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What you need to know about food safety in America, and specifically about the fake food safety bills

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by Marti Oakley ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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H.R. 2749 – The Food Safety Enhancement Act. S. 510 – The Food Safety Modernization Act, are nothing more and nothing less than the codification of Codex Alimentarius into US Code & Statute.  These bills are meant to do nothing other than centralize food production and supply in the hands of corporations, (the same industrialized corporate farming operations which cause 95% of all food borne illnesses) while at the same time driving independent farmers and herders off their land and out of business.

If you think either of these two assaults on freedom have anything to do with food safety or protecting the sovereign states from food borne illnesses, you are not only mistaken, but also extraordinarily dense. 

The federal government has no real interest in food safety other than using it as an excuse for facilitating centralization and seizing food production and sales for corporate stakeholders.  Its also going to be a fabulously effective tool for relieving property owners….of their property. 

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Image or Action? “Never mistake motion for action.”

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Image or Action?

Image. While the dictionary has numerous definitions of the word, my favorite today must be:
“the general or public perception of a company, public figure, etc., esp. as achieved by careful calculation aimed at creating widespread goodwill.”

One recently addressed issue is the freedom to choose what foods we eat through the Freedom of Farming Act as proposed by Mr. Greipentrog:

From my understanding this common sense proposal is being rejected left and right by not only Politicians, but the general farming community as well. They appear to prefer Motion (in proposing a law to “help” Raw Milk farmers in Wisconsin– as long as there is appropriate regulation) vs Action (adopting the straight forward Freedom of Farming Act)
“Wherein any family farm, defined as an operation engaged in production agriculture that employs no full time personnel, save those within the family construct, shall have exclusive right to market all products of the farming operation, raw or value added through processing, direct to consumers, or local establishments, and shall be free of all inspection, recordkeeping, and traceability requirements of any governmental agency.

The producer and consumer shall make a reasonable effort to exchange information regarding these products, and the methods of production and processing, in the formation of a covenant between them.” More

Ethicureans post The New USDA guidelines

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January 22, 2009   (this is from early in the year but quite relevant now)

NATURALLY RAISED.
smokingchicken.jpgIf you were told an animal was “naturally raised,” what would you imagine that meant? Is it evidence that they wandered a field? Felt the touch of sunlight? Ate their normal diet? Well, no. At least, that’s not what it means if you see “naturally raised” on a package of meat. The USDA released their guidelines for the marketing term this week. Grass, sunlight, and open space don’t enter into it. Rather, animals are “naturally raised” if they “have been raised entirely without growth promotants, antibiotics (except for ionophores used as coccidiostats for parasite control), and have never been fed animal by-products.”

Got that? No growth promotants or antibiotics — except, of course, for ionophores used as coccidiostats — or eating the ground-up remains of other animals. That’s what counts as a natural upbringing in our food production system. We have not medically accelerated your growth nor made you into an inadvertent cannibal nor crammed you into such unhealthful conditions that you needed to be pumped full of antibiotics to stay alive.

The problem with this label is not specifically how the animals are raised. Excising antibiotics and growth promotants from their diet is a good thing. The problem is what the USDA’s new guidelines say about, well, the USDA. These guidelines are a simple act of collusion with the marketing teams in the livestock industry. When a consumer sees “naturally raised,” they almost certainly don’t say to themselves, “Terrific! This chicken was raised entirely without growth promotants, antibiotics (except for ionophores used as coccidiostats for parasite control), and has never been fed animal by-products!” The implication of “naturally raised” is that the chicken lived the natural life of a chicken, not the life of a widget. But USDA has defined it as living the life of a widget, just not a particularly heavily medicated widget. And why have naturally raised” at all? The shrinkwrap enclosing a chicken breast has room for “No growth hormones or antibiotics!” They’re using “naturally raised” because it’s more efficiently misleading to consumers who want to do good by eating well, and the USDA is just gave its seal of approval to the practice.

See the Ethicureans for more.

Image used under a CC license from NukeIt1.

Wisconsin: The most corrupt attorney’s and courts in the Unions.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson is the power behind the throne of Governor James Doyle. Together they rule the most corrupt state government in the union.

Wisconsin is alleged to have the most corrupt court system, most unethical attorney’s of any state in the Union.

National Taxpayers Union highlights Wisconsin as one of the worst states in the nation for government transparency.

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Posted by: Kyle Maichle

Yesterday, I just got my weekly e-mail update from the Show Me the Spending Coalition from the National Taxpayers Union.  The National Taxpayers Union couldn’t be anymore right as they highlighted Wisconsin as a national embarrassment for transparency in State Government.  As this year unfolded, we have seen more scandals brew in state government that if Wisconsin was like Illinois, Minnesota, and Missouri which had transparency websites we would not have these problems.

The North Shore Exponent has highlighted on this site before that the party that blocking progress towards transparency is the Democratic Party.  As Republicans Rich Zipperer and Bill Kramer have introduced comprehensive transparency bills in the Legislature in this session, Democrats like Assembly State Affairs Committee Chairman “Red Fred” Kessler have refused to hold public hearingsWhat is more appaling, in the last legislative session, Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker let all transparency bills die in rules committee.   The bills passed by resounding margins in the Assembly, but Senate Majority Leader Decker and Fred Risser had the audacity to kill what would have been the first step to restoring public confidence in Wisconsin government. More

Senator, shore up this wall!

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“Out of respect for your elected position and as a personal courtesy to you, I will not post this as a public letter to the PPJ Gazette until Friday, next, allowing ample time for your response . . .”

You guessed it. I’ve had no response from Senator Gimse.

Yet.

Joe Gimse                                                
Minnesota State Senator
Assistant Minority Leader
District 13
State Office Building, Room 105
St. Paul MN 55155-1206

Senator Gimse:

This is in response to your Monday, November 23, 2009 Email, subject: Call for Americans to stand for sanctity of life, marriage, and religious freedom.

I am sure you will excuse its length, given the three pages of unconstitutional crapola you dropped into my Email in-box this morning.

In it, you refer to a “…statement, called “the Manhattan Declaration,” (that) has been signed by more than 125 Catholic, Evangelical Christian, and Orthodox leaders, . . .” Now there is an Appeal to Authority if ever one has been made.

And who but a fool would argue with: “a 4,700-word declaration addressing the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty.”

It is that last part, about religious liberty, that concerns me. When will all of our government leaders – executive, judicial, and legislative – come to realize that the bedrock support for that “religious liberty” is spelled out in the Bill of Rights: More

Wisconsin: A state under seige by its own government

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By: Marti Oakley ALL  RIGHTS RESERVED

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“The actions of state agencies complicit with state elected officials, shows malice and forethought with the intent to benefit not only the state monetarily, but also specific corporations who also intend to benefit from the prosecutions.  It is not as if they didn’t or don’t know what they are doing.  This was planned and pre-meditated, and state officials and agencies in collusion with the USDA and corporate profiteers knew full well the harm they intended to inflict on the private property owners of the state and that these actions would drive many farmers and ranchers off their land and out of business. “

It seems rather apparent with the extensive abuses of agency offices and personnel supported and encouraged by elected officials, even if only by their silence; their refusal to act on behalf of the citizens, and their obvious disregard for property and individual rights, maybe Wisconsin needs to clean house. 

The oath of office taken by your elected government officials is a contract affirmed by oath.  Under contract law, that oath has been breached by the various compacts, contracts, and entry into agreements, business plans and other instruments which are intended to cause harm to the citizens of the state of Wisconsin and the contract is now voided.  Boot them out of office.

About the Selling of Fresh Milk

The recent offering of what is supposed to pass for a proposed bill to protect the right of Wisconsin dairy farms from further prosecution and persecution by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection (DATCP) would have been comical had it not been presented as a means to allow dairy farmers to trade freely what is known to be a wholesome and natural product: fresh milk.

The fact is, even if this limited proposal (as questionable as it is) had any legitimacy, it falls far short of what is desperately needed to reign in the activities of DATCP: an agency which has far exceeded any lawful or constitutional boundaries; yet not one state legislator has acknowledged the egregious activities this agency is engaged in against the sovereign citizens of the state.  In fact, it was state and federal legislators who entered into cooperative agreements with the USDA, accepting millions on behalf of the state to implement USDA business plans that clearly violated not only state, but federal constitutions.  More

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