Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009
Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) has introduced H.R. 759, The FDA Globalization Act, attempting to give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to set minimum (read arbitrary) "science-based" standards on all food produced and harvested in the "global market."
Now, let me ask you a question ...
Do you like those fresh vegetables you buy at the local roadside stand? Do you enjoy going to the farmer's market? Do you get fresh milk and eggs from a local farmer?
If you answered 'yes' to any of the above, you may not enjoy that freedom much longer. Because if this bill passes, it will mark the death of small farms and organic gardeners.
From Natural News:
According to the Cornucopia Institute, all "food processing facilities", or farms, would be required to register with the FDA and pay annual registration fees for program compliance, as well as other requirements including hazard evaluation, preventive hazard control, and copious record-keeping stipulations, regardless of the farm's size, organic certification, or already-existing safety guidelines.
Similar to H.R. 875, H.R 759 makes no differentiation between "food processing facilities", lumping everything from a small, certified-organic family produce farm to a large, conventional factory farm in its "one-size-fits-all" classification system. In other words, the same regulations placed on large agribusiness would be placed on farmers providing fresh vegetables at the local farmers market. There is also no differentiation in the bill between organic farms, which are already highly regulated and have extremely high standards, and their pesticide-ridden conventional counterparts.
Rather than logically evaluating the root causes of food contamination, which are almost always caused by filthy food processors not maintaining proper standards, these "food safety" bills seem to economically disparage family farms in favor of factory farms and transfer ever-more control over food to the FDA, an odious federal bureaucracy that is unable to enforce the food safety guidelines that are already established.
Make sure to watch this important video from Shelly Roche of Break the Matrix.
Ms Placed Democrat is on top of the story too. She says:
Under new bills facing the House of Representatives, small family farms, farmer markets and road side stands. The following bills were written not by Congress but by large companies and their lobbyists. The following companies are determined to undermine the little guy. They include Monsanto, Cargill, Tyson's and ADM, all associated with the opposite of food safety ...
I have been a part of this growing community for some years now. People purchased my home canned items with no ill effects. My eggs sold like crazy because who doesn't like an egg from a chicken they know hasn't been injected with tons of antibiotics, which is a very dangerous habit. What I didn't grow I bought from the nearest farm stand or farmer. Not once have I suffered ill effects from anything I grew or bought.
If these bills pass the farmer markets go away ... For me it would be a sad day.
Help save the farmers market and small farm.
After you fully discount the chain-email false alarms, you're left with plenty of well-founded concerns about how small producers would fare under the various food-safety measures before Congress.
Covering a similar bill (H.R. 875), Olsen warns "an aggressive campaign of reassurance is underway":
At Treehugger, one finds language which with a word changed here or there is virtually identical to the reassuring language one recalls hearing from CPSIA backers:
I can't imagine this resulting in anything more than a little paperwork and a brief headache for small farmers-they have no reason to worry about a seven figure fine. That amount is intended to account for corporate ne'er food-do-wells, and is therefore a pretty damn good incentive to keep factories and meat packing plants clean.
So even though home orchard proprietors and others operating at far less than a factory scale of production will in fact be exposed to stiff fines should they fall astray of the record-keeping obligations, this particular writer, Brian Merchant, "can't imagine" stiff fines actually being imposed. You have to wonder whether Mr. Merchant was one of those who as recently as January couldn't imagine CPSIA posing more than a "brief headache" for thrift stores or handmade toy crafters.
For more information on the Orwellian Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009:
- Money and Politics: H.R.759 - Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act of 2009.
- OpenCongress: Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act of 2009.
- Bureaucrash: Food Freedom Under Attack! HR 759 is in Committee & worse than HR 875.
- HealthFreedom.org White Paper: Mandating No HARMonization with CODEX, Food Safety and Food Regulation.
It's easy to brush stuff like this off, especially with so much going on these days, but please don't. This is serious.
Freedom really is, the single most important issue of our time.