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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

Betrayed again: S.510 fake food safety loaded into government funding resolution

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010  All rights reserved

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“The intent is to derail the conversation from one of actual food safety, to one of “that’s not fair!”.

The argument is being put forward that it is not fair to exempt small farmers and ranchers from the corporate machine that would wipe them out.  I find it strange to hear the word “fair” applied to this obviously staged conversation.”  More

South Korean trade deal signed: Bend over America!

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved 

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Comment:  It appears we are caught in the middle of a nightmare from which we are unable to wake. While the president insists we must accept the global economy, we can see the devastating effects of this system of global banking, mounting famine and starvation, the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few and the massive decline in wages and the standard of living here in the US.  If this is what a global economy does, and if unlawful trade agreements are constructed to facilitate this, I say we reject it totally; it is killing us all. More

Wheat, the Staff of life, now a guarded commodity.

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Paul Griepentrog (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

With high temperatures and drought affecting Russia and Western Europe the Russian government has announced a halt to all wheat exports and has placed additional security at storage facilities.  Russia, the third largest wheat exporter in the world has asked Belarus and Kazakhstan to halt exports as well to prevent price increases in domestic supplies.

No such luck here in the US as speculators are driving prices converting unstable US dollars into commodities.  Wheat prices have risen $1.97 a bushel, or 42 percent, this month and are at their highest level since September 2008.  It’s the biggest gain for wheat contracts according to records dating back to 1959 according to the Chicago Board of Trade.  This is deemed even more unusual for prices to advance during harvest a time which is normally the low point in the yearly cycle. 

Further problems exist as Western Canada was not able to plant 13 million acres due to wet weather.  More

New EU regulation sets out rules for dairy imports

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Live link:  The DAIRY REPORTER

By Guy Montague-Jones, 16-Jul-2010

The Commission has published a new regulation covering health and certification conditions for the introduction of dairy products into the EU.

Regulation No 605/2010, published in the Official Journal of the European Union, replaces the Commission Decision 2004/438/EC, which was adopted in April 2004. More

Canadians fighting back against GE Wheat & Alfalfa

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From our Canadian correspondent: Sandra Finely

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(GE = genetically engineered.

GMO = genetically modified organism. Same thing.)

Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

Support Bill C-474 – before April 1, 2010.

Together we can stop GE Alfalfa and GE Wheat.

Flax farmers in Canada are now paying a heavy price because of this exact problem.  Late last year, Canadian flax exports were discovered contaminated with GE “Triffid” flax.  Flax farmers actually foresaw that GE contamination or even the threat of contamination would close their export markets.  They took steps in 2001 to remove GE flax from the market. Despite this measure, flax farmers were not protected. The GE flax contamination closed our export markets in 2009. It has created market uncertainty and depressed prices. Farmers are also paying for testing and cleanup and may be required to abandon their own farm-saved flax seed and buy certified seed instead. These costs are an unnecessary and preventable burden.

We cannot allow GE seeds to harm our export markets. More

Buy, Buy an American Pie….

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Only it isn’t made in America any more, and we don’t know what’s in it that could kill us.

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