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    Frankly, I've been thoroughly disgusted with the performance of the FDA for quite some time now. What has been allowed to find its way into our "food chain" has made us ill. So, it was with some relief that I noted anticipated change in this agency.

    Damned if Congress (I'm the government, and I'm here to help) isn't attempting to save us from ourselves.



    Food Freedom is under Assault, H.R. 759 Worse than H.R. 875
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    (NaturalNews) Salmonella outbreaks, food contamination, and other regulatory deficiencies over the nation's food supply during the past several years have led to a barrage of proposed legislation aimed at improving food safety. H.R. 875, H.R. 759, and H.R. 1332, are three major bills that have been proposed in recent months to address food safety issues, all of which have been tailored to benefit large, industrial food processors at the expense of small, family farms. Watchdog groups, including the Cornucopia Institute, are warning that H.R. 759, expected to be voted upon before Memorial Day, is the bill most likely to make it out of committee to Congress for a vote. Various portions of H.R. 875 and H.R. 1332 are expected to be implemented within the final version of H.R. 759.
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    Food Freedom is under Assault, H.R. 759 Worse than H.R. 875


    HR 875 The food police, criminalizing organic farming and the backyard gardener, and violation of the 10th amendment
    Posted by LydiaScott on 03/06/09 03:36 AM
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    HR 875 Search Results - THOMAS (Library of Congress)

    This bill is sitting in committee and I am not sure when it is going to hit the floor. One thing I do know is that very few of the Representatives have read it. As usual they will vote on this based on what someone else is saying. Urge your members to read the legislation and ask for opposition to this devastating legislation. Devastating for everyday folks but great for factory farming ops like Monsanto, ADM, Sodexo and Tyson to name a few.

    I have no doubt that this legislation was heavily influenced by lobbyists from huge food producers. This legislation is so broad based that technically someone with a little backyard garden could get fined and have their property siezed. It will affect anyone who produces food even if they do not sell but only consume it. It will literally put all independent farmers and food producers out of business due to the huge amounts of money it will take to conform to factory farming methods. If people choose to farm without industry standards such as chemical pesticides and fertilizers they will be subject to a vareity of harassment from this completely new agency that has never before existed. That's right, a whole new government agency is being created just to police food, for our own protection of course.

    DO NOT TAKE MY WORD FOR IT, READ THIS LEGISLATION FOR YOURSELF. The more people who read this legislation the more insight we are going to get and be able to share. Post your observations and insights below. Urge your members to read this legislation and to oppose the passage of this legislation.

    Pay special attention to

    Section 3 which is the definitions portion of the bill-read in it's entirety.
    section 103, 206 and 207- read in it's entirety.

    Red flags I found and I am sure there are more...........

    -- Legally binds state agriculture depts to enforcing federal guidelines effectively taking away the states power to do anything other than being food police for the federal dept.
    -- criminalizes organic farming but doesn't actually use the word organic.
    -- Affects anyone growing food even if they are not selling it but consuming it.
    -- Affects anyone producing meat of any kind including the processing wild game for personal consumption.
    -- Legislation is so broad based that every aspect of growing or producing food can be made illegal. There are no specifics which is bizarre considering how long the legislation is.
    -- Section 103 is almost entirely about the administrative aspect of the legislation. It will allow the appointing of officials from the factory farming corporations and lobbyists and classify them as experts and allow them to determine and interpret the legislation. Who do you think they are going to side with?
    -- Section 206 defines what will be considered a food production facility and what will be enforced up all food production facilities. The wording is so broad based that a backyard gardener could be fined and more.
    -- Section 207 requires that the state's agriculture dept act as the food police and enforce the federal requirements. This takes away the states power and is in violation of the 10th amendment.

    There are many more but by the time I got this far in the legislation I was so alarmed that I wanted to bring someone's attention to it. (to the one person who reads my blog)
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    More nanny shit.
     
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    Lou Dobbs fan; that's just great. Well, I've got good news for you:

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    Wow.... I didn't know that.... <sarcasm>

    Have anything to say about the proposed legislation?
     
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    The link to the bill is broken.
     
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    Are people in America so stupid, blind, and naive now that they can't choose for themselves what is safe and healthy by being smart and doing 30 secs of research on the net? Come on, we have the world at our finger tips and people would rather have the government tell them what is good or bad more now than ever.
     
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    It isn't JUST passing laws, one must fund the organziations assigned to the task of monitoring our food supplies.

    Of course when the government is run by people who philosophically hate government, one can reasonable expect them NOT to fund such socially sensible tasks.

    Good job, Brownie!
     
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    More protecting people from themselves. The UN of food of drugs.
     
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    There ya go. I was wonderin' how it is that they can't seem to protect us from bad imported food, but they think they can protect us from our own home-grown food. Hmmm....
     

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