Here Comes the Food Police
The battle for control of the food supply: HR 2749
Opinion by Robert Ross. Excerpts Courtesy of Food Freedom, et al.
Last month I wrote about GMO's being one of the biggest threats for raw foodist and everyones health in history. GMO's however are only one tool in the arsenal of the greed-based corporatations that are trying to control their intellectual property, i.e., the world's food supply, and their market, i.e. everyone who has to eat! I am not a crazy conspiracy nut, but I am someone who gets concerned when Monsanto (and their related corporations through interlocking boards of directors and stock holders) is the force not just behind GMO's, but also the power behind the scenes for HR2749! And they have already demonstrated aggressive legal enforcement of their patent rights, so it isn't beyond them to use law enforcement to meet their needs. Hence, here comes the Food Police!
Monsanto investigators already go out every day looking for farms inadvertently growing Roundup Ready Corn without a contract. They look in the areas within the natural "genetic drift" of GMO pollens. When they find a field of corn that has been contaminated by GMO pollen they sue that farmer for patent infringement (see Monsanto vs Schmeiser). Even though their policy of ignoring the dangers of genetic drift is negligence, which ruined the hapless farmer's crop with genetic contamination, their armies of lawyers, deep pockets and other forms of "undue influence" in the legal system means that they actually win these cases though the contamination was their own fault and it is the farmer who should get paid.
The largest judgment made thus far in favor of Monsanto as
a result of a farmer lawsuit, as of 4 years ago, was over $3 million dollars, not counting the farmer's legal fees. They ruin the farmer by destroying his crops, then they sue him for having the temerity to be growing crops downwind from them and now they can take his farm and plant more dangerous GMO's.
If we give these clowns access to law enforcement, with the right to carry guns that goes along with that, you can bet that they won't just be suing us for not growing GMO's, the could be shooting us! Growing organic food could become something like growing marijuana is today - something also engineered decades ago by corporate interests in the name of profit! Even though hemp used to be legal, and was on of the most profitable products in the world, it competed with powerful corporate forces that owned a lot of timber lands and cotton plantations. Hemp grown for paper and fabric has almost none of the psychoactive substances in it you need to get high. Banning hemp had nothing to do with that and everything to do with what we are confronting today with Mansanto and their ilk - profits. And just a today's hemp farmers are raided by police with automatic weapons in Kevlar body armor, the corn fields of tomorrow could also be host to Kevlar-clad jack-bookted troops.
This isn't just an issue with hemp, or a "B" movie plot - it has happened already to thousands of wholistic MD's trying to find natural healing alternatives to pharmaceuticals. Medical doctors have actually had their offices raided by armed FDA officers for prescribing vitamins instead of expensive drugs. The pharmaceutical companies as well as the agribusiness conglomaerates have one thing in common - they understand that the best thing they can do to make a profit is to gain complete control over their market. And who is their market? You and me!
As a raw foodist we MUST have access to healthy, nutritionally dense organic food. But organic foods' #1 enemy are GMO foods. These corporate terrorists are already controling the food supply with their deep pockets, political influence and who know what else! Now they are gunning to have more effective, direct control - after all, why have to spend millions on attorney fees, court cost, political donations, lobbyists and outright bribes when you can have the Food Police do it for you at public expense! Now isnt that much more cost effective and profitable!
I assert that without healthy, delicious and nutritionally dense ORGANIC FOOD, you cannot be sucessful as a raw foodist. Period. So study the facts for yourself, learn the truth and be empowered in your own healthy choices...and contact your own representatives to stop the Food Police now. Also, click here to sign a petition and say NO to the Food Police:
HR 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, under the guise of “food safety," 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.” By giving this a wide interpretation, as they are likely to do, farmers markets and local food sources could be shut down, even if they are not the source of the contamination by halting movement of all food in a geographic area. If you go to the pizaa shop to pick up your take out, or even if you prefer to have it delivered, you are transporting food under this provision. If you stop in the 7-11 to buy a nice raw apple for a snack, you cold be transporting food under this provision. You can't eat, in fact, without transporting food.
In addition, 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 opens the door to CODEX and WTO "good farming practices," which 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 will be locked into the industrialization of both normal and organic farms and forced to purchase of the agribusiness' products.
Essentially, this bill, combined with the Patriot Act, gives total control over the population under the guise of terrorism and food safety. The idea is to make people so frightened by E-coli they would give away all their liberty without even realizing it. Terrorism,” food contaminatio - and most recently the costs of health insurance, are being used to effectively put an end to the U.S. Constitution.
And just who did write these bills? It seems Monsanto had not only a hand, but a “defining” influence. After a series of well-orchistrated cases of food contamination – E. coli-tainted meat, melamine-adulterated pet food and baby formula, salmonella-infected peanut butter – the public was primed for a bunch of so-called “food safety” bills. One of the most controversial of these pieces of legislation, HR 875, can be traced directly to recommendations made by the Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit organization sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. President Obama’s nominee for Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration Margaret Hamburg, MD, sits on the board of directors at the Trust for America’s Health. Michael R. Taylor, JD, who used to work at King & Spaulding, Monsanto's law firm, wrote a paper for the "Trust" on "Restructuring Food Safety at HHS.”
When I studied law on my own years ago, to try to figure out some of these things, I learned one very improtant concept in law - whomever controls the definitions wins! You see, in law, legal definitions of a word can mean the opposite of it's conversational meaning - what it means in the law if the opposite of what you think it means! This redefining of reality is what underlies all the losses of liberty we have today. For example, the title of a bill, and all the headlines and subheadlines in the legislation, have aboslutely no legal effect. They are there just to help organize it, so to speak. Only the actual text of the legislation has legal effect. So they can make the Title and Headlines say anything at all, whatever is expedient, whatever has the right "spin." For example, they can call a bill the "Food Safety Bill" when it is in fact not designed to make food safer at all! And non-profits, foundations and trusts can name themselves whatever they want, too, regarless of their true intent. Trust for America’s Health, for example, which measures America's "health" in terms of quarterly profits.
So what is the likely result when we let the corporations control what happens to our food supply?
- Healthy and even organic farms are taken over by government as though they were run by criminals and horribly contaminated corporate slaughterhouses and factory farms are left untouched;
- the freedom of people, especially raw foodists, to make their own lifestyle choices, to grow healthy food and be left alone are destroyed, though organic farms have never been the source of any food contamination issue;
- the profit, control and power of corporations which are actually the source of the dangerous andunhealthy food, is vastly increased.
Thanks to corporate control over your reality, instead of cleaning up corporate slaughterhouses and feedlots we end up with the control or elimination of farmers’ markets, locally grown produce and organic food. A Food Police state is not far off. History has shown us that when you give people ppower they ultimnately will abuse it. It's human nature! So you will see police-like actions down on the farm, from the imposition of surveillance to electronic monitoring and warrantless entry to prison terms for farmers illegally growing banned organic crops. Which could even include your own backyard garden!
HR 2749 is the most dangerous bill you could imagine. Do you believe that the answer to an occasional outbreak of e coli (more people get hurt or die falling down stairs every year) justifies creation of the Food Police? Or the stairs police?
Go here to tell Congress, “No.” http://www.ftcldf.org/petitions/pnum993.php
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