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New Zealand law mirrors US and Canada, fake food safety bills

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Marti Oakley © copyright  2011 All Rights Reserved

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It comes as no surprise that the fake food safety bill passed here in the US in what was clearly a staged event that required the complicity of the other 99 Senators who voluntarily vacated the US Senate chamber to allow  “Dirty Harry” to cast the only vote as “unanimous” is being mirrored, replicated and implemented in many other countries. Canada passed its C-36 bill shortly after “Dirty Harry” completed his task here in the US, and now it appears New Zealand food rights are on the chopping block too.

What are the chances that New Zealand Retailers Association would come up with what appears to be a line of propaganda nearly identical to the crap foisted on the American public as their rights to produce and consume foods of their choice were attacked relentlessly by Big AG and the bio-pirates along with other corporate interests who stand to profit immensely at the expense of the public? These are the same interested party’s and stakeholders who rammed C-36 through Canada’s parliament.

And here we see the same limp arguments coming out of New Zealand, promoted by yet another retailers association intent on convincing New Zealanders that their food supply and production, needs “modernization”. Modernization with regards to food can be easily defined as centralization of food production and supply to provide market monopolies to multi-national corporations.  The greatest threat to food supply chains around the world is industrialized food which provides neither safe food, nor nutritious food.   Progress on the food bill: More

Nanotechnology: Tracking food from farm to fork…and you right along with it

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Noting “certain food-related ailments” this committee failed to ask the most obvious and relevant question: 

If these ailments are a result of the food we are eating…..what is the underlying problem with the food?  And why would finding a remedy for this increase in possibly deadly ailments include further contamination and adulteration of the food supply with nano-chips? 

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I had come across an article in the Dairy Reporter last year, about the coming plans to insert nano-technology into food.  In the article from DR: Nanotechnology in food: What’s the big idea? By Caroline Scott-Thomas, 26-Jul-2010 this observation was made: 

“At IFT’s nanoscience conference last week, major industry players discussed how to avoid a rerun of the GMO debacle with consumers – with some saying that one solution could be to say nothing about introducing nanotechnology in foods and to do it anyway.”

We all have enough experience with today’s bio-pirates who are openly colluding with the USDA, FDA and anyone else in government, like “Dirty Harry” Reid NV (D), who single-handedly and unanimously cast the one vote needed to pass the fake food safety bill, to know that food safety and longer shelf life is most likely not what this technology is actually intended to do.  As it is, most products on the shelves of stores now are so chemically laden and contain so much gmo that I doubt spoilage is an option. After all….can chemicals, pesticides and herbicides actually rot?    More

Forget Grass Fed Beef – You are eating GRAS Ground Beef

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Lynn Swearingen  (c)copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

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I read with interest this morning a little article (1). It might be hard to miss this little gem, but not for me apparently. My inbox overflowith with the link. Queries, questions, and disbelief. After re-reading the article, a curious question crossed my mind. What exactly is the process of introducing ammonia going to do to me? So of course I started looking…..

The first tinge of alarm came from a 2004 article discussing Mr. Roth’s receipt of the FoodQuality award (2):

“….and the patented method became a federally deemed “generally regarded as safe” (GRAS) process.”

Oh my. That sounds, uhm – tasty. What exactly is “generally recognized as safe” and who decides that? (3):

“A GRAS designation typically exists in one of three forms: More

The Codex Scam. Or, How To Make Billions in the Name of “Food Safety.”

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 W.R. McAfee, Sr.  Copyright © 2011  All rights reserved

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“For example, selling a bottle of vitamin D supplements at a reasonable dose of, say, 4,000 IU per capsule, is now criminalized under codex unless it has been “licensed.”

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Codex Alimentarius is a heinous concept Europe now faces and America and the rest of the world soon will after it was slipped into the recently-passed American “Food Safety” bill that (also) allowed the FDA to become the world’s food policeman.  More

One more time: A citizens ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ #1(MOU) with the Federal Government

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

Originally published in August 2009

Greetings:

Consider this a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to all members of the Senate, all members of the House, and to President Obama.  I am sure you are fully aware of the intent and implications of MOUs, as each of you, in one way or another, uses them to establish the outlining of agreements between yourselves, collectively or individually, concerning the agreements you have made with individuals acting as state’s representatives or agencies; generally to avoid Constitutional prohibitions on your intended actions and in avoidance of the Constitution.  I am using it in quite another fashion as you will see in the following text. More

DEFEND FOOD SOVEREIGNTY IN YOUR STATE!

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From Paul Griepentrog, Randy Cook and Jessica Bernier

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“The ins and outs of this are complex, and with having to deal with all the various attacks on our Liberty, I find myself facing the situation, where it’s hard to focus on the fact you are trying to drain the swamp, when you are up to your ass in alligators!”

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Thanks to “Dirty Harry” Reid: An overt act of betrayal by both Houses of Congress

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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The last two weeks have seen some of the most unethical, deceptive, manipulative and outright traitorous actions by both the House and the Senate.  With “Dirty Harry” Reid (D) NV leading the traitors charge, every rule was broken, every trick was used, every deception was employed to force the passage of S.510 against the will of the people, most of whom recognized this hostile takeover of agriculture for what it was. 

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Well!  Just in time for the rigged “vote” on the fake food safety bills in the House and Senate, CBS news claimed that terrorists…..in a place far, far away….were planning to poison food in hotels and restaurants in the United States.

(CBS)  In this exclusive story, CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports the latest terror attack to America involves the possible use of poisons – simultaneous attacks targeting hotels and restaurants at many locations over a single weekend.

A key Intelligence source has confirmed the threat as “credible.” Department of Homeland Security officials, along with members of the Department of Agriculture and the FDA, have briefed a small group of corporate security officers from the hotel and restaurant industries about it. 

Most likely if any terrorists had been planning on poisoning the food in hotels and restaurants, their rooms would be paid for by Homeland Security or FDA/USDA.  Its highly unlikely and very improbable that any such threat ever existed. 

A key intelligence source was most likely the agent who called CBS news to get their co-operation in planting this story just prior to the last ditch effort to pass the unconstitutional assault on food production and supply, S.510.  Leave it to Lame Stream Media to do their part in “crisis creation”.  Works every time.  Just prior to every rights robbing assault on America, the media joins with “intelligence sources” to float some bogus report meant to scare us into compliance. The FDA and USDA jumped into the fray to flex their newly empowered over-reaching, unlawful authority. 

And here’s how “Dirty Harry” pulled off the hostile takeover of agriculture By Fred Kelly Grant | December 21, 2010  More

Bribery and Graft abound as Reid attaches S.510 to clunkers

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Marti Oakley (c)coyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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The FDA and USDA have routinely used the Federal Register to “update” the food safety system, always granting themselves far reaching authority and empowering themselves far beyond the intent of the original legislation that created these blights on America.”

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And the Republicans joined right in!

I can only imgaine that the halls of the Senate were virtually awash in  “funding” from lobbyists as Republicans joined Democrats in the greatest assault on agriculture ever launched by our own government.

It seems there is no stopping the nefarious Harry Reid (D) NV.  With the country screaming no to the ill conceived S.510 Fake Food safety bill, Reid was successful in attaching the agricultural police state bill to a non-related bill and rammed this piece of garbage through the senate once again. 

And where were those Republicans who got the message from voters that things needed to change?  Well…they were right in there voting yes along with the Democrats.  Even Senator Tom Coburn (R) OK., jumped on the band wagon and voted to pass this attack on food production and supply into law.  Its just amazing what bags of corporate lobbying money  can do to politicians. 

S.510 Fake Food Safety bill was passed quickly late Sunday afternoon; a vote taken when the Senate could be assured few were watching or even aware that the vote on the criminalization of independent and family agriculture was taking place.  Like rats scurrying across the deck of a sinking ship, senators lined up one by one to vote against the best interest of their districts and in favor of the industrialization of agriculture. And like rats, they hurriedly scurried away before their presence was detected.  Rats are like that.  More

Corruption of congress continues: S.510/HR2749 loaded into a dead bill

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Quotes of the Day:

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” — attributed to Edmund Burke

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do the wrong thing.” — Michael Cloud

The so-called food safety bill passed. It took corrupt procedural tricks to do it.

We told you last week that the Senate made a mistake when they passed their version of the Food Safety Bill (S.510). Under the Constitution only the House can introduce revenue measures. The Senate trampled on this prerogative, and the House leadership wouldn’t stand for it.

Because of this . . .

We thought the so-called food safety bill was dead, and that we had won. Not so. Instead, we lost. Badly.

I’ll tell you how this happened, and what we can do about it. You’ll need to be motivated, smart, and intuitive to understand what’s been done to you, and that there IS a way to defeat these bastards.

So . . .

The “food safety” bill did NOT die as it should have because House leaders used what I’ll call a “Dead Shell Bill” to trick their way past their Constitutional and procedural problems. This “Dead Shell Bill,” HR 3082, was . . .

* Dead in the sense that it was a numbered bill that was never going to reach a final vote.
* An empty Shell because the Congressional leadership removed its original contents. More

S. 510, Codex, and The One-World Government Agenda

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Live Link: Activist Post 
 

AP: S.510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, has Codex Alimentarius written all over it. By now, this much should be apparent. Besides the cumbersome regulations accompanied with traceability provisions which are merely a cover for surveillance to prevent small or local farmers from providing food outside of the corporate system, the bill gives unprecedented power over food production to FDA, HHS, and DHS. 
Overbearing regulations aimed at small food producers that provide larger facilities with an unfair advantage are a hallmark of Codex guidelines. Likewise, the ability of the FDA, HHS, and DHS to implement various standards independently, or as a result of executive decrees, signals the coming Codex principles to the American food supply. This much has been well documented in recent publications.  More

WHAT SENATORS GOT PAID OFF TO SUPPORT S.510 – THE ‘FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT’?

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The following is a list of U.S Senators and the Bribes (I mean campaign contributions) that these Senators received from Special Interest Groups to either support or oppose S.510 – The FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act. I have listed the names of the Senators, the Party and State, and the amount of Special Interest Bribes (I mean campaign contributions) that they received:

Name of Senator – Party & State – Bribe For S.510 or Bribe Against S.510

Daniel Akaka – D HI – Bribe For: $27,690 – Against: $700

Lamar Alexander – R TN – Bribe For: $190,421 – Against: $4,850

John Barrasso – R WY – For: $31,350 – Against: $27,500

Max Baucus – D MT – Bribe for: $123,803 – Against: $55,980

Evan Bayh – D IN – Bribe For: $45,200 – Against: 8,250

Mark Begich – D AK – Bribe For: $23,050 – Against: $2,000

Michael Bennet – D CO – Bribe For: $38,509 – Against: $22,050

Robert Bennett – R UT – Bribe For: $105,530 – Against: $10,000

Jeff Bingaman – D NM – Bribe For: $31,498 – Against: $8,450

Christopher Bond – R MO – Bribe For: $49,550 – Against: $5,200

Barbara Boxer – D CA – Bribe For: $120,000 – Against: $13,650 More

Reid stalls out S.510 fake food safety bill until Monday as backroom dirty deals are struck

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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Comment:  Apparently Harry Reid only talks to himself

In a quick announcement as the Senate convened, Harry Reid, Senate majority leader said that the vote on S.510 fake food safety bill would take place Monday evening, the 29th, at 6:30 PM, CST and that no voting would occur today.  According to Reid, all the dirty deals intended to criminalize and sell out American farmers and ranchers and our food supply, were still being worked on behind closed doors, although I believe he referred to them as amendments.  More

Emergency Action Alert on Leahy Food Safety Bill

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This appears be our last chance to stop the Leahy language. We need your support now more than ever. Please contact your senators immediately, even if you have done so before!

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The death knell sounds for America’s farmers and ranchers: The US Senate convenes at 10:30 on November 19th to vote on S.510, the fake food safety bill

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved 

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Not one Senator stood on the floor and identified even one of the actual threats to our food supply coming from industrialized corporate agricultural operations and contaminated imports.  And not one stood up and spoke one word in defense of our family and independent farmers and ranchers who have historically produced the most abundant and safest food in the world. More

Marti Oakley interview: AMERICAN POLITICS WITH JOHN WALLACE

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NEXT SHOW – (THIS FRIDAY) November 19th at 5:00PM  EST 
 
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Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the District of Criminals as corporations line up to receive their gifts!

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Resrved

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“We have no commodity reserves, no grain reserves; no back up supplies to feed the US as this global food shortage grows and food prices skyrocket.  Yet this bill, marketed as “food safety”, promoted by hyping food borne illnesses that resulted from the failure of FDA/USDA to operate effectively even on a minimal level, is set to export absolutely every food crop or livestock product out of the country for profit. ” More

Stop S.510, the fake food safety bill, at your state line

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010 All rights Reserved

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S..510 calls for the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, to contact the governors of each state to determine which agencies within the state will contract on behalf of the state to administer the USDA/FDA federal plans for seizing control of food production and supply, handing it over to multi-national corporations and setting into motion the eradication of family and independent farms and ranches.  These new “business plans” (which is what S.510 is, a business plan), require contracting with state agencies accompanied of course, by bags of USDA bribery money called “cooperative funding”. 

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The federal government, including Senator Reid, who is yet again pushing for a vote on S.510, the fake food safety bill, know they cannot pass any enforceable law on the federal level dealing with agriculture; it is not in the enumerated powers, and will exist only as a non-positive code and title.  Because these “laws” are outside the scope of the federal government, they cannot be used to criminalize what was other wise your right to do without their interference.  Non-positive code and title, in this case Title 7 USC, cannot be revised, codified and assigned a public law number as these corporate codes are outside the authority of the federal government.  Should S.510 pass, it is null and void on its face, as if it never existed, but not one of your Senators or Representatives will tell you this.   

In an effort to bypass congress and the president so that none of these illustrious individuals can be held directly accountable for this act of aggression, this selling out of America’s farms and ranches, this selling off of our national security regarding food under the threat of further contamination which these same agencies facilitated by their refusal to act in our defense as they contracted against us, the USDA and FDA have become the most clear and present danger to the US and, congress in both houses is enabling this threat.    

USDA and FDA are sliding onto the Federal Register and attempting to expand their power and authority by claiming a “presumption” of authority which they were never intended to have.  Every attempt is made to change the “rules” on the register and then claim they have this new power because no one objected and rebutted their assertions.  When rebuttals, using law,  are presented on the register which has been done FDA and USDA fall silent and just proceed on as if nothing happened.  Of course, not one word from those Senators or Representatives about this; they were probably out to lunch with corporate donors. 

It is expected, that failure to pass this assault on private agriculture and the intent to export as much of the US food supply as possible, President Obama will incrementally implement the provisions of S.510 using Executive Orders and using the Food Czar’s office to issue edicts and mandates that we, as citizens of the sovereign states will be told, we must comply with.  No hell we don’t have to comply.   More

S.510: The fake food safety bill scheduled for another vote

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Quote of the Day: “Given sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine.” — Woody Page, Denver sports columnist

S. 510 will make your food more expensive and less safe. It will drive many small farms out of business. The leaders of the “lame duck” Congress want to pass this falsely named “food safety” bill NEXT WEEK, but . . .

They’ll need 60 votes to break Sen. Coburn’s “hold” on the bill.

That means we can defeat S.510 with just 40 votes, but we must apply the pressure now!

Please send a letter right now telling your Senators to oppose S. 510. More

The food system isn’t broken: The government just won’t get the hell out of it

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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“Had this bill been about food safety, it would have contained provisions to expand and support family farms and ranches; it would have encouraged the entry into, and support of next generation farmers and ranchers. Instead of shoving Agenda 21 mandates on us  that come with titles such as “Best Farming” Best Land Management” and other idiotic WTO platitudes that are anything but the best practices, this bill would have encouraged gathering of generational knowledge about the land, the animals, crops, harvesting, food storage and preparation”

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Why is it, every time the jackasses in the District of Criminals have run some program into the ground, squandered massive amounts of dollars while letting corporations write bills that benefit them and rape and rob the states, they always come out and say; “the system is broken”.  “We’ve got to fix the system, it is broken”.  It’s an emergency!  We have to do something right now!  And that is all quickly followed by one phony “crisis” after another as they try to scare the public into believing the “crisis” just magically and mysteriously appeared.  That’s just how bad the system is broken!  Like the magic egg contamination that just somehow appeared the week before they pushed S.510 the fake food safety bill onto the floor of the Senate.  How damn handy was that?!  Never mind that FDA knew about that way back last March when it was initially detected in Oregon.  A contamination that was allowed to reach epic proportions so that it could be used to scare you into thinking the only thing that could have saved us from these terrorist eggs….was S.510.  

The battle over S.510, The Fake Food Safety bill is not over.  At stake are the severely reduced numbers of family and independent farmers and ranchers who have historically been the backbone of our economy and who produced the safest and most abundant food supply in the world.  If the intent of S.510 was to preserve and protect our agricultural sector, I would support it.  The fact is, it is intended to industrialize agriculture and centralize it in the hands of multi-national corporations.  While USDA and FDA and Homeland Security and a host of other privately owned government corporations, harp about the centralization of the food supply and how this must be avoided, the truth is, they are intending to do just that. 

If this fake food safety bill had actually been written to deal with food safety in the US, it would have been centered on several key issues, none of which are addressed in the bill, and would not be focused on how to criminalize the ownership and control of agricultural property and the products derived from it for family and independent producers here in the US.  More

Sample Letter to Senators regarding S.510

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Dan Martin

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This is the text of a letter to my Senators regarding S.510:

Senate S. 510 has nothing to do with keeping food safe:

· passage of this onerous legislation, which began at 50 pages and now exceeds 200 pages, will burden farmers and small food producers with FDA inspections and hefty fees and fines – even though food contamination scares have originated from large industrial processors,

· several requirements duplicate and override what is already done at the state level, More

Dear Senators’ Levin and Stabenow: Did you even read S.510 The fake food Safety Bill

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Letter By: Randy Cook

Nov. 8, 2010

Honorable Senators Stabenow and Levin:

The interest of this message concerns S.510, “FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.” Mr. Levin, I note your affirmative vote for cloture although I am ignorant of your reasons for limiting debate. Perhaps your vote was to simply expedite disposition of this bill. If so, my prayer is that each of you meet your obligation to fully investigate, on the record, the intention of this legislation and its potential impact on the primary producers of the wealth of this nation. More

A citizens Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Government – MOU #5 : Food Safety

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” That S.510 and its companion bill S.3767 (meant to criminalize the ownership of land and livestock) constitutes an act of terrorism, emanating from our own government against a selected and targeted segment of the nation on behalf of foreign interests, regulations, agreements, corporate interests and most especially Codex Alimentarius.”

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Greetings:

Consider this a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to all members of the Senate, all members of the House, and to President Obama.  I am sure you are fully aware of the intent and implications of MOUs, as each of you, in one way or another, uses them to establish the outlining of agreements between yourselves, collectively or individually, concerning the agreements you have made with individuals acting as state’s representatives or agencies, or with corporate stakeholders; generally to avoid Constitutional prohibitions on your intended actions and in avoidance of the Constitution.  I am using it in quite another fashion as you will see in the following text.

For you, MOUs are the terms and agreements of what, are in fact the first step in contractual agreements. MOUs are most often accompanied by cooperative agreements and funding (bribes) to implement what generally turns out to be egregious assaults to civil rights and liberties to the benefit of the federal government, linked so inextricably to corporate interests and global agreements.

Consider what follows a Memorandum of Understanding between me, Marti J. Oakley, and all of you, collectively cited in the above paragraph.

To Wit:

We (you and I) agree that each and every one of you holds your office as a result of election. And, that as a result of your victory and subsequent oath of office, you were expected to actually represent the people who put their faith and trust in you.  The fact is you have violated this oath at every opportunity regardless of which party you claim allegiance to or which political philosophy you espouse at any given time. 

In light of a profound understanding of how you have used and abused this trust and faith, I need you to understand how I (we) perceive you, i.e., your activities, your betrayals of these United States of America, your pandering to corporate interests, your illegal agreements with foreign governments and interests and ultimately what appears to be a very concerted effort to destroy our country and to convert the same into a region in some coveted global plantation.

Because the instances of your acts against the people are so numerous, in this MOU, I will address only these issues:  S.510 and S. 3767, (collectively) the so-called food safety bills which have appeared under multiple numbers and names, proposed and submitted by various members of the Senate and House.

Please consider this Memorandum of Understanding No. 5.

Please be advised that no cooperative agreement with the anticipated funding (bribe money) will be forthcoming.  You may consider this an “Unfunded Mandate” in the sense that I will never contribute one dime to the re-election efforts of any one of you.  “We” in the following text means “WE THE PEOPLE.”

I (We) understand:

A)  The consideration of S.510 The Food Safety Modernization Act, or whatever name this assault on the public is currently being submitted as; and its companion bill S.3767Food Safety Accountability Act of 2010, (a bill which clearly criminalizes independent and family farming and ranching and one which constitutes a direct act of aggression against the people emanating from government), was preceded by the passage in the House of HR 2749 in 2009;  a bill euphemistically titled “Food Safety Act,”; an act that was nothing short of an assault on the food production and supply on behalf of: More

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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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

Media duped by Reid’s cries of ‘obstructionism’

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Timothy P.Carney, The Examiner’s senior political columnist, can be contacted at tcarney@washingtonexaminer.com. His column appears Monday and Thursday, and his stories and blog posts appear on ExaminerPolitics.com.

By: Timothy P. Carney
Senior Examiner Columnist
September 17, 2010

Crying “obstructionism” is a tradition for Senate majority leaders, and Harry Reid does it as frequently and piously as anyone. But Reid, with the cooperation of a news media confused by the upper chamber’s rules, has defined “obstructionism” down, and this week is blaming conservative Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., for blocking a bill even though Reid hasn’t even tried to move it yet. 

Food safety legislation sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., would give the Food and Drug Administration sweeping new powers, and thus has spurred fierce opposition from small farmers and local produce advocates, while big food producers support the measure. Coburn has expressed concerns about burdens on small business and the bill’s cost to taxpayers. He’s also argued that the bill multiplies regulatory redundancies and complexity, thus harming effective enforcement.  More

Detailed Concerns with S.510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010

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Sep 15 2010

Growing an Already Disjointed and Duplicative Federal Government 

In 2008, GAO testified before a House subcommittee that “FDA is one of 15 agencies that collectively administer at least 30 laws related to food safety. This fragmentation is the key reason GAO added the federal oversight of food safety to its High-Risk Series in January 2007 and called for a government wide reexamination of the food safety system. We have reported on problems with this system—including inconsistent oversight, ineffective coordination, and inefficient use of resources.”

Specifically, GAO found that in 2003, FDA and USDA activities included overlapping and duplicative inspections of 1,451 domestic food-processing facilities that produce foods regulated by both agencies. This GAO testimony came on the heels of a 2005 GAO report that identified significant overlap in food safety activities conducted by USDA and the FDA, and to some extent the EPA and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), including “71 interagency agreements [to coordinate overlapping activities] that the agencies entered into… However, the agencies have weak mechanisms for tracking these agreements that…lead to ineffective implementation.” 

This overlap was evident in the egg salmonella scare. The Wall Street Journal reported (USDA Graders Saw Bugs and Trash at Egg Producer; Didn’t Tell FDA) that U.S. Department of Agriculture experts knew about sanitary problems at one of the two Iowa farms at the center of a massive nationwide egg recall, but did not notify health authorities.) USDA inspects farms and gives eggs their “Grade A” label, while the FDA technically is tasked with the safety of the final egg product.

This discrepancy was the impetus behind an egg safety rule originally promulgated 10 years ago by the FDA. Unfortunately, three administrations sat on the proposed rule without finalizing and implementing it. FDA Commissioner Dr. Hamburg stated, “We believe that had these rules been in place at an earlier time, it would have very likely enabled us to identify the problems on this farm before this kind of outbreak occurred.” A lack of regulatory bill isn’t the problem.

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Reid temporarily shelves s.510 and blames Coburn

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UPDATE!!

It has come to our attention that REID has decided not to shelve S.510, and instead will attempt to invoke cloture to ram the bill through.  Reid, on the hook to many corporate food producers who have helped  finance him, owes a lot of people……and none of them are you! 

If this bill gets shoved through, Nevada needs to take immediate action to remove this man from office; don’t wait for the election.  Marti

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by:  Steve Tetreault

The momentum has stalled in the U.S. Senate behind a food safety bill that was fueled by the recall of more than half a million tainted eggs over the summer.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said this morning he is shelving the legislation at least temporarily, and blamed Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., for the impasse.  

 Coburn had served notice he would block the bill on the grounds it is not offset by cuts elsewhere, and so would increase the federal budget deficit. 

“If this was a priority for the majority, they would have already paid for it,” Coburn’s spokesman John Hart told Politico. Coburn says the legislation will cost more than $1.6 billion over five years.

The Oklahoma Republican on his website detailed other problems he sees with the legislation.

Reid, the Senate majority leader, said earlier this week he thought the bill was close to being ready and could pass quickly. He backtracked this morning.

“We thought we finally had it worked out, we could come and take care of this,” Reid said in a Senate speech. “But Senator Coburn has said no. We’ve spent a whole Congress on this and of course at the last minute he comes in and likely we will not be able to get this done before we go home for the elections.

“What a sad thing for our country. People are dying as a result of these problems with food. It is just a shame we can’t get this done.”

Food safety advocates have lobbied Congress actively through the year, flying in victims of severe food poisoning, and the family members of those who died from eating tainted food.

Reid said he met with a dozen Nevadans who have eaten foods that made them sick.   One of them was Rylee Gustafson of Henderson, who was hospitalized as a 9-year-old in 2006 after eating contaminated spinach.

Pressure for reform mounted over the summer after more than 550 million eggs were recalled following a salmonella outbreak.

The pending bill would strengthen the police powers of the Food and Drug Administration to mandate recalls, enables it to hire more inspectors and requires more frequent inspections of food plants. It also requires food makers and processors to have control plans in place that address known problems.

The US Congress: “misbranded and adulterated”

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                                                     S.3767 (or is it S.3669? Has the number changed   yet again?)

In reading this “companion bill” to S.510, one has to wonder: 

Isn’t this Rosa Delauro’s HR 875 come to life?  Fines imprisonment and all?

Does this mean the FDA is actually going to force the labeling of genetically modified contaminated foods? 

Would not the inclusion of substantially altered food products, alterations which were so diverse a patent was issued on them…..wouldn’t these qualify as misbranded and adulterated if the label does not specify what genetic alterations had been made and how much of the product on the shelf was made up of unnatural food-like creations?

Would the selling of cloned meats also qualify for misbranded and adulterated if the label does not state the product is the result of cloning? That the meat does not come from natural processes?

Will labels on meat and dairy products now state that they contain the residuals from antibiotics, vaccines and hormones? What about the labels on grain products?  Will the labels now list the level of residual herbicides and pesticides present in the finished food-like product?

Will labels now include the information that eating genetically altered food could harm your health and that independent studies have shown damage to internal organs, fertility and DNA may result from consuming genetically altered food-like products?

Will gene slicing between plants and animals now be indicated on labels?  Will we know, for example, if the strawberry’s that look so appetizing are really just strawberry’s, or, are they a combination of strawberry and swine? Will the label now read “Pigberry’s”?  I’d like to know! More

S.510: The Making of America’s own “holodomor”

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Marti Oakley w/ Paul Griepentrog  (c)copyright 2010

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“A formal rebuttal was filed regarding FDA’s claim of intrastate authority 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 pursuant to Federal Rule 36 and has acquiesced by silence to the fact that it has no authority over    intrastate  trade.”

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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 to have only a “reason to believe” to initiate a takings against a food producer in the form of a recall.  These same applications conspicuously do not apply to corporate producers.  In the case of the individual, it is a clear abrogation of rights perpetrated by a political body which seems intent on depriving the people of their rights. 

We find it difficult to believe that you, as Senators, would not be aware of the fact that you are intentionally abrogating the rights of individuals and are actively promoting the idea that prohibiting access to the courts and subjecting individuals to police state provisions, intended only to make it impossible for family and independent producers to remain in agriculture, would somehow be lawful. We find it disgusting that you would, using the jingosims of “food safety and food security”, hand the control of food production and supply over to corporations and international interests who are interested only in profits and how to control profits even if it destroys clean, safe food. 

These bills effectively convert the right to produce and share food that has been enjoyed since agrarian societies emerged, into a criminal activity. If what you are contemplating can only be accomplished by violating the rights of the people….whose interests are you really serving?  More

CODEX in S510: Congress continues to ignore the people

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How” would more likely be, how to bring the US into full compliance with CODEX when we the people are fully aware that this system is intended to reduce standards and regulations in every country unfortunate enough to have adopted this plan for global control of the food supply by multi-national corporations. “

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It appears obvious that the massive public backlash against Codex Alimentarius, has not only fallen on the deaf ears of congress, but is set to be ignored.  Apparently, hundreds of thousands letters of objection, hundreds of thousands of phone calls, and communications of all types demanding that CODEX be rejected as harmful to the economic growth, the freedom to determine how we will produce food and how we will market it and the right to be free of devastating international agreements that do not have the force of law in the United States……have been rejected in favor of unconstitutional agreements of all kinds, most especially the CODEX Alimentarius.

Now then; If we the people understand that these agreements are harmful and not in the best interest of moving the nation forward…if we the people know that these agreements are in direct violation of our laws and constitution……

WHY IS CONGRESS EVEN CONSIDERING THE CONTENTS OF THIS BILL?

S.510 Sect. 306 Building Capacity Of Foreign Governments with Respect to Food 

(c) Plan—-The plan developed under subsection (a) shall include, as appropriate, the following:

(5) Recommendations on whether and how to harmonize requirements under CODEX ALIMENTARIUS. More

100 ways to end independent and family farms and ranches

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Below is a partial list of the massive effort to seize control of the US food production and supply.  This control, if successful, will end family and independent producers, handing this sector of our economy over to multi-national corporations who fund and write the legislation and who contract with USDA and FDA against the people.  Every thing from milk and eggs, to beef and pigs, they want it tracked, traced and controlled by the Fed.  Think its about food safety? Its about control and who gets to profit.  ##########

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111th Congress (2009–2011)

S. 510
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (4 comments | 4 wiki edits »)

Costs $15.79 per family

P.L. 111-233
The Agricultural Credit Act of 2009 (9 wiki edits »)

Costs $0.34 per family

P.L. 111-80
The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (8 comments | 18 wiki edits »)

Costs $1,170.15 per family

H.R. 814
The TRACE Act of 2009 (7 comments | 3 wiki edits »)

H.R. 875
The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (110 comments | 5 wiki edits »)

S. 2758
The Growing Safe Food Act of 2009

S. 1783
The Dairy COOL Act of 2009

H.R. 3626
The Exemplary Breastfeeding Support Act (3 wiki edits »)

H.R. 3624
The Poison-Free Poultry Act of 2009 (1 comment »)

H.R. 3623
To amend the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 to provide funding for successful claimants following a determination on the merits of Pigford claims related to racial discrimination by the Department of Agriculture (3 wiki edits »)

H.R. 3587
The Nutritious Food for Health Families Act of 2009 (3 wiki edits »)

S. 1645
The Federal Milk Marketing Improvement Act of 2009
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S 510 Would Have Changed Nothing In the Recent Egg Recall

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Stop the presses, hold the panic, and stop “Egg-agerating” Congress Critters. Before pushing the American People into panic mode and blindly rushing through yet another “Save the American Consumer From Themselves Bill”, it might behoove legislators to read the law currently in place that is specifically designed to stop the contamination, production, distribution and consumption of tainted eggs. True it took 6 years of kicking and screaming to bring the CFO’s to the table and not all have to comply until 2012, but why rewrite what has already been written?

The FDA’s Egg Safety Rule

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Final Rule on egg safety, Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage and Transportation (21 CFR Parts 16 and 118), requires shell egg producers to implement measures to prevent Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) from contaminating eggs on the farm and further growth during storage and transportation. U.S. egg farmers have and continue to participate in food safety programs like the SE Final Rule in order to protect against food borne illness and provide a safe, high quality product. The rule was first proposed on September 22, 2004 and after several comment periods, went into effect on September 8, 2009.  The rule requires egg producers with 50,000 or more birds or persons who store and/or transport eggs to comply with all regulations by July 9, 2010.  Egg producers with less than 50,000 birds but more than 3,000 must comply by July 9, 2012.

Just mulling about the concern of food safety, here is a thought for one to ponder. According to the Wright County Egg Recall press release posted on the FDA recall information page, the first Julian Date of eggs believed to be contaminated was 136 (May 16, 2010) and the last known 225 (August 13, 2010). So between three different production CFAO’s involved over an 89 day period potentially 5,617,977 contaminated eggs were produced per day.

So here is where the process becomes interesting. Where does the responsibility lie? The USDA is passing it off to the FDA who is passing it off to the USDA…..I think we see where this is going. If they only had “more cooperation among Agencies”….something like S 510. More

S.510 Section. 419 Enforcement: the corporate contracting enabling agricultural police actions in your state

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Sect. 419. (d) Enforcement: The secretary may coordinate with the Secretary of AG, and as appropriate, shall CONTRACT and coordinate with the agency or department designated by the governor of each state to perform activities to ensure compliance with this section.

This small section clarifies the fact that the federal government cannot interfere in agriculture.  In light of this, the “secretaries” of the private corporations ie., the USDA, FDA, HHS and HSD will collude with the governors of the states to determine which state level department (corporation) will enter into a private corporate contract with these federal agencies.

Without this corporate contracting, the federal government cannot gain access to the states to implement their “business plans”, S.510 “The corporate takeover of agriculture”

S.510 cannot be forced onto the states as simply a federal law.  There is no enacting clause, or constitutional authority for the creation, passage and implementation of this law.   More

S.510..The assault on domestic agriculture

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Live link:  Peoplesworld.org

 

WASHINGTON—The recall of half a billion eggs blamed in a nationwide salmonella outbreak has pushed to the top of the Senate agenda enactment of a long-stalled bill to strengthen federal food safety enforcement.

As many beforeitsnews.com readers are aware, Senate Bill S510 has been labeled “the most dangerous bill in history.” Now it seems that Congress will quickly pass it without a word from the still sleeping sheep. A quick cut and paste about the bill from infowars.com

S 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010, may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US. It is to our food what the bailout was to our economy, only we can live without money.

David Dees illustration“If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.” ~Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower

S. 510 and: The incredible, exploitable….EGG

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   Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010  All Rights Reserved

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The original version of S.510, introduced last year just after companion bill HR 2749 was passed in the House, has gone through quite a metamorphosis.  The original bill, a mere 50 pages or so, repeatedly relied on references and compliance to Codex Alimentarius and included several pages regarding food borne allergies. 

Even though the bill contained specific and undeniable references to Codex and its implementation, several people and organizations, including an attorney who has repeatedly disseminated false and misleading information regarding S.510, and who went on national radio and published several blogger fodder articles on behalf of various organizations, claimed that the bill did not mandate Codex.  Codex was mentioned directly in the original bill more than nine times. 

In the year or so since then, the bill has expanded and contacted a few times.  Still, this bill represents the one of the greatest assaults on the production and supply of food, to benefit multi-national corporations to the detriment of family and independent producers in all areas of agriculture.  

Knowing that the actual crux of the bill was to enforce compliance to international agreements, World Trade Organization and UN mandates, the intent of the bill is less about food safety, and more about seizing control of the nations food supply and handing it over to multi-national corporations for exploitation.  I also knew that the compliance to Codex Alimentarius had to have been inserted somewhere in the bill, intentionally buried where it would most likely remain unnoticed.

Section 404. Compliance With International Agreements

Nothing in this act (or an amendment made by this act) shall be construed in a manner inconsistent with the agreement establishing the World Trade Organization or any other treaty, or international agreement to which the United States is a party. 

There it is.  One small seemingly insignificant little paragraph stashed on the next to last page of this odious bill that will change our lives forever.  We have been a signatory to Codex since 1992 and if this bill passes, Codex will be implemented without delay across the board and we will have lost control of our food production and supply.

This one little paragraph enables every unlawful agreement, every mandate from the World Trade Organization.  In other words, nothing in this bill can prevent or otherwise pose an obstacle to the overtaking of our food supply by corporate raiders and bio-pirates who fund the very organizations and who wrote each and every international agreement referred to in this paragraph.

And who didn’t see the cries of “pass the bill immediately” being blasted from every possible corner as the public was whipped into a frenzy out of fear of …eggs.

Of course, with the created crisis concerning the egg recalls, a crisis that was allowed to build since at least last March when it was first detected out in Oregon, the hysteria has been allowed to reach epidemic proportions as thousands have come down with salmonella poisoning. 

Isn’t it convenient how this happened right before S.510 is scheduled to come before the senate?

Senate food safety bill edges toward vote

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Even as the public continues its fight to prevent this takeover of  food production and supply for the benefit of   multi-national corporations and to imlement CODEX, congress moves ahead with plans to vote on this corporate takeover of agriculture. 

 

S510 is the greatest threat to the food security of the US all for the benefit of corporations. 

 

We have no voice in congress; they have no intentions of listening to the people.  I still maintain, every representative and senator should be called home, relieved of their office, and charged for crimes against the states and the people.

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Senate food safety bill edges toward vote

By Caroline Scott-Thomas, 13-Aug-2010

Related topics: Food safety, Legislation, Food safety and labeling

Lawmakers released a bipartisan agreement on the Senate’s food safety bill on Thursday, signaling that it is likely to be debated in the Senate when it reconvenes in September.

The Food Safety Modernization Act has been stalled in the Senate since it was passed unanimously by the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee in November, and a companion bill – the Food Safety Enhancement Act – passed the House more than a year ago, last July. Now Senate leaders have collaborated to release a manager’s package and Congressional Budget Office analysis.

The six Senators involved are HELP Committee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ranking Member Mike Enzi (R-WY), authors of the Food Safety Modernization Act Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Judd Gregg (R-NH) and lead cosponsors Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Richard Burr (R-NC).

They said in a joint statement: “Any 100-year-old plus structure – like our nation’s food safety system – needs improvements. With this announcement today, we aim to not just patch and mend our fragmented food safety system, we hope to reinforce the infrastructure, close the gaps and create a systematic, risk-based and balanced approach to food safety in the United States.

“The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act will place more emphasis on prevention of food borne illness and will provide new tools to respond to food safety problems.”

The amendment is available online here .

Two major issues remain unresolved in the manager’s package: Senator Jon Tester’s to exempt smaller businesses from some of the bill’s requirements and Senator Dianne Feinstein’s to restrict use of bisphenol A. More

“Why do we continue to throw precaution to the wind?” Dennis Kucinich

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“Today the Supreme Court ruled that when it comes to genetically modified organisms, we as consumers have to wait until the damage is done and obvious before we can act to protect health and the environment, even if that damage could be irreversible.”

“Haven’t we learned from the catastrophe in the Gulf of the dangers of technological arrogance, of proceeding ahead with technologies without worrying about the consequences? Why do we continue to throw precaution to the wind?

“Tomorrow I will introduce three bills that will provide a comprehensive regulatory framework for all Genetically Engineered (GE) plants, animals, bacteria, and other organisms. To ensure we can maximize benefits and minimize hazards, Congress must provide a comprehensive regulatory framework for all GE products. Structured as a common-sense precaution to ensure GE foods do no harm, these bills will ensure that consumers are protected, food safety measures are strengthened, farmers’ rights are better protected and biotech companies are responsible for their products.”

– Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), on June 21, 2010, after the Supreme Court voted 7-1 to allow the experimental planting of genetically modified alfalfa seed before an environmental review is completed.

NAIS, Codex Alimentarius, Bill S510 and Other Bedtime Stories to Guarantee Nightmares

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By: Tamrah Jo Ortiz

“Historically, outbreaks of disease occur in close population, improperly nourished animals. Farmer John who has 15 head of cattle and 160 acres of pasture does not face the same challenges as Mr. Beef, who has crammed 5,000 cows into a feedlot the size of a Wal-mart parking lot, where calves play on hills of cow patties and drink milk produced from the ingestion of soybean and corn meal (when cows have evolved to do just fine, thank you very much, on grass.)”

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Thanks to my good friends on Facebook, I was alerted that the ugly head of the government is once again poking its’ large and obnoxious nose into places it doesn’t belong. Yes, I realize this is a inflammatory statement, hence, my writing here, instead of posting this as a comment at the http://www.opencongress.org website. (which, if you’d like, you can visit and look at the hoopla going on over various bills.)

So, let’s take a look at each of these and try to make sense of them. More

Candian livestock producers successfully lured into NAIS and RFID

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It would appear that Canadian Cattle producers have been successfully led into the trap of RFID tagging for their livestock.  Using the same phony PR used by the USDA here in the states, a corporation which is also quite active in Canadian agriculture, NAIS is alive and well and headed our way.  And you thought this dog was run out!

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Bar-coded cattle ID tags de-listed July 1

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Any bar-coded dangle tags still hanging from Canadian cattle’s ears will officially become plastic jewelry effective July 1.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which was previously expected to de-list bar code tags as of Jan. 1, 2010, said Friday that the bar code tags will be de-listed July 1 in favour of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags.

Starting July 1, all cattle must be tagged with approved RFID tags before they move from their current locations or leave their farms of origin.

“Although this change may be an additional one- time process for some producers, the ability to easily capture information from the RFID tags will help all producers in the long run,” said Darcy Eddleston, a Paradise Valley, Alta. producer and chairman of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA), in a joint CFIA/CCIA release.

“We have worked with government to move forward on traceability and we believe that de- listing the bar-coded tag will advance traceability initiatives.” More

Geo-Accounting: Why NAIS and other farm to fork plans will never die

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by  Marti Oakley (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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Somewhere in 2004, when USDA began openly talking about the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), a simultaneous effort was already underway in each state to buy access to state agricultural agencies via cooperative funding agreements wherein the incorporated state Ag agencies contracted with the USDA to implement the USDA business plans. 

What NAIS was never really about was the ability to trace back disease in animals, as a system was already well established and in place in every, state.  What the USDA was and is still after is the ability to gain control over every aspect of food production whether it is animals or crops.  Instrumental in that plan is geo-accounting.  More

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