13 February 2012

Big Ag Attacks Freedom

More like the United Statists of America, amirite?

Senate Bill 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, has been called "the most dangerous bill in the history of the United States of America." It would grant the U.S. government new authority over the public's right to grow, trade and transport any foods. This would give Big brother the power to regulate the tomato plants in your backyard. It would grant them the power to arrest and imprison people selling cucumbers at farmer's markets. It would criminalize the transporting of organic produce if you don't comply with the authoritarian rules of the federal government.
"It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one's choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God." - Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower.
This tyrannical law puts all food production (yes, even food produced in your own garden) under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security. Yep -- the very same people running the TSA and its naked body scanner / passenger groping programs.

First, I don’t see how homegrown food is a concern of DHS.  What, are they afraid of literal homegrown terrorists?  Because I’m pretty sure it doesn’t work that way.

But more to the point, people have been growing and cultivating their own crops for thousands of years.  If the current global population of 7 billion is any indication, we’ve done a decent job of growing food.  In fact, there isn’t much that’s complicated about, you plant a seed in the ground, water it, pull the weeds that spring up around it, water it some more, then harvest it.  Humans have been this without issue for thousands of years with no government oversight.  I think we’ll be able to manage for a few more decades before we need our nominally omniscient overlords to tell us how to make food to eat.

This bill was originally sponsored by Ted “The Dead” Kennedy way back in 2009, though getting a thorough history of the bill is nearly impossible (it’s almost as if senate.gov is designed to be deliberately unhelpful).  Anyway, S.510 tracks through 2010, then kind of vanishes from there, except in individual senator’s personal senate sites.  It also appears that Senator John “Dingleberry” Dingell is a current co-sponsor.  For what it’s worth, his largest campaign contributor a lobbying firm that lobbies on behalf of various agricultural interests, which is probably just coincidental.

At any rate, I can’t be bothered to actually prove who’s behind all this because I can simply infer the answer to that question simply by asking who stands to profit from this.  Big Ag, obviously, because it increases fixed costs for producers, which makes margins thinner for small competitors.  Big-government democrats (but I repeat myself) and big-government Republicans (there I go again) are obviously sponsoring it because those big-government types like big government.

And so, the land of the free takes another step closer to becoming the home of the slave.  The majority doesn’t care because it doesn’t impact them directly, and also Snooki is on right now so could you just shut up about stupid politics already?

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