HR 2749: Totalitarian Control of the Food Supply


By The Writers’ Collective


A new food safety bill is on the fast track in Congress-HR 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009.  The bill needs to be stopped.

HR 2749 gives FDA tremendous power while significantly diminishing existing judicial restraints on actions taken by the agency.  The bill would impose a one-size-fits-all regulatory scheme on small farms and local artisanal producers; and it would disproportionately impact their operations for the worse.

Take Action HERE.


HR 2749 does not address underlying causes of food safety problems such as industrial agriculture practices and the consolidation of our food supply.  The industrial food system and food imports are badly in need of effective regulation, but the bill does not specifically direct regulation or resources to these areas.


To read a detailed account of the bill, go to:

(Read the section on tracing.  That is NAIS, isn’t it? –  highly disguised yet triggered by the word “trace.”  )

Alarming Provisions:   

Some of the more alarming provisions in the bill are:

HR 2749 would impose an annual registration fee of $500 on any “facility” that holds, processes, or manufactures food.  [isn’t this every home in the US, every garden?]  Although “farms” are exempt, the agency has defined “farm” narrowly.  [What is the definition?]  And people making foods such as lacto-fermented vegetables, cheeses, or breads would be required to register and pay the fee, which could drive beginning and small producers out of business during difficult economic times. [Yes.  There are laws against this corporate-size-destroys-the-little-guy policy, aren’t there?  Are home bread or cheese or lacto-fermented vegetable makers who make for their own families included in this?]


HR 2749 would empower FDA to regulate how crops are raised and harvested.  It puts the federal government right on the farm, dictating to our farmers.  [This astounding control opens the door to CODEX.  WTO “good farming practices” will include the elimination of organic farming by eliminating manure, mandating GMO animal feed, imposing animal drugs, and ordering applications of petrochemical fertilizers and pesticides.  Farmers, thus, will be locked not only into the industrialization of once normal and organic farms but into the forced purchase of industry’s products.  They will be slaves on the land, doing the work they are ordered to do – against their own best wisdom – and paying out to industry against their will.  


There will be no way to be frugal, to grow one’s own grain to feed the animals, to raise healthy animals without GMO grains or drugs, to work with nature at all.  Grassfed cattle and poultry and hogs will be finished.  So, it’s obvious where control will take us.  And weren’t these the “rumors on the internet” that were dismissed but are clearly the case?] 


HR 2749 would give FDA the power to order a quarantine of a geographic area, including “prohibiting or restricting the movement of food or of any vehicle being used or that has been used to transport or hold such food within the geographic area.”  [This – “that has been used to transport or hold such food” – would mean all cars that have ever brought groceries home so this means ALL TRANSPORTATION can be shut down under this.  This is using food as a cover for martial law.]  Under this provision, farmers markets and local food sources could be shut down, even if they are not the source of the contamination.  The agency can halt all movement of all food in a geographic area.  [This is also a means of total control over the population under the cover of food, and at any time.]


HR 2749 would empower FDA to make random warrantless searches of the business records of small farmers and local food producers, without any evidence whatsoever that there has been a violation.  [If these bills cover all who “hold food” then this allows for taking of records of anyone at any time on no basis at all.]  Even farmers selling direct to consumers would have to provide the federal government with records on where they buy supplies, how they raise their crops, and a list of customers.


 [NAIS for animals and all other foods?]


HR 2749 charges the Secretary of Health and Human Services with establishing a tracing system for food.  Each “person who produces, manufactures, processes, packs, transports, or holds such food” [Is this not every home in the US?]  would have to “maintain the full pedigree of the origin and previous distribution history of the food,” and “establish and maintain a system for tracing the food that is interoperable with the systems established and maintained by other such persons.”  The bill does not explain how far the traceback will extend or how it will be done for multi-ingredient foods.  With all these ambiguities, [with all these ambiguities, it is dangerous, period, separate from the money] it’s far from clear how much it will cost either the farmers or the taxpayers.  [It is massive and absurd and burdensome beyond the capacity of people to comply – is this not fascism? – so it is a set up for being used to impose penalties endlessly and/or to eliminate anyone at will.]


*  HR 2749 creates severe criminal and civil penalties, including prison terms of up to 10 years and/or fines of up to $100,000 for each violation for individuals.  [Does it include judicial review, Congressional oversight, a defined and limited set of penalties and punishments for a defined set of “crimes”?  Or is it entirely ambiguous and left to the whim and sole power of “the Administrator”?  Who is that person set to be?  Is it Michael Taylor, Monsanto lawyer and executive, as Food Democracy has said?  That is, do these bills set up an agency by which the entire US food supply will be turned over to the control of a multinational corporation under WTO regulations (and not to US farmers and not to US laws under the Constitution), with boundless freedom to do what it wants, and one infamous for harm to farmers and lack of safety of food?]

If it was not clear before how frightening these bills were, this small section of provisions, should make their actual fascism clear now. It goes way beyond “food safety” to absolute control over farms, animals, food, and us, including our movements and access to food at all.

Action to Take: 


Contact your Representative now!  Ask to speak with the staffer who handles food issues.  Tell them you are opposed to the bill.  Some points to make in telling your Representative why you oppose HR 2749 include:

1.  The bill imposes burdensome requirements while not specifically targeting the industrial food system and food imports, where the real food safety problems lie.


2.  Small farms and local food processors are part of the solution to food safety; lessening the regulatory burden on them will improve food safety.


3.  The bill gives FDA much more power than it has had in the past while making the agency less accountable for its actions.


HR 2749 needs to be defeated!!  Please take action NOW


Take Action HERE.


Or, contact your Representative by using the finder tool at or send a message through the petition system (the petition will be on our website this evening) at  Or call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.


To check the status of HR 2749, go to and type “HR 2749” in the bill search field.


[Written by a collective of people interested or involved in food and farming in response to a June 15, 2009 emailed newsletter sent by Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund.]

101 responses to “HR 2749: Totalitarian Control of the Food Supply

  1. First you take control of the money, then communication, manufacturing and transportation. Finally you take control of food and health care. From there you can do whatever you want with no impedence. Welcome to the US of China.

  2. My two year old holds food pretty well now. My 5 month old is just starting teething and is learning to hold a carrot in a mesh bag to chew on. These people want them to be required to “maintain the full pedigree of the origin and previous distribution history of the food…” ?

    Let me get this straight. My kids are supposed to grow up in the United States of America keeping track of the people at the farmers market where we buy our vegetables so they can turn them in to the government when they request those records? That is not the America I joined the military to defend when I was younger. I swore an oath back then to protect and defend the United States of America from all enemies, foreign AND domestic.

    It is our duty to make our voices heard loudly and make it clear that we will not tolerate this kind of intrusion on our basic human right to feed ourselves, our families, and our neighbors as we see fit.

    Remember the tainted spinach? If I recall correctly, it was wild hogs that the government did nothing about ….In Michigan, they use Bovine Tuburculosis as an excuse to require mandatory RFID tags in cattle, but the government owns deer and bison with TB and lets cattle known to be infected with TB into the country from Mexico every day. If they truly wanted to PREVENT disease outbreaks, they would focus on prevention, not traceback and depopulation. You don’t see them placing electronic tags on wild hogs, bison and deer, but it is supposed to be effective on our animals?

    Why are they surprised when we don’t want to trust them to enter our properties and sieze our records, our private property, and our methods of feeding our families without warrants whenever they ‘suspect’ a disease outbreak without scientific testing, quarantine, and treatment? For example, hoof and mouth disease is a disease that is not fatal, animals recover from it. The problem is not if some small farmer’s animals gets hoof and mouth disease and lose their next calf, and then recover eventually. The problem is the factory farms are terrified of the economic damage they would suffer when it goes rampant through their confinement operations because they operate in a way that would facilitate diseases spreading like wildfire.

    To accomodate international trade agreements, they are getting ready to allow importation of animals from Argentina, which has resevoirs of hoof and mouth disease. They know they are going to let it in, but have decided to focus on clean up after the fact, which means killing our livestock if they happen to be within 6 miles of a suspected outbreak.

    During the great depression, people claiming to be government agents went to people’s farms and told them they had to shoot their hogs for official reasons. It turned out, it was sleazy outfits trying to corner the market on hogs and eliminating their competition. Some of them got turned away by farmers with guns who would not comply. Why should we trust anyone to come onto our farm and depopulate our life’s work when we could prevent these diseases from ever entering the country?

    Remember the tainted tomatoes? Millions were plowed under then it was found out that it was another vegetable. OOPS!

    Has the FDA ever approved any “Safe” drugs that have wound up killing people? Is their track record somehow better than the USDA’s? Why should we allow them this much power over what and how we feed our children? They cannot do this without the consent of the governed.

    Make your voices heard people.

    Mike Murphy

  3. People need to get a clue – and I want to thank you for posting these things!

    230+ years ago, it only took what amounts to a 2 cent tax on tea – seems people will be starving in the streets before they wake up this time…

    Also (OT) go to the WTTW website and check out how two people have taken the entire Congress and all the top bankers of the country hostage, at OUR expense. Bernanke and Paulson , with Administration approval, are holding the entire globe hostage with their bailouts – while the banks they took over nearly triple interest rates on people who can’t afford it, so they will wind up with even MORE red ink!!

    They are also moving the socialist health care fiasco – its expected to pass by July 31 – and its Obama’s plan, so consider it signed if it isn’t stopped, too.

    Welcome one and all to Amerika – when do we march?


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  23. I strongly recommend a little ~recreational reading~ for all on this board & any government representatives… 2 books ~ one is called The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. The second is called The Giver, by Lois Lowry.

    If you never thought about taking action and making yourself heard NOW is the time to do it. If you are in government, in any position, and believe yourself to be exempt from fallout due to your elevated status, please realize that the constitutional rights that will be taken away from ~We the People~ will also eventually be taken from YOU, yes, even you. Because while you might hold some small sway in the riotous & unconstitutional mayhem taking place in Congress & the House right now, your time will pass, and you will find your arms bound just as tightly as the rest of us… but now with no ability to make a difference.

    Don’t let tomorrow’s grandchildren look back with tears in their eyes and name YOU as one of the crumbling bricks of decay in the foundation our once beautiful America.

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  27. James S. Klich II

    We need to import less food and produce what we need in the USA!

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  33. I just heard of a NSW aus farmer who decided to plow and plant a differnt crop, they got 500 acres started, and the Govt came and stopped it, Fine was $Au200,000. Something to do with soil prep only allowed in a 3 mth time frame? I am trying to track the legislation now.
    I am horrified, and as Australia was a mandatory against our wishes Victim of “Nais” called NLIS here. I guess this bit of insanity is what you are in for too!
    Scream Yell Holler and don’t stop!

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  36. I don’t know that why government is spending so much of time and energy in things like Food Bill when the rate of unemployment is rising with every passing day. Government is trying to regulate each calorie intake and is not bothered about the Credit Card defaults.

    It seems Congress is less interested in people troubled by layoffs in cities and more interested in creating troubles for people in the country side.

  37. cos big business has paid so many congress folks, one way or another. and they need to please their masters.
    We, the consumers dont count, and, if we are all badly fed obese and diabetic, well then the Pharmas who have bought out the same and maybe a few extra politicians, and with Codex and WHO assistance-will make even more!
    its called
    Symbiosis. in the WORST way.

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  44. So you still think that calling your congressman or senator is going to do any good?
    This has been on the table for months and people have been screaming at the top of their lungs to no avail. So screaming some more will change things?
    I don’t think so.
    What you need to do is support a Continental Congress. This is NOT a Constitutional Convention. 1st one good. 2nd one bad.
    Please go here for more information:
    This is the only way to get these idiots out of Congress and to stop ruining our Country.
    The date is set. Elections for delegate (3 per State) is on Oct. 10. Convention is set for Nov 10 – Nov 25 or however long it takes.
    This is a legal action our Founding Fathers have givens to us in the declaration of Independence.
    “When a long train of abuses, usurpations evinces a design to utter despotism, it is the duty to throw off such Government and create new safeguards for our future”
    The time has come. Many of you are wondering what to do next, this is it. Become a delegate or nominate one. Either way elect 3 and turn this tide around.
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  50. ¿is monsanto MONT-santo
    a jew-zionist enterprise?

  51. monsanto,
    is a new-world-order operation?

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  53. Welcome to the New World Order…or didn’t you notice that you’ve been governed by jew alliens ? They don’t give a shit about anyone but their own race. Remember what you did to the British when you started out ? yeah civil war…sorry guys!

  54. (1) DEFINITION OF FACILITY- Paragraph (1) of section 415(b) (21 U.S.C. 350d(b)) is amended to read as follows:
    ‘(1)(A) The term ‘facility’ means any factory, warehouse, or establishment (including a factory, warehouse, or establishment of an importer) that manufactures, processes, packs, or holds food.
    ‘(B) Such term does not include farms; private residences of individuals; restaurants; other retail food establishments; nonprofit food establishments in which food is prepared for or served directly to the consumer; or fishing vessels (except such vessels engaged in processing as defined in section 123.3(k) of title 21, Code of Federal Regulations, or any successor regulations).

    this was taken from the actual text of the document which recently passed in the house of reps. as you can see, the term “any facility” does not mean individual households. and they certainly aren’t going to be detaining people driving home from the grocery store.

    as unfortunate as the situation is, it does our case no good to extrapolate incorrectly and feed the public on fear.

    • Wisconsin farmer Paul G says:

      “Should read the whole bill. Does a kitchen or farm hold food? Yes
      “Does the quarantine authority extend to all vehicles that are or have transported food? Yes”

    • Farm warrior Marti Oakley says:

      The commenter has go on and read a little further: The bill uses the FDA’s definition of what a “farm “ is.

      A farm is ANY “Faciltity”…….etc….
      FDA of what a facility is slides 13 thru 18

      Slide 18 Says that farms are not included in this term……under the FDA. Then……cites the USDA as having this control.

      HR 2749 is the same thing they did with Homeland security. The bill combines the activities of FDA/USDA/HHS under one umbrella agency. The new Food czar will have control over all three agencies.
      USDA defines what a farm is

      Q. What is a “family farm”?

      no more than three extended families (Sumner, 1985).

      ERS Definition

      ERS uses definition 2, which includes all farms except those with hired managers and those organized as nonfamily corporations or cooperatives. The farms included in definition 2 are closely held (legally controlled) by their operator and the operator’s family. The operator and operator families of the excluded farms have limited say over the distribution of the net income or equity of the farms they operate.

      Family farms include farms not operated by a hired manager that are:

      · Organized as a sole or family

      · Organized as partnerships.

      · Organized as family corporations.

      Nonfamily farms include:

      · Farms organized as nonfamily corporations.

      · Farms organized as cooperatives, estates, trusts, and grazing associations.

      · Farms operated by hired managers.
      This bill simply uses the FDA definitions of farm being a facility yet says they are exempt from FDA…..and shifts them over to the USDA where most people aren’t looking.

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  59. Monsantos is one of the main reasons why I started my own garden – not to mention the election results last November. I can only hope that the recent elections give those in Congress a taste for what’s coming. Let’s just hope it’s not too late.

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  71. Paul Blake, N.D.
    This bill has Michael Taylor’s smell written all over it, have a look at his track record below. He is a Monsanto man. The FDA has all the laws it needs to enforce food safety they are just not doing their job. They want more laws so they can get at the small and organic farmers for Monsanto and other corporations.

    Michael Taylor from FDA to Monsanto like a yoyo.
    1976 staff attorney FDA, assistant to the Commissioner.
    1981 law firm representing Monsanto
    1991 returned to FDA as Deputy Commissioner for Policy
    1994 USDA, as Administrator of Food Safety & Inspection Service.
    1996 returned to Monsanto Vice President for Public Policy
    2009, senior advisor to FDA Commissioner
    2010 appointed to FDA, Deputy Commissioner for Foods


    Agent Orange, Aspartame, PCB’s, rBGH, DDT, Dioxins, Pesticides, Herbicides and of course GMO’s sums up why everyone should fear, hate and despise this (I like this word) despicable company, Monsanto. Paul

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