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    Despite Massive Protests, US Senate Passes S 510 Food Safety Bill

    Despite massive protests, US Senate passes S 510 Food Safety Bill


    Mike Adams
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    November 30, 2010

    The new Food Tyranny Act — called the “Food Safety Modernization Act” in the U.S. Senate — has been passed by the senate today. It would give the FDA vast ew powers to criminalize and imprison farmers and food producers while doing absolutely nothing to address to real root of the food contamination problem: Factory animal farm operations (which are regulated under the USDA, not the FDA).

    The bill passed 73 to 25, with Sen Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) emerging as the greatest “voice of reason” in the debate. His last-ditch amendment to reduce the scale of the bill was defeated this morning.

    Here’s the official vote record: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/L…

    Notably, there wasn’t a single Democrat who opposed the bill.

    This bill, as originally written, would have outlawed most nutritional supplements through “harmonization” with European laws. It also would have authorized ten-year prison sentences for farmers selling raw milk to their neighbors. Both of those provisions were eventually stripped out of the bill thanks to some last-minute amendments, but it gives you an idea of the outright police state mentality of the original bill authors who attempted to put in place complete government control over food, gardens, raw milk and more.

    To give you an idea of how clueless U.S. Senators are about food, the New York Times is reporting that when Senate staff members met to discuss this bill, they would eat Starburst candies and jellybeans. As the NYT reports, “In the midst of negotiations, the negotiators — nearly all women — took a field trip to a nearby food market so that a Republican staff member could teach the Democrats how to buy high-quality steaks.”

    So what we have here is a new food tyranny law that was essentially negotiated by a group of women who eat dead foods, animals products and candy.

    No wonder they still don’t get it. The contamination of lettuce and other fresh produce is caused by factory animals farms, not by produce farms. (E.coli can only thrive in the digestive tracts of animals, not plants.)

    The “small farms” exclusion will soon be meaningless
    The Tester Amendment of the bill did manage to exclude some smaller farmers from the more tyrannical provisions of the bill. As currently stated, this would exclude small farms that sell less than $500,000 worth of food and which sell most of their food locally.

    However, Senators failed to consider what’s going to happen when the Federal Reserve keeps printing counterfeit money, devaluing the dollar and causing massive food price inflation. A farm that right now produces merely $100,000 worth of food (which could be a small, two-person farm) will soon find itself producing $500,000 worth of food (or more) due to the rapidly falling value of the U.S. dollar.

    This is how the Federal Reserve’s money counterfeiting actions will further destroy America and place small family farms under the tyranny of the FDA.

    What’s next: Defeat the bill in committee
    The Senate version of the bill must now be reconciled with the House version that was passed last year. This reconciliation committee must hammer out the differences between the two bills.

    Democrats are urgently rushing to do this during their “lame duck” session in order to avoid more Republicans getting involved who would seek to scale back the power and size of the federal government.

    Some House Democrats are even suggesting they would support passing the Senate version of the bill as it is written, without requiring any changes whatsoever, just to rush it through before the end of the year. NaturalNews and other health freedom organizations intend to fight this effort, hoping to stall the bill until the new Congress can enter the picture and hopefully interject some common sense into the negotiations.

    Please don’t feed the monster

    If signed into law by the President (who is sure to sign it), this Food Safety Bill would provide yet more power and funding to one of the most dangerous monsters our nation has ever known: The FDA. This is the agency responsible for the death of more Americans than all the wars our nation has ever been involved with — combined! (http://www.naturalnews.com/030461_S…)

    The idea that we’re going to save a few lives from food poisoning while subjecting everyone to yet another layer of Big Government tyranny is so abhorrent and downright evil that if our country’s founding fathers saw all this going on, they would be stunned into silence that it’s happening in “the land of the free.” Fresh milk being criminalized? You’ve got to be kidding…

    Only they’re not kidding. The FDA is the agency that has raided vitamin companies (http://www.naturalnews.com/021791.html), arrested nutritional supplement manufacturers and ordered the destruction of books containing stevia recipes. This is the agency that censors the scientific truth about natural foods like cherries and walnuts (http://www.naturalnews.com/029698_c…) while promoting the outright fraud and quackery of the pharmaceutical industry.

    And now the FDA is to be rewarded for its malfeasance with yet MORE power and authority?

    This is how Washington works, folks. The government always thinks it’s here to save you, and the Democrats want Big Government to be your nanny and “take care of you.” (The Republicans, for their part, just want to bail out the wealthy banksters with your money.) And yet, when it all comes down to it, these people are just tyrants who have forgotten American history and abandoned the Constitution and its founding principles.

    Mark my words: Five years down the road, when the FDA’s armed “food police” are running rampant across America, arresting farmers and imprisoning lettuce growers, people will be appalled, and they’ll wonder, “How could we have let this happen!?” The answer is right here: You let it happen because you allowed Big Government to rule over the food supply. And if there’s one thing we know about Big Government, it’s that it always wants to get bigger.

    It always wants more power. More authority. More funding. And more excuses to function as a dictatorship that rules over the American people.

    The Food Safety Modernization Act is to the food supply what the Patriot Act is to the Bill of Rights. We must make every effort to prevent this from becoming law, lest we find ourselves living under a food dictatorship where only dead, fumigated or irradiated food will be allowed to be sold to the public. The “food irradiation plot” has been the plan from the very beginning of all this (http://www.naturalnews.com/023015_f…).

    Of course, once the real food is all criminalized and outlawed, there’s always soylent green. That might not be too far off, come to think of it.

    Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/030576_Fo...#ixzz16nVNIsi1

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    Just read this myself on Jeff Rense

    The FDA strikes again! This is not even subtle, and is central government's attempt to control the nation's food supply.

    It will soon be a case of compliance or starvation ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godwinson View Post
    Just read this myself on Jeff Rense

    The FDA strikes again! This is not even subtle, and is central government's attempt to control the nation's food supply.

    It will soon be a case of compliance or starvation ...
    Or bloodshed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Godwinson View Post
    The FDA strikes again! This is not even subtle, and is central government's attempt to control the nation's food supply.

    It will soon be a case of compliance or starvation ...
    That's a good thing actually, farmers are some of the most politically knowledgeable and active in the USA. (Since they live in small communities where local government actually does something, and since they live off their own land by their own means)

    If this bill is really as bad as the article states, then the farmers will let their disapproval be known, the military would have to bomb their farms before they would comply with something which they think is absolute garbage.


    It sounds to me like the article is just concerned with "organic" and "health foods"; in other words, farms/foods grown by a bunch of crazy hippies.

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    The bend of the article is toward the health food and organic crowd, true, but shouldn't we all be at least concerned that Congress has now imagined it has a Constitutional mandate to control what food you put in your gullet?

    People who are happy eating garbage and having the government tell them what to do are not going to be bothered by this. I say it should be up to the indivdual what he or she eats, not the government.

    This bill is supposed to bring the US closer to EU-style regulation.

    Norsewarrior wrote:
    It sounds to me like the article is just concerned with "organic" and "health foods"; in other words, farms/foods grown by a bunch of crazy hippies.
    On a side note: research the history of the "health food" scene. Many intelligent and spiritual people attracted to the Preservationist, nationalist and traditionalist movements in the last century have made diet and indeed food's production a central part of their movements.

    Crazed hippies will be happy squatting and eating out of the dumpsters.

    The modern American Patriot movement is full of people concerned with the dangers of GM food, vaccinations, big agra farming, flouride in water, cancer-causing additives, etc. and has been since the 1950s. I think the hippie characterization is a little unfair, my friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zimobog View Post
    On a side note: research the history of the "health food" scene. Many intelligent and spiritual people attracted to the Preservationist, nationalist and traditionalist movements in the last century have made diet and indeed food's production a central part of their movements.

    Crazed hippies will be happy squatting and eating out of the dumpsters.

    The modern American Patriot movement is full of people concerned with the dangers of GM food, vaccinations, big agra farming, flouride in water, cancer-causing additives, etc. and has been since the 1950s. I think the hippie characterization is a little unfair, my friend.
    Hippie probably was the wrong word to use, but I couldn't really find a better one to distinguish them from the farmers of the Midwest.

    I agree with you that some of the health food people are indeed intelligent, and the other traits you listed. I also did not mean only crazy hippies should be concerned with food regulations, I was trying to say that the farmers stick up for themselves and would put up a lot of resistance before allowing the government to have a lot of control over their life/job. (unlike most people and countries, sadly)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godwinson View Post
    Just read this myself on Jeff Rense

    The FDA strikes again! This is not even subtle, and is central government's attempt to control the nation's food supply.

    It will soon be a case of compliance or starvation ...
    You are exactly right about this. This is how the communists controlled/murdered millions during WWII. What makes this even worse is the long-term damage it does.

    These fools do not know what the ramifications are going to be to the environment with the cross-pollenation from their sterile crops on other types of plant life. I would bet this is why there is a giant seed bank being put together for an 'emergency'?

    I wonder what the penalty is going to be for someone who is caught with their own heirloom seeds in their own private garden???

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    Very bad news and a serious cause for concern

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    @ NorseWarrior we here at fortress SpearBrave grow our own organic produce and meat. I know you did not mean bad intent.

    The only reason the leftist hippies are supporting this thing because it gives them a monopoly with their " farmers " market co-ops and health food stores under a exemption for those types of businesses or 501 C 3 corporations.

    Mostly I see this whole bill in disgust. Not only is a way for only large food corporations to snuff out the little guy. It is also a cash grab for fee and licenses to sell your surplus produce locally.
    Life is like a fire hydrant- sometimes you help people put out their fires, but most of the time you just get peed on by every dog in the neighborhood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpearBrave View Post
    @ NorseWarrior we here at fortress SpearBrave grow our own organic produce and meat. I know you did not mean bad intent.
    I also grow my own organic food, but what I meant is that most people who are associated with the 'organic food movement' if you will, are urban members of the 'health food subculture.'

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