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Dr. Robert Bullard
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Why Every American Should Rail Against SB 510--Reason: # 1 Monsanto

*Update 12:46 pm 11/30-- Obama Applauds Passage of SB 510
The bill now goes back to the House for a final vote, please call your legislators and tell them NO! Check the sky for flying pigs...Vote breakdown yea and nay.
Here's another way to take action (be patient, server is being bombarded and edit the letter to suit your concerns and political affiliation.) 2nd action ask House to block.

This bill has nothing to do with "Food Safety Modernization" and the public good, it's a Trojan Horse for Monsanto and a government supported control of the food supplies. We urge all citizens to pay very close attention to this issue because it will affect each and every one of us in ways we cannot yet begin to imagine, but the history of Monsanto gives us a big clue--it won't be good.

The bill enjoys a majority of democratic senators supporting it. 15 democrats (including Dick Durbin (D-IL) as the primary sponsor) and 6 republicans as co-sponsors. We can only speculate that their support is because of political contributions and the deep Monsanto ties in the current administration that we covered in an earlier posting on the Monsanto/Solutia PCB contamination of Anniston, Alabama.

The elephant in the room is Monsanto, along with the abysmal federal government, who will, by way of passage of this bill, have complete control of our sustenance. That should never be allowed to happen for any reason, ever, but if the people don't pay attention and raise some hell with their legislators, it will.

They're readying a vote right on the bill now.
Credit: Global Political Awakening
We're going to refer to two compelling articles and their excerpts on this issue:
Who designed the “food safety” bills which are now in Congress? 
The same man whom Clinton put at the FDA in the 1990s, the same man at the FDA now – Michael Taylor, Monsanto lawyer and VP.
Who is likely to be appointed as “the Administrator” of the powerful, centralized agency the bill would set up? 
Michael Taylor, Monsanto lawyer and VP.
Who is backing the “food safety” bills? Winrock International which receives financial support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation, the DOE, USAID, the US Department of State, the USDA, the World Bank, the FAO, SYSCO and the Tides Foundation
Winrock International also has long-standing ties with Monsanto.
How good has the FDA been in protecting American food? 
Abysmal? Horrendous?

Shiv Chopra, a food safety expert, says American and Canadian food are the most toxic of all food in the world. Ignoring its central duty to test for their safety before allowing anything into the food chain, the FDA has allowed in antibiotics, hormones, slaughterhouse waste, pesticides and GMOs. In the years since their introduction, studies now prove they are dangerous to human health (three are banned outright in Europe and the other two are under consideration). But the FDA still has done nothing to stop them and, now, despite public outrage at deaths and the dangers to human health from antibiotics in animals, the FDA is attempting to ensure their continued use.

Why the Tester Amendment won't fix a really bad bill to begin with;
 "The voice of controlled opposition wants Americans to believe that the Tester Amendment to S 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, elevates the bill to something we should adopt. The Tester Amendment puts a Band-Aid on a head wound. It does not stop the most lethal agency in American history from seizing control of the food supply from farm to fork."

Even though Big Ag now opposes S 510, we should continue to oppose the bill, as it amounts to federal assault on food freedom. 

Agribusiness giants have always opposed the exemption provided in the Tester Amendment. Now that it’s included in the current form of S 510, they’re only making clear that they oppose giving any wiggle room to competition. But from their sudden opposition to S 510, because it now includes an amendment they have always opposed, the public is being lulled into a false sense of confidence in S 510.

Despite the voice of controlled opposition trying to convince the American public that the Tester Amendment will solve all the problems with S 510, many food freedom activists recognize this is a red herring. One letter to the editor was titled, “Pry my turnip from my cold, dead hand.” The highly-touted exemption diverts attention away from the many, serious problems with S 510, like:
  • It does not address the real causes of food safety issues stemming from the centralized, industrialized food supply chain;
  • It ensures that international trade agreements have supremacy over local laws;
  • It destroys States’ rights to define a culturally-appropriate legal platform under which food is produced and distributed;
  • It transfers authority over food regulation enforcement from the FDA to the Department of Homeland Security which disastrously handled the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
  • It extends a failed and destructive HACCP to all food, thus threatening to do to local food production and farming what HACCP did to meat production – it eliminated small and medium-sized meat packers; and
  • It significantly increases FDA’s power, an agency which has stated on public record that the American people have no “fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health” and “do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish.”
Finally, we cannot ignore that Monsanto is behind the food “safety” legislation being foisted on us. 

We cannot ignore that the US Secretary of Agriculture was once dubbed “Biotech Governor of the Year.” 

We cannot ignore that President Obama has appointed a GMO and pesticide pusher as the US Agricultural Trade Representative. 

We cannot ignore that he nominated Monsanto-defender Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court, who sits there now with former Monsanto attorney, Clarence Thomas.

In Seeds of Destruction, F. William Engdahl issues a warning: “In the mid-1970’s Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a protégé of the Rockefeller family and of its institutions stated, "Control the food and you control the people."
Read more here

Scared yet?
You should to be. 
This is serious business and not simply the ramblings of the often maligned and dismissed greenish Birkenstock wearing crowd.
Top Ten Lies About SB 510
*Update 12/1--House May Block Bill Over Senate Error 
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  1. The Department of Homeland Security cannot be trusted to protect us from anything. Ditto for the FDA.
    Do we need reforms? Yes.
    Are these two agencies the answer? NO!

  2. This is a frightening time to be an American...

  3. WTF...this sounds like another inside deal like the one Chertoff made on the backscatter scanners. How much money is Taylor getting kicked back? The supporters? Politics pays well doesn't it?

  4. Goodbye America
    Hello George Orwell

  5. Are you people asleep? Don't you realize what this bill will do?
    There should be a long trail of outraged comments!!

  6. People are sheeple and don't grasp many things that aren't in their narrow view of their own little world Carol. I agree with you though. The mere mention of MONSANTO should be enough to spur on intense action.

  7. This bill was not put together by congressional staffers. Most likely it was written by Monsanto (or other big agra) lawyers. Follow the money. It always leads to the thieves.

  8. As usual, people are following party lines on this issue and if the right is for it, the left is automatically against it and vice versa. In this case, both sides need to remove their blinders and realize this is not a left or right issue: this is an issue of great importance for everyone of us and we should not fall into the trap of allowing Monsanto and the government to control our food supplies.
    That's what this will do, period, end of story.
    How can anyone think that is a good idea?
    I'll repeat a commenter above, WAKE UP PEOPLE!


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