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.