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he bogus Food Safety Modernization Act needs to be stopped today, Tues, please call on S.510 - House Could Vote Tonite:

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Hello to all from Dr. Lora,

We need to protect our food supply in this country from contamination but the Radio and TV shows have all been wrong about the Food Safety Modernization Act, which goes by many numbers, S 510, S3767, HR 2749 , it will not make your food any safer! It places the completely corrupt FDA (Federal Drug-Pushing Agency) in charge of inspecting and controlling your food supply. The same agency that is bought out by Big Pharma and Big Ag, the same agency which has been proven (by the Harvard School of Medicine and many other studies) to be internally corrupt, unreliable, unprofessional, unethical and prone to bribery, this agency will now be in charge of your organic food and natural supplements---great, what Bozo thought of this! This bill needs to be killed and the whole process started over with the Food Freedom Amendment included in any future bill and the FDA out, please fight back today by phoning your Rep and Sen and email by going to;

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A year after it was reported out of Committee, the Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) passed the Senate, 73-25. The bill was sent to the House for their consideration, but is currently stalled because the Senate violated a constitutional requirement that tax provisions originate in the House.
The only way for the Democratic leadership to get the bill to the President's desk now is for the House to pass a new version of the bill and send it back to the Senate for a final vote. That's only possible with a unanimous consent agreement to limit debate in the Senate. The bill's chief opponent, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), will not agree to such a deal, so the bill is unlikely to become law.

Six important amendments shepherded by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition that protect local, small and organic producers threaten to be lost in this final shuffle if the bill miraculously passes in the final moments of Congress's short lame-duck session. These are amendments by:
  • Senator Sanders (D-VT) providing FDA authority to either exempt farms engaged in low or no risk processing or co-mingling activities from new regulatory requirements or to modify particular regulatory requirements for such farming operations.
  • Senator Bennet (D-CO) to reduce unnecessary paperwork and excess regulation required under the preventative control plan and the produce standards sections of the bill, including instructions to FDA to minimize the number of different standards that apply to separate foods, to make requirements scale appropriate, and to prohibit FDA from requiring farms and other food facilities to hire outside consultants to write food safety plans.
  • Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to provide for a USDA-delivered competitive grants program for food safety training for farmers, small processors and wholesalers, with a priority on small and mid-scale farms.
  • Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to strip the bill of wildlife-threatening enforcement against "animal encroachment" of farms and require FDA to apply sound science to any requirements that might impact wildlife and wildlife habitat.
  • Senator Sherrod Brown (D-CO) to exempt farmers from extensive and expensive traceability and record keeping requirements if they sell food directly to consumers or to grocery stores, to allow labeling that preserves the identity of the farm through to the consumer to satisfy traceability requirements, and to in most cases limit farm record keeping to the first point of sale when the product leaves the farm.
  • Senators Jon Tester (D-MT) and Kay Hagan (D-NC) to give small farms and food processing facilities as well as direct-market farms who sell locally the option of complying with state regulation or with modified, scale-appropriate federal regulation.
It's not beyond Food Inc.'s indentured servants in Congress to create this kind of hullabaloo for the very purpose of substituting a last-minute version of the bill that would help corporate agribusiness avoid meaningful regulation, while hurting their local, small and organic competitors.

We've all heard that passing legislation is like making sausage, but the safety of our food and the future of small, local and organic food producers is too important to be left to a last-minute process that could give powerful lobbyists the opportunity to perform 12th hour sleights of hand.
Please call your Senator and tell them that the Food Safety Modernization Act is flawed -- and, without the small/local/organic amendments, potentially dangerous -- legislation. Ask Congress to instead encourage the FDA to fulfill its food safety obligations under existing law. Currently, the FDA only inspects 1% of the imports and 25% of the processing facilities in their charge, but seems to have unlimited resources to harass Amish farmers, raid food clubs and pull over raw milk deliverers.
Why Senators Should Oppose S 510
S 510 threatens the existence of small, independent farms and will limit the food choices of consumers. As written, the bill is fundamentally flawed. S 510 will not improve food safety. Instead it will bury farmers in regulations and paperwork and consolidate agricultural production into fewer, larger industrial facilities.
The FDA already has all the authority it needs to inspect processing plants and imports, yet they inspect less than 1% of imports and less than 25% of the processing facilities they are authorized to. The FDA has claimed that they don't have the manpower to carry out these inspections, yet they have the time and manpower to harass Amish farmers, raid food clubs, and pull over individuals who are transporting privately purchased fresh milk and make them dump it on the roadside. This agency needs no more authority as it abuses the authority it already has.
Should S 510 pass, it will increase the cost of U.S. grown and produced food across the board. The inspections and audits of both farming and harvesting processes will cost farmers in upfront expenses just to exist. Even if they are participating in direct or local sales, they will have to assume the audit and inspection costs as well as develop HACCP type plans for their operations. The larger corporations will not need to buy from domestic growers - they can import from countries with lower infrastructure costs to offset the expenses that S 510 regulations will force on U.S. producers.
There are many reasons to oppose S 510, but the fact that the FDA has stated in court that you have no right to consume any particular food, no right to bodily or physical health, and no right to contract should be sufficient reason to not grant them any authority over your food than they already have.
Amending this flawed legislation is like putting a tutu on a pig and calling it a ballerina. The mounds of paperwork this bill will generate are not going to increase anyone's food safety or food security.
Learn more:
Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Farm & Ranch Freedom Alliance
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
The Complete Patient

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The House May Vote 6:00 PM Today!
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Today's House Majority Whipline says no votes until tonite.

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The Battle for Our Food Freedom Isn't Over Yet!
Politicians are maneuvering and manipulating to the last moment to pass S 510...
Here's the latest update from this morning. I know these are Republicans below but they are the ones who are protecting our family and small farms right now. We spoke with -

Tuesday's Update:

Dr. Paul's office says there is a chance that a House substitute for S.510 will be considered today.

Monday's Message:

Sen. Coburn's Office: "As far as we know there may be an attempt to insert the Senate bill language [S. 510] into a "must pass" bill (such as a budget bill in the House) and send that back to the Senate... if it is returned as as a stand-alone bill, there is probably not enough time to debate and pass it this session, but if it is part of another, already scheduled bill, we don't know what will happen."

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