On the surface, S510 appears to be innocent, well-intentioned food safety legislation. However when we actually look at the not-so-subtle wording, metacommunication, and overall context of S510, it’s clear that it places unprecedented power in the hands of the Food and Drug Administration, which has an explicit record of being against fresh produce.
People have become ill from E.coli bacteria in their spinach, and according to Dr. David Acheson, (Assistant Commissioner for Food Protection at the Food and Drug Administration), in his address before the Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture House Committee on Agriculture, on May 15, 2007, “The number of illnesses associated with fresh produce is a continuing concern of the Agency, and we have worked on a number of initiatives to reduce the presence of pathogens in these foods. Fresh produce presents special challenges. For example, consumption of produce, particularly “ready-to-eat” products, has increased dramatically during the past decade. This is a positive development from a nutrition perspective, but also a new dynamic that challenges our food safety efforts.” In case you missed it, the metacommunication here is that Dr. Acheson is concerned about the growing number of people consuming “live-food”, namely fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
The problem with this rationale, as Mike Adams astutely points out in his “Top Ten Lies About Senate Bill S510” is that, “Out of the 1,809 people who die in America every year from food-borne pathogens (CDC estimate), only a fraction die from the manufacturer’s contamination of fresh produce. By far the majority of food poisoning is caused by the consumption of spoiled processed foods, dead foods and animal-human transmission of pathogens.” Death and illness from contaminated produce is extremely rare, but there is a myth being propagated that most food poisoning occurs through fresh produce. Now why would they want you to believe this?
The Health Ranger goes on to reveal that 70% of grocery store poultry is contaminated with salmonella, yet S510 does nothing to address this. Considering this is the greatest source of this contamination, why are they targeting fresh produce? He goes on to state that the Tester Amendment pretends to protect small farms, yet the $500,000 ceiling is not indexed to inflation. If the economy continues to decline, in a few years this ceiling will be very low, marginalizing an ever smaller number of small farms who won’t be buried under a bureaucratic mound of paperwork. And do we really believe this paperwork with create safer food? The truth is that the FDA has all the power to publically announce that a product has been contaminated; however, it appears the agency is seeking executive powers and more funding. Americans are not dying from contaminated fresh produce. They are dying from preservatives, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, GMO’s, bovine growth hormones, highly processed, rancid foodstuffs; and this irradiated, sterile, chemical laden process is where they want to take all food.
Another disturbing provision in S510 is its address of “food smuggling”. Why is this an issue? Where are they planning to take this? Will all food that is not GMO be illegal in the coming years? The FDA will not make America’s food safe. Under the FDA, the standard American diet has become the unhealthiest diet on the planet. What makes us believe the FDA will change directions mid-stream? Click here to read Mike Adam’s entire article.
A superficial examination of S510 leaves one with the impression that food manufacturers, growers, and packaging plants need to be held to a higher level of accountability for the quality of their products. This is partly true. Contaminants from animal agriculture and its inevitable bi-products are to blame for most outbreaks and recalls. This makes a strong case for veganic farming (no use of animal based fertilizers), which we practice and teach at the Tree of Life Foundation. In the final analysis and context of the bill, two questions emerge: 1) Whom does the bill grant unchecked power to? The answer is the FDA. 2) Whom does the FDA answer to? Common consensus assumes the FDA answers to the American government and its people, but even a shallow observation, backed by significant documentation of the workings of this agency demonstrate a consistent “in bed” relationship with the pharmaceutical industry and an explicit persecution of the natural health movement.
In case you are unaware, President Obama has named Michael Taylor, former Monsanto lobbyist, the FDA’s new food czar. As quoted by the Washington Post: “Mr. Taylor began his career as a staff attorney at the FDA in 1976. He then worked for a decade at King & Spaulding, which represented Monsanto Corp., the agribusiness giant that developed genetically engineered corn, soybeans and bovine growth hormone. He returned to the FDA in 1991 as deputy commissioner for policy and pushed through requirements that producers of seafood and juices adopt measures to prevent bacterial contamination. During the same period, the FDA approved Monsanto’s bovine growth hormone, and Taylor was partly responsible for a controversial policy that said milk from BGH-treated cows did not have to be labeled as such.
Let’s talk about what S510 will allow the GMO and pharmaceutically puppeted FDA to get away with. Directly from the bill: (a) IN GENERAL. – Section 304(h)(1)(A) (21 U.S.C.24 334(h)(1)(A)) is amended by (1) striking ”credible evidence or information indicating” and inserting ”reason to believe”. This is a serious invitation to abuse power for an organization already known for its countless abuse and misuse of power. For the FDA to recall a product, they would not need only “a reason to believe”. Since when is mere “belief” or “indicative information” ever been considered enough to initiate a food recall that could financially cripple an organic farm or a superfood production plant? “Belief” and “information indicating” has been the motivation for many “witch hunts” and other cruel mockeries of justice throughout history. It is well-documented that the FDA is an agency that believes that there is no food, no herb, no vitamin or supplement that has any ability to prevent disease of any kind.
The FDA has a long ugly track record of siding with Big Pharma and dealing duplicitously with the American public. In January of 2009, honest scientists within the FDA wrote a letter of appeal to President Obama urging him of an ethical crisis within the agency. “Managers with incompatible, discordant and irrelevant scientific and clinical expertise in devices…have ignored serious safety and effectiveness concerns of FDA experts,” the letter said. “Managers have ordered, intimidated and coerced FDA experts to modify scientific evaluations, conclusions and recommendations in violation of the laws, rules and regulations, and to accept clinical and technical data that is not scientifically valid.” The scientists stated, “Currently, there is an atmosphere at FDA in which the honest employee fears the dishonest employee, and not the other way around.”
The following is an example of the kind of power the FDA stands to yield and the corruption already present in the agency. “The disputed ink is barely dry on S510 and it would seem the FDA has given itself the ‘authority’ to attack small farms. Although not one person has reported illnesses from Morningland Dairy’s cheese in the cheese makers 30 year long perfect record, the FDA has ordered the farm to destroy $250,000 worth of cheese. Samples taken from Morningland Dairy’s cheeses sold at the Rawesome store in Venice, CA tested positive for the harmful bacteria staphylococcus aureus and listeria monocytogenes. The results of these samples are questionable, the cheese tested had been in CA for 4 months before being collected and wasn’t tested until 7 weeks after being confiscated. Under CA statutes, confiscated food is to be tested right away and a sample sent to the company in question so they can do their own testing, Morningland Dairy never received a sample of the allegedly contaminated cheese. While I do not support dairy (raw, organic, or conventional) I support people’s sovereign right to choose.”
Conflict of interest between serving the pharmaceutical corporations and the American public is at the heart of the FDA corruption. Currently, doctors who earn hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in “consulting fees” from drug companies are not only allowed to vote on the recommendations for FDA approval of their drugs, there is not even any FDA requirement to disclose such conflicts of interest. While annual deaths related to pharmaceutical drugs run at an estimated 150,000 per year, a mere 1,800 die annually from food borne illness, and a minute fraction of these are linked to fresh produce. It is obvious, looking at these figures that the FDA is either grossly incompetent or completely corrupt.
The logic is simple and requires no leap of faith into speculative conspiracy theories. The lobbies financing Congress want to place more power in the hands of the FDA to control food production. Because the pharmaceutical companies control the FDA, to empower the FDA empowers the pharmaceutical industry. One might consider in the larger context that the pharmaceutical industry is losing ground. Over the years, they have failed to produce their promised results and have proven themselves and their drugs to be downright dangerous to the lives and health of Americans everywhere. S510 is part of a series of efforts for control of a health “market” moving toward nutrition, herbs, natural supplements, and alternative medicine. This battle is going on more particularly in Europe where, as of April 11th, the EU has voted to make all herbs and supplements illegal as well as the teaching and practice of natural healing. Presently because of Codex Alimentarius, many natural remedies, herbs, vitamins and minerals are no longer available in Europe.
In view of the worldwide effort to suppress natural healing, herbs, vitamins, and even access to live foods, it behooves us to read these documents as continued efforts to disempower people from life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is important to read these through the filter of this long-term struggle and not be deluded by the superficial words being used to mislead us.