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S. 510 - Food Safety Modernization Act. The FDA's War on Food

C4L says this will be coming up soon in Congress's lame duck session:

Despite the delays, the so-called "Food Safety Modernization Act" (S.510) remains a major threat to local food networks and market-based food systems. S.510 empowers the FDA with totalitarian authority over the whole gamut of food, and would give the regulatory agency the ability to wantonly impose burdensome requirements on even the smallest of food processors, e.g. a local family farm.

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I wrote

my one Senator in opposition to this bill.

Bump to keep this topic frontside...

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Michael Shouldn't this be front page today?

***ACTION ALERT***
VOTE "NO" on CLOTURE
& OPPOSE S.510

On Monday, November 29 (TODAY!) the Senate will take up for consideration the "manager's package" of S.510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

First the Senate will vote on whether to invoke cloture, which takes a three-fifths majority (i.e., 60 votes) to pass.

If the cloture motion passes, the Senate will take up a list of specified amendments (repeal of the 1099 requirements from the health care bill, a moratorium on earmarks, and a substitute bill by Senator Coburn). The Senate will then proceed to a final vote on S.510.

We continue to believe that S.510 is NOT in the best interests of small farmers, and especially raw milk farmers. Even though the Tester-Hagan Amendment makes important improvements in the bill, S.510 remains fundamentally flawed.

The core problem is that S.510 will significantly increase the power of the FDA. In response to our suit challenging the ban on raw milk in interstate commerce, the FDA stated on public record that the American people have no ''fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health" and "do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish". This agency should not be given any increased power!

TAKE ACTION

STEP 1. Call your Senators and tell them to VOTE "NO" on CLOTURE and OPPOSE S.510

Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121; ask to be connected to your Senator's office.
OR
Go to www.Congress.org; enter your zip code on the right side under "Get Involved" and click "Go". Click on your Senators' names then click the "Contact" tab to get office phone number(s).

Clearly state you are calling about S.510, the Food Safety bill; ask your Senator to VOTE "NO" on CLOTURE & OPPOSE S.510 and give your zip code.

If you get voicemail, leave a brief message with your zip code.

STEP 2. Send a live message to your Local Newspaper through the online petition to Reject S.510 at www.ftcldf.org/stopS510.

TALKING POINTS

1. FDA does not respect individuals' rights to obtain healthy, quality foods of their choice:

"There is no absolute right to consume or feed children any particular food."
"Plaintiffs' assertion of a 'fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families' is similarly unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish."

FDA has even participated in armed raids on small-scale co-ops and membership organizations. This agency should not be given any additional power.

2. FDA has adequate powers under existing law to ensure food safety and effectively deal with foodborne illness outbreaks. FDA has power to inspect, power to detain product and can readily obtain court orders to seize adulterated or misbranded food products or enjoin them from being sold. The problem isn't that FDA needs more power; it's that FDA does not effectively use the power it currently has. The agency has power to inspect imported food yet inspects only 1% of food coming into this country from outside our borders.

3. FDA has used its existing power to benefit the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries at the expense of public health (e.g., allowing the overuse of antibiotics in confined animal feeding operations and refusing to require labeling for genetically-modified foods). This bill does not address the fundamental problems at this agency in order to truly protect public health.

4. S.510 will hurt our ability as a nation to be self-sufficient in food production because it has more lenient inspection requirements for foreign than domestic producers creating an unfair advantage for food imports. Giving an advantage to foreign producers will only increase the amount of food imported into this country that does not meet our domestic standards. S.510 does not address food security--the ability of a country to produce enough food to meet its own needs.

5. S.510 does nothing to address many significant food safety problems in this country, such as those resulting from confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and various contaminants (e.g., BPA, pesticides, herbicides, etc.).

Last revised: 11/24/2010

http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/aa/aa-23nov2010-oppose-s510-vo...

sign the petition here: http://www.ftcldf.org/stopS510/

also: http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?p=7547 has petition here as well

Is Campaign for Liberty on this? Seems as if their site may be down again, it think it went down last time they posted an alert on this

and Tester voted against a full audit of the Fed

Sen. Tester voted against a full audit of the Fed

http://www.dailypaul.com/node/134442

He cannot be trusted. This is a good amendment, but it will not make a bad bill good, and it almost seems as if this is being used as controlled opposition

more on the Tester amendment, don't let it fool you:
http://dailypaul.com/node/150582

we have to stop this

period.

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More communism. How much

More communism. How much more communism will the American people take?

The bill may very well be tyrannical. It may be evil in words.

But the big question is, "When it passes, will you comply?"

It's going to pass folks. One way or another, if not this session then a future one. If it doesn't pass this session, I predict some sort of "incident" which will precipitate government having to take control of the food supply to keep us safe. Either some bio attack from a family garden (or blamed on a family garden) or some such even that will be so horrendous, and plastered on the news incessantly for weeks, that people will clamor for government action. And then this bill will be presented as the solution.

So it doesn't matter if it passes or not, because its provisions WILL be adopted sooner or later, and probably not much later. (not as long as the traitors remain in power)

So the issue to deal with isn't, "Can we stop it" but rather "What will we do when it passes?"

Will you let them root up your tomatoes and green beans and trample your lettuce?

Will you let them haul you off to jail for the "crime" of feeding yourself?

Will you let your family starve because "they" said so?

Will you simply comply and not bother with your own garden?

Will you resign yourself to whatever you can manage to buy from "approved" sources at the grocery store?

Or will you exercise your natural rights to guarantee your own survival, and will you defend your life and your liberty and that of your family?

Quite frankly, while I don't want the issue to be forced, I know it will be, and so I'll be ready for the day they "come for me." Not all of them, hopefully not any of them, will be able to "come for" anyone else.

Folks, complying with a law that is unconstitutional is as bad or worse than the criminals passing it in the first place.

Even entertaining the notion they CAN pass this and make it stick, is itself defeatist and playing right into tyranny's hands.

Deny them all occasions of seizing power they do not have, nor are authorized to exercise.

Treat such usurpations of power as a NON STARTER.

Don't even entertain it.

Simply treat it as a matter of FACT, that they cannot do this. They have ZERO authority to do so.

Any such attempt to prevent you from growing your own food is a CRIMINAL act, and a LIFE THREATENING assault on you and yours.

Respond appropriately as you would any other assault on your existence.

If Congress debated sacrificing your first born to a rain god would you debate them over it or call your congress critter to tell him to vote no?

If Congress passes a law saying your wife and daughters must be raped as a measure to ensure national security, would you post about it on the internet to rile people up to "challenge" the law?

If Congress declared that everyone is now property of the Federal Government, and you will receive all pay in digital form on an implanted chip, and no one may conduct any transaction without a chip, will you post videos about it on YouTube?

At what point is an action of Congress so blatantly criminal and egregious that you will stop arguing with evil and start making a stand against it?

I am not asking for violence. That will come of its own accord.

I am asking when is enough, enough that people will simply treat any such law as non-existant?

When will people denigrate anyone who advocate such evil?

When will people cease all civil discourse and call to the mat anyone who defends such outrage?

When will people stop saying, "Congress is about to do 'x' to us all," and instead say, "Congress plans 'x', they have no authority to do so, and any attempt to do so will be ignored, and any attempt to enforce 'x' by force will be met with force."

I'm just wondering why people keep 'granting' that Congress or the President has powers they clearly do not.

Thanks for your...

input. Scary Stuff!

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win!"
GANDHI

"The belief is worthless if the fear of social and physical punishment overrides the belief."

You get my vote for 'best post of thread'!

All can go to:

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Let's get this 'off the table' now! They have a campaign specifically for this.....

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Debbie's picture

Yes, that's what I did. They always have a great letter you can

use and they send it for you to all your reps. That's why I support them with a monthly donation.

Debbie

I will not

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Damn good questions.

Damn good post.

Wrote them both, but they

Wrote them both, but they have not voted right on anything..

Debbie's picture

It's supposed to be coming for a cloture vote on Wednesday

(tomorrow), so good timing.

Debbie

S510

been following this one for a long time, it is the scariest piece of work next to codex alimentarius itself.

This is more important that ending the fed at this momment.

The Abuse of Greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power. - Shakespeare

Thanks for the...

post

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win!"
GANDHI

"The belief is worthless if the fear of social and physical punishment overrides the belief."

You might be an activist sheeple if...

You grow a garden, try to purchase organics and talk about nutrition while disregarding this issue.

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this MUST be stopped!!!

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this is a survival issue

.

it sure is!

and that really deserves all caps :-)

for real.

Keep on top of this. It's the grand prize for bribery.

Land and food sent abroad, and you ...
a two legged cow.
Petroleum powered food. Card board never tasted so good.

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

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Thanks for posting Michael.

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