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Friday, April 29, 2011

So how’s the Food Patriot Act working out so far?

Food Freedom
By Rady Ananda

Another armed food raid – this time on a company that provides nutritional supplements primarily for autism spectrum disorders and Alzheimer’s disease – another day under the Food Safety Modernization Act. As predicted, the FSMA is turning out to be a deliberate plan to wipe out small (under a million dollars a year in sales) and medium-sized (under $10 million a year) producers of natural, wholesome food and supplements. This is what happens when corporations run governments.

The concept of “food safety” in corpogov-speak is really just food fascism, according to Vandana Shiva:
“Risk Assessment in the hands of centralized corruptible agencies is no protection for consumers as the disease and health epidemic in the U.S. linked to over processed, industrial foods show. Even while the U.S. is at the epicenter of the food related public health crises, the U.S. government is trying to export its Food laws which deregulate the industry and over regulate ordinary citizens and small enterprise. This deregulation of the big and toxic and over regulation of the small and ecological is at the core of Food Fascism.” [emphasis added]
Small scale producers of meat, raw dairy and veggies, and dietary supplements are under continual attack by food giants who have placed their former employees in positions of power and authority.

Independent rancher Mike Callicrate recently told the Derry Brownfield Show that today’s industrial meat sector is worse than what Upton Sinclair described in The Jungle in 1906, from low wages and unsafe working conditions to animal cruelty and sick, adulterated food.

Reviewing the FMSA, genetically modified foods, and the HACCP inspection system, Callicrate had some particularly caustic comments on the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, which is putting “the family farmer’s face on industrial meat” thru a $30 million ad campaign. FARA really represents globalized, industrialized meat production, he said.

A new rule, “Test and Hold” ends fresh meat in the U.S., he also warned. Suppliers used to provide restaurants with meat that was slaughtered and ground a few hours earlier, the same day. Instead, they must now submit a sample of their meat to a lab where, in a few days, they’ll be advised if it’s safe to sell. Large industrial operations, which use meat glue to blend meat from different countries, send a sample from a million pounds of meat, giving them a huge competitive advantage over small producers who don’t glue their meat together. The meat they sell to restaurants and grocers, Callicrate advised, is two weeks old.
Here’s a news video on meat glue:

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Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette took a particular tongue-lashing in that Derry Brownfield episode for her refusal to hear public concerns about genetically modified foods, imported foods, and the cost of the FSMA borne by producers.
We can’t help but be reminded of the horrendous armed raid on Rawesome Foods and its suppliers last year. ReasonTV put together a good summary of the issues:

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Farmers and producers are encouraged to describe their experiences with the FSMA for our writers who plan to follow the reality of its implementation.
Commenting on the FSMA, one farmer already reported:
“HACCP ain’t the half of it.  Wisconsin Dept. of Ag held seminars the beginning of April to educate produce growers and packers as to what will be involved in inspections.  The supporters of locally grown have been co-opted by the new slogan ‘Buy local-Buy safely’ – that unless the produce is inspected, it isn’t safe. Although everyone thought that there would be time before on the ground implementation of the FSMA, it just isn’t going to be delayed.

“[We also got] information how bed and breakfast operations cannot as institutions use their own eggs because of salmonella concerns and must buy federally inspected eggs. Even though they can sell the eggs at the farmers markets, they can’t serve them to borders.  In light of the Iowa egg situation I don’t see the logic in this, but those behind this are not logical; they and their minions are just evil.”
Instead of closing down egg factories that sicken thousands, the government is shutting down wholesome supplement makers, small dairy and meat producers, and backyard chickens for small B&Bs.

The Care2 site has a petition to protest the raid on Maxam Nutraceutics, mentioned at top, which is being sent to the FDA and other federal agencies. (The quirky set-up requires you to hit the sign button on two different screens before it will register your signature.)

Those who still believe “good government” is possible after Citizens United v. FEC delude themselves. Abetted by government, multinational corporations plan to seize complete control of all food production. Yet, what they offer is killing us, and the planet.

10 comments:

  1. I just read recently that commercial fertlizers has been known to put plutonium in. Also, cigarettes has plutonium added to their deadly concoction.
    Just yesterday I listened to a discussion pertaining to conditioning people to accept the notion of only receiving food through seeds that must be cultivated and watched. The earth provides us with food that does not need to be watched, they are grown wild in your own back yards...for 1000 years we have been taught to farm when all we have to do is know what is eatable in the wild. This never occurred to me, not once. What do you think with the current knowledge of science foods? I know that I will be foraging in my woods for wild foods...

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  2. So is it the state that is creating problems, or rather the big corporations that control the state?

    I completely agree with Shiva about Food Fascism, but the question is, How do we get out of this mess? The only realistic answer is Democracy, i.e. to make the government serve the people.

    The truth of the matter is that the libertarians offer zero in the way of realistic solutions. In fact, by demonizing the state they lead us away from the only realistic remedy that might still be possible. Libertarianism is a smokescreen that allows the big corporations do their evil work undisturbed.

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  3. BULLSHIT! Are you purposefully blind?? The corp. could not exist without the state, that is what they call fascism! Libertarianism has never been given a chance, you blame an ideology that has been demonized by our fake two party system but has in fact had no say whatsoever in anything. You say democracy is our only hope? Well, we've had that for many a long decade and yet you deny our outcome. You know nothing about liberty, and obviously have zero faith in your fellow man, the very foundation of the Libertarian. Your downfall is your faith in a failed state, a foundation which you have yet to adequately defend, unless you of course like war?

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  4. "The corp. could not exist without the state"

    Nonsense! If you study history, you'll find that there are many examples of corporations existing without the state. For example, India had been run for a long time by the East India Company, which had its own army, etc.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Company_rule_in_India

    Obviously libertarians never had much power, so they cannot be blamed for all the trouble in the world. As I said before, libertarianism is mostly a smokescreen to create some confusion, and to take attention from the real issues.

    And why should I defend the state? The state is in the US Constitution, so anyone who believes in the Constitution should accept the state. Or are you denying the US Constitution?

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  5. It is rather unbelievable isn't it?

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  6. Nonsense! If you study history, you'll find that there are many examples of corporations existing without the state. For example, India had been run for a long time by the East India Company, which had its own army, etc

    And India was under the control of the STATE of England.

    Back to the original blog:

    Years ago, before the Internet, I read a story by a USDA meat inspector who had quit his job because he could no longer stomach what he was seeing.... and he also claimed to have become a vegetarian due to all the noxious meat products being shipped for consumption.

    He said the USDA inspectors were buried under their workload and that they could never do proper inspections.

    He also claimed that those breaded chicken nuggets that were coming into popularity were breaded to cover up cancerous tumors on the animals.

    "Yummy"

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  7. I've given up this debate. My 20/20 hindsight works perfectly so I know for a fact the state is directly responsible for every fucked up thing happening today, from war to famine to fascism. If the above commenter likes the status quo they are free to do so, I myself will NEVER trust the govt. again, because govt., by it's very nature, is rotten and corrupt to the core due to the personality it requires to seek power. Blaming a political party that has never had a thing to say because we are beyond the minority just proves that democracy, AKA mob rule, is unjust and that is why it is favored by the corrupt state. We haven't had a working constitution since Lincoln started the civil war, so falling back on that is a joke. Rose colored glasses do not change the facts of history, but most people refuse to learn, that is why we are doomed to repeat it.

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  8. Greg Bacon said...

    "And India was under the control of the STATE of England."

    Greg, please read the Wiki article that I cited.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Company_rule_in_India

    It explains that, early on, the East India Company was completely on its own running the Bengal -- a very rich part of India -- but, alas, they screwed up so badly because of their own corruption that the British state eventually had to help them out a bit... ;)

    So here you have it, a total failure of free enterprise!

    Oh, well, the libertarians never get any votes, so then there must be something wrong with democracy? Really? :)

    How about there might be something wrong with the libertarianism?

    No, myself, I don't like the govt, and I don't like the big corporations, but especially the latter. I simply accept govt as inevitable part of life, and I believe it should be reformed through democratic process. Unfortunately, there's no other way. Doint the voodoo rituals with a copy of Atlas Shrugged is just not gonna cut it, sorry.

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  9. Luckily for you most people feel the same way which is why we are stuck in this shithole they call democracy and will never escape. For people like me, the minority, you know, the ones who are suppose to be protected by the govt. from you, the mob, pretty much get screwed, and you're OK with that as long as you can't see it from your house. Liberty is a concept you can't understand because you never had it and have been raised to accept whatever TPTB decide for you, there is nothing wrong with libertarianism, there is something wrong with the coddled from cradle to grave mindset which ends up being total suffocation in the end. Ayn Rand didn't really get it either, remember, Atlas Shrugged is fiction, but the fascist police state that is todays America, a state that could not exist without the total cooperation and complicity of the govt. is real, and getting worse by the day.

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