WASHINGTON -- After stalling for more than a year, a sweeping food-safety bill passed with bipartisan support in the Senate on Tuesday, paving the way for increased federal inspections and other preventative measures. The vote was 73 to 25.
Though the bill has yet to be reconciled with a previous version passed by the House in July 2009, there has been some indication that the House will adopt the Senate's bill, a senior Democratic aide tells HuffPost.
The House passed its version of the bill with bipartisan support back in July 2009, but the legislation hit a roadblock in the Senate. The newest version includes few changes beyond an amendment by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) to exempt small farmers from new controls if they sell directly to consumers and bring in less than $500,000 in annual sales. (While major agricultural groups don't want small growers to have any less regulation than they do, small producers counter they don't get thousands of people sick if they have an outbreak.)
formerly of La Milpa Organic Farm.
He no longer is farming there
due to a climate of regulation that
he felt prevented him from continuing
There are people rolling over in their graves
today as #S510, The Food Safety Modernization Act,
takes Real Food Safety two steps back on the land of
that birthed the song "America The Beautiful."
This is a land that once spent a pretty penny
looking at Bill Clinton's cigar and where he may
or may not have stuck it; but when it comes
to truly asking our Senators their real personal
feelings about food, or what foods they stick
in their mouths, and ask our holy bodies to digest,
that is not a subject to widely known.
What do our 100 Senators eat?
How many of them actually keep the beat with nature?
How many of them eat at Jack in the Box,
or the equivalent of MacDonalds back in Washington?
The beet speaks, Keep the Beet Media Star,
The World's First Taking beet plant.
She says: Ask them. Ask the senators
what they eat and how they imagine what they eat
influenced their decision making regarding
voting on #S510.
I have to admit. I am looking forward to seeing the opening
arguments on #S510 that took place November 29. I was on
the wrong channel. By the time I turned over to C-Span 2,
the vote to move past Closture, as it is called, was done
69-26. Somebody did not vote. 69-26 does not equal 100.
Somebody did not vote. Maybe they were the wise ones.
They astained from voting on this very dirty bill with
toxemia all over it. Then the next day, we had the final
vote, 73-25. Here is the list of how each voted:
It is time to tell the truth about food, to admit it is corrupt
on this very, very precious land that has a Statue of Liberty
at his Harbor within sight of the UN Building, the same
building that once gave a pat on the back to an idea
called the Codex Alimentarius Commission. The Codex
is a rather undemocratic Trade related international
think tank of manynations that makes up some of the Food Rules that
Michael Pollan may or may not agree with in his own version
of a book of the same name: "Food Rules."
What are the Real Food Rules that the Senators know?
Do they realize the Food is inherently medicine?
Are they aware that the FDA, the entity that enforces
and regulates our Food Rules, may know more
about Toxicology, than it knows about "Toxemia Explained."
"Toxemia Explained" is a book by Tilden M.D.
He is likely on the quack list for the FDA.
He was a doctor who would ride on a train, and by the
foods a person ate, he could tell their disposition
and likelihood to die of this or that disease.
That is the kind of information that is likely foreign
to our Food Czar, Michael R. Taylor, one of our Presidents key
Food Safety advisors and the Senators themselves.
Where do the Senators eat, and where have they been eating?
What Trough? (sp/) Are they playing fair?
One think was crystal clear to many of us who are feeling a bit
of a stomach upset over these initial results
for #S-510: Those who govern us, and many of us
who feel governed are not in the same farmbed.
Some of us still believe that Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine,
had the right idea when we say, "Let Food Be They Medicine."
Others on the hillprefer to take Bayer aspirin and
say I can't believe I ate the whole thing.
Truly, we as a nation, are not all of one piece,
and we are not
all of one peace around food.
#S510 needs to be a National Conversation.
Senators and now the House that will look at
this potential lame duck law,
still needs to Chew on Food Safety.
The last word has not be spoken.
More needs to be said and will be said.
1000 years of peace is at steak here
in a nation of vegans, vegetarians, organic and GMO lovers
and meat and potato eaters, who all need to sit around
the same table and talk.
December 1, 2010
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I'm suggesting a million local conversations (that is complete communications with our local communities) all across the country on this. In my local community conversation I would advocate for oversight of the local food industry by the people. I think this idea could be presented to the Food Justice planners as a conversation at the conference. What do you think?
No time to lose!
November 26, 2010
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