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Defining "food safety" and thanking cowboys

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Must provide country of origin labeling that is explicit to each country, with no mixing of products.

Must provide strict prohibitions and large penalties against corporate employees holding any jobs within the USDA and FDA,
a serious conflict of interest. 

Must outlaw any legislator who receives PAC money from agribusiness from ever introducing bills pertaining to agriculture, and ever being on any committees or subcommittees in relation to agriculture, or voting on any bills relating to agriculture - all a serious conflict of interest.

Must reject in advance any and all bills that in any way reduce our country's control over its own health standards and instead increase international control over food here, vesting power in the WTO and reducing our standards and our own control.

This is an incomplete list.

These bills must begin the decentralization of our food supply for the safe of true food safety and also food security and the bills must increase the independence of our food supply by including strict rules and penalties in the bills pertaining to no governmental interference at any point in direct farm to consumer sales.  

And the fundamental survival needs for everyone - based on the rights of our farmers to farm, the rights of our gardeners to garden, the rights of all citizens to choose whatever food they wish without government interference, and especially the rights of all of us to own seeds and have water sources - must be GUARANTEED in these bills as basic human rights, as basic to our democracy, and as basic to life, itself.  

This list takes the "I didn't see that there" confusion out of an astoundingly vague and broad bill and begins to make it highly specific, and today, not a year from now, so the public can know what is involved and how it will affect them.

This list begins to lay out what "food safety" actually consists of.  Once that is done, then it will be easy to see which legislators are truly interested in "food safety."  

Now, here are people you can thank for fighting these bills.  Here is a link to an R-CALF video which is well worth your time.  

Editor's Note: The second video below is what the author has recommended. It is a 5-min. segment from an entire film on the subject.  The first video is the introductory segment of that video (also 5 mins.), which OEN readers may find useful and informative. Click here for more videos by R-Calf.



These are people the left needs to meet - conservative, independent (non-corporate) cattlemen who believe in "fair trade" and real competition, and fought and miraculously stopped the JBS Swift merger (threatening control of 90% of beef in the world, vertically integrated).  And for a long time, single-handedly, they have held off NAIS (the dangerous core to the power in these bills and the beginning of chipping all animals and eventually, through Smart Grid, tracking everyone).  

They are American heroes.  In an economy that has been shipped overseas, they have fought for local and American industry here.  

They need us to all show up now.  

And isn't it way past time we realize these are not right or left issues we're fighting but the destruction of our constitution since the Patriot Act went into effect?  

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