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Senate Bill 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, has been called "the most dangerous bill in the history of the United States of America." It would grant the U.S. government new authority over the public's right to grow, trade and transport any foods. This would give Big brother the power to regulate the tomato plants in your backyard. It would grant them the power to arrest and imprison people selling cucumbers at farmer's markets. It would criminalize the transporting of organic produce if you don't comply with the authoritarian rules of the federal government.
"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."
This tyrannical law puts all food production (yes, even food produced in your own garden) under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security. Yep -- the very same people running the TSA and its naked body scanner / passenger groping programs.
This law would also give the U.S. government the power to arrest any backyard food producer as a felon (a "smuggler") for merely growing lettuce and selling it at a local farmer's market.
It also sells out U.S. sovereignty over our own food supply by ceding to the authority of both the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Codex Alimentarius.
It would criminalize seed saving (foodfreedom.wordpress.com...), turning backyard gardeners who save heirloom seeds into common criminals. This is obviously designed to give corporations like Monsanto a monopoly over seeds.
It would create an unreasonable paperwork burden that would put small food producers out of business, resulting in more power over the food supply shifting to large multinational corporations.
Originally posted by freakgenius
i'm not much of a gardener myself, but they better not pass this
i don't think the government realizes what will happen if they do
if they think the recent french and english riots were bad just wait until they piss off america...
Originally posted by Lupin
So when did this come into the Senate and more importantly when will it be voted on?
Oh good job by the way, S&F
Originally posted by cluckerspud
I grow my own vegetables and barter with local farmers.
I don't plan on changing my ways. If this bill intends to make
personal and local growth illegal, I can't imagine this actually passing.
I predict a riot!!!!
Five years ago I brought a young man with me to the AIPAC policy conference. He was only a
state senator in the state of Illinois at that time. He already had a lot of friends because he was
from Chicago. He's done very well for himself.
I just have to tell you that I believe that AIPAC has always been a trusted ally and friend from
my earliest days in politics. But whether it's Israel or Dick Durbin...