An attack on the local food movement?

An attack on the local food movement?

There are 19 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from Nov 27, 2010, titled An attack on the local food movement?. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

Is the Food Safety Modernization Act now being debated in the Senate the death knell for Vermont's family farms, farmer's markets, farm stands, CSAs and even your home garden? It depends on who you talk to.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Brattleboro Reformer.

Sharon Zecchinelli

Irmo, SC

#1 Nov 27, 2010
I want to congratulate the Reformer for taking a stand, in print, against S510. Other newspapers wouldn't even cover the bill.

We hope you will send someone to cover the protest tomorrow at 2 pm at the Middlesex Park and Ride.
Alan D

Rutland, VT

#2 Nov 27, 2010
There are as the article points out many different opinions of what this bill will or won't do. The uncertainty is exacerbated by the fact that the bill is being rushed through the lame duck session of congress, in a state of constant change. As of this writing there are 18 amendments attached to this bill, some that have no, or incomplete text available online on "Thomas" and which amendments are adopted will determine the actual impact of the bill on our food supply. The bill is of serious concern to consumers but the greatest concern is the lack of concrete regulation because the regulations will be put in the hands of bureaucrats to write and interpret.
The bill addresses imported food regulations which will involve treaties and these treaties all involve Codex Ailementarius the international regulations that are so concerning. In negotiating these treaties, a give and take process, the likelyhood will be that local farms will lose and bureaucrats will take.
Some food safety issues are not mentioned in S-510. There is still no mention of required labling of Genetically Modified components of prepared or processed foods. There is no labling of foods that have been grown with chemical inputs including herbacides or pesticides. Consumers need this labling information to make informed food choices.
flat lander

United States

#3 Nov 27, 2010
I rather be right and hungry than stuffed and be against saving this world
aj Food Consulting

Staten Island, NY

#4 Nov 28, 2010
I believe that most of us know how to grow, deliver, and sell wholesome foodstuffs. There is always the one that will take advantage though, for this we need organized regulation. I agree with the sentiment that the already powerful bodies of FDA and USDA should be doing this. We do not need an additional governing body adding cost to an already tight margin industry.
TNB

Memphis, TN

#5 Nov 28, 2010
This all about out of control left-liberal-progressive nanny government run amok.
Cheryl M

United States

#6 Nov 28, 2010
Any bill that criminalizes Americans for growing food in their gardens is a no brainer. We don't need an article written to tell us much of anything to know the bill is against natural laws of self preservation.

There's really no arguing what this bill means when it Americans will be criminailized. How insane is it? How anti-American is it to make a little old lady with a food garden criminal? very insane and you journalists should be ashamed of yourself for even arguing this might be a necessary bill under these circumstances.

STOP TRUSTING A PROVEN CRIMINAL GOVERNMENT!
Spuds

South Hero, VT

#7 Nov 28, 2010
This just another power grab. Beware of enabling laws. Such laws give power to bureaucrats which always abused later. Tomorrow he will outlaw your beans.
Traveler

Westland, MI

#8 Nov 28, 2010
TNB wrote:
This all about out of control left-liberal-progressive nanny government run amok.
Heh! Actually the new House will be psyched about this one. The agri-biz companies which this bill really helps out? They are FAR from "left-liberal-progressive " - this is RIGHT WING nanny government stuff.

You quacks, closet socialists: for things like: banks, corporations, the military and etc.
Bill Samuel

Centreville, VA

#9 Nov 28, 2010
The food safety problems result mostly from well known and identified practices in agribusiness that inherently impose risks. These are used by virtually all very large enterprises. Small enterprises run the gamut in practices.
What legislation should do, but the legislation Congress is considering does not do, is focus on these known risky practices. It does not do so because big agribusiness has enormous political power.
If legislation were to impose restrictions and fees to cover regulatory costs on producers based solely on whether they engage in the risky practices that are normal behavior in large corporate agricultural operations, rather than having arbitrary size classifications, that would be a more productive approach. True organic operations then would not be covered based on a rational risk approach.
We also need to badly reform the FDA and the Department of Agriculture, which are largely captive of industry and often supportive of risky behavior. They need to be purged of all those who have shown themselves to be tied to the industries they supposedly regulate, including all whose actions show bias towards industry. Strong conflict of interest requirements need to be imposed, as well as strong performance standards which would reward those who act in the public interest and permit removal of those whose record shows them captive of industry. And then the regulatory functions need to be staffed adequately (at industry expense) to allow them to do their job effectively.
If we wanted to go further, it would be preferable to remove all functions designed to protect the public from the USDA as inherently in conflict with its mission of supporting the industry. This should be done under new leadership, not just transferring the existing corrupt apparatus into a new agency.
Because it does not take the steps that would be most productive and sensible, the current legislation at best would produce very modest improvement, and at worst, degrade the situation by threatening the best elements in agriculture.
aprilarfa

Frisco, TX

#10 Nov 28, 2010
So, I did laugh when you mentioned the black helicopters. I haven't seen them yet, but I know they are coming.

Now I do wonder...did you read the entire bill and the revisions submitted between 2004 and now? The Food Modernization Bill S.510 expands the FDA controls far beyond just food safety. It defines food, supplements, claims and allowable resources for food production and puts this all under Homeland Security. In this country we have the right to choose between healthy and unhealthy products (whatever those are to you). Now, we now have proposed bill, which will choose for us, including what to grow, bank (seeds) and share under the umbrella of food safety. They may keep you “safer”, but due to the subjectivity of the bill, the FDA may limit your options to companies that contribute the most to legislation. We need to find away to protect the people without taking away their freedoms. Focus on the companies that have had recalls so far, learn from the experiences and put together a comprehensive that is implemented by a voted group of officials from small companies, large multinationals, accredited associations and legislation. The alternative is to sit back and hope that this bill allows you to keep your freedoms. You choose. www.foodfreedomday.com .
aprilarfa

Frisco, TX

#11 Nov 28, 2010
Here is a better article that talks about the history of the bill which I found interesting. http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.ph...
Brian

Westland, MI

#12 Nov 29, 2010
Traveler wrote:
<quoted text>
Heh! Actually the new House will be psyched about this one. The agri-biz companies which this bill really helps out? They are FAR from "left-liberal-progressive " - this is RIGHT WING nanny government stuff.
You quacks, closet socialists: for things like: banks, corporations, the military and etc.
Okay both sides left / right calm down please. Do you see how everyone points there fingers at each other instead of the government. You BOTH have been propogandized too much. Please go to www.prisonplanet.com and look up this food bill, healthcare bill, 9/11. Go to utube and watch the videos. This is still about government control which side your on DOESN'T matter. Like the healthcare bill and RFID chipping if calls for section C 11 look it up.
Cloe

Putney, VT

#13 Nov 29, 2010
TNB wrote:
This all about out of control left-liberal-progressive nanny government run amok.
It is obvious you know as little about this as you do nuclear energy.

Since: Nov 10

Brattleboro, VT

#14 Nov 29, 2010
TNB wrote:
This all about out of control left-liberal-progressive nanny government run amok.
Is there anything you DON'T say that about, you paranoid hard-right-fringe zombie?
jway

Tuscumbia, AL

#15 Nov 29, 2010
Collective farming is what we need, right com rad Barney
koolpop

Mobile, AL

#16 Nov 29, 2010
this all is just part of the plan for the NEW WORLD GOVERNMENT any thing having to be put under homeland security is just another red flag for me. peolpe don't see or just don't care what we/ over the next few years are about to go through. Under the fema act in a case of civil unrest- protest-or people who just have a different view than our government- the GOV. TAKES OVER EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES. This will come about by some strange thing like a solar flare frying all our electronics / our eletric grid country wide. AND I have no doubt that our government is preparing to change the world as we know it. they have been working on this for decades and 9/11 and our congress and senate and we ourselves gave them just what they needed to continue there true program. and that the elite groups of think tanks and wealthy corporation need to do something about world population in order to continue to live on this planet. And the poor - mentally ill- and those who make no real contribution must be eliminated. AND IF WE JUST LOST OUR ABILITY TO DRIVE OR LIGHT OUR HOUSES OR COOK AND BANKS HAVE TO CLOSE. WHAT WOULD WE ALL BE DOING.???????/
Cris Ericson

Hope, ME

#17 Nov 29, 2010
Hi! I just returned from out-of-state w/family for Thanksgiving and I received an e-mail today about the "protest" yesterday, and just off the cuff, and I may be in error, but I want to ask:

generally,
aren't the MAJORITY
of DEATHS from food products
from MAJOR PRODUCERS and NOT SMALL FARMS?

I mean, I think of food borne illnesses as something you get
from a California factory farm with migrant workers who live
in temporary shacks and are not provided bathroom facilities
or flush toilettes and who just take a leak on your spinach....

Cris Ericson http://crisericson2012.blogspot.com
Scott

Newton Center, MA

#18 Nov 29, 2010
Brian wrote:
<quoted text>
Okay both sides left / right calm down please. Do you see how everyone points there fingers at each other instead of the government. You BOTH have been propogandized too much. Please go to www.prisonplanet.com and look up this food bill, healthcare bill, 9/11. Go to utube and watch the videos. This is still about government control which side your on DOESN'T matter. Like the healthcare bill and RFID chipping if calls for section C 11 look it up.
They're sooo stuck in the *Left Right Paradigm aren't they Brian?(google it sheeple!), but I see you try ta awaken them, that's good of you, but don't expect great success, most of them PREFER to remain stuck in the paradigm, the left ones beLIEving only what their left mainstream media gatekeepers tell them, the right ones beLIEving only what their right mainstream media gatekeepers tell them. As I always say,
'You can lead the sheeple to the truth but you can't make them think'
besides prisonplanet.com and infowars.com there is http://www.beyondleftright.com/

I recall the 2004 'election', Skull & Bones member Bush vs. Skull & Bones member Kerry, and both took campaign $$ from Monsanto!

The History of Health Tyranny: Codex Alimentarius, part 1
http://www.infowars.com/the-history-of-health...
http://www.infowars.com/the-health-tyrants-co...

Food-The ultimate secret exposed-
http://www.infowars.com/food-the-ultimate-sec...

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HAVE SOME SENATORS BEEN PAID OFF TO SUPPORT S.510 - THE 'FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT'?
http://www.libertynewsonline.com/article_301_...
(^look at how much Leahy and B.S. have taken from the food control tyrants!)

When you google some important topic like say 'Agenda 21', remember to add on the search line 'infowars'-> http://www.google.com/#hl=en&expIds=17259...
Cris Ericson

Eddington, ME

#19 Nov 29, 2010
THIS BILL
WILL CAUSE OUR FOOD BILLS
TO GO HIGHER AND HIGHER.
THIS BILL
WILL CAUSE RESTRAUNTS
TO CHARGE INCREDIBLY HIGH PRICES
OR GO OUT OF BUSINESS.
THIS BILL
WILL INCREASE
WORLD WIDE HUMAN STARVATION.
THAT'S WHAT I THINK, AFTER JUST
READING THE BILL SUMMARY
AT http://www.senate.gov
READ IT YOURSELF AT http://www.senate.gov
S. 510 EXCERPTS FROM THE BILL SUMMARY
(Sec. 103) Requires .....
. Requires the Secretary to PROMULGATE REGULATIONS
(Sec. 104) Directs the Secretary to:...(2) ISSUE
contaminant-specific and science-based guidance documents, action levels,
or REGULATIONS.
(Sec. 106) Requires the Secretary to PROMULGATE REGULATIONS to protect against the intentional
adulteration of food.
(Sec. 107) Directs the Secretary to assess and COLLECT FEES related to:(1) food facility reinspection;
(2) food recalls; (3) the voluntary qualified importer program; and (4) importer reinspection.
(Sec. 111) Requires the HHS Secretary to PROMULGATE REGULATIONS on sanitary transportation
practices for the transportation of food.
(Sec. 112)...
Sets forth issues for such guidelines to address, including:(1) PARENTAL OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE
DOCUMENTATION OF THEIR CHILD'S FOOD ALLERGY;
Allows the Secretary to AWARD matching GRANTS
Title II: Improving Capacity to Detect and Respond to Food Safety Problems -(Sec. 201)
Requires the Secretary to:(1) ALLOCATE RESOURCES to inspect facilities and articles of food
Sets forth requirements for MANDATORY TESTING
(Sec. 206) REQUIRES the Secretary, acting through the Director of the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC), to enhance foodborne illness SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS
REAUTHORIZES APPROPRIATIONS FOR GRANTS to states and Indian tribes
(Sec. 208) Revises the standard for the ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION OF FOOD
Authorizes and encourages the Secretary to CONDUCT examinations, testing, and INVESTIGATIONS
(Sec. 307) REQUIRES THE SECRETARY TO
DIRECT RESOURCES TO INSPECTIONS OF FOREIGN FACILITIES,
(Sec. 309) REQUIRES THE SECRETARY TO ESTABLISH OFFICES
OF THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION
(FDA) IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES
Title IV: Miscellaneous Provisions -(Sec. 401) AUTHORIZES APPROPRIATIONS FOR FY2010-FY2014
(Sec. 404) Declares that nothing in this Act shall be construed in a manner inconsistent with the agreement
establishing the World Trade Organization or any other treaty or international agreement to which the
United States is a party.
These tedious excerpts from S. 510 Bill Summary at
http://www.senate.gov
were brought to you by Cris Ericson
http://crisericson2012.blogspot.com
EAT NOW, BECAUSE NEXT YEAR YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO!
JUST LOOK HOW HIGH OUR TAXES ARE GOING TO GO FROM THIS BILL!

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