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URGENT ACTION ALERT ON FOOD SAFETY LEGISLATION

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« on: November 15, 2010, 09:33:33 am »

URGENT ACTION ALERT ON FOOD SAFETY LEGISLATION

The Senate is coming back for the lame duck session, and the Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) is scheduled for a cloture vote this week.  We have asked you to take action on this issue several times this year, and now were in the final push.  It is critical that you call your Senators NOW to urge them to amend or oppose S.510!

S.510 greatly expands FDAs authority over both processed foods and fresh fruits and vegetables, and would give FDA authority to impose extensive, burdensome requirements on even the smallest processing facilities and farms that sell to local consumers.

We need the Tester-Hagan amendment to protect our vulnerable local food producers!

TAKE ACTION

Please call BOTH of your Senators.  You can find their contact information at www.Senate.gov or by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

Urge your Senators to amend or oppose S.510, and specifically to:

1) SUPPORT the TESTER-HAGAN AMENDMENT to prevent the imposition of new federal regulations on small-scale, direct-marketing producers.

2) OPPOSE any amendment to add criminal penalties to S.510.

As it is currently written, S.510 would make our food supply LESS safe by harming local producers, increasing our reliance on imported foods due to the burden on domestic producers, and giving FDA new powers without holding the agency accountable for its failures.
 
TALKING POINTS

1.  Small, local food producers have not contributed to the highly publicized foodborne illness outbreaks and should not be subjected to extensive new federal regulation.   Although S. 510 includes some provisions that call for flexibility, the bills current language still imposes extensive new requirements on even the smallest farmers and food producers.  State and local regulation have already proven to be enough for local food producers; we dont need new federal regulations.

2.  Increased regulations and record-keeping obligations could destroy small businesses that bring both jobs and food to local communities.  In this time of economic hardship, we need more local food businesses! Congress should work to reduce regulatory burdens on them, not increase them.

3.  Food safety and security both come from a diversified, vibrant local food system.  Local foods give consumers the choice to buy from producers they know, creating a transparent, accountable food system without federal government oversight.

4.  Additional FDA regulation is counterproductive.  FDA has not used its existing authority well.  Instead of focusing its resources on the problems posed by imported foods and large processing facilities, FDA has chosen to target small processors.  While approving unlabeled GMOs to enter our food supply, it has opposed raw milk and interfered with the free choice of informed adults who want access to this healthy food.  Simply giving FDA increased authority and power will not improve the food supply unless Congress requires the agency to focus on Agribusiness and not small, local producers.

5.  Increased regulation of our domestic food suppliers will lead to greater dependence on imported foods, harming both our economy and our security.  The bill will create incentives for retailers to import more food from other countries, because it will burden family farms and small business and because it will be practically impossible to hold foreign food facilities to the same standards and inspections.  The bill will create a considerable competitive disadvantage for ALL U.S. agriculture and food production (see analysis at http://ftcldf.org/news/news-20Oct2009-2.html).

6.  S.510 does not address many of the fundamental problems with our food.  The bill does not cover the factory livestock farms that are the source of dangerous E. coli 0157:H7, nor does it address issues such as BPA, pesticide and herbicide contamination, GMOs, or the many other contaminants that impact our health.  It is not productive to focus on bacterial contamination and nothing else.
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2010, 08:23:30 pm »

I have been emailing Senators, farms, vitamin/medicinal herb companies to oppose. It is dangerous for sure
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2010, 10:51:00 am »

BUMP

http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2010/04/24/s-510-is-hissing-in-the-grass/#more-1828

  Read the 10 items below.  It will make you scream.  THE POLICE STATE IS HERE.  In fact item 10 mentions police state.  AJ haas mentioned this on his show.  THIS IS MADNESS ON STEROIDS.  Of course our scum Senators will probably pass this.

S 510 is hissing in the grass
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BUZZ THIS!

By Steve Green

S 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010,  may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US.  It is to our food what the bailout was to our economy, only we can live without money.

“If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes.  It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.”  ~Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower

It is similar to what India faced with imposition of the salt tax during British rule, only S 510 extends control over all food in the US, violating the fundamental human right to food.

Monsanto says it has no interest in the bill and would not benefit from it, but 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.

HISTORY

In the 1990s, Bill Clinton introduced HACCP (Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Points) purportedly to deal with contamination in the meat industry.  Clinton’s HACCP delighted the offending corporate (World Trade Organization “WTO”) meat packers since it allowed them to inspect themselves, eliminated thousands of local food processors (with no history of contamination), and centralized meat into their control.  Monsanto promoted HACCP.

In 2008, Hillary Clinton, urged a powerful centralized food safety agency as part of her campaign for president.  Her advisor was Mark Penn, CEO of Burson Marsteller*, a giant PR firm representing Monsanto.  Clinton lost, but Clinton friends such as Rosa DeLauro, whose husband’s firm lists Monsanto as a progressive client and globalization as an area of expertise, introduced early versions of S 510.

S 510 FAILS ON MORAL, SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, POLITICAL, CONSTITUTIONAL, AND HUMAN SURVIVAL GROUNDS.

1.  It puts all US food and all US farms under Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, in the event of contamination or an ill-defined emergency.  It resembles the Kissinger Plan.

2.  It would end US sovereignty over its own food supply by insisting on compliance with the WTO, thus threatening national security.  It would end the Uruguay Round Agreement Act of 1994, which put US sovereignty and US law under perfect protection.  Instead, S 510 says:

COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS.

Nothing in this Act (or an amendment made by this Act) shall be construed in a manner inconsistent with the agreement establishing the World Trade Organization or any other treaty or international agreement to which the United States is a party.

 3. It would allow the government, under Maritime Law, to define the introduction of any food into commerce (even direct sales between individuals) as smuggling into “the United States.” Since under that law, the US is a corporate entity and not a location, “entry of food into the US” covers food produced anywhere within the land mass of this country and “entering into” it by virtue of being produced.

4.  It imposes Codex Alimentarius on the US, a global system of control over food.  It allows the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the WTO to take control of every food on earth and remove access to natural food supplements.  Its bizarre history and its expected impact in limiting access to adequate nutrition (while mandating GM food, GM animals, pesticides, hormones, irradiation of food, etc.) threatens all safe and organic food and health itself, since the world knows now it needs vitamins to survive, not just to treat illnesses.

5.  It would remove the right to clean, store and thus own seed in the US, putting control of seeds in the hands of Monsanto and other multinationals, threatening US security. See Seeds – How to criminalize them, for more details.

6. It includes NAIS, an animal traceability program that threatens all small farmers and ranchers raising animals. The UN is participating through the WHO, FAO, WTO, and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in allowing mass slaughter of even heritage breeds of animals and without proof of disease.  Biodiversity in farm animals is being wiped out to substitute genetically engineered animals on which corporations hold patents.  Animal diseases can be falsely declared.  S 510 includes the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), despite its corrupt involvement in the H1N1 scandal, which is now said to have been concocted by the corporations.

7.  It extends a failed and destructive HACCP to all food, thus threatening to do to all local food production and farming what HACCP did to meat production – put it in corporate hands and worsen food safety.

8. It deconstructs what is left of the American economy.  It takes agriculture and food, which are the cornerstone of all economies, out of the hands of the citizenry, and puts them under the total control of multinational corporations influencing the UN, WHO, FAO and WTO, with HHS, and CDC, acting as agents, with Homeland Security as the enforcer.  The chance to rebuild the economy based on farming, ranching, gardens, food production, natural health, and all the jobs, tools and connected occupations would be eliminated.

9. It would allow the government to mandate antibiotics, hormones, slaughterhouse waste, pesticides and GMOs. This would industrialize every farm in the US, eliminate local organic farming, greatly increase global warming from increased use of oil-based products and long-distance delivery of foods, and make food even more unsafe.  The five items listed — the Five Pillars of Food Safety — are precisely the items in the food supply which are the primary source of its danger.

10. It uses food crimes as the entry into police state power and control. The bill postpones defining all the regulations to be imposed; postpones defining crimes to be punished, postpones defining penalties to be applied.  It removes fundamental constitutional protections from all citizens in the country, making them subject to a corporate tribunal with unlimited power and penalties, and without judicial review.  It is (similar to C-6 in Canada) the end of Rule of Law in the US.


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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2010, 10:51:48 am »

IN THE WAKE OF S.510 FAKE FOOD SAFETY...., IT WON'T BE 'WHAT'S FOR DINNER,' IT WILL BE 'WILL WE HAVE DINNER?'
http://www.libertynewsonline.com/article_301_29672.php
11-15-2010 7:59 pm - Marti Oakley

I can only imagine the salivating occurring behind the scenes in the District of Criminals, as the corporations and interested parties including the World Trade Organization, Codex Committees and other vested stakeholders anticipate the passage of S.510, the fake food safety bill. Should this bill pass, we as a country will be officially divested not only of our sovereignty but of our independence. No country in the history of the world has survived for long without a strong and independent agricultural sector. Take that away, and the fall of the country soon follows. No nation that cannot, or will not, feed its own people, ever survives. Independent agriculture is and always has been the backbone and the underlying support for economic stability and security. It is this support and security that S.510 seeks to destroy.

S.510 is not about food safety; it is however the last lynchpin in the seizure of food production and supply that was begun under Bush the Lesser. Control the food; control the people.

This same model envisioned in S.510 was used in recent years in Poland. An estimated 60% of Polish farms are now gone. In India, more than 8 million farmers have left their farms as a result of similar systems implemented by the World Trade Organization on behalf of bio-pirates of all kinds. Here in the US an estimated 1/3 of all farms that existed in 2000, have now vanished. We are, according to farmaid.org , losing 3-500 farms and ranches every week as the industrialized corporate machine being driven by congress and its agencies rolls across our land. Food safety never was the issue. Food as a Weapon is another story.

S.510 is set up to increase and subsidize exporting of our food production. With a food crisis building around the world and economists and geo-political prognosticators of all stripes predicting a massive food shortage, why in the world would our congress be contemplating passing a bill that expands and increases exports of our food products? Wouldn’t the rational and logical strategy be:

1. to reduce exports,
2. stockpile as much grain in strategic reserve as possible, (USDA sold our strategic reserve in 2008)
3. strategic reserves of dairy commodities especially in the Western States where USDA claims there is a glut of dairy
4. reinforcement of local producers who can keep their surrounding communities supplied with fresh produce and meats
5. Subsidies for farmers markets which would not only encourage the entry into produce production but would also help to boost the economies of the communities
6. Re-establish the strategic reserves of grains and other commodities and make this irrevocable
7. Make export possible only if and when adequate supplies are built up to back up the US
8. Once surplus levels are established, allow export only at levels beyond this.
9. Limit imports to only those products we cannot produce here, such as various tropical fruits.

Simply reducing the amount of imported food products that we should be producing ourselves would reduce the contamination that results in food borne illness. Focusing on inspections of foods that are imported would further reduce the risk. Ending the practice of factory farming where disease is known to run rampant as a result of the cramped and unsanitary conditions requiring massive use of pharmaceuticals to keep these animals alive and on their feet would also reduce the risk. Actually inspecting processing plants and slaughterhouses more than once every five years would be a big help, along with holding on site inspectors personally and civilly liable for failure to report infractions they observe. Repealing HACCP self inspection for corporate industrialized producers could go along way in making our food supply safe and clean. Yet, none of this is in the bill.

In anticipation of USDA and FDA expanding their death grip on the nation, and while both rogue agencies cry about under funding after having billions of taxpayer dollars dumped into them, plus the billions they have made from contracting with other private corporations for profit and against the people, both agencies are busy hiring and training swat teams to use against family and independent producers. They can’t be too underfunded. And if they are in fact underfunded, wouldn’t the rational response be to streamline the agencies and cut out wasteful spending?

While congress contemplates whether or not to pass S.510 claiming that expansion of these uncontrollable agencies will make food safer! Here’s a small list of what happened while congress looked the other way:

The peanut recall: The Georgia Peanut company owned by a man who had a seat on the USDA Peanut Control board…..knowingly sent out contaminated peanut products, poisoned several people, killed a few and then liquidated his company. No charges ever filed.

The Egg Recall: Wright County Egg company cited more than 20 times prior to the attack of the terrorist eggs, and only given another “warning letter” by the FDA after the massive recall. Still in operation. No raids. No swat teams. No interruption of daily business.

China imports melamine contaminated milk-like products in to the US for the –what is it—50th time? USDA: No fines, no penalties, no raids on their shipments, no impeding their imports, no halting of imports from China.

The FDA responds to this contamination knowing full well that melamine ishighly toxic at any level…..and sets standards for acceptable levels of melamine in China’s milk-like products for sale here in the US. No labeling required, of course.

Too many of us have confused “free trade even if it kills your economy and you” with capitalism. In either case, why does this philosophy not apply to our family and independent farmers and ranchers? Why is “free trade at any expense” reserved only for multi-national corporations? Why is every other sector of the economy supposed to be allowed to engage in a free-for-all at the entire countries expense, but when it comes to family and independent agriculture there are literally hundreds of thousands of regulations, limitations, rules, and requirements, licensing, and forfeiture of rights, spanning multiple agencies who spend the bulk of their funding on “enforcement” of what usually amounts to nothing less than an interference in trade, profit and viability and which many times constitute an open assault on Constitutionally protected property and individual rights.

Many so-called “consumer” organizations, comprised of front groups presenting themselves as if they actually represent all consumers, have weighed in on this bill. Looking behind these groups you find corporations and the USDA among other agencies, funding them. That should tell you most of what you need to know about them. Many 501c3 non-profits make public declarations that they take no government money, and that’s why you can trust them. Their non-profit tax statements tell a different story. A grant is funding; even if it comes from the USDA or other federal agency and it contains an implied and specified contract. It isn’t money free of strings.

We do need a food safety bill but S.510 isn’t it. We need a bill that supports our farmers and ranchers, protects our food supply, limits imports, and boosts the in country production of safe and clean food; not one that takes the nations ability to feed itself and hands it over to multi-national pirates willing to grease the palms in the District of Criminals.

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Resources:

Food as a Weapon: Farm Wars power point presentation

For the long, long list of contaminated Chinese imports covering everything from pet food to toothpaste, and of course that wonderful melamine contaminated milk junk…simply type: Contaminated Chinese Food Imports……into your search. Get a drink and get comfy…you’re going to be on that page for quite awhile.

Farm Aid.org

Statistics on Foreign owners of US land

Peanut Company Knew Its Plant Was Contaminated With Salmonella

FDA Issues Warning Letter to Wright County Egg

FDA sets melamine standards

Melamine toxicity
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