HR 2749: Food Safety’s Scorched Earth Policy

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By Barbara H. Peterson
Farm Wars

HR 2749 is being rushed through Congress, and the house may look to suspend the rules and fast track the bill at Obama’s request. Just what can we expect from this legislation? A lot more of the following: 

Dick Peixoto planted hedges of fennel and flowering cilantro around his organic vegetable fields in the Pajaro Valley near Watsonville to harbor beneficial insects, an alternative to pesticides. 

He has since ripped out such plants in the name of food safety, because his big customers demand sterile buffers around his crops. No vegetation. No water. No wildlife of any kind.  More

If the Mafia did it…..we would call it racketeering and bribery

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 Cooperative agreements, one of the newer buzz phrases of the day is quite frankly nothing more than the sanctioning of paid bribes to state officials to implement unconstitutional mandates that violate civil rights and force the establishment of a police state. 

 Under the Unfunded Mandates Act of 1946, no state can be required to participate in, or be forced to comply with any federal law or program unless they receive some form of monetary payment to cover the anticipated costs.  No money….no compliance.  This is the reason that funding has to be approved specifically for any legislative assault on the public.  Understand that although money is approved, authorized and allocated, it does not and is most times not paid in full.  The federal government will make a grand stand announcement saying that x-amount has been allocated to the states based on needs and population, but it is seldom that money ever shows up in total.  More

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