BREAKING: Senate votes cloture on S 510 – must now be voted on in 60 days

Nov. 30, 2010 UPDATE: US Senate passes the Patriot Act for Food, S510, by a vote of 73 to 25.

By Rady Ananda
Food Freedom

By a vote of 74 to 25, at noon today, the U.S. Senate voted for cloture on S 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, which means it must now be voted on in the full Senate within 60 days. All amendments to the controversial food control bill must be completed by that time.

One of S 510′s supporters, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, opposed cloture because modifications to the bill do not reflect its original intent, he said on C-SPAN. Chambliss fully supports giving the FDA more power over the US food supply, but is unhappy with the Manager’s Amendment submitted in August.

He objects to the small farm exclusion on the grounds that the $500,000 annual gross revenue limit is an arbitrary number that is too quickly reached by small farms. He called for numerous amendments to the bill as it appears today.

Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio supports S 510, and called out the statistics by the Centers for Disease Control that report there are 76 million foodborne illnesses a year, with 5,000 resulting in death.  What Brown did not say was that the FDA — the very agency further empowered by S 510 — is responsible for the approval of pharmaceutical drugs that result in 100,000 deaths a year.

None of the supporters of S 510 will acknowledge the corrupt nature of the Food and Drug Administration. Monsanto executives now work at the FDA or on President’s Obama’s Food Safety Task Force.

What legislators continue to ignore from the public is that we do not support giving federal agencies even more power — especially over something as inherently private as food choices.

None of the legislators will discuss the FDA raids on natural food operations which sickened no one, while it allowed Wright County Egg to sicken people for decades before finally taking action.

Yesterday, Senator Bob Casey informed his Pennsylvania constituents that the $1.6 billion price tag for S 510 will stop food smuggling in the United States. I kid you not:

“These provisions add personnel to detect, track and remove smuggled food and call for the development and implementation of strategies to stop food from being smuggled into the United States.”

Is food smuggling a problem in the United States? Well, the “biggest food smuggling case in the history of the U.S.” busted wide open in September. Eleven Chinese and German executives were indicted for bringing in $40 million worth of commercial grade honey over a five year period, reportedly to avoid paying $80 million in import fees.  (No wonder they tried smuggling.)

That amounts to 3 percent of the 1.35 billion-dollar honey market over a five-year period.

Since that was the biggest food smuggling bust, food smuggling is not the problem. Clearly. It hardly seems worth it for the US taxpayer to cough up $1.6 billion so the FDA can stop such illegal activities, especially in our current economic recession.

Blogger Steve Green interprets the S 510 smuggling language to mean:

“It would allow the government, under Maritime Law, to define the introduction of any food into commerce (even direct sales between individuals) as smuggling into “the United States.” Since under that law, the US is a corporate entity and not a location, “entry of food into the US” covers food produced anywhere within the land mass of this country and “entering into” it by virtue of being produced.”

§309 defines it as:

“In this subsection, the term ‘smuggled food’ means any food that a person introduces into the United States through fraudulent means or with the intent to defraud or mislead.”

Although only 150 new hires will be responsible for food smuggling under S 510, the total number of new hires sought is at least 18,000 employees.

This is absurd. Food smuggling is not the problem with food safety. Tainted food comes from monopoly operations in a highly centralized food system. Break up the monopolies and revert to localized food systems to ensure food safety. Let local authorities control local food safety.

55 responses to “BREAKING: Senate votes cloture on S 510 – must now be voted on in 60 days

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  2. we still have work to do

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  4. I am so much against more authority and intrusion over our lives by the federal government and especially; the TSA that I cannot adequately express myself. It would take me 900 pages to say what my opinion is regarding this matter and other related Bills that they have already passed or are planning to pass by the end of this Legislative Term. Count me as against this bill or any other bill that effects our small farmers and home gardeners. By the way, isn’t Queen Obama promoting Patio Gardens? Or does my memory fail me or has she had a change of heart and mind?

  5. The House members must demand that Soetoro/Obama produce his hidden documents which will prove he is not eligible to be president which will void all legislation and appointments by this criminal. It will also clean out many corrupt members of the house and senate. This is our only option to take our nation back as Soetoro will veto any attempts to stop his dictatorial takeover of the USA. He has stated recently he will be president 10 years from now in dealings with the Pakistani government. He is planning to call martial law and install himself as dictator through a military coup. This isn’t a joke, he must be stopped immediately.

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  7. Dear small farmers,

    Fuck you.

    Love,
    The US government

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  9. I wrote to both NY senators, Schumer and Gillibrand. Gillibrand is a sponsor of the bill and did not even bother to reply with the standard form letter. Schumer’s response starts out a little humorous and goes down hill from there.

    Here’s what I wrote,
    Please vote no on S.510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. I’m sure it will do more harm than good. Thank you for your time.

    Here’s part of the Senator’s response,
    Thank you for contacting me to express your thoughts regarding the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. I agree that our Nation needs strong food safety laws that protect public health without putting unnecessary burdens on American food producers and production facilities.

    Somehow in that very short note I conveyed to him my deep desire to see stronger food safety laws. I am obviously a much better write than I thought. Before the vote comes up I will add “and defund the FDA” which will hopefully make it a little clearer as to where I stand on the subject.

    • I received the same e-mail response. My e-mail told him I was against it, for him to vote against it, and to stop making any more regulations and to stop expanding government. He (Schumer) always responds to any of the numerous anti-anything I have e-mailed him about, the same way as this one; and if you didn’t read mine you would think we are both on the same page about everything, always. I can tell you I don’t think there is anything we agree on!

      • No matter what you write to him, he is still going to spam you asking for cash for his campaign. He will never realize the problem is that he already has too much of our money and ain’t doing one dang good thing with it.

  10. When you write a letter to your congressman, send it snail mail, and get it stamped by a notary. Then, when you get a response back that contradicts what you wrote, post it online. Catch the dumb asses in the act. Has anyone ever considered that our emails are screened and can be altered before they reach the person in office? Who is going to go to the extra effort to prove it was altered after being received and before it reached its intended recipient?

  11. Go Rady!!!! Knock out punch Blog. I love it and so does Keep the Beet Media Star, The World’s First Talking Beet Plant.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lesliex/chewing-on-food-safety-a-_b_750967.html

    I really can’t see leaving the fate of our food to 100 Senators who
    may have never tasted Real Food Safety or visited a farmers’ Market.

    • hey, thx for the kudos, Leslie ~

      seriously, hang out with millionaires (as all Senators are). You’ll see they eat the very best food that money can buy — they do not eat that factory crap

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  15. Our nation needs strong food safety laws, and thank goodness this is one area that can be agreed upon by both sides of the aisle. It is obvious that writers have not watched a child slowly die from e-coli or witnessed the terrible long term effects for many survivors.

  16. If you buy tomatoes from someone you know, you have an idea of how they were handle. It is NOT like buying tomatoes from Guatamala which have been pissed on or spat on! These idiots have their heads up their asses!

  17. via @rollcall — @SenatorReid threatens weekend session to finish food safety bill. @Senate_GOPs r running the clock: http://bit.ly/cfpty4 19 minutes ago via TweetDeck
    Food safety bill that’s being debated right now is bipartisan. It passed out of HELP committee unanimously. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
    More facts: Food poisoning kills up to 5K Americans every yr. Food-borne illnesses sicken 1 in 4 ppl every yr. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
    Fact: U.S. food safety system hasn’t been updated in almost 100 yrs about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
    .@SenatorReid “No one in [U.S.] shld have 2 worry if their salad/sandwich is going 2 kill them. No one in the Senate shld prey on that fear” about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck
    Senate is debating the food safety bill right now. Could go into the weekend if GOP runs the 30-hr post cloture clock like they love to do. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

  18. I am so outraged I am speechless.

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  20. There were over 500,000 cancer deaths last year. The inability to protect ourselves by purchasing locally farmed product will keep us from being able to protect our own lives.

    Does anyone seriously want to be restricted from growing a tomato in their back yard? This bill will give away all of our rights to the big corporations like Monsanto and ensure that we will have no choice but to purchase genetically modified foods. People need to wise up fast! God help us. Thank God for the local farmers who have not been forced out yet. I want healthy foods, not GMO’s or poisoned crops.

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  23. ALL recent salmonella & e coli outbreaks with respect to crops: have had microbial biopesticides, bioinsecticides, biofungicides used on them. The are LIVING bacterial and fungi.
    As to contaminated eggs; the chicken feed has microbials included in them.
    Melamine found in cow’s milk? the “capsules” that encapsulate these bio-control products are made from; Urea, Formaldehyde, MELIMINE.

    The bio products are manufactured and shipped from outside the United States.
    Mexico is one example.

    Scientist from the USDA/APHIS are listed on the bio-control products PATENTS.

    Of course, the government doesn’t want the public to know the truth. They are part of the problem. Those working in these governmental agencies have stock in the biotechnology corporations.

    There lies the problem.

    • Good points, Strend. What gets me is those who insist this bill will not restrict small farms and gardens. But the language is pretty damn clear, as is the FDA’s corrupt history.

      Like HACCP destroyed small meatpackers, S 510 will destroy small growers.

  24. LocalFoodCenter.com and LocalFarmCenter.com and hundreds more of Local dot coms is to be used for local food producers and everything else…All from LocalSuperCenter.com ..unfortunatly the establishment, and NWO creeps have hindered us from moving forward for 7 solid years..

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  26. Why don’t our “representatives” do something revolutionary for a change, like submitting bills which actually BENEFIT the citizens of this country, or in the alternative, just do nothing at all.

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  28. Very mad about this but must control anger, which is not good.
    I am chemically sensitive and many foods I eat must be organic,
    especially chicken and turkey. The amount of chemicals “added”
    to chicken and turkey is large. I long ago gave up eating fish and red meat. I do consume organic milk and eggs, too, although it is not
    quite as important to me to have these organic as the poultry.

    All people will suffer from this, but I am others like me, of whom I know hundreds if not thousands online, will suffer most. And
    the government does not care if we few are destroyed, as they probably think we are genetic misfits who cannot digest plastic and poison. Only the tough will be allowed survival.

    But I believe God will win.

  29. We buy milk from Mennonites, pasteurized, not homogenized…and honey/bread….not vegetables because a nursery is less than a quarter mile from my house.

    Mennonites and Amish here will be exempt from any regulations..they still drive tractors on the highway.

  30. What the hell???
    We want to pass a law to stop food smuggling into the US but not stop humans???
    Where is the TEA PARTY whose goal was to stop govt growth???

  31. Phillip VanGarrick

    Hey, I hope the Tea Party people will be out in force on this, but I really doubt that they give a hoot unless it involves helping Obama fail.

  32. REPLY TO MIREAL:
    What you are NOT BEING TOLD is that microbial bio-control products (bacteria and fungi); that are used on our food crops (as well as animal feed crops) are being DEEMED as ORGANIC. This is because the bio-control’s being used are considered to be NATURALLY found, that in nature (soil, plants, trees… etc.)

    Of course; these bacteria and fungi are NOT put on the food supply and used for insect control @ 100%. The actual bacteria and fungi used in these bio-control products: may be as low as 0.07%. Of course the FDA, the USDA and the EPA do not disclose this. Thus, the public is thinking that ORGANIC stands only for free range beef, pork and chickens… or the use of lady bugs, or some other harmless insect to kill a disease of a plant.

    Diseases of plants are caused by bacteria and/or fungi. So, like with humans; bacteria and/or fungi are used to fight these plant diseases. Bacteria is used to treat fungal diseases and bacteria is used to treat fungal diseases. A plant disease IS an infection.

    Think about it; Pneumonia is caused from a bacteria (most times).. and the very medication that is given for a bacterial related Pneumonia is Penicillin. Penicillin IS derived from the fungi; Penicillium.

    What scares the hell out of me; is that in their quest to find “novel” microorganisms to be used for microbial products…. biotech research and development companies bring in foreign soil, cuttings from exotic plants (to name just a couple of examples) and then search within to find a “new” strain of bacteria and/or fungi. THESE foreign microorganisms are then used on our crops and for insect control with full blessings from the FDA, USDA and the EPA.

  33. Oh what a tangled web they weave…

  34. Thought this could get emailed and spread nationwide..

    Who voted in FAVOR of moving S.510 forward

    Akaka (D-HI)
    Alexander (R-TN)
    Barrasso (R-WY)
    Baucus (D-MT)
    Bayh (D-IN)
    Begich (D-AK)
    Bennet (D-CO)
    Bingaman (D-NM)
    Boxer (D-CA)
    Brown (D-OH)
    Brown (R-MA)
    Burr (R-NC)
    Burris (D-IL)
    Cantwell (D-WA)
    Cardin (D-MD)
    Carper (D-DE)
    Casey (D-PA)
    Collins (R-ME)
    Conrad (D-ND)
    Coons (D-DE)
    Corker (R-TN)
    Dodd (D-CT)
    Dorgan (D-ND)
    Durbin (D-IL)
    Enzi (R-WY)
    Feingold (D-WI)
    Feinstein (D-CA)
    Franken (D-MN)
    Gillibrand (D-NY)
    Grassley (R-IA)
    Gregg (R-NH)
    Hagan (D-NC)
    Harkin (D-IA)
    Inouye (D-HI)
    Johanns (R-NE)
    Johnson (D-SD)
    Kerry (D-MA)
    Klobuchar (D-MN)
    Kohl (D-WI)
    Landrieu (D-LA)
    Lautenberg (D-NJ)
    LeMieux (R-FL)
    Leahy (D-VT)
    Levin (D-MI)
    Lieberman (ID-CT)
    Lincoln (D-AR)
    Lugar (R-IN)
    Manchin (D-WV)
    McCaskill (D-MO)
    Menendez (D-NJ) Merkley (D-OR)
    Mikulski (D-MD)
    Murray (D-WA)
    Nelson (D-FL)
    Pryor (D-AR)
    Reed (D-RI)
    Reid (D-NV)
    Rockefeller (D-WV)
    Sanders (I-VT)
    Schumer (D-NY)
    Shaheen (D-NH)
    Snowe (R-ME)
    Specter (D-PA)
    Stabenow (D-MI)
    Tester (D-MT)
    Thune (R-SD)
    Udall (D-CO)
    Udall (D-NM)
    Vitter (R-LA)
    Voinovich (R-OH)
    Warner (D-VA)
    Webb (D-VA)
    Whitehouse (D-RI)
    Wyden (D-OR)
    3

    Who OPPOSED S.510

    Bennett (R-UT)
    Bond (R-MO)
    Brownback (R-KS)
    Bunning (R-KY)
    Chambliss (R-GA)
    Coburn (R-OK)
    Cochran (R-MS)
    Cornyn (R-TX)
    Crapo (R-ID)

    DeMint (R-SC)
    Ensign (R-NV)
    Graham (R-SC)
    Hatch (R-UT)
    Hutchison (R-TX)
    Inhofe (R-OK)
    Isakson (R-GA)
    Kyl (R-AZ)
    McCain (R-AZ)
    McConnell (R-KY)
    Nelson (D-NE)
    Risch (R-ID)
    Roberts (R-KS)
    Sessions (R-AL)
    Shelby (R-AL)
    Wicker (R-MS)
    .
    .

  35. Mostly Ds…this is a spite vote; see you out in 2012??? And they know it.

  36. That is an amazing breakdown, thanks for sharing. My hate mail is in the making…along with some hand-sorted seeds hahahaha.

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  39. Schumer ALWAYS does that….nasty form letters, Precious!

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  42. Folks, its time to look at the writing on the wall(or the screen).i hear the chatter on the teaparties.Don’t beleive the slander.CHECK THEM OUT! I did and the 1 demo i visited the 1st man i spoke to was a veitnamese gentleman who spoke broken english and the only meeting i’ve attended so far the man sitting next to me is black. Doesn’t fit the racist tag ! The # 1 principle of the teaparty is Leeessssssss Government intrusion and 2nd— a return to the basic principles of the constitution— a representative form of gov’t. They also are non-partisan. I dare to say that all of those Democrats on that” Yes” Vote did not represent us too well, yet all those Republicans who voted No did indeed represent us!At least they voted true to their principle of less Gov’t. One of the no voters was Demint-R.-S.C. a teaparty supporter.The FDA is unconstitutional in the powers it has been allowed.In the words of bobbie dylan”so don’t critisize what you don’t understand.” It is time to shed some of our own fears and prejudices and get out of our own tiny comfort zone and find out who our real allies are, no matter who they lead us to. “The times they are a’changein”.

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  50. This is a No-Brainer. Non-GMO genetics are designed for yield, with no compromise for standability or drydown. Products are always carefully chosen to match trait rotation systems, IRM refuge areas, and premium markets. Thanks for your blog! Let the world know!

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