Carol Tucker Forman, though taking positions as an consumer advocate, was an outspoken lobbyist for Monsanto's rBGH, favoring corporate interests over the best interests of the public.
On the promised "food safety" side, HACCP reduced inspections and there has been no drop but a rise in problems with contaminated food. And on the farmer side, HACCP destroyed, in Kansas alone, 72 small, local meat processing plants that had no history of any problems, and led to a centralization of our food supply and increased industry control over our food.So, the "food safety" bills in Congress are the second major plan put forward by the Clintons, each one associated with Monsanto, each one harmonizing with global regulations that favor Monsanto and other multinationals, and each time - if one bothers to look - destructive of actual food safety, good for corporations, and perilous to farmers who are the only real "food safety" we have.
The WTO AoA system waved in front of the public as a "food safety" plan, actually cut safety to the bone - labs are closed, the borders are opened to animals from countries where there are animal diseases, and reports of tainted food sky rocketed. For example, take Bovine TB. One port of entry was turned over to a Mexican Cattlemen's Association, while testing in California was decreased from 10,576 a year in 1995 to 1,425 a year in 1999. The USDA now reports “The number of carcasses found infected with TB is 15 times higher than in 1986.”
And what of our farmers' fear of being wiped out by these bills?
There is already experience that these WTO “free trade” and “Farm to Fork” laws drive out farmers. The EU already has them and they are not protecting either EU consumers or their farmers. But they have increased factory farms and are good for corporations reaping huge profits from rigged "free trade."
Before they joined the EU, the UK fed itself. “Regulations are the EU's hidden weapon of mass destruction of farmers.” Sir Julian Rose reported. Top brass at the EU admitted they had already removed 60 percent of Portugal's farmers and planned to shift one million Polish farmers off their land.
In India, 8 million people have left farming altogether, and the farm suicides – the largest sustained wave recorded in history – are on-going now with a farmer committing suicide there every 30 minutes. The rate has worsened since 2001, by which time India was well down the WTO plan for agriculture. P. Sainath, the acclaimed Indian journalist who won the Magsaysay award for journalism in 2007 (the Asian Nobel prize), rightly named it "Neoliberal Terrorism ."
But even if it's terrible for farmers, don't people at least get "food safety"?
Here in the US, we can tell in advance merely by looking at how well the same laws have worked in the EU, because they are, in fact, the same laws - just as Bush promised, it is about “harmonization” with EU regulations. So, what is happening there?
“We visited over 40 farms and repeatedly found heaps of tags which had been cut out of ears."
“It's the same “ISO ” management techniques that allow corporations to sweep problems under the rug. I witnessed it for 25 of my 40 years. I conducted FDA inspectors on tour, the inspection is a laugh. They look at paperwork, how clean the place is and that's it. I never saw anyone take a sample [to] retain for comparison to our test results. How else can you tell if lab results were faked? I have been fired five times for refusing to fake lab results, so I only trust independent lab results not corporate paperwork. Looking at paperwork tells you nothing.”
Go to this link , see if your representative is involved in HR 875, click on his name, and send him/her your opinion. It is really that easy.
And here is HR 814 to check.
The senate version is here .
Thanks to OpEdNews.com you can even submit a personal message to your local daily newspaper as a Letter to the Editor.
Here is an easy way to
And do not forget to comment on the USDA proposed rule change in the Federal Register.
Write MoveOn and demand that they get involved.
After the defeat of a similar bill in 2005, Monsanto is taking no chances. Both bills appeared simultaneously in each house, having been planned before the fact. They are pushing fast and hard.