by: Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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Our food system is not broken as some claim.  It is not dangerous, it is not rife with disease, it is not a threat to anyone and there is no terrorist in a cave somewhere “over there” plotting and planning on how to defecate in a field of spinach just to make a few American’s sick.  If bio-terrorism were an actual threat from foreign agents, they must all be employed by the US government which is currently operating or overseeing more than 600 bio-weapons labs across the US including on every university campus. “

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S.510, “FDA Food safety Modernization Act” is a misnomer.  This bill should be more aptly titled “Making America Sick Through Adulteration of Food” act.  Calendar No. 247, S.510 came out of committee and into the Senate on March 3, 2010.  While I am tempted to go through this latest attack on the public, line by line, suffice it to say that it is nothing more than another hyped up reaction to a created crisis that could have been easily taken care of had anyone actually been doing the jobs they are paid to do.

Here’s the problem with our food system in the US: the government refuses to keep its damn nose out of it.  For years we have had to endure the USDA and FDA regulations, codes, rules and other obstacles erected as barriers to commerce and to the agricultural production that has been the back bone of our economy.  A nation is only as successful as its farmers and ranchers; the ability of a nation to feed itself is the greatest deterrent to recessions and depressions.  And by farmers and ranchers I don’t mean industrialized corporate farming for massive profits while we defile everything in sight. 

For every one dollar spent in agriculture, an estimated seven dollars is generated in the over all economy.  We need our farmers and ranchers; we don’t need bloated bureaucracies laden with desk jockeys who have nothing better to do than to create ever increasing and burdensome rules, regulations, statutes and codes that even they themselves cannot decipher and most times can’t even remember.  USDA currently has more than 16,000 rules, regulations and other nonsense on the books. 

And, before you get all wild-eyed and crazy over this, just remember that Title 7 of the US Code is non-positive law…meaning the federal government can write all the junk they want about it, but can’t codify it into law or enforce it: they aren’t in the enumerated powers.  That’s why they created the USDA and FDA.  They do the contracting on behalf of the federal government but present it as “business plans”. 

IF YOU DO NOT LIKE WHAT IS HAPPENING TO AGRICULTURE IN YOUR STATE YOU HAVE ONLY YOUR STATE OFFICIALS TO BLAME; THEY ENTERED INTO THE CONTRACTS WITH USDA AND FDA AND TOOK BRIBE MONEY TO DO IT.  THEY JUST CALLED THE BRIBES, COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT FUNDING. NOW, THEY HAVE OBILGATED YOUR STATE AND YOU TO ABIDE BY THE BUSINESS PLANS (CONTRACTS) THAT ARE DESTROYING YOUR AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITIES.

We are now routinely threatened with ever increasing recalls of foods infected with common bacteria and viruses.  This is not a result of bad farming or animal practices by US producers.  It is however, the result of failure to inspect foods imported into the US and the sickening practice of co-mingling those foods, grown and processed under who knows what kinds of conditions, with the food produced domestically. It is also a failure to inspect or hold accountable unscrupulous corporate processors who pay little to no attention to sanitation standards.  There is no intent to increase the number of inspectors in these processing plants and the owners have little to fear from an agency more than willing to turn a blind eye.  

Even as the number of hyped up recalls increases, the percentage of food containers being shipped into the US, supposedly inspected, is still at 1% or less.  But, instead of devoting a large portion of its massive staff to inspecting these food containers, we are instead going to hire even more staff and train them in how to spy on domestic farmers and ranchers, conduct unannounced search and seizures without warrant or cause, and abrogate their rights under the constitution.  Yeah!  That’ll fix everything!  And this is just in the USDA. 

And that ain’t all!

They’re going to expand the FDA! The expansion of authority for an agency renowned for its inability to function effectively or efficiently, an agency know for its inability to meet even minimal standards of operations to safeguard the public health, is going to be given “expanded authority”.  An agency known for its proclivity for selling  marketing rights for untested or harmful pharmaceuticals, to release gmo into the environment contaminating soil, water and life; all for the right price.  Of course most of this authority is centered around creating systems of fees and licenses, and even allows the secretary to change these or expand them beyond predefined limits if he/she believes there is reason to do so. 

It gets worse:

Language was included in one version of the bill that would have ended our right to dietary supplements redefining them as medicinal rather than nutritional.  This was no accident!  Supplements are naturally occurring and necessary to human health.  Because our diet is so over-processed and laden with toxic chemicals, additives, non-nutritive substances and poisons such as Aspartame (FDA loves them some Aspartame!), and, as the US population has become sicker by the year as a result, the supplement industry has boomed as people attempt to keep them selves healthy in spite of the poisons labeled as food produced by less than ethical industrialized producers. 

But here’s the really big problem with this:  big pharma was prevented from patenting these naturally occurring nutritional substances which meant they couldn’t charge a bazzilion dollars for them and run all the small independent producers out of business claiming their patents had been infringed.  Pharma is medicinal: supplements are nutritional.  McCains bill, S. 3002, forwarded to the committee writing S.510 tried to incorporate the language into S. 510 which would have redefined supplements as medications.  That put them right in the pocket of FDA and their big pharma buddies.  Supposedly, Orrin Hatch (R) and Tom Harkin (D) modified the language inserted in the bill and it now states that “Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect the regulation of dietary supplements.”

But we all know how clever those fine folks in the District of Criminals are.  Most likely, in the dead of night, behind closed doors, with big phama stacking up the cash and probably writing the bill them selves, there is every chance it will be reinserted as some last minute sweetheart deal to get Senator So & So who was on the fence, to go along with yet another buggering of the public.

Our food system is not broken as some claim.  It is not dangerous, it is not rife with disease, it is not a threat to anyone and there is no terrorist in a cave somewhere “over there” plotting and planning on how to defecate in a field of spinach just to make a few American’s sick.  If bio-terrorism were an actual threat from foreign agents, they must all be employed by the US government which is currently operating or overseeing more than 600 bio-weapons labs across the US including on every university campus. 

So who is the threat to our food system?  In my estimation it is the USDA and FDA, both autonomous corporations operating as a fraud of government agencies, supposedly to protect the public.  The only thing either agency is protecting is its corporate contractors and donors who pump billions into these agencies each year for the right to dump one toxic concoction after another onto an unsuspecting public.

S.510 is an expansion of already dysfunctional and unnecessary agencies whose main purposes are to tax, fine, penalize, regulate, control and harass a weary public.  Food safety would be better left to the states where it belongs and out of the hands of federal corporations. 

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-510

 http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/07/briefing/2007-4329b_02_01_FDA%20Report%20on%20Science%20and%20Technology.pdf