The Food Safety Modernization Act (S 510) could go to an up and down vote this week. An article at th Off Grid News blog reveals more bad news about what is contained in this bill. According to OGN blogger, Carmen, in her article “The Tyranny of S510“, not only do the government and big agriculture companies want total control over our food supply they also want total control over seeds as well. This article is well worth reading. Here are a few snips::
What many people don’t realize is that the FDA has a list it calls “sources of seed contamination”. To better protect us from ourselves, the FDA has now defined “seed” as a “food”, so now our seeds can be controlled through “food safety”.
The big agriculture giants want to make you dependent on them for any seed, even if it’s heirloom seed. They know that they need the regulatory heft of Big Brother in order to accomplish this. First they need to eliminate seed cleaning equipment. They get the FDA to set minimum “food safety” standards for seed cleaning so that any farmer would need at least a million dollars in structure and equipment to meet the new requirements.
And lastly this:
Set the standard for “food safety” and certification high enough that no one can afford it and punish anyone who tries to save seed in ways that have worked fine for thousands of years, and just like that, you have criminalized seed banking.
The penalties are tremendous, with a million dollar a day fine and/or ten years in prison. The goal is to make monopoly over seeds absolute. The USDA will be in control of small gardeners, there will be an end to seed exchanges, organic seed companies, and an end to the freedom to pursue happiness in America as we see fit, reducing us to a sole dependence on corporations for our very means of survival.
And there you have it. Government and some big corporate “influence buyers” want to control our food chain from seed to table. Any guess as to what percentage of the American public is aware of what is about to happen to them? My ques is a small percentage. Isn’t statist/socialism great? And as I understand it, this bill has bipartisan support. I think I’m going to be sick.