September 20th, 2010


We Really Need to Stop S. 510

This is the so-called food safety bill. What it actually does is secure complete control of our food supply by the corporations. A companion bill (S.3767) was recently added into it, which criminalizes food production, meaning that you could be charged with a crime for eating what you or your neighbor grows in the yard. This is insane. Family farms and ranches, community and home gardens and farmers’ markets stand to lose big. The rules that would be imposed may be reasonable to control industrialized food production, but will rapidly destroy local/organic and community food production.

The corporate powers that be would like our current congress to push it through but Senator Coburn and a few others have held it up, because they realize that it needs their full attention. It probably won't be debated until the new congress is formed, after the election. Last year they passed the House version of this bill (HR 1279) in spite of considerable citizen action against it. We can allow the corporations to control and run our nation. It will take concerted citizen action to stop it. I am not sure enough people are awake yet to see what is happening, I'm not sure enough people care to stop it. And in the final reckoning, the government can no more stop people from growing tomatoes in their yards than they can stop people from growing and smoking pot. But they can make it illegal and inconvenient and underground. They can make us into criminals by passing laws that do not serve the people, they serve only big business. This is no democracy, as long as the people are lazy overfed sheep. This is a giant corporate farm and we are the product.

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S 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, 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.

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