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Legislation could mean prosecution, fines up to $1 million
Small farms and organic growers could be placed under the federal government under H.R.875, the Food Safety Modernization Act. Government inspectors would visit and examine food producers, including small farms, to ensure compliance. They would review records and conduct surveillance of animals, plants, products, the environment. According to the act, "A person that...violates the food safety law may be assessed a penalty of $1,000,000."
Originally posted by StrangeBrew
Funny how these things happen. Everyone was wondering what was going on with all the tainted food recalls and salmonella vegetables. All of a sudden, "those peppers have been recalled", or "salmonella tomatoes, look-out!" Vegetable "problems" have been through the roof the past 24 months. Good thing government legislation sponsored by Monsanto is here to save us just in time.
Originally posted by Scarcer
Can any one locate a legal document stating this?
If a small grower is selling within his state the feds have no authority whatsoever.
Docket Title Importation, Interstate Movement, and Release into the Environment of Certain Genetically Engineered Organisms
Genetically Engineered Crops The genetic engineering of plants and animals is looming as one of the greatest and most intractable environmental challenges of the 21st Century. Already, this novel technology has invaded our grocery stores and our kitchen pantries by fundamentally altering some of our most important staple food crops. By being able to take the genetic material from one organism and insert it into the permanent genetic code of another, biotechnologists have engineered numerous novel creations, such as potatoes with bacteria genes, "super" pigs with human growth genes, fish with cattle growth genes, tomatoes with flounder genes, and thousands of other plants, animals and insects. At an alarming rate, these creations are now being patented and released into the environment.
Originally posted by antar
Didn't I just comment to this thread the other day? Oh well no matter, what I think is that this is a bunch of redherring soup to cover up all the other issues that they are sneaking into congress. I just do not see them winning this one, too many family farms across the Nation which supply the healthy foods to many congressmen, Senators and their families. They dont want to eat GMO any more than you or I and lets face it people are waking up to the real truth behind GMO's.
Currently, up to 40 percent of U.S. corn is genetically engineered as is 80 percent of soybeans. It has been estimated that upwards of 60 percent of processed foods on supermarket shelves--from soda to soup, crackers to condiments--contain genetically engineered ingredients.