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House Resolution 875, or the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009, was introduced by Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., in February. DeLauro’s husband, Stanley Greenburg, works for Monsanto – the world’s leading producer of herbicides and genetically engineered seed.

HR 875/SR425 is the bill that gives the government more control over our food and pesticides and appears to violate the 10th amendment at the same time.  The 10th is the one that specifies that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people

Ck out the legislation here at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?c111:1:./temp/~c111UkEuSz:e5014:

Perhaps not intended, but maybe so- HR 875’s legislation is so vague that someone with a backyard garden could see a fine and potentially have their property seized by the governments newest proposed administration, “The Food Safety Administration.”  Currently, the Food and Drug Administration, {FDA} is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, has regulatory jurisdiction over the safety and labeling of 80 percent of the American food supply, encompassing all foods except meat, poultry, and egg products, as well as drugs, medical devices, and biologics.  I wonder if Michelle Obama’s White House Garden is in compliance?

This is more than just an approach to stop disgusting, contaminated peanut butter factories and regulate the likes of super food producers like Tyson, Monsanto, ADM, and distributors like Cysco.  Had the FDA enforced the violations it found in the Georgia peanut factory in the first place, hundreds would not have been sickened or died. 

HR 875 will put organic foods and organic marketers at risk. What is the chance that they would be able to keep up with the broad demands this legislation entails including, the list of pesticides and fertilizers.  Forget the  the organic market out in the country, a street vendor selling home grown tomatoes, or a tomato from your own garden.  Reminds me of  the movie, ” The Godfather,” when every time there is an orange in the scene, someone dies.  What is dying with HR875, is the little guys effort to compete against large food growers, processors and distributors.   

In a further erosion of individual States rights, the bill would legally bind States agriculture to enforce federal guidelines and it seems to stretch all the way into wild game like deer, turkey.  Shouldn’t hunters be concerned? 

“Theres also a chance that as this bill moves through Congressman Waxman’s Energy and Commerce Committee, he could use it as a vehicle for attacking the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act of 1994 which defends our access to dietary supplements,” writes the Rumor Mills at http://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?noframes;read=142795.  What, no more Flintstone Vitamins?  No more Z-cam or C for colds? Certainly the big pharmaceutical companies would have a vested interests in the elimination of over the counter vitamins.  Pharma would rather see a prescription issued for one of their own manufactured pills.

Section 204 of the legislation, “Not later than 6 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall publish in the Federal Register a list of the contaminants in foods that have the greatest adverse impact on public health in terms of the number and severity of illnesses and number of deaths associated with foods regulated under this Act.”  Here come the food police and the hunt will be on.  I think we all, already know eating raw or undercooked shell fish can kill you. 

Currently in existence is CODEX ALIMENTARIUS, with 181 countries now participating .  The Codex Alimentarius Commission was created in 1963 by FAO and WHO to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as codes of practice under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Program. The main purposes of this Program are protecting health of the consumers and ensuring fair trade practices in the food trade, and promoting coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations. http://www.codexalimentarius.net/web/index_en.jsp

Arguing against, “Codex is one component in a much larger population control, and societal control agenda. Food Control (and Nutrient Control) = People Control, says http://www.nocodexgenocide.com/page/page/3113334.htm.

Under the guise of increased security, the has the FDA is working via the Trilateral Cooperation Charter http://www.fda.gov/oia/charter.html to harmonize the food and drug regulations between the US, Canada and Mexico.

WaPo reported that Obama will ask Congress for $1 billion in new funds to add inspectors and modernize laboratories.  $1 billion more of our tax dollars going to the government.   Ugggghhhh. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/14/AR2009031401600.html

HR 875/S425 may just be like the bailout, TARP and Recovery legislation, no one has read it.  I’d bet the legislation was written by lobbyists and industry experts who, in the long run don’t really care about keeping food safe, only profits and putting the little guy out of business.

http://magicalgodmother.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/monsanto-myths-and-misrepresentation/ offers a peek at some myths about HR 875.

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