Nov. 30, 2010 UPDATE: US Senate passes the Patriot Act for Food, S510, by a vote of 73 to 25.
By Rady Ananda
Need a good laugh? Check out the bizarre reasoning offered in support of the Patriot Act for Food (S 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act), which the U.S. Senate will vote on shortly (likely Monday). From a need to stop food smuggling, to the law is too old, to the terrorists are gonna get us, elites sure are shy on brains when it comes to credible propaganda. They must be drinking fluoridated water and smoking Monsanto marijuana, or hoping you are.
A couple weeks ago, we reported that Senator Bob Casey informed his Pennsylvania constituents that S.510 will stop food smuggling in the United States. Never heard of the problem? That might be because the “biggest food smuggling case in the history of the U.S.” amounted to $40 million worth of commercial grade honey over a five-year period. Food smuggling is clearly not a problem – nor is it a fiscally sound reason for giving the Food and Drug Administration an extra $1.6 billion.
Admittedly, no one is accusing U.S. elites of being fiscally sound – just look at our rising unemployment, hunger, and home foreclosure rates. Clearly, food smuggling is just bizarre bunk that lazy propagandists invented out of thin air.
Next, the well-regarded Christian Science Monitor listed as the “strongest argument for the bill” – get this – because the law in place is too old. Nothing about whether or not the old law is effective, nothing about the tens of thousands of deaths the FDA causes each year by the drugs it allows on the market. No – that very agency needs more power, more money, more authority over what’s on your table, according to S.510 supporters.
Here’s some more penetrating analysis by CSM:
Would SB 510 put America’s cornucopia under the control of a “globalist mafia” led by the World Trade Organization?
No. Some people have been concerned that the bill would give international groups more power over food matters in the US. The bill does state that the US will not knowingly break any existing agreements with the World Trade Organization, but it doesn’t cede any inspection or enforcement powers to international agencies.
Merely because the bill does not cede inspection or enforcement powers to foreign agents does not preclude domestic ones from inspection and enforcement authority. CSM’s response is absurd, as well as deceptive. The correct answer is YES, SB 510 puts US food under the control of the WTO. Read the section and decide for yourself:
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.
Black is white; war is peace; and who are you going to believe: corporate media or your own ability to read plain English?
And, who is the enforcement agency for these agreements? Why, the DHS, otherwise known as the:
- Dept. of Homeland Stupidity – you know, those folks who want to build a bioterrorism lab in the middle of Tornado Alley, where a huge bulk of the nation’s food is grown and raised (map here);
- Dept. of Heck-of-a-Job Security that miserably failed New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and has again failed the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil catastrophe this year;
- Dept. of Homeland Perversity that sexually molests children and adults who travel by air, that is collecting naked images of those who pass thru their carcinogenic body scanners, and which has not prevented a single terrorist from boarding a plane.
That’s who’s going to be in charge of protecting the US food supply. Feel safer?
This leads us to the latest absurdity emanating from the federal government: The terrorists are going to try to poison us. Like the “red menace” that was so effective a bogeyman in the last century, the Muslim “terrorist” is this century’s bogeyman. It’s just as overblown.
How are terrorists going to poison the food supply? Seriously, that might be accomplished in a centralized food system that is forced to adulterate natural foods because laws and rules have decreed it or allowed it – like the FDA allowing BPA, fluoride, chlorine, pesticides – all known poisons. Notice how sick Americans are compared to the rest of the world? You can thank the alphabet soup of federal agencies that allows our skies, lands and waters, and thus our food, to be poisoned by industrial processes.
It’s nearly impossible to poison the food supply under a decentralized scenario with tens of millions of producers and distributors. Food safety is enhanced by decentralization and localization, not by allowing monopoly production as we have now in the U.S. Centralizing control in the hands of a few people who used to work for Monsanto, the company that brought us PCBs, DDT, rBST, Agent Orange, aspartame, and glyphosate, amounts to a clear and present danger to our health, and certainly to our food safety. But that’s what S.510 intends to do.
How likely is a terrorist attack on the US food supply? About as likely as 19 Muslims destroying four significant structures without a defensive response from the world’s largest and most technologically advanced military. The threat to our food safety lies within, from a corrupt and bloated federal government owned and controlled by pharmaceutical, chemical and biotech corporations, not from outside our borders.
The entire food “safety” legislative scheme at the federal level is really a “food control” scheme backed by corporate monopolies. It is part and parcel of the Full Spectrum Dominance plan to control every aspect of human life. “Control the food and you control the people,” planned Henry Kissinger back in the 1970s.
We might expect more effective propaganda when going for complete control over our natural born right to sustain ourselves as we deem fit, but we’d be expecting too much from this crop of elites. Rather than intelligence, they rely on brute force and hyper-regulation in destroying small producers and distributors of natural, unadulterated food.
To view a list of articles that detail the dangers of such legislation, click here.
Welcome to the food wars.
Mike Adams, “Senate Bill 510 Food Safety? The FDA has killed far more people than contaminated eggs or lettuce,” Natural News, 20 Nov. 2010. http://www.naturalnews.com/030461_Senate_Bill_510_Food_Safety.html
Rady Ananda,“The Case Against Fluoride: Toxifying the Tap,” Global Research, 15 Oct. 2010. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21461
— “BREAKING: Senate votes cloture on S 510 – must now be voted on in 60 days,” Food Freedom, 17 Nov. 2010. https://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/breaking-senate-votes-cloture-on-s-510-must-now-be-voted-on-in-60-days/
— “US Pushing Drugged, Vaccinated, Chlorinated Chickens on the World,” Global Research, 4 Sep. 2010. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=20892
— “Mark of the Beast: Obama’s latest Monsanto pick, Elena Kagan,” Food Freedom, 15 May 2010. https://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2010/05/15/mark-of-the-beast-obama%E2%80%99s-latest-monsanto-pick-elena-kagan/
— “Like the Patriot Act? You’re gonna love the Food Safety Modernization Act,” Food Freedom, 24 Nov. 2010. https://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/like-the-patriot-act-you%E2%80%99re-gonna-love-the-food-safety-modernization-act/
Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth, http://www.ae911truth.org/
Jonathan Bardelline, “BPA Ban Blocked from Food Safety Bill,” GreenBiz, 19 Nov 2010. http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2010/11/19/bpa-ban-blocked-food-safety-bill
BBC News, “US indicts 11 executives for honey smuggling,” 2 Sep. 2010. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/11169094
Matthew O. Berger, “Going Hungry in the Richest Nation on Earth,” IPS, 24 Nov. 2010. http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=53663
Breast Cancer Fund, “Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH/rBST),” n.d. http://www.breastcancerfund.org/clear-science/chemicals-glossary/bovine-growth-hormone.html
Senator Tom Coburn, “Detailed Concerns with S.510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010,” 15 Sep. 2010. http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/rightnow?ContentRecord_id=8df5cb89-91a2-4ae3-b846-7487db0bd4f0
Christopher Cooper and Robert Block, “Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security,” MacMillan Publishers, 2007. http://us.macmillan.com/disaster. (Disclosure: I’ve only read brief excerpts of the book.)
William Campbell Douglass I.I., M.D., “High-tech strip search packs massive radiation punch,” Douglass Report, 18 July 2010. http://douglassreport.com/2010/07/18/airport-scanner-radiation/
F. William Engdahl, “The Hidden Agenda behind the Bush Administration’s Bio-Fuel Plan,” Global Research, 25 July 2007. http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6407
Fluoride Action Network, http://www.fluoridealert.org/
Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 (S.510), August 2010 version as amended by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, (also known as the “Manager’s Amendment”). https://foodfreedom.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/s-510-mgr-amnd-v-8-2010.pdf
GM Watch, “GM Soy: Sustainable? Responsible? Reports,” 2010. http://www.gmwatch.org/component/content/article/12479-reports-reports
Pallavi Gogoi, “The Jobless Effect: Is the Real Unemployment Rate 16.5%, 22%, or. . .?” AOL Daily Finance, 16 July 2010. http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/careers/what-is-the-real-unemployment-rate/19556146/
Michael Grunwald, “Monsanto Hid Decades of Pollution: PCBs Drenched Ala. Town, But No One Was Ever Told,” Washington Post, 1 Jan. 2002. http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&contentId=A46648-2001Dec31
HealthPAC Online, “Health Care Statistics in the United States,” n.d., ca. 2008. http://www.healthpaconline.net/health-care-statistics-in-the-united-states.htm
Holistic Healing, “Aspartame (NutriSweet) Toxicity Info Center,” n.d. http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame/
Patrik Jonsson, “Food safety bill 101: What are the facts and myths?” Christian Science Monitor, 23 Nov 2010. http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2010/1123/Food-safety-bill-101-What-are-the-facts-and-myths
Conrad Justice Kiczenski, “Prop. 19, Monsanto, and GMO Terminator Cannabis,” KPFZ 88.1 FM Lake County (CA) Community Radio, 25 Oct. 2010. http://community.kpfz.org/node/17
Martin Matishak, “New Study Questions Safety of Proposed Biodefense Laboratory,” Global Security Newswire, 16 Nov. 2010. http://www.globalsecuritynewswire.org/gsn/nw_20101116_2865.php
Also see Map of Tornado Alley with location of proposed lab at http://coto2.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/tornado-alley-13.jpg
Joseph Pisani, “Foreclosure Activity Falls ‘Artificially’ Due to Moratorium,” CNBC, 11 Nov. 2010. http://www.cnbc.com/id/40112566
Rawesome Foods security camera footage of June 30, 2010 armed raid, uploaded at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5zPhhNUakc, originally reported by PJ Huffstutter in “Raw-food raid highlights a hunger,” Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2010. http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jul/25/business/la-fi-raw-food-raid-20100725
Steve Scheetz, “Profit Ties between Phony Terror Alerts, Airport Security and L-3 Communications,” COTO Report, 20 Nov. 2010. http://coto2.wordpress.com/2010/11/20/phony-terror-alerts-airport-security-and-l-3-communications/
Michael Snyder, “Full Spectrum Dominance: 8 Examples of How the Government Is Attempting to Take Total Control of Our Food, Our Health, Our Money and Even Our Dignity,” Blacklisted News, 22 Nov. 2010. http://www.blacklistednews.com/index.php?news_id=11594
Brian Tokar, “Agribusiness, Biotechnology and War,” Institute for Social Ecology, 1 Sep. 2002. http://www.social-ecology.org/2002/09/agribusiness-biotechnology-and-war/
What’s on My Food, http://www.whatsonmyfood.org/
Admiral E.R. Zumwalt, Jr., “Report to to Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs on the Association between Adverse Health Effects and Exposure to Agent Orange,” [sic] Dept. of Veterans Affairs, 5 May 1990. Reposted at http://www.gulfwarvets.com/ao.html
Randy: please consider what is at stake here. Please consider the concept of credibility. You do harm. If you are not 100 percent right you just aid the other side of the argument. I do not support raw milk or refigeration of food. Whatever happen try to stay alive. Whatever comes try to hold the line.
not sure what you mean, Henry. where am I not 100% accurate?
If you mean because I support people’s right to choose raw dairy, then I stand by that. Some people choose no dairy, and I stand by their right to choose that, too. The point is that it should never be up to some governmental agency (especially one owned by corporate monopolies) to tell us what to eat, how to grow it and who we can sell it to.
If you were born on this planet, then you have a natural right to eat of this planet’s bounty. Sure, some folks are going to die by their choices. That’s how evolution works.
That last paragraph sums the whole matter up perfectly.
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Here is the Senate schedule for today, 11/29/2010. If you have not contacted your Senators yet now is the time to do it. If you have do it again.
At 4:00pm, the Senate will resume consideration of S.510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, as provided for under the previous order.
At 6:30pm, the Senate will proceed to a cloture vote on the substitute amendment to S.510. Under the agreement reached on Thursday, if cloture is invoked, 4 motions to suspend the rules would be in order. Upon disposition of the motions, the Senate will proceed to vote on passage of the bill, as amended. Senator Reid would like to complete action on the Food Safety bill on Monday. As a result, senators should expect a late night of voting.
I realy feel I have let My Country down by not doing more.
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