Clear and Present Danger

17 Dec

So  I was wondering, do you ever stop and think where your food comes from?  You, your parents or guardians go to Buy Low, Best Way, Superior or Ralph’s and buy all your produce, bread, munchies, you name it.  All your vitamins and nutrients are coming from these products that you consume on a daily basis.  However, we hardly think of what it took for this apple to grow, and just because its a fruit and it looks like its good for you then it must be good for you, right?  Well, I want you to take into consideration which are the institutions that are in charge of the regulation of your food and if you can really trust them.  I mean, you can grow up being told that what you’re eating is food but what if it really isn’t? Ah…

On November 30, 2010 the Senate passed S. 510 FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act by a Yay-Nay votes of 73 to 25, and will now go to be voted on in the House.

So you might say, wow that’s good that they are making sure out food is safe but this is when you need to look into this sort of legislation.  I love euphemism in the title of the bill, ensuring food safety and modernization. Modernization?! Why do we need to modernize our food?

Well I’m just warning you that you’re going to come across people in positions of privilege and agenda-setting power like Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma who are trying to get the food bill passed by saying that the government will not be held accountable for the past management of foodborne illness outbreaks and for the cost of the bill, $1.4 billion, which is fully paid according to the Office of Management and Budget.  You may also come across scare tactics like Pew Health Group Food Program Director, Erik Olson, who says, “Repeated disease outbreaks from contaminated foods, including eggs, lettuce, spinach, cookie dough, peanut products and so many other foods illustrate how serious foodborne disease problems continue to harm consumers and the food industry’s bottom line.”

Some are calling this the Food Tyranny Act, institutions of power, privilege and oppression are at work.  They are trying so hard to pass this law by January because their excuse is food safety, however its their way of making genetically modified food the only source of food in the United States. It has been said that Monsanto’s Michael Taylor was the designer of the bill and is waiting to be appointed a position in the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) which is a position unapproved by Congress.   This position will administer the agency the bill would create — without judicial review — if it passes.  S 510 would give Monsanto unlimited power over all US seed, food supplements, food and farming.

Here are some of the Logistics behind the bill:

1.  It puts all US food and all US farms under Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, in the event of contamination or an ill-defined emergency.  It resembles the Kissinger Plan.

2.  It would end US sovereignty over its own food supply by insisting on compliance with the WTO, thus threatening national security.  It would end the Uruguay Round Agreement Act of 1994, which put US sovereignty and US law under perfect protection.  Instead, S 510 says:

“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.”

3.  It would allow the government, under Maritime Law, to define the introduction of any food into commerce (even direct sales between individuals) as smuggling into “the United States.” Since under that law, the US is a corporate entity and not a location, “entry of food into the US” covers food produced anywhere within the land mass of this country and “entering into” it by virtue of being produced.

4.  It imposes Codex Alimentarius on the US, a global system of control over food. It allows the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the WTO to take control of every food on earth and remove access to natural food supplements.  Its bizarre history and its expected impact in limiting access to adequate nutrition (while mandating GM food, GM animals, pesticides, hormones, irradiation of food, etc.) threatens all safe and organic food and health itself, since the world knows now it needs vitamins to survive, not just to treat illnesses.

5.  It would remove the right to clean, store and thus own seed in the US, putting control of seeds in the hands of Monsanto and other multinationals, threatening US security.

6.  It includes NAIS, an animal traceability program that threatens all small farmers and ranchers raising animals. The UN is participating through the WHO, FAO, WTO, and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in allowing mass slaughter of even heritage breeds of animals and without proof of disease.  Biodiversity in farm animals is being wiped out to substitute genetically engineered animals on which corporations hold patents.  Animal diseases can be falsely declared.  S 510 includes the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), despite its corrupt involvement in the H1N1 scandal, which is now said to have been concocted by the corporations.

7.  It extends a failed and destructive HACCP to all food, thus threatening to do to all local food production and farming what HACCP did to meat production – put it in corporate hands and worsen food safety.

8.  It deconstructs what is left of the American economy. It takes agriculture and food, which are the cornerstone of all economies, out of the hands of the citizenry, and puts them under the total control of multinational corporations influencing the UN, WHO, FAO and WTO, with HHS, and CDC, acting as agents, with Homeland Security as the enforcer.  The chance to rebuild the economy based on farming, ranching, gardens, food production, natural health, and all the jobs, tools and connected occupations would be eliminated.

9.  It would allow the government to mandate antibiotics, hormones, slaughterhouse waste, pesticides and GMOs. This would industrialize every farm in the US, eliminate local organic farming, greatly increase global warming from increased use of oil-based products and long-distance delivery of foods, and make food even more unsafe.  The five items listed — the Five Pillars of Food Safety — are precisely the items in the food supply which are the primary source of its danger.

10. It uses food crimes as the entry into police state power and control. The bill postpones defining all the regulations to be imposed; postpones defining crimes to be punished, postpones defining penalties to be applied.  It removes fundamental constitutional protections from all citizens in the country, making them subject to a corporate tribunal with unlimited power and penalties, and without judicial review. It is (similar to C-6 in Canada) the end of Rule of Law in the US.

For further information, watch these videos:

Vandana Shiva: Food Laws – Forcing People to Globalize
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ia-P4rL2IWc

State Imposed Violence … to snatch resources of ordinary people
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onw_PkVvpts&feature=related

Corporate Rule
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PwqUQ_HIlg&feature=related

Reclaiming Economies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXoJHG-er7A&feature=related

 

I know everybody is busy with school, finals just passed for some of us and the high school students are soon going to apply for financial aid and the such.  However, I encourage you to do your own research and learn more about this issue because it will affect all of us.  This is something ridiculous which I would of never even thought of coming across during my lifetime, but here it is… Please we aware of your material realities and the invisibility of oppression,  that we don’t recognize until innocent people like my grandfather will have to face the consequences of his leisure activities like growing an organic garden in my backyard. 

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