What Do the Holidays Mean to Politicians?
It’s time to push through legislation…when people are distracted.
“If you eat, then you’ll want the Food Safety Act to pass” read a recent headline. The Senate has been debating the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. S. 510 and it’s scheduled to go to a vote after Thanksgiving. This bill will give the FDA more control over food safety. The recent outbreaks of E. coli and Salmonella due to filthy conditions are cited as reasons to support this bill.
Those in support of the bill, say the “recent horror stories could have been avoided if the facilities in question had been required to write and follow a food safety plan–and be regularly inspected by the FDA. The Senate food safety bill requires both of those things, and, importantly, it also gives the agency the mandatory-recall authority it now lacks.”
But at what cost? The huge 300-paragraph bill will greatly expand the FDA’s authority over both processed foods and fresh fruits and vegetables. While there needs to be oversight on our food industry, I believe S. 510 goes too far.
Mae can’t believe that politicians would be so sneaky.
It gives the FDA the power to regulate what’s in your home garden. It makes it illegal to grow, share, trade or sell homegrown food. It would criminalize the transporting of organic produce if they don’t comply with the federal government.
Section 103 – Requires each owner, operator, or agent in charge of a food facility to: (1) evaluate the hazards that could affect food; (2) identify and implement preventive controls; (3) monitor the performance of those controls; and (4) maintain records of such monitoring. Deems facilities required to comply with certain food-specific standards to be in compliance with this section. Requires the Secretary to promulgate regulations to establish science-based minimum standards for conducting a hazard analysis, documenting hazards, implementing preventive controls, and documenting such implementation. Prohibits the operation of a facility that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds food for sale in the United States if the owner, operator, or agent in charge of such facility is not in compliance with this section. Delays implementation of this section for small businesses.
The bill imposes an annual registration fee and fines up to a half million dollars that would put most small farmers out of business.
Section 107 – Directs the Secretary to assess and collect fees related to: (1) food facility reinspection; (2) food recalls; (3) the voluntary qualified importer program; and (4) importer reinspection. Applies export certification provisions to food.
What Does S. 510 Accomplish?
We expect the FDA to keep our food supply safe. We definitely need to regulate food coming across our boarders and food being produced on mega farms. Highlighting this need are the recent headlines concerning food borne illnesses. Unfortunately, the Food Safety Bill isn’t about protecting consumer health. S. 510 goes too far. It’s already illegal to purchase raw milk in most states. The Food Safety Modernization Act will make it illegal to grow your own food. A recall, even if proven wrong, would put small farmers out of business.
The potential for government and the WTO control over the entire U.S. food supply is written into the bill. Section 404 – Declares that nothing in 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.
The following is from Food Freedom, a non-commercial blog devoted to food safety, food freedom and food sovereignty. You can read there entire blog, Click Here.
“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
S. 510 fails on moral, social, economic, political, constitutional
& human survival grounds.
1. It puts all U.S. food and all U.S. farms under Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, in the event of contamination or an ill-defined emergency.
2. It would end U.S. sovereignty over its own food supply by insisting on compliance with the World Trade Organization, thus threatening national security. It would end the Uruguay Round Agreement Act of 1994, which put U.S. sovereignty and U.S. 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 U.S. is a corporate entity and not a location, “entry of food into the US” covers food produced anywhere within the landmass of this country and “entering into” it by virtue of being produced.
4. It imposes Codex Alimentarius on the U.S., 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 U.S,. putting control of seeds in the hands of Monsanto and other multinationals, threatening U.S. security.
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 Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in allowing mass slaughter of even heritage breeds of animals and without proof of disease.
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 worsens 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.
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.
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.
Call your Senators TODAY and insist that they vote “NO” on S. 510.
It’s not too late to tell your senators to vote NO. Mention that you are a voter and live in their state.
How to protest a Senate Bill
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2) Click on your Senator’s name, and then on the contact tab for their phone number.
3) You can also call the Capitol Switchboard and ask to be directly connected to your Senator’s office: 202-224-3121.