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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.

Bill Text:

Stop S. 510 Action Page: http://www.peaceteam.net/action/pnum1057.php

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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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 20th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this.

Also, not getting anything from Thomas. Just a blank screen and some controls.

Edited at 2010-09-20 04:09 pm (UTC)
Sep. 20th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Sep. 21st, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
Home growers and family farms are exempt as they are not 'facilities". However, the bill is still craptastic. Our food system is ruined because NO ONE takes responsibility. It was determined that government is bad and that the private sector would police itself. Actually, they said they would self monitor, so we could 'cut the fat'. Well, 'the fat' was a whole lot of B.A. and M.A. level scientists. Now no one is minding the shop.

Now the REALLY big food corporations have taken over and it's probably done.

Full disclosure. I have a HACCP certification. I thought it would be useful, but no! I met some young ladies who did QC for a formula factory. Talk about responsability! Yikes!
Sep. 21st, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
Egad. We're talking infant formula? Skeery. What on earth did you think you were going to do with the HAACP cert?
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