Stop Federal Takeover of Food
If you care about food freedom and understand that we urgently need less federal control in our lives (not more), then please sign the petition against this fake “food safety” bill. Also, please forward a link to this page to anyone else you know who similarly cares about food freedom.
Sign an online petition to say “no!” to HR.2749
* Power to Quarantine a Geographic Area; the FDA can also Halt All Movement of All Food in a geographic area.
* Random Warrantless Searches of Business Records [at any food producing location of any size].
* Establishing a Tracing System for Food [for all food produced, including tiny batches of artisanal products].
* Severe Criminal and Civil Penalties [of up to US$100,000 for even the smallest food producers].
* Annual Registration Fee of $500 [for every food producer of any size].
* Regulation of How Crops Are Raised and Harvested [such as use of “science-based standards” dictated by the likes of Monsanto, for instance, meaning that use of chemical pesticides can then easily be mandated so as to completely destroy all organic farming].
Update (Jun 23, 2009): It is extremely urgent that a huge number of US citizens and residents sign the petition to oppose bill HR.2749 that is quickly moving forwards. This bill will give the Federal government unprecedented new powers over the lives of every single person in the USA and it has been accurately described as “totalitarian control of the food supply” . If the people of the USA actually understood the content of this bill (and similar legislation that is moving forwards) there would be a massive outcry about it. However, the media propaganda will continuously emphasis the peanut butter salmonella outbreak (and similar problems with industrial food facilities, not local growers) to scare people into accepting this legislation that directly attacks all small food procuers. This bill is not about “food safety” and it is, in fact, terrible and extremely dangerous legislation.
An amended version of the bill reducing civil penalties to a maximum of US$100,000  passed committee vote on June 17 and is now headed to the House of Congress for consideration. Obviously, US$100,000 is a huge sum and many times more than enough to put a small grower out of business in an instant. Here are some key comments from a summary of the bill  that make it clear that this legislation is designed to consolidate power with industrial food companies, while destroying small operations in the process:
“Small farms and local artisanal producers are part of the solution to the food safety problem in this country; the bill would impose on them a one-size-fits-all regulatory scheme and would disproportionately impact their operations for the worse.”
“HR 2749 does not address the underlying causes of food safety problems, including industrial agriculture practices and the consolidation of our food supply.”
“Food security is achieved by becoming as self-sufficient as possible in food production. Lessening the regulatory burden on small farms and local artisanal producers will improve both food security and food safety. If the FSEA is implemented, many small producers will not have the economies of scale to be able to comply with its onerous requirements.”
Other articles have criticised this terrible bill in similar ways, such as:
“The most significant effects are the drastic increases in federal government control over food in general. It is important to emphasize this fact and definitively oppose it.” 
“From farming to serfdom”  is yet another extremely critical article that contains the following summary:
“Food safety is best achieved at the local level; small farmers and local food processors are part of the solution to food safety, not the problem. Yet, this onerous Orwellian-style bill grants more and more power to an opaque and unaccountable agency, hyper-regulating small producers out of business or turning them into serfs for the state, and leaving the industrial food system and food imports completely alone to commandeer the marketplace.
“It would seem then, that a centralized food system under the complete control of the government is the goal of this bill and others like it.”
What this fake “food safety” bill is actually working towards is adoption of all the “standards” of “Codex Alimentarius” (or simply “Codex”), which means “food code”. In case you have never heard of Codex, it is a plan that originated around the start of the 20th century in the Austro-Hungarian empire with the purpose being to define “standards” relative to a wide variety of food. After being worked on for several decades largely by economic interests in Austria, this plan was then moved under the banner of the UN in 1963 . Since then, it has developed into a set of “standards” in relation to essentially all foods, as well as in relation to essentially all nutritional supplements (with the intention being to hugely limit effective doses and even completely ban all supplements that actually support good health ).
It must be understood that the true intention of Codex is to destroy the health of all human beings, as sickness and disease result in massive profits for multi-national pharmaceutical companies, as well as many other big corporate industries. One commentator on this new bill and the relation to Codex notes that “Codex Alimentarius is pure Nazi, like in historically developed by Nazis” . Here is an excellent summary of what Codex is all about:
Codex is not just about nutritional supplements. In fact, it is the primary political battlefield where the war is being waged about who will regulate and control the global food supply from farm to fork. This ‘war’ is being waged by an increasingly tangled web of global authorities, big business and financial interests, and, as such, trade and profit are its prime goals – not human health.
Current indications suggest that the long-term financial winners in the battle to gain control over the world’s food supply are likely to be the pharmaceutical and chemical industries; especially so given that the adoption of still further Codex guidelines for foods derived from biotechnology now seems almost inevitable. As a result, our freedom of choice, our future health and the environment itself are all now clearly at risk.
Good nutrition and optimum health threaten the pharmaceutical industry’s “business with disease” because they reduce the size of the marketplace for synthetic drugs. However, food that is free of pesticide residues, artificial additives and other contaminants can, by definition, only come about as a result of a lower global usage, or ideally the entire elimination, of these chemicals. This, of course, would not be in the financial interests of the pharmaceutical and chemical companies that manufacture such substances, as it would clearly result in lower profits, better health for entire populations, and a consequent reduction in the use of synthetic drugs.
In conclusion therefore, whilst it may have been somewhat “out of the limelight” recently, the Codex Alimentarius Commission’s support for the “business with disease” has continued unabated, and the wide scope of its activities makes it a significant danger to the future health of all humanity.
Do we want to see a world where our access to safe, nutritious foods and effective dietary supplements is restricted and controlled by pharmaceutical and chemical interests? If not then we must act now, before it’s too late. 
Update (Jun 14, 2009): A variant of the food “safety” bill titled HR.2749  was passed by unanimous vote on Wednesday, June 10, by the “health” sub-committee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. It will soon (possibly within the next week) be voted on in the House of Congress. This bill will cover every single type of food that is grown and produced anywhere in the USA . It is essentially the same as HR.759 that was proposed earlier in the year, which was described by some as worse than HR.875 (which is described below) .
It is extremely urgent that modifications be made to bill HR.2749 to completely exclude small organic farms from any federal oversight. If this is not done, every single grower in the USA who sells to the public – even of small batchs of sprouts, for instance – will have to pay an annual registration fee of US$500 (which could be easily increased at a later date) to the federal government, even though state laws are completely sufficient for small growers already. They would also have to keep completely detailed paperwork (for the first time ever) or face potentially huge federal fines.
In addition, every provider of food will be forced (over time) to comply with so-called “science-based” standards for food “safety” that will actually be dictated by industrial giants like Monsanto! When the processed food industry supports a bill  it should be a clear warning sign that it is not in the interests of the people. This whole bill is a smoke-screen under the guise of food “safety” that is actually about giving even greater control to the very industrial food companies that are the only ones who ever have problems with food “safety”! The petition below is still current, as it specifies the necessary changes to the bill that need to be made for it to exclude small organic growers [the original petition link below has been removed and an updated petition link is now above].
There is absolutely no excuse for the federal government to be getting involved in any issue (such as this one) that can and should be resolved at the local level. Yet, many new policies being put forward by the current administration are taking the USA in exactly the wrong direction towards centralised federal control over pretty much every aspect of our lives. Please be aware that such federal control is not in the interests of the people – it is only in the interests of the powerful corporations who are running the government.
Stop Federal Takeover of Food
There are big moves afoot by the government and Big Agribusiness to take control over every aspect of our food supply. This is being done under the guise of “food safety” with the actual implications being that it will start the process of driving any and every small, local grower or producer of any food products out of business, due to the impossibility of meeting extremely bureaucratic Federally dictated requirements as to the entire life-cycle of all food. Some are describing this as “fascist control from farm to fork” and this is a very accurate description of what is coming within months (or even weeks), unless we raise our voices loudly now to stop this infringement upon our basic and fundamental human rights.
Rep Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) is the sponsor of one of the key bills in question – HR.875 or the “Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009” – and her husband  is a private sector consultant who works for Monsanto amongst other clients. Obama appointed Tom “I fly with Monsanto” Vilsack  as Secretary of Agriculture, so it is no surprise that Big Agribusiness bills are now moving quickly forwards. In addition, Obama’s nomination of Margaret Hamburg  as head of the FDA has been confirmed by the Senate this past week and she is someone with little to no experience in this area. Rather, her experience is with Big Pharma (who are strongly supportive of her confirmation) and bio-terrorism, while also having connections to the CIA and being a member of the extremely powerful insider group, the CFR (“Council on Foreign Relations”). Yet, she will be one of the key players pushing the “food safety” bills, leaving one to wonder whether they are indeed about “food safety” for human beings or “safety” for the profits of Big Business.
If you would like to retain your basic human right to growing your own food and/or buying local, organic/natural food from farmers markets and similar, then please read up on this bill (and the related bills) and sign a petition to say “no!” to the Federal takeover of our food supply. And if you know anyone who would similarly like to retain their basic human right to the food they choose from local providers, please forward a link to this page to them so that they too can be informed about these measures and take action against them.
“Stop Federal Takeover of Food Regulation in H.R. 875”
Excellent two page introduction to the bill and the implications of it on small food producers:
“Its implications point to the elimination of all independent, family farms as well as all organic farming operations due to overbearing federal regulations subjectively determined by FSA [Food Safety Administration] in favor of corporate factory farms.”
“Goodbye farmers markets, CSAs, and roadside stands”
This article gives a good summary of the background (a great increase in local sustainable farming over recent years) and the motives (stopping this very growth in local sustainable farming, as it “threatens” Big Agribusiness) behind these “food safety” bills. Some excerpts:
“The bills would require such a burdensome complexity of rules, inspections, licensing, fees, and penalties for each farmer who wishes to sell locally – a fruit stand, at a farmers market – no one could manage it. And THAT is the point. The whole dirty tricks point. The whole ‘be in tight control of everything needed for survival because it’ll be worth a fortune’ point.
“So, if you like farmers markets, local farmers, fresh milk, fresh eggs, vegetables stands, and freedom, let your friends know that it’s all on the line right now with those ‘fake food safety’ bills brought to us with well-planned evil and more of it to come, by Monsanto, Cargill, Tysons, ADM, etc.”
“Change We Can Believe In: How About the End of Farmers Markets? Say Hello to H.R. 875: Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009”
A summary of key legal passages within the bill is provided by this article, showing that it would indeed allow Federal regulation of every part of our food supply:
“What this will do is force anyone who produces food of any kind, and then transports it to a different location for sale, to register with a new federal agency called the ‘Food Safety Administration.’ Even growers who sell just fruit and/or vegetables at farmers markets would not only have to register, but they would be subject inspections by federal agents of their property and all records related to food production. The frequency of these inspections will be determined by the whim of the Food Safety Administration. Mandatory ‘safety’ records would have to be kept. Anyone who fails to register and comply with all of this nonsense could be facing a fine of up to $1,000,000 per violation.”
“A solemn walk through HR 875”
Finally, here is an in-depth analysis of the entire bill that reveals without a doubt the true nature of this impending strangulation of our inherent human rights relative to food. From the conclusion:
“The related package of ‘food safety’ bills is totalitarian. There are no two ways about it.
“They allow government warrantless intrusion into and extreme, detailed, surveilled control over every aspect of farmers’ land and home, straight-jacketing them into a bureaucratic nightmare which precludes their even functioning as farmers. And yet for real food safety and for food security, it is exactly farmers we need.
“We need the real food they produce and the farmland they spare and protect from industrialization and the heritage animals and seeds they raise and their knowledge about nature and animals, and we need the way of life they represent. Free. How interesting that to have real and clean and wholesome food, it requires that farmers have freedom.
“These bills which claim to be about ‘food safety’ but are proven in the EU already to be about the destruction of farmers, are so frighteningly broad, they allow the government to take over our lives, too. They allow the government to use rules written by multinational corporations within the WTO, to control whether we can garden or how, whether we chip our pets, even what happens inside our homes in our kitchens.”