Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010
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Survival Diva here. I wonder…have you noticed how warnings about upcoming bills and legislation about to rip away another layer of our freedom gets out to the public, usually via the Internet, and then suddenly, poof! It’s gone and seemingly forgotten?
I’d like to believe it isn’t because news sells and old news doesn’t, because if that’s what’s going on, we are all being done a terrible disservice. Bill S. 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, is a prime example of news that we need to stay on top of as we approach the growing season.
Back in 2010 many kept a wary eye on Bill S.510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, even after the first introduction of Bill S.510 failed.
People watching the progress of the legislation were right to be wary! S.510, the Food Safety Modernization Act was tucked away in a nearly impossible to fail Veteran’s benefits bill- H.R. 2751- which was a brilliant tactic. Just to make sure that the bill got passed without much resistance, the sponsors of the highly controversial bill voted on it in the dead of night. That’s been an approach used for quite some time and rarely fails.
When all was said and done, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act passed on Sunday, December 19, 2010, now hangs over the heads of anyone interested in the freedom to grow what we want in our gardens, plant with the seed we choose, and buy healthy foods.
So far, the FDA hasn’t implemented the draconian measures available by the passing of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and let’s hope it stays that way. The potential for abuse remains, however, and it bears keeping a watchful eye on. Have a look at what the Food Safety Modernization is capable of if its far-reaching muscle should ever be flexed:
- Monsanto and other sizable conglomerates were HUGE proponents of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. Why? The Bill has the potential to put organic farmers and small food producers out of business at a time when the demand for organic food has skyrocketed since public knowledge of the harmful effects of GMO fruits, vegetables and grain has grown.
- The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act has the potential for the U.S. government to decide what seed is safe, allowing them to dictate what type of seed a farmer is allowed to use. Taken a step further, any seed deemed unsafe will no longer be available to home gardeners, and the right to dry and store such seeds can be made illegal.
- The Bill gives the FDA the power to impose quarantines on specific geographic areas and stop the movement of all food in an area where a contamination has been identified. It also gives the FDA the power to conduct warrantless searches of food producers; even without evidence any law has been broken.
- Boiled down, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act has the potential to take away our right to grow or buy what we choose to eat. Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistle blower, has been quoted as saying “If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.”
- United States food production facilities will be required to register with the U.S. government. No food will be allowed to be grown, distributed or sold outside this bureaucratic framework unless the FDA allows it. Food distributed or sold outside of U.S. government control under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act will be considered illegal smuggling.
- Already put into effect are fees and paperwork requirements (with fines of up to $500,000 for paperwork infractions, even for a first offense) that could prove to be an inhalation for small food producers and organic farms. These requirements raise the cost of food to the consumer.
- The new Bill means increased inspections of food processing facilities of all sizes. It will increase the size and reach of the FDA as they gear up to hire an army of new FDA inspectors and open offices across the U.S. to inspect and enforce any and all food distributed outside U.S. government control that will be deemed illegal smuggling.
- The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act places all U.S. food and farms under the Department of Homeland Security in the event of a contamination or an emergency. What will be deemed an emergency or contamination and what measures will be taken is not clearly stated in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and we will not know the full effects of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act until it is upon us.
- The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act gives the FDA the power to regulate how crops are grown and how food is produced in the United States. If exercised to the Bill’s full potential small farmers and organic farmers could be forced to farm how the government tells them to. Should they decide organic farming methods are unsafe, the FDA has the clout to outlaw them.
Let’s fast forward to a time when the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is put into full effect;
You’re visiting your son in Napa valley. You pass a fruit stand that has the most succulent red cherries on display, so you turn in to their lot, grab your pocket book, climb out of your rental car and approach the vendor.
“I’ll take two pounds of your organic cherries, please.”
“Of coarse,” replies the balding man. “May I see you ID, please?”
You look to your hand to be sure you’re still clasping the $10 bill you’d grabbed form your wallet. Yep, the $10 is there, clearly viable.
“I’m paying with cash,” you say kindly. Maybe the poor guy suffered too much sun out in the back 40 earlier that morning…
“You don’t understand. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act means I can only sell to folks within a 100 mile radius. With purchases, I need to write down ID and turn it in with my monthly report,” He explains with a frown.
“But I live in Rhode Island…”
“Wished I could sell these cherries to you, but I have to follow the rules,” says the man, his frown now creasing his weathered face.
Your small transaction for a simple bag of cherries that failed is now in the hands of another new government entity.
What’s Being Done
The Maine town of Sedgwick takes their food sovereignty seriously. The town passed an ordinance to grow and sell food amongst themselves without interference from unconstitutional State or Federal regulations. They took matters a step further by making it unlawful for agents of either the State or Federal government to execute laws that interfere with the newly passed ordinance.
Food processors and producers are protected under the ordinance from licensing or inspection in sales that are sold for home consumption between the seller and purchaser. Farmers’ markets and roadside stands will likewise be protected under the ordinance which has its roots in the U.S. Declaration of Independence and Maine Constitution in defending the rights of the people.
Local farmer Bob St. Peter stated: “Rural working people have always had to do a little of this and a little of that to make ends meet. But up until the last couple generations, we didn’t need a special license or new facility each time we wanted to sell something to our neighbors. Small farmers and producers have been getting squeezed out in the name of food safety, yet it’s the industrial food that is causing food borne illness, not us.”
On the heels of Sedgwick, Maine claiming food sovereignty, Penobscot, Blue Hill and the town of Trenton, towns located in the state of Maine followed.
In North Carolina, Bradley’s bill, H.B. 65, the North Carolina Farmer’s Freedom Protection Act, nullifies S. 510 by making it a Class 1A misdemeanor to enforce S. 510 within its borders.
Soon thereafter the states of Vermont, Georgia, Wyoming, and Utah began procedures to protect their right to food sovereignty.
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Even with this news, there is always a bright spot. Being forewarned, we can start saving heirloom garden seed, even if it’s only a little at a time. If your budget is limited, ask friends who grow organic for some of their seed. You can go online to study the best way to dry and store seed, and by doing these things you’ll still have a way to grow healthy food.
(David’s note: He who controls the food controls the masses…and true liberty begins with a home/neighborhood/community being able to take care of it’s own food and water needs without outside help. History shows us that people will give up liberty, morals, and friendships when they or their children are hungry. Law enforcement will follow horrible orders in order to be able to feed themselves and their families. In Europe during WW2, neighbors ratted out Jewish neighbors in hopes of extra food and better treatment.
I know you might not have the best gardening skills yet…but you probably know those who do, and whatever the case may be, EVERYONE should have an ample supply of heirloom, non-GMO seeds on hand. Heck, The Gates Foundation and governments from around the globe have spent $10s of millions of dollars on seed vaults “just in case.” It only makes sense that as many households as possible do the same.
What I suggest that you do is go >HERE< right now and get AT LEAST one seed vault from my friend, Frank Bates. Frank and I met earlier this year and it seems like we’re bouncing emails back and forth all the time since then. I really like Frank and I have a few of his seed vaults in addition to all of our other seeds that we have on hand. Do like I have done and get some seeds from Frank by going >HERE< now.
Remember, if YOU have food, you can share with local law enforcement and other officials so that they will have the freedom to make the moral, ethical, and Constitutional decisions they WANT to make rather than the decisions they may be forced to make by outside forces like the UN to be able to feed their families.)
Where do you stand on having the ability to grow a garden, plant the seed of your choice, and purchase non-GMO foods? Please sound off by commenting below!
God bless and stay safe,
David Morris and Survival Diva
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