“Instead, FDA, just as the USDA, is pulling out all the stops in its efforts to terrorize and harass domestic producers and suppliers, and to end anything but industrialized corporate agriculture. After all, these corporations keep the FDA and USDA awash in funds.”
If food safety were the real issue…we would close down the USDA and FDA corporations immediately. S.510 is not intended to, and will not do anything other than stifle economic growth, kill off the domestic agricultural sector and hand that sector over to corporate predators.
S.510, just as the CLEAR Act, Cap & Trade, and a host of other offensive pieces of legislation is nothing more than a system of fees, fines and royalties meant to generate revenue while at the same time forcing individuals to keep records intended to be used for no other purpose than compiling a criminal case against themselves. These records can be seized on the whim of the “secretary” who can at his/her leisure, decide that they “believe” you represent a risk: no evidence needed.
Just as the appointment of Michael Taylor, the Monsanto hired gun, to the post of “food czar” in the White House was no coincidence, neither is the pandering to Monsanto and other multi-national corporations intent upon owning and controlling food prodution and supply in the US in the text of S. 510.
Both the USDA and FDA were created using the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) of 1946. Even if this act were constitutional, the federal government is precluded from entering into agriculture as it is not in the enumerated powers of the federal government. Agriculture is non-positive Code & Tile (7) and cannot be codified into law as it is a right reserved to the states. Creating fictional public service agencies, which are in reality privately chartered corporations, held by the federal government to by-pass Constitutional restraints, on the federal government makes them no less unlawful.
Contrary to comments from various national organizations and groups, the last thing we need to see happen is the expansion of power and reach of either the USDA or, the FDA.
Both of these corporate federal agencies have a long history of harming the public while deferring to corporate contracted partners who make sure both agencies are profitable even if the public is harmed.
On the other hand, it is no surprise to see national food organizations of all kinds jumping on the bandwagon to support this coup, hoping, I guess, that if they throw the rest of us under the bus they might be able to secure special treatment for themselves. The organics producers did.
Having struck from the bill nearly every provision that would have required inspection and certification of imports from foreign countries, the US food supply will be more vulnerable than ever to contaminated food products from countries such as China, which has imported so many contaminated products into the country that its difficult to keep up with what might be the latest threat. These contaminations will of course be ignored as they have been in the past by both FDA and USDA and all attention will be focused on harassing and terrorizing domestic producers in an effort to force them out of business.
While the FDA highlighted some of the most recent outbreaks of food borne illnesses, it failed to mention that the jalapeno pepper scare was the result of peppers from Mexico which entered the country under the self-inspection guidelines. The contaminated milk products were from China and contained massive amounts of melamine. FDA’s response was to set an allowable level of melamine contamination in our food, apparently unaware that it is hazardous at any level.
In almost every instance that FDA highlighted as the cause and need for more power, the source of the threat came from outside the US and was allowed to enter the food supply un-inspected. Instead, FDA, just as the USDA, is pulling out all the stops in its efforts to terrorize and harass domestic producers and suppliers, and to end anything but industrialized corporate agriculture. After all, these corporations keep the FDA and USDA awash in funds.
Considering the FDA’s long history of approving toxic and deadly medications for public use, I think it is safe to say the FDA cannot be, and should not be, empowered at all. This is an agency that represents a national threat as it will approve any deadly medication if the price is right. As this agency is so derelict in its duty to objectively test pharmaceuticals and to identify potential hazards and lethal medications and prevent them from coming into the market, why in the world would anyone consider giving this corporation more power and greater reach especially over any sector of food production?
The USDA, which is intent upon ending raw/fresh milk sales as it colludes with New Zealand Agri-tech to end private dairy operations in the US is the same agency that manipulates milk prices across the US to make sure there is no profit in dairy operations unless a massive corporation is allowed to monopolize the market. Thousands upon thousands of dubious regulations implemented without congressional oversight have been foisted onto the public; most of which have no other use or purpose than to make food production so untenable that generational farms and ranches collapse as a result. This is the intended result of those regulations: ending anything but corporate agriculture.
The USDA, charged with inspection of imports, inspects less than 1% of containers coming into the US. Yet it spends an estimated 70% of its taxpayer funded budget, conducting raids, doing surveillance, and co-opting state agricultural departments and other departments, in its efforts to seize control of the US food production and supply to benefit multi-national corporations.
The FDA may be the most lethal of the two agencies, both of whom perpetrate a deceptive fraud on the public, portraying themselves as “public service” agencies when in fact, they are privately chartered corporations, operating for profit at any cost. The idea that taxpayers are forced to fund either of these agencies through congressional edicts is tantamount to having to pay for your own executioner and the blade too.
The last thing we need to be considering is the expansion and empowering of these two agencies which are for sale to the highest corporate bidders.
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