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OpEdNews Op Eds    H1'ed 3/21/09

Defining "food safety" and thanking cowboys

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Message Linn Cohen-Cole

The slew of fake "food safety" bill in congress threaten us all and our democracy.

Some don't believe that, but they would probably be happy to make sure that certain things are FOR SURE not in those bills.

So, it's a simple thing to start with what CANNOT be in those bills before adding anything to them, for adding to what is there would dangerously legitimize them and that must not, under any circumstances or in any way, happen.

You will see list below.  If you can think of more items that are important, that would be great because the point is to make the bills safe and have them actually make our food safe, and this is something that should have included us, but didn't.

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To begin:

First off, in legal and solid language, any bills must make clear only industrial facilities are included. 

Then, the bills (all of them, and there are a slew) MUST EXPLICITLY exempt from these bills and all government control:

all private holding of seeds - individual, farmer, seed
    exchanges, seed banks, etc.
all small farms including all soil, all water, all crops and all animals on them,
all gardens,
all homes,
all farmers markets,
all CSAs,
all roadside stands,
all small producers of food,
all farm to consumer sales,
all consumer choice over food,
all farm equipment (harvesting, transporting, seed cleaning),
all natural things on farms (manure, agricultural water, wild  
     animals, birds, earthworms),
all natural methods of farming.

full and inviolate property rights of farmers,
protection from the government bankrupting farmers, ever, through penalties,
the erasure of all data on farmers put on the data bank,
and full due process in all aspects in all our laws, etc.

And the bills must begin the decentralization of our food supply as well as reintroduce local food processing.

The bills must prioritize every and all possible protection of small farming.
Must outlaw all raids on farmers.

Must specifically strip Homeland Security of surge capacity for search, seizure and destruction of crops, animals and equipment, and all war on terror regulations threatening small non-corporate farming, including the government taking over farms for any purpose, at any time, for any use.

Must outlaw stacking of penalties against farmers.

Must encourage (rather than restrict) farmers' putting on their websites (or in other ways) any truthful information and independent studies about their food (the same being true for supplement companies using that same truthful information and independent studies) that is of relevance to consumers.

Must insert strong and multi-layered due process protections between farmers (and their crops, products and animals) and our government which must not be allowed to ever use "disease outbreak" and "contamination" as its means to destroy wipe out their animals or crops so as to insert genetically engineered animals and crops, as a means of even more strangling monopoly over food and reduction of farmers to mere leasers of animals and seeds. 

Must provide labeling of all genetically engineered food.

Must provide, on food derived from industrial feedlots, CAFOs, and processing plants, clear labeling of pesticide levels, of antibiotic residue levels, of hormone residue levels, of drug residue levels, of heavy metal levels.

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Met libertarian and conservative farmers and learned an incredible amount about farming and nature and science, as well as about government violations against them and against us all. The other side of the fence is nothing like what we've been (more...)
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