reply to post by robyn
It's invariably a case of "follow the money", There's also an ever increasing number of "revolving door" lobbyists.
It is often much more involved than that. The Elite have many more bases covered than just K street lobbyists.
An Example is the "farm Wars" which shows just how complex the Elites plans can be. Nicole Johnson's
shows the plans go all the way
back to 1942!
Food & Water Watch had a really great article on the USDA/FDA corporate Ag Cartel connections. Unfortunately the article was wiped from the internet
when the Rosa Delauro/Monsanto connection became known during the fight to defeat HR-875. Maude Barlow a “no dog in this fight” Canadian, is a
director of both Food & Water Watch and Organic Consumers Assoc. She was handsomely rewarded for selling the US consumer out with an appointment as
New Senior Advisor to the UN president on October 21, 2008.
Organic Consumers Assoc. had a graph (also removed from the internet) showing how food borne illness took a sharp rise, doubling, after the FDA/USDA
replaced US food safety inspection with the International HACCP protocol.
Under the new HACCP guidelines the
corporations were now responsible for all the actual inspection and US "food" inspectors reduced to checking paperwork not food. So now the USDA/FDA
are HACCP compliance "paperwork inspectors" and many government testing labs have been closed.
The banker owned media of course played up the food borne illness but not the actual cause - the removal of hands on government inspection. To offset
the screaming of the farming contingent, Barbara Kowalcyk Co-founder, and director of the Center For Foodborne Illness, was trotted out. She states
her son, Kevin died in 2001 from food poisoning.
In her own words in an article in Huffington Post.
“President Obama made history Tuesday when he signed the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act into law.
This historic event establishes
the first major reform of food oversight at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1938... [No Barbara the last major reform was in
1996 and it was called HACCP cv]
This new law is the first step moving us toward such a system, as described in a recent National Academy of Sciences report which I co-authored.
Specifically, the law will require FDA, as well as food processors and producers, to identify areas of risk so that preventive measures can be
developed and implemented. [description of HACCP cv] It requires FDA to inspect the facilities under its jurisdiction more frequently (every 5-7 years
instead of every 8-10 years), and has provisions to improve food trace-back systems and foodborne illness surveillance efforts....”
If we go back in time we find Dwayne Orville Andreas,(CEO of Archer Daniels Midland Company and former employee of Cargill, is the most prominent
political campaign donor in the United States. He contributed millions of dollars to Democratic and Republican candidates alike for DECADES.
DAN AMSTUTZ and the REVOLVING DOOR
Dan Amstutz was CEO of Cargill and President and CEO of the North American Export Grain Association.
Before joining government, Amstutz was a general partner of Goldman, Sachs and
Company, the New York investment bank, where he initiated the firm’s commodities trading and futures brokerage businesses.
In 1995, Amstutz as a senior trade negotiator under Clinton, wrote the World Trade Organization Agreement on Agriculture. It got rid of tariffs,
opened borders and with the aid of the United Nations (OIE and FAO), the WTO WROTE the regulations for farming to be implemented worldwide. Amstutz
was also part of the Reagan Administration for 6 years first as under secretary of agriculture for international affairs and commodity programs
(1983-1987) and then as ambassador and chief negotiator for agriculture in the GATT Uruguay Round trade negotiations leading up to the WTO.
Republican or Democrat the Ag Cartel/Banker agenda was carried forward.
Amstutz's role in trade negotiations was just part of the agenda. His next step was to introduce the "Freedom to Farm" legislation of 1996. A
seven-year farm program pressuring the US government to move away from its farmer support programs. This end of the US policy of buying and
stockpiling grain reserves. The resulting over production of grain flooded the market, causing plunging farm
The effects on independent farmers was devastating. U.S. Farmers made up 3.4% of the labor force in 1980 and dropped to 1.9 % by 2002
despite 90% of farmers having outside jobs.
The super cheap grain produced by the new "Farm Policy" was bought up by the Ag cartel and exported to third world countries where it was sold at
below production costs. This bankrupted third world farmers and lead to worldwide factory farms like the one in Mexico of Swine flu fame.
However the Ag cartel wasn't finished with their manipulations.
Next was the Biofuel law (Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 ) and Archer Daniels Midland cleans up big time in the government susidized
biofuel business. link
This new use of grain caused grain prices to rise but that was only part of the manipulation. Back to our good friend Dan Amstutz and his OTHER
employer, Goldman Sachs.
Gramm, head of the CFTC, helped firms such as Goldman Sachs gain influence over the commodity markets. At the end of 2006, food prices across the
world started to rise, suddenly. Wheat had shot up by 80 per cent, maize by 90 per cent, rice by 320 per cent.
...Then, in spring 2008, prices just as mysteriously fell back to their previous level. Jean Ziegler, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to
Food, calls it “a silent mass murder”, entirely due to “man-made actions.” Through the 1990s, Goldman Sachs and others lobbied
hard and the regulations [controlling agricultural futures contracts] were abolished. Suddenly, these contracts were turned into “derivatives”
that could be bought and sold among traders who had nothing to do with agriculture. A market in “food speculation” was born. The
speculators drove the price through the roof....” www.independent.co.uk...
...Today three companies, Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, and Bunge control the world’s grain trade. Chemical giant Monsanto controls
three-fifths of seed production. Unsurprisingly, in the last quarter of 2007, even as the world food crisis was breaking, Archer Daniels
Midland’s profits jumped 20%, Monsanto 45%, and Cargill 60%. Recent speculation with food commodities has created another dangerous “boom.”
After buying up grains and grain futures, traders are hoarding, withholding stocks and further inflating prices....”
AND children starved to death....
In 2010 the Ag Cartel's Dream bill "The food Safety Modernization Act" was passed in the lame duck session. With a one line amendment in the near
future inserting the Commerce Clause, the Ag cartel will have placed full control of ALL US food production INCLUDING YOUR GARDEN under THEIR World
Trade Organization. Very neatly side stepping ANY citizen control of the industry.
From the actual law as posted on the FDA website:
SEC. 404. 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.
From the FDA website
The harmonization of laws, regulations and standards between and among trading partners requires intense, complex, time-consuming negotiations by
CFSAN officials. Harmonization must simultaneously facilitate international trade and promote mutual understanding, while protecting national
interests and establish a basis to resolve food issues on sound scientific evidence in an objective atmosphere. Failure to reach a consistent,
harmonized set of laws, regulations and standards within the freetrade agreements and the World Trade Organization Agreements can result in
considerable economic repercussions....
Remember the USDA $3.9 million dollar fine on a family raising $500 bucks worth of
THAT was thanks to a recent amendment to the older "Animal Welfare Act" that allowed the Feds to interfere with in-state commerce.
The Dollarhites were hung by a small addition to an old law, one they originally were in compliance with.
This was the HR875 version: ""in any action to enforce the requirements of the food safety law, the connection with interstate commerce
required for jurisdiction SHALL BE PRESUMED TO EXIST."
and I expect a similar one liner to appear as an amendment to the new food law within
These words of a lawyer who specializes in interstate commerce clause cases is something we all need to understand because the "Commerce Clause"
does not just effect food.
Ignorance about the law’s broad reach (and how it will be construed by the courts) has thwarted opposition to the bill, which will likely pass
Congress. For example, a newspaper claims the bill “doesn’t regulate home gardens.” The newspaper probably assumed that was true because the
bill, like most federal laws, only purports to reach activities that affect “interstate commerce.” To an uninformed layperson or journalist, that
“sounds as if it might not reach local and mom-and-pop operators at all.” (The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, has sought to forestall
opposition to her bill by falsely claiming that that “the Constitution’s commerce clause prevents the federal government from regulating commerce
that doesn’t cross state lines.”)
But lawyers familiar with our capricious legal system know better. The Supreme Court ruled in Wickard v. Filburn (1942) that even home
gardens (in that case, a farmer’s growing wheat for his own consumption) are subject to federal laws that regulate interstate commerce.
Economists and scholars have criticized this decision, but it continues to be cited and followed in Supreme Court rulings, such as those applying
federal anti-drug laws to consumption of even home-grown medical marijuana. Indeed, many court decisions allow Congress to define as “interstate
commerce” even non-commercial conduct that doesn’t cross state lines — something directly at odds with Rep. DeLauro’s claims.