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The last gasp of the independent and family farmer: Durbin makes a last ditch effort to sell out American family farms and ranches

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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The pressure is really on to ram S.510 Fake Food Safety through the Senate.  Democrats know they will most likely lose at least the House in the midterm, but I believe even they suspect they will lose the Senate too. Their corporate donors and investors want this bill passed.  They want an end to all competition from family and independent producers and complete control of the US food production and supply and too many politicians on both sides of the fictional isle owe too many of these big sponsors. They are going to sell us out while railing about how we can’t fix the system unless we pass this bill handing agriculture over to corporations and agreements meant to destroy the last vestige of our economy.  Claiming that the bill is supported by industry (red flag!!), he also claims consumer groups support the bill.  And some do.  But Senator Durbin never mentioned the massive outrage and backlash by the public in general over this obvious corporate coup’ being perpetrated by the District of Criminals.  

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As a C-Span junkie I can tell you I have seen copious amounts of  political manure spread just as thick as possible during hearings and what is supposed to pass for debates, but today in the Senate, I believe Senator Durbin topped the all time high “BS” mark for this particular pile of political manure. 

I could not believe this Senator actually stood on the floor of the Senate and bemoaned the suffering and deaths of American people; people who were sick and dying right at this moment! As a result of S.510 not being passed.  Unfortunate for the Senator was the fact that not one of those he alluded to would have been saved even had S 510 been passed years ago, as this bill does nothing to repair the damage done to the US food supply by the industrialization and centralization of food production and the continual contamination brought into the country hidden in uninspected imports. 

For some reason, the Senator believes that harassing family and independent producers by making it impossible for them to remain in business due to mountainous paperwork, redundant and unnecessary regulations, rules and faked “science” while under threats of imprisonment, warrantless search and seizure, a prohibition on judicial review, a complete abrogation of rights, will fix the food system.  He also very carefully avoided any mention of Codex Alimentarius written into the bill, or that little note at the very end saying that the bill could not obstruct any government agreement like CAFTA, NAFTA, GATT and most especially not the WTO. 

Add into this his belief that the converting of FDA and USDA into the national food police who don’t even have to have any evidence of wrong doing or of food contamination issues and who would not be bound by any provision of the Constitution or the rights of the people will somehow magically cure the problem of industrialized corporate farming and ranching that is causing illness, disease and massive health problems across the country.  More

It must be hell to be so indebted to corporate donors

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Paul Griepentrog (c)copyright 2010

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The following is a response to my concerns regarding S510 and the enforcement provisions in the regard to the violations of due process and failure to provide just compensation for the proposed takings.  Having watched C-Span testimony on this bill leads me to believe that none of the senators truly understand the impact of the implementation of these bills.  Senator Feingold is an attorney and sits on the house judiciary committee and yet failed to respond to these legal concerns.  Claims of broad based support for these food safety bills is only an indication that there is no cure for stupid.________

 

Honorable Senators; 

  The proposed bill S 510 leaves much to be desired in its application from a judicial aspect.  It voids due process of law and equal protection under the law by allowing the administrator only reason to believe to initiate a takings against a food producer in the form of a recall.  It effectively converts the right to produce and share food that has been enjoyed since agrarian societies emerged, into a crime. 

Despite claims of food safety it effectuates a furtherance of consolidation of production, to the mega corporations’ advantage by eliminating small producers, raising the potential of tortuous claim for economic advantage.

A formal rebuttal was filed regarding FDA’s claim of interstate authority applying to local production, on the Federal Register, wherein the FDA sought to gain authority for rulemaking and thereby having commenced an action.   Having failed to respond the FDA is therefore in default and has acquiesced by silence to the fact that it has no authority over interstate trade. 

Response from Senator Feingold:

Dear Mr. Griepentrog,

Thank you for contacting me regarding S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act and your concerns about the inspection and safety of imported food and food products.   

As you know, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Food Safety Modernization Act on March 3, 2009.  The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions passed S. 510 on November 18, 2009.  You can find information about this legislation at http://help.senate.gov/, including efforts of Senator Durbin and others to address concerns about the legislation.

On September 24, 2008, I sent a letter to then-FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach expressing my concerns about melamine contamination in Chinese dairy products.  This recent series of contaminations killed several children in China, and sickened thousands more.  

I have heard from several Wisconsinites who are concerned about the impact food safety legislation may have on small producers and processors. As the main proponent of a provision included in last year’s farm bill to expand and improve USDA’s office responsible for small farms and ranches, I am particularly mindful of concerns that any of these regulations could unduly burden small farms or interfere with local food systems. That is why I am a cosponsor of S. 2758, the Growing Safe Food Act.  Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced this legislation, which would establish a national food safety training, education, extension, outreach, and technical assistance program for agricultural producers.  This bill would profit NGOs and governmental agencies in the attempt to educate producer about processes we have practiced for decades and is effectively a welfare check for governmental agencies and NGO’s. 

I have consistently supported programs like the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) and the Value-Added Producer Grant program that provide assistance to locally focused and operated enterprises.  I have also heard concerns from some Wisconsinites that food safety legislation would eliminate organic food and regulate personal gardens.  I will keep these concerns in mind should such legislation come before the full Senate.  More welfare programs and a very defined failure to commit on the issue in an election year.

I will continue to support efforts to protect American consumers from unsafe food and products.  Thanks again for contacting me.  I look forward to hearing from you in the future about this or any other matter of concern to you.

Sincerely,             

Russell D. Feingold
United States Senator

Equity of Trade Versus Free Trade

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by Thayne Cozart
Director of Communications, National Organization for Raw Materials

The U.S. has a huge trade imbalance with most trading nations. The imbalance is not in agriculture, although many food products — both raw and processed — enter the U.S. at prices below those for comparable U.S.-grown foodstuffs.

To a large degree the imbalance is in manufactured goods. One reason is that many nations have lower costs of production — based upon a lower standard of living, cheap labor, inexpensive raw materials, protective government policy, etc. Multinationals who have moved their plants to foreign locations enjoy the best of both worlds — inexpensive manufacturing costs and unlimited access to the world’s biggest consumer market, the USA.

Our laissez-faire trade stance, when coupled with many nations’ protective trade stances and the inherent disparity of living standards around the world, is proving to be a recipe for ever-increasing trade deficits. Exacerbating the situation, GATT and NAFTA are proving difficult to implement when other nations improvise phony trade issues and drag their feet at every opportunity. Bottom line, the U.S. is having problems with free trade.

There is an alternative to free trade. It’s called EQUITY OF TRADE. It would work like this: More

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