Saturday, January 01, 2011

What is the Food Safety Modernization Act, Really?

On the surface, it certainly sounds like the S. 510:FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was created with the "best of intentions" as it is designed to give added protection to consumers from food contamination.  However, we know better, right?  "Best of intentions" in our current corpocracy doesn't compute. 

So, what else could possibly motivate our legislators?  Could it be an excuse to create even more bureaucracy, therefore taking further control of our lives, without taking any of the responsibility?  Because what is the point of adding five more federal agencies? The Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Disease Control, the Environmental Protection Agency and even the Department of Homeland Security?  And that's in addition to the Food and Drug Administration!

Consider this. These  new regulations are not required for food grown outside the United States. So, as prices sky-rocket on American produced or local organic food, incoming food, from other countries  that doesn't have to meet any of the food safety regulations, saturated with all of those dangerous chemicals and/or hormones, will be able to charge far below the price of locals.   So, as a result, it's possible, once the  FSMA goes into action,  consumers will end up buying the extremely toxic food, grown beyond the scope of regulation, from the multinational corporate farms; hence, rendering the FSMA, the FP[oison]MA.  

Aha! There is the rub, and the reason: securing multinational profits!  Because, in the end, this food safety bill will place enormous new burdens on small to mid-sized farms in the US, driving them out of business, not to mention, erecting new barriers to potential local food-producers.

Some even say that this bill will or could make it illegal for people to grow their own food. Well, as crazy as that sounds, when you consider how corporatized our government is now, and when you consider that so many activists are trying to convince people to starve the multi-nationals and instead, build up their local economies, anything is possible. Moreover, there are large gray areas in this bill, open wide to interpretation.

Yep, to be sure, those super-sized, over-hormoning, deplete the nutrients, corporate farms will benefit, as always.

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