The following article has been republished with permission from author Mike Adams of Natural News.
The Food Safety Modernization Act looks like it’s headed to become law. It’s being hailed as a “breakthrough” achievement in food safety, and it would hand vast new powers and funding to the FDA so that it can clean up the food supply and protect all Americans from food-borne pathogens. There’s just one problem with all this: It’s all a big lie.
Here are the ten biggest lies that have been promoted about S.510 by the U.S. Congress, the food industry giants and the mainstream media:
Lie #1 – Most deaths from food poisoning are caused by fresh produce
Here’s a whopper the mainstream media won’t dare report: 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.
For example, one of the largest food-borne killers according to the CDC is Toxoplasma gondii, a disease that people acquire from cat feces coming into contact with their food, which can happen right in their own homes (http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/Vol5n…). Salmonella poisoning accounts for 553 deaths a year. As a reference for relative risk, over 42,000 people die each year from road accidents in the USA, meaning driving a car has a roughly 7600% higher chance of killing you than eating fresh produce. (http://www.driveandstayalive.com/in…)
In terms of food-borne illness, many of the deaths come from things like spoiled tomato sauce, spoiled canned foods and spoiled pasteurized milk. S 510, of course, does absolutely nothing to address these food contamination deaths, since those foods are considered “sterilized” at the time of sale.
Lie #2 – Under S.510, the FDA would only recall products it knows to be contaminated
Not true. S.510 merely requires the FDA to have “reason to believe” a food is contaminated. So right there, that means all raw milk will be targeted by the FDA because even without conducting any scientific tests at all, the FDA can say it has “reason to believe” the milk is contaminated merely because it is raw.
In other words, the FDA no longer needs science to outlaw a food product. It merely needs an opinion.
Is this “reason to believe” section really true? Yep, and here’s how it was amended:
SEC. 208. ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION OF FOOD.
23 (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”;
In other words, in negotiating this bill, the U.S. Senate removed the requirement that the FDA needed “credible evidence” in order to recall a product and, instead, replaced that with the FDA only needing “reason to believe.”
It is utterly amazing that the U.S. Congress would give the FDA to conduct large-scale product recalls and even imprison people based entirely on what the agency “has reason to believe.”
Last time I checked, the FDA held some pretty bizarre (if not downright moronic) beliefs, including this jaw-dropping whopper: The FDA literally believes that there is no food, no herb, no vitamin or supplement that has any ability to prevent disease of any kind. They don’t even believe limes can prevent scurvy, and you’d have to nutritionally illiterate to believe that.
The FDA believes foods are inert and that all the amazing phytonutrients in those foods (carotenoids, antioxidants, therapeutic fats like omega-3 and so on) are utterly useless for human biology.
This belief, held by the FDA that has now been put in charge of the food supply, is the belief system of an insane government agency that has completely lost touch with reality while abandoning nutritional science.
Lie #3 – They didn’t tell you that nearly 70% of grocery store chickens are contaminated with salmonella every day
Yep, it’s true: Amid all the fear-mongering over salmonella, everybody forgot to notice that the vast majority of fresh chickens sold at grocery stores every single day are widely contaminated with salmonella (http://www.naturalnews.com/028661_c…). Yet S 510 does absolutely nothing to address this. It’s not even mentioned in the bill.
In fact, it is these contaminated chickens that end up cross-contaminating the fresh produce in many kitchens across America. So the so-called “food poisoning” that’s often blamed on spinach or onions often originates with the contaminated chicken meat people bring home and slice on their kitchen cutting boards.
Lie #4 – S.510 will exclude and protect small farmers
The Tester Amendment, which was finally included in S.510, excludes farmers who sell less than $500,000 worth of food each year from the more onerous paperwork and compliance burdens described in the bill. But this dollar amount is not indexed to inflation, meaning that as the U.S. dollar continues to lose value due to the Federal Reserve counterfeiting machine running at full speed (more “quantitative easing,” anyone?), food prices will continue to skyrocket — and this will shift even small family farms into the $500,000 sales range within just a few years.
In fact, a single-family farm with just four people could easily sell $500,000 worth of fresh produce a year right now, even before inflation. Remember, $500,000 is not their profit, but rather the gross sales amount. The profits on that might be only $50,000 or even less.
Furthermore, this $500,000 threshold means that small, successful farms that are doing well and would like to expand will refuse to hire more people or expand their operations. To avoid the tyranny of S 510, small farms will try to stay small, and that means avoiding the kind of business expansion that would create new jobs.
Lie #5 – The FDA needs more power to enforce food safety
The FDA already has the power to effectively recall foods by publicly announcing a product has been found to be contaminated. The FDA already has the power to confiscate “misbranded” products, too, and it could easily use this power to halt the sale of contaminated food items.
But the FDA simply refuses to enforce the laws already on the books and, instead, has sought to expand its power by hyping up the e.coli food scares. The ploy apparently worked: Now in a reaction to the food scare-mongering, the FDA is being handed not just new powers, but more funding, too! And you can bet it will find creative new ways to put this power to work suppressing the health freedoms and food freedoms of the American people.
Lie #6 – Fresh produce is contaminated because of a lack of paperwork
There is no evidence that requiring farms to fill out more paperwork will make their food safer. The real cause of produce contamination is the existence of factory animal farms whose effluent output (huge rivers of cow feces, basically), end up in the water supply, soils and equipment that comes into contact with fresh produce.
The food contamination problem is an UPSTREAM problem where you’ve got to reform the factory animal operations that now dominate the American meat industry. S.510, however, does absolutely nothing to address this. Factory animal farms aren’t even addressed in the bill!
Lie #7 – The American people are dying in droves from unsafe fresh food
The truth is that Americans are dying from processed food laced with toxic chemical additives, not from fresh, raw produce. Partially-hydrogenated oils, white sugar, aspartame, MSG and artificial food colors almost certainly kill far more people than bacterial contaminations.
The American public is also dying from pharmaceuticals — anywhere from 100,000 to 240,000 people a year are killed by FDA-approved drugs (http://www.naturalnews.com/001894.html), most of which have been approved under the guise of blatantly fraudulent science and drug company trickery. The FDA doesn’t seem to mind. In fact, it has been a willful co-conspirator in the scientific fraud carried out by Big Pharma in the name of “medicine.” (http://www.naturalnews.com/027851_h…)
To think that the FDA — the very same agency responsible for the Big Pharma death machine — is now going to “save us” by controlling food safety is highly irrational.
Lie #8 – The FDA just wants to make food “safer”
Actually, the FDA wants to make the food more DEAD. Both the FDA and the USDA are vocal opponents of live food. They think that the only safe food is sterilized food, which is why they’ve supported the fumigation, pasteurization and irradiation efforts that have been pushed over the last few years.
California almond growers, for example, must now either chemically fumigate or pasteurize their almonds before selling them (http://www.naturalnews.com/021776.html). This has destroyed the incomes of U.S. almond farmers and forced U.S. food companies to buy raw almonds from Spain and other countries.
Lie #9 – Food smuggling is a huge problem in America
One of the main sections of S.510 addresses “food smuggling.” Yep — people smuggling food across the country. If you’ve never heard of this problem that’s because it’s not actually a problem.
Not yet anyway.
But there’s a reason why they put this into the bill: Because they’re probably planning on criminalizing fresh produce and then arresting people for transporting broccoli with the “intent to distribute.”
Yep, farmers bringing fresh produce to sell at the weekend farmer’s market could soon be arrested and imprisoned as if they were drug smugglers. Hence the need for the “food smuggling” provisions of S.510.
Soon, we will all have to meet in secret locations just to trade carrots for cash.
Lie #10 – S.510 will make America’s food supply the safest in the world
Actually, even with S.510 in place, America’s food supply is among the most chemically contaminated in the world, second only to China. You can find mercury in the seafood, BPA in the canned soup, yeast extract (MSG) in the “natural” potato chips, and artificial petrochemical coloring agents in children’s foods.
Eating the “Standard American Diet” is probably the single most harmful thing a person can do for their health. It’s the fastest way to get cancer, diabetes and heart disease. Every nation in the world that begins to consume the American diet starts to show record rates of degenerative disease within one generation. This is the “safe food” that the U.S. Senate is now pushing on everyone.
Remember, with S.510, SAFE = DEAD. And the FDA says it wants to keep everybody safe.
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The increase price of beans (soy), wheat, corn & fuel are going up each week along with sugar.Â This in turn is causing most of consumer foods to go up.Â Thank a farmer next time you cuss him & damn a banker next time you kiss one.
Comments…..Fascism with human face !
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Be well, everybody.
Once again, the criminal control-freaks in Congress cow-tow to the influence-peddling Big Agra and Big Pharma groups.Â Every day, we see more examples of Big Government moving us towards tyranny.Â It is all so frustrating. Our government has become PATHETIC.
As of yesterday, the talk on the town is that the bill will not go through.Â The House and Senate versions willÂ need to be consolidated and there’s not enough time to do that before the end of the year.Â The bill will be scraped and have to be rewritten.Â There is no budget set aside for this bill.
I still can not believe that this thing has passed. Everyone I mention this to has no idea what it is. When I tell them they also can not believe it.
I believe that one day the massesÂ will wake up and wonder where all their freedoms have gone.
So what is next…it will be illegle to purchase seeds????
I’ve been growing a garden for over 30 years and have been all the more healthier for it.Â If the FDA decides to outlaw home gardens then I guess I’ll become a criminal in their minds.Â I have no intention of discontinuing my gardening activities no matter what they say.Â I’ve come to the conclusion that the criminals are those making these ungodly laws and not the ones upon which these laws are imposed.Â I encourage every citizen to grow a garden this year and in the coming years as a means of civil disobedience.Â Localization of and diversity in our food supply assures survival much better than reliance on Monsanto and their unnatural, genetically modified frankenfoods.
Maybe we should start a new religion out of it. Tell the govt that we have to grow veggies because we worship them.Â We worship lettuce……Become a radical cult and our believes will be protected.
Of course if we say that this is against our chrisitan views then we will be criminalized. Â
another good example of why this administration and all of its wings need to crash..or be starved of funding money.
its crap like this that is costing us too much
EPA, TSA, FBI , CIA, FDA, IRS..FRS…Cripes people wake up
forgot ATF…and a few more..im sure
When Democrats controlled the House, and they passed the bill S510 last summer.Â Hopefully, when the Republicans gain control of the Senate and the White House, so they will be able to reverse this bill.Â One of the Senators was yelling the vote was rigged. This senator was unaware that the microphone was still on.Â Â
At the moment,Â Senate Democrats can block any “House Initiatives” from Republicans. In addition to Obamaâ€™s power, he will still hold the veto pen.
â€œControl the oil and you control entire nations; control the food and you control the people.â€â€“ Henry Kissinger
They’ve put American lives at risk. Most Americans do not know about S510; this bill is the instrument they are using to control people.
The plan is accelerating and spinning our society into chaos. It operates with the goal to destroy the vast majority of the worldâ€™s population.
Jane…I do agree with your post–everything done is to de-populate this nation.
Comments…..Tina, like your idea.Â Can we make cabbage a God?Â If enough of us eat it, we can blow the FDA out of our lives.Â Ha!Â Ha!
Seriously, we as Americans, need to start taking responsibility four our own food by growing our own food.Â Please take a stand and grow as much of your own foods as you can.Â Barter for the rest.
We are heading into so bad times and those that survive are the ones who take the responsibility of living.
Time to GROW your OWN… That way you know exactly what your getting. If you want more information on how to Grow a 1 Acre Garden visit http://www.survivalready.blogspot.com and FEED YOUR FAMILY FOR YEARS when stores can’t.
To your survival,
They will turn us into slaves without firing a single bullet…just like in Rome, they will take away our rights little by little and soon we will be living in Communist hell.
If our Founding Fathers were to come alive today,Â they would all have heart attacks, seeing what this beautiful Country has become.Â Get this pig beheamouth Govt. beauracracy out of my face and the faces of my fellow Countrymen.Â Cut the Govt. by one third to one half and let businesses work without all this god forbidden rules and regulations.Â We are the laughing stock of the world, and a majority of our fellow citizens could care less what is happening around them as long as the eat their contaminated processed food and sugary liquids while gluedÂ to their couches watching television.
Tina: Tina, I am forming the Metaphysical Christian Church of New America By RevelationÂ ……. that specifically requires the practice of eating home grown tomatos, assorted veggies, and raw milk during the “Mass”. Strict practitioners are required to drink raw milk every day!
Send me a grand and I’ll send you a charter! 🙂
Kid,I already attend that church…LOL! I suppose though now they will outlaw our church and jail us because we worship real honest vegetables as opposed to the “vegetables”Â running ourÂ Â government!(who deem themselves worthy ofÂ our worship,and will therefore run a disimformation campaign charging us with worshiping “false vegetables” and not the one true vegetable and his followers(Peas be upon him! 🙂
REB: I don’t believe I have received your monthly tithe! I suppose the check is in the mail?
“Â Our government had become so pathetic.”
Datadog:Â When you sell yourself it is pathetic but the correct word is “whores”.
The FDA position that foods do not need to contain vitamins or nutrients is an echo of the UN position called “Codex Alimentarius”. Many say this is a way to allow business to sell cheap junk to us and call it food. Others say this is a part of the depopulation plan of UN Agenda 21. If you eat junk you get sick. (And if you are under 3 years old or over 55 yrs old in this country you will soon be less able to get medical care because the New Obama Care program has set limits on what is available to these “less productive groups.”)
Tina: you will be allowed to purchase their (Â GMO) seeds but it will be illegal to store seeds or grow your own seeds and eventually they will not allow you to grow in any mannerÂ other than the new law outlines so if you don’t have their seeds and their chemicals and apply them in their schedule and use their tiller/tractor etc , then you are growing illegally.Â Many say this will never apply to home gowers but there is nothing in the law to exclude them and the writers refused to put that exclusion into writing.
Southern Gardener: you are correct that local food is safer. Look at all the recent food recalls. They were national, not local. They were the result of factory farming on a gigantic scale and if they mess up it can affect the nation. When the national egg supply went down, the local eggs were safe. Ditto spinach etc.
Mike: you are correct that most americans will choose not to listen to anything that disturbs their soda swilling, TV time. But when the food runs out you will hear them howl and run wild and it will be too late. It takes time to grow food. And if you plan to grow your own you better start now because it takes skill to feed yourself.
Durango Kid and Tina: The church you seek already exists, sort of.Â The Seventh Day Adventists have strict dietary practices that are a part of their religious practices and those who follow those practices live longer and healthier then most people on this earth. ( No I am not a member. I am a dietitian).Â IfÂ you have heard of Blue Zones, you know that certain groups of people around the work live very long, healthy lives without the disease that Americans think is normal. The common practices among these groups : daily exercise or a physically activeÂ or hard working life, eating a simple plant based diet with little meats and limited fats and sweets but plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. belief in a higher power, interaction with neighbors/family/friends, and a sense of purpose and a sense of humor.
Sounds like a good life to me.
Pray for our nation. We need it. No matter how big the corrupt politicians and UN group is, God is bigger.
Ah yes…..I have sent you some fine veggies,organicly grown in the finest black earth,fare fit for a king…or a tithe collector at the “Metaphysical Christian Church of New America By RevelationÂ ” eat them slowly and youÂ may evenÂ see visions man! LOL
It’s getting scary! Not much grows here in South Texas, the ground is nothing but rocks. We started a small garden last year and will continue to learn to garden and harvest the seeds too. It’s definetely a skill everyone should learn.
We are also stocking up on food storage. My friend works for a company and got us started. Check out ShelfRelianceSanAntonio Dot Com. The food is fantastic and the prices low (… for now)
It all started when we let themÂ designateÂ non-smoking areas inÂ restaurants.