Darrell talks about the recent Senate vote on the Farm Bill and an amendment to label GMO foods (genetically modified organisms).
Senate S-510 (better known as the Food Safety Bill) is set for a cloture vote in the U.S. Senate today, November 16, 2010.
Cloture is a parliamentary procedure that allows the senators to cut off debate and vote on a bill immediately thereafter.
Advocates of the bill claim they have 90 votes: many more than would be necessary to end cloture and pass the bill.
The Food Safety Bill was introduced in the Senate by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill), but it has many co-sponsors, including Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. It appears to have been designed and written by Michael Taylor, who was Monsanto’s lawyer and VP for many years before being appointed to the FDA to oversee the introduction of genetically modified foods (GMO’s) into the American marketplace.
Without trying to become more technical than I am capable of, S-510 would transfer all food production and consumption in the United States from regulation by a myriad of federal agencies that now control it to one new, very powerful agency set up under the Department of Homeland Security. This department would transfer to the Department of Defense in the event of any, as yet undefined, emergency. I don’t know about you, but I find that thought very frightening.
Here are just a few of the things S-510 purports to do:
- Preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes.
- It will more than likely make Michael Taylor (mentioned above) the Food Czar.
- End U.S. sovereignty over its own food supply by forcing compliance with WTO guidelines.
- Even direct sales of food between individuals could be defined as smuggling under the language of the bill.
- Codex Alimentarius, a global system of control over food and food supplements, would control all U.S. food and supplements. Access to natural food supplements would be removed under Codex rules.
- Control of all seeds would transfer to Monsanto and other global multinationals.
- The National Animal Identification System ( NAIS ) would be enacted, forcing bio-chipping and other identification and tracking methods for all animals, whether food or pets.
- What is left of the American food system would be transferred into total control of Multinational Corporations under the guise of global governance.
This brief article is not meant to be definitive, but is instead intended to give people a short idea, in the brief time we have left, of what they will face if this bill passes.
- Darrell Castle