say goodbye to farmers markets, organically grown produce, raw milk – and other kinds of foods that increasing numbers of Americans have been producing as well as specifically looking to purchase from. Truth be told, it will just be way too expensive for the small producers to comply with all of these new federal regulations and policies. And that is the point - to drive these small producers out of business in favor of huge agri-businesses. It also makes companies like Monsanto the chief controller of all seeds and ultimately of what is grown. It is legislating and blessing food monopolies.

You can be certain that this bill has less to do about food safety, and definitely more to do with federal and corporate control over our food supply. This also comes on the heels of King Obama appointing yet another Czar; that would be an attorney who has fought for and represented Monsanto, as FDA Food Safety Czar! Like we need a Monsanto cheerleader to determine what foods are safe and what are not!
"Monsanto’s Michael Taylor who gave us rBGH and unregulated genetically modified (GM) organisms, appears to have designed it and is waiting as an appointed Food Czar to the FDA (a position unapproved by Congress) to administer the agency it would create — without judicial review — if it passes. S 510 would give Monsanto unlimited power over all US seed, food supplements, food and farming." - Food Freedom
Monsanto is looking to have a monopoly over our food supply, and is working towards getting this legislation passed which could stop Americans from growing their own food (as well as collecting and storing seeds). They have also been working on controlling access to vitamin supplements (and that's another bill in the works). Again, this is being done under the pretense of "safety". People are tending to prefer fresh organic food rather than the cheaper frozen, canned and processed crap that is grown and packaged by companies who use Monsanto's seeds. Monsanto creates crops which are grown from genetically engineered modified seeds, which by the way will not produce seeds that can be planted and grown.

Seeds of Domination .. Part 1 (if you get a chance you should watch the other parts as well)

Sarah Foster wrote an article that is posted over at News With Views which stated this:
...Attorney Pete Kennedy ... [is] president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, a D.C.-based advocacy group that defends raw milk producers, organic food co-ops, organic growers, and family farms against overbearing governmental intrusions. Having spent countless hours pouring over the bill and its earlier versions, he knows its every phrase, every shaded meaning, as well as the statutes already on the books. His conclusions: [Please read his full article]

“The federal government will be imposing on the states its pro-pasteurization, pro-irradiation, pro-GMO version of safe food; in its view, the only good bacteria is dead bacteria,” Kennedy warns. “This is not about food safety; it’s about federal control over the food supply.”

S. 510: the "FDA Food Safety Modernization Act”, which Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) dropped it in the hopper in March last year, is the companion bill to H.R. 2749: the "Food Safety Enhancement Act”, introduced by Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., in June 2009. The House version was anything but popular and all kinds of shenanigans on the part of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. (head of the House Energy and Commerce Committee) were needed for passage. But despite a huge opposition, within the Capital and beyond the Beltway, H.R. 2749 was passed July 30, less than two months after its introduction. The vote was 283-142, thanks to over 50 Republicans who voted yes.

The grassroots uproar and bruising floor fight over the measure may have been why Reid opted to keep S. 510 on the back burner so long. But it was not forgotten. Like ObamaCare and Cap-and-Trade, this is a priority item on the administration’s wish list. The title suggests it’s not a “food safety” bill so much as an FDA-empowerment measure. ...

“S 510 is not about protecting the public health but rather about increasing federal control over food and transferring market share from the local food system to the industrial food system. The bill grants broad rulemaking power to FDA, a grant not merited by the agency’s track record. Its passage will cripple local food over time.”

... As Kennedy sees it: “More than ever S. 510 represents a major threat to the local food movement, states’ autonomy to regulate food, and the country’s ability to become self-sufficient in food production. … Passage of the revised version into law will enable FDA potentially to regulate all farms marketing food products direct to consumers even if the farms engage only in intrastate commerce.”

S 510 is not about protecting the public health but rather about increasing federal control over food and transferring market share from the local food system to the industrial food system. The bill grants broad rulemaking power to FDA, a grant not merited by the agency’s track record. Its passage will cripple local food over time.”

Senator Tom Coburn of Illinois, also wrote a very good analysis of this bill's provisions.

The truth about this legislation is that S.510 will crush family farms and small agricultural businesses with excessive Federal regulations.

This legislation also violates the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution by giving the FDA license to raid and search farms and food producers without court permission.

If you think the FDA and other government agencies will use this new power responsibly, then you will be sadly mistaken. We have already seen food producers being raided and threatened unnecessarily by Federal Agents. David Gumpert reported that the FDA shut down two raw-milk cheese-makers with the excuse that there was the presence of the pathogen listeria in their product, even though no one got sick.

Organic food stores have been raided
and people have been threatened. While the FDA goes after small food producers it leaves the big agra-businesses alone no matter how serious their transgressions.

We cannot continue allowing the federal government to gobble up control over every industry from food to medicine to transportation and financial systems.
That IS a totalitarian Police State.

Please read more about this issue and contact YOUR Senators TODAY!
Let them know loud and clear that this bill is a total power grab by the FDA and will hurt (yet again) small business, and it will limit YOUR choices of produce while raising food prices.

If S510 passes the Senate, there will be a conference committee between members of the House and Senate to draft a food safety bill that would combine provisions of the Senate bill and the House bill, HR 2749, the “Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009” which passed the House on July 30, 2009. HR 2749 contains a number of draconian provisions, including one that would allow the Secretary of HHS to quarantine all movement of food within a state without even needing a court order [HR2749: Sec 133—pp. 118-121]. - Pete Kennedy

The globalists want to control your food supply.
If you don't know about Codex Alimentarius PLEASE research it.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission is responsible for establishing a system of guidelines, standards and recommendations that guides the direction of the global food supply. It aims to tell us what is safe, but in the process often uses criteria that are manipulated to support the interests of the world’s largest corporations.

“If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” ~Thomas Jefferson, 1778

Another video here worth seeing regarding the raid in California.

UPDATE: This bill unfortunately passed in the Senate 74-25, now they have 60 days to vote on an amended bill which combines the House and Senate version. We must still try to fight this.


All American x5 said...

I enjoy reading your informative blog and mostly lurk around here but today I have linked to this story and shared it with my readers.

Thanks for sharing these hard truths with readers everyday :)

Libertarian Advocate said...

If this bill comes up for a vote in 2011, I'm sure we can count on Dick(less) Blumenthal to vote for it. Maybe Lieberman would cancel out his vote.

Anonymous said...

I think you are making amistake to distort the words of the bill and then rant against your distortion. The bill DOES NOT make it illegal for you to grow and sell produce. It requires all producers of food that get into the countries food stream (i.e. are sold to the public) meet certain minimal standards to make sure it will not make people sick or cause death. This makes sense!

Judy Aron said...

No I am not distorting anything - read the bill. I did not say it would make it illegal - but what this bill would do would make it very difficult - especially financially - for small farmers to comply with all of the rules and regulations. This will raise prices and it will cause growers to go out of business.

And in whose eyes are these new standards "minimal"? Who will make those standards? Monsanto?

Oh please - wake up!
This is very very bad legislation.
I for one do not want the Federal government controlling our entire food supply.
Public safety is just an excuse to wholly control what this country can produce and eat.

Susan Ryan said...

Excellent information to pass along, Judy. Thank you.
One clarification, even though I'd be jumping up and down with joy if we ever had someone like Tom Coburn as our Illinois Senator instead of the likes of Durbin and Blago appointee, Burris.
I think Coburn is from Oklahoma.
Anonymous, I can tell you that my family of IL farmers (since the mid 1800's) have changed lifestyles drastically, particularly during harvest and planting time. ADM rules our grain elevators that were formerly locally farmer run. Monsanto owns most of our fields via the seed corn or beans and the legal dept.
The government had power to serve,but took that power to change our lives to fill their pockets. It's changing yours and your family's now too, if you don't grow all of your own food. Not for the better, if for example, you like bleach, poo and broken eggs running over porous egg shells to 'clean' them.

We like our eggs straight from our nest with a little bloom added as a special touch by our hens. So do our friends and neighbors who like to contribute to our efforts.

Anonymous said...

Exactly, it will not make it illegal at all to grow all the food you want. As for making small farmers meet new requirements I am not sure I understand your outrage. Should all food producers take appropriate steps to make sure the food is safe? If so should small farmers do it as well or only big farmers? Would you feel better if your child dies from food produced by a small farm? This is about food safety! Shouldn't that be the primary issue and not who can get exemptions from the law?

I have a compromise: Require all food producers to comply with S510 OR to post bond or show insurance for some millions of dollars to cover any harm resulting from their food. Then require labeling of the food to show which food meets the standards and which food is a crapshoot so the public can make an informed decision. That seems fair...

musemater said...

Unbelievable, but I know it's all true, I have to constantly pinch myself to see if I'm having a nightmare. You're making a positive impact, otherwise nameless poster wouldn't be bothering to deny.

Judy Aron said...

Anonymous - You really do not get it do you? Are you the type that wants government to give you full assurances that life has no risk? that you will never be harmed? that nothing will ever happen to you as a result of your choices in life?

I do not - and I certainly do not want the likes of Michael Taylor and the FDA and corporations like Monsanto calling the shots and making "my food safe".

My food has been safe without them thank you very much.
Now because of this meddlesome piece of legislation food prices will go up - small growers will not be financially able to comply and competition in food production will be further limited.

As to your comment about seeing children die from some food poisoning... that's happened lots of times with FDA at the helm just the same.

Wash your lettuce, cook your meat, throw out stuff that doesn't smell good...etc.etc. Use common sense. I don't need the FDA to legislate all kinds of other crap that only makes food production more expensive and eliminates competition in the market place.

You have truly bought the lie that this is all about "food safety". It is not. It is totally about government and corporate control. Period. End of story.

Jules said...

Judy - I stop in here every so often to read the latest and I appreciate your efforts at informing the public about all of these issues.

After reading about S510 and then scrolling down to read about the TSA, and then about ID cards for illegals, I feel like screaming. I need to know - how do you do it, every day, without feeling like it is a neverending tide of tyranny that we will never be able to stop? It just seems endless and there are so many people out there willing to lie down and let the federal government regulate them until their last breath. How do you continue without feeling like it's hopeless?

Judy Aron said...

Because Jules, it is not hopeless as long as people are informed and they know what is going on.

I see in America that many people are NOT willing to just lie down. There IS a growing number of people who are just like you and me. We are not alone.

We have so much to be thankful for. There is so much good in this nation. Thus we realize how much is at stake here. It is entirely up to us to make sure that our children can also live free. And when the time is appropriate for their age they must be informed and engaged in the process as well.

When I started this blog - I did it indeed to "feature information that you should know before you consent". I have learned a lot along the way as well, and I am glad to know that people are becoming aware of the encroachment of many facets of tyranny and control that are being thrust upon us.

The bigger question is what do we do about it? The answer is clear - keep reading and researching. Let other people know what you learn, and be engaged in the process in any way that you feel that you can, to block these intrusions. That could mean calling your representatives - supporting a candidate - maybe even civil disobedience. There are so many ways to act on any number of issues, but YOU have to take some time and really think about that. What is YOUR line in the sand?

Yes - there are many people who just don't care and will ultimately succumb to whatever authority tells them to do. Honestly, I don't care too much about them nor will I waste my time worrying about them; but I do care about those that do not know - I do care about those who want to change the course of these encroachments - and I also care about me and mine.

You know - I was at the Washington, DC, 9-12 march in 2009. It was absolutely incredible and awesome to see that sea of people stretching from the Capitol to the Washington Memorial up Pennsylvania Avenue and beyond... wall to wall people ... it had to be 1 million to 2 million people ... and for every one of them there were at least 10 who could not come. That gave me hope. And on days when I think we can not reverse this ... I think of that sight and I know in my heart that we will be able to save this great nation. Those people will not go quietly. They have become aware, and they are spreading the words of Liberty.

We are definitely in crucial times.. and I think things may get worse before they get better... but we must stand strong to our convictions.

Remember always, "Fear is a reaction; courage is a decision."

"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
- Robert F . Kennedy

Courage Jules.

Jules said...

Wow. Thanks so much for the words of encouragement! I am usually a very optimistic person, but lately it has been harder for me to be hopeful. It just seems like very time we turn around, there is something new to fight and rail against, to call our reps about, to send out e-mails about. I just feel like when will it stop? When will we be able to say, "We did it!" But I know that is not realistic. This fight will be neverending and it will be up to us to keep the pressure on.

Two things that encourage me - I am a homeschooling mama and have already begun the work of teaching my children what our country stands for, what our constitution actually says, how it was created, etc. I am vigilant in teaching them what it means to be free and am constantly reminding them that this is the best country on earth and they will have a duty to continue the fight when they are adults. I have come across many other homeschooling families who feel the same.
And second - I live in Wisconsin. I never in a million years thought that I would ever live in a red state, but on November 3rd, I discovered that there are many other Wisconsinites who are as angry as I am, and they turned our entire state government - the governor and both houses, from blue to red! So maybe there is hope after all... :)

Thanks again for all you do to keep people informed. Happy Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

This bill only affects people that grow and sale fruit or vegetables whose gross income exceeds $500,000. It does not affect home gardners or small farmers that sell at farmer's market.

Anonymous said...

This bill effects anybody who eats. Food prices are going to go through the ceiling besides the food being crappy. Not to mention potential famine when they have to till under all these "tainted" crops! It's also going to be a great way for the government to steal land and shut down farmers and herd us all into cities like the commies like to do. One world government, here we come!

Anonymous said...

BTW I don't mean to be pessimistic. We CAN and MUST fight this thing, whatever! The power may be being stolen from us, but it is still ours. We have to get a handle on this! Our lives depend on it! Literally!
Call your natn'l legislature! Tell them not to fund it! Then call your state legislature and work to nullify it and we MUST work to make a law that prohibits any regulation of trade between farmers and consumers!