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General News    H3'ed 2/27/09

Hillary Clinton and the Monsanto-driven "food safety" bills: Rural Cleansing at its worst

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Hillary Clinton's platform for a massive and centralized "Food Safety Department" did not die when her campaign for president did.  Instead, it has been introduced by friends of hers as a series of "food safety" bills which are being moved rapidly through Congress now.  
One was introduced by Rosa DeLauro, whose husband Stanley Greenberg, works for Monsanto.  Greenberg's Memo for Monsanto
Are they even "food safety" bills in the first place?  No.  They remove border checks on foreign food coming into the US, and establish legal food monopolies.

To help stop the impending Monsanto-influenced  that will industrialize all farms and eliminate organic farming in the US, 
send a message to Congress.  
We need millions to be fighting this so contact Eli Pariser at MoveOn to tell him MoveOn is badly needed. Write him at moveon-help@list.moveon.org.
And then please forward this to all your friends and family and organizations, asking them to send a message to Congress and asking them to reach MoveOn as well.

This article will catch you up quickly on the history and the bills.
And here is fast background on NAIS, which leaves off the even deeper threat of how this fits in with Smart Grid as part of a global takeover of food:

NAIS was designed by NIAA (the National Institute of Animal Agriculture), a corporate consortium consisting of  Monsanto, industrial meat producers such as Cargill and Tyson, and surveillance companies such Viatrace, AgInfoLink, and Digital Angel.  The NAIS scheme fits agribusiness, biotech, and surveillance companies to a T:   

1). they are already computerized, and they engineered a corporate loophole: If an entity owns a vertically integrated, birth-to-death factory system with thousands of animals (as the Cargills and Tysons do), it does not have to tag and track each one but instead a herd is given a single lot number.   

2).  NAIS will only be burdensome and costly (fees, tags, computer equipment, time) to small farmers which helps push them out of business, thus leaving more market to giant agribusiness.  

3).  Agribusiness wants to reassure export customers that the US meat industry is finally cleaning up its widespread contamination. NAIS would give that appearance ... without incurring the cost of a real cleanup. 
4).  NAIS will allow total control over Giant Agribusiness' competition:  Owners of even a single chicken would be required to register private information, the Global Positioning System (GPS) coordinates of their 'premise' and if any animal leaves its 'premise', the owner will be required to obtain an ID number for it and have the animal microchipped.  All information, including 24 hour GPS surveillance would be fed into a vast corporate data bank, allowing for ease of false slaughter to hide true problems or to substitute biotech's genetically engineered animals .

5).  NAIS may allow plundering of farmers through required DNA samples:  DNA samples would be invaluable to Monsanto and biotech corporations already genetically engineering animals.  Farmers who raise heritage breeds would have no say in how their distinct DNA would be used and to the sole profit of biotech companies.

6).  the advantage for the surveillance companies is obvious:  Compulsory tagging of 6 million sheep, 7 million horses, 63 million hogs, 97 million cows, 260 million turkeys, 300 million laying hens, 9 billion chickens, and untold numbers of bison, alpaca, quail, and other animals--and new animals being born, means a massive self-perpetuating market.

The health claims for NAIS are a sham though fear of disease is used to advance it.  NAIS does not touch the contaminated source  of E.coli, salmonella, listeria, mad cow, and common meat-borne diseases - the inherently unhealthy practices (mass crowding, growth stimulants, feeding regimens, rushed assembly lines, poor sanitation, etc.) of industrial-scale meat operations.  Upton Sinclair's "Jungle" all over again.  NAIS will do nothing to stop these practices.  Moreover, tracking ends at the time of slaughter, yet it's from slaughter onward that most spoilage occurs.  But NAIS does not trace any contamination after slaughter.

Agribusiness' self-serving NAIS scheme distracts from their own filthy contaminatory practices, while targeting hundreds of thousands of small farms, homesteaders, organic producers, hobbyists ... and maybe even you.  NAIS's purpose is to advance corporate monopoly over all food in the US. and NAIS lays the ground work.  Kissinger said if you control food, you can control people .  The "food safety" bills are heavily disguised, immense corporate plan to take control of our food supply which isthe most severe threat possible to our democracy itself.
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