September 21, 2009
HR-2749 The Food and Safety Enhancement Act ~ Senate Votes Next
111th CongressThis is a bill in the U.S. Congress originating in the House of Representatives
To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to improve the safety of food in the global market, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep. John Dingell ([D-MI)
Jul 30, 2009: This bill passed in the House of Representatives by roll call vote. The totals were 283 Ayes, 142 Nays, 8 Present
It comes as no surprise that efforts are underway by the federal government to curtail our access to food. It’s not the first time those in power have used regulatory powers to limit rights to this basic necessity. The devastating effects of government control over food can be seen in Zimbabwe and all over Africa, in Southeast Asia and in Russia.
It should also come as no surprise that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would be the vehicle by which our food is limited.
If you’re impressed with the FDA’s track record on drug safety you’ll love how it all pans out when they’re in control of our food supply. Control is the operative word here because efforts underway in Washington will give the Food and Drug Administration unprecedented authority to determine what we eat, where we get our food and even whether we can access the bounty of our neighbors’ vegetable stand.
Even BusinessWeek addressed the increased powers proposed for the FDA noting: “the FDA will have authority under the legislation to inspect the business records of food producers at any time, free of the current limitation that requires a reasonable belief that adulterated food is being sold.” According to the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, "FDA would now be empowered to go on a ’fishing expedition’ and search records without any evidence whatsoever that there has been a violation." For all those who believe government is always looking out for our best interests, remember that our Founders established the 4th Amendment for just such “fishing expeditions” by nosy government agents.
The Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 purports to “improve the safety of food in the global market, and for other purposes.” It’s the “other purposes” that are cause for concern. The bill which has passed the House and now awaits Senate approval is a frightening testament to what happens when people don’t pay attention to what’s happening in D.C... Using recent food recalls of peanuts, spinach and beef as evidence of the need for more stringent controls over the food supply, the legislation would require that food producers, including the local farmer who grows pumpkins once a year just for grins, would have to comply with a time consuming record keeping scheme, and adds a new tax to all “facilities” which produce food, (which could be anyplace where food is grown or prepared). In addition, food in “holding facilities” would be under the control of the FDA .
Such broad categorizations could mean anyplace, including a basement, storage shed or pantry. That could lay the groundwork for some chilling scenarios. Could we see in this country what happened when Stalin’s regime in the Ukraine starved between 7 and 11 million people? That little acknowledged atrocity was a deliberately engineered program of genocide against the country peasants. Stalin’s men stormed onto farms, rounded up the families, dug up basements and tore down barns looking for kernels of grain the starving peasants might have set aside for their families while being forced to turn over all their crops. The number of deaths from this 1933 famine was, by many accounts equal to or greater than the number killed in Hitler’s Holocaust, but was covered up even by Americans like New York Times reporter Walter Duranty who won a Pulitzer Prize for his writings denying Stalin’s deadly campaign.
Not unlike a tyrannical regime, Big Brother wants to keep tabs on all things edible. In this case, it’s being done under the guise of keeping our food supply safe. It’s always about our safety, after all. A provision in HR 2749 would "establish and maintain a system for tracing the food that is interoperable with the systems established and maintained by other such persons; and use a unique identifier for each facility owned or operated by such person for such purpose." This dovetails nicely with the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) proposed several years ago which would require an expensive tagging of every pig, cow, horse or goat Americans owned.
HR 2749 would drive small, independent farmers out of business and hand Big Agribusiness Carte Blanche to push on us whatever Genetically Modified Frankenfoods they choose. HR 2749 would function as the backdoor assault on small, organic, family farming which will sound the death knell for our most basic freedom- the freedom to grow, sell and eat what we choose.
* While Taylor was at the FDA in the early 90's, he also oversaw the policy regarding Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rbGH/rbST) -- injected into cows to increase milk supply.
The milk from injected cows has more pus, more antibiotics, more bovine growth hormone, and most importantly, more insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 is a huge risk factor for common cancers and its high levels in this drugged milk is why so many medical organizations and hospitals have taken stands against rbGH.
The drug was banned in Canada, as well as Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. But it was approved in the US while Michael Taylor was in charge. His drugged milk might have caused a significant rise in US cancer rates. Additional published evidence also implicates rbGH in the high rate of fraternal twins in the US.
This link below This site, Food Freedom, provides somewhat of an overview of the objections to 2749.
There is also this article at Farm Wars
Wild Thing's comment......
The so called Food Safety Bill hands carte blanch enforcement to the whims of Obama’s Food Czar.
Interesdting this about this Bill there is also outrage from the left on this. This will put a bunch of hippy organic micro farms out of business.
The cost of our food will skyrocket, and only the gov’t chosen corporations will be able to grow our food....based on BS in this bill, and Codex Ameriterius which is global food control among other things.
This bill is anti-rural in general, and cuts our self-reliance in favor of relying on big agribiz and foreign imported foods.
When you click the link above and see who voted for it, I honestly think the ones that are Conservatives that voted for this thing had NO clue what it is about. There is no way they could have and done such a thing or what they hell were they thinking.
Like Michele Bachmann voted for it but honestly I really think she may not have made connection, as many are wanting to protect our food supply from e coli problems we had last year....and then there was the peanut butter salmanella. It’s their way of using a crisis again to push a left agenda.
This bill is insane. It hands our food production over completely to giant international corporations.
We are in a war without guns against America. How long that will last I have no idea, but this kind of thing happening with Czar's and Bill like this one and the socialized medicine and Cap and Trade coming up......one has to
wonder how much American citizens will be able to withstand with so many things against our country and we the people.
And most people are not aware of Codex Alimentarius and some other things planned. They used it in Germany in WW11. Our right to eat healthy food and use supplements of our choice is rapidly vanishing, but every effort has been made to keep you in the dark about the coming nutricide.
.... Thank you Jim for sending this to me.