New Bill to Create 17,000 Food Bureaucrats

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Tue, 16 Nov 2010 12:56:02 +0000

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UPDATE: Today, Nov. 17, the Senate voted  to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the Food Safety bill by a 74-25 vote

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Tomorrow, Wednesday (Nov. 17), the lame duck Senate will have a cloture vote on a bill that will create 17,000 new bureaucrats whose job will be to harass America’s small farmers.

The bill is S. 510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

Its sponsor, Demonrat Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin, sells the bill as an effort to ensure the safety of our food supply. But S. 510 is really Obamacare for the food industry because it will vastly expand the already BLOATED federal government by creating 17,000 new bureaucrats through fiscal year 2014 (just for starters), with unspecified regulatory powers over America’s small family farmers and even home gardeners.

Worse still, Campaign for Liberty warns, S. 510 grants blanket authority for federal agencies to impose international guidelines and standards on domestic food producers in the name of “harmonizing all American food production and processes.” In so doing, S. 510 will drive America’s small farmers out of business, to the benefit of Big Government’s Big Corporate Agriculture allies — they of the genetically altered crops and food animals pumped full of hormones and antibiotics — as well as foreign produce and food that already are flooding our grocery stores.

In an interview with GovTrack.us, this is what Liz Re­itzig, Sec­re­tary of the Na­tion­al In­de­pen­dent Con­sumers and Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, says about S. 510:

Sen­ate bill S. 510 is com­plete­ly flawed. What Sen­ate bill S. 510 does it is cre­ates statu­to­ry au­thor­i­ty for the FDA to come up with reg­u­la­tions gov­ern­ing all as­pects of food pro­duc­tion and pro­cess­ing. So whether or not it will af­fect a home gar­den or a farmer’s mar­ket, we prob­a­bly won’t see any­thing im­me­di­ate­ly af­fect­ing those, but once they come up with the reg­u­la­tions and start en­forc­ing we could see a dis­rup­tion in any­thing, any­thing from a farmer’s mar­ket to a child’s lemon­ade stand. Be­cause noth­ing is ex­plic­it­ly ex­empt­ed, so they are all im­plic­it­ly in­clud­ed. So the reg­u­la­tions could very eas­i­ly in­clude reg­u­la­tions such that they im­pose over­bur­den­some re­stric­tions on farm­ers going to mar­ket.

I think the in­tent of the leg­is­la­tion is to give much broad­er au­thor­i­ty to the FDA, and then when you look at the lan­guage of the bill, when it gives the au­thor­i­ty to the FDA to act on “rea­son to be­lieve”, that’s giv­ing a lot of power, a lot of con­trol, to one per­son.

An ex­am­ple of that is there is a thriv­ing and boom­ing fresh milk move­ment, peo­ple who want fresh milk di­rect­ly from farm­ers they know and trust. Well the FDA, CDC, and other or­ga­ni­za­tions have clear­ly said they don’t think any­body should drink fresh milk. If you go by that, they would have rea­son to be­lieve fresh milk might make some­body sick, and on that basis they could just shut down every fresh milk farmer, ev­ery­body who is sup­ply­ing fresh milk to a con­sumer be­cause they have that rea­son to be­lieve. Even if the in­tent is not ex­plic­it­ly stat­ed as con­trol over all farms, that is what is this leg­is­la­tion and they can use that to im­pose their world view on ev­ery­one.

It’s like writ­ing a blank check to the FDA and say­ing now come up with the reg­u­la­tions. Once the bill is passed they can come up with what­ev­er reg­u­la­tions they want. Again for them to say we’re going to have reg­u­la­tions specif­i­cal­ly for small­er pro­duc­ers, they don’t yet have the reg­u­la­tions so how do we know what they are going to come up with? How do we know if it ac­tu­al­ly is going to ben­e­fit small pro­duc­ers or not? We don’t know, it’s this big un­known. And it’s this big blank check to the FDA who has al­ready been step­ping on small farms a lot.

YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED!

Call your Senators and ask them to vote against cloture and let’s kill this new attempt by the Obama/Pelosi/Reid axis of fiscal evil to control even more of our lives.

Toll free to Congress (both houses): 1-877-851-6437

For more, go to Tea Party Nation.

H/t beloved fellows Tina & May.

~Eowyn

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