Not a high note
Contrary to your editorial, the "Landmark food-safety legislation" was pt a high note of the lame-duck Congressional session. The FDA has not been the consumers' friend, and giving that corporate-controlled agency more power to intimidate and harass the small farmers and manufacturers, who provide natural food and herbal products that people concerned for their health want to buy, is a really bad plan.
This legislation is an attack by large, corporate industrial agriculture on small organic farmers. The food from small organic farmers is safe. It is the food from large corporate farms that has not been safe. The farming methods used by small organic farmers mitigate climate change. The farming methods used by large corporate farms are one of the major causes of global warming. Not to mention soil depletion, environmental toxins, etc., etc.
The method of passing that legislation was anything but a high note as well. Sneaking it through by voice vote late at night, so there was no debate! Did senators even know what they were passing? Or did they just want to get home for the holidays? Replacing an unrelated house-originated bill in its entirety so the Senate could pass this stinker without violating House-origination rules? A low note if there ever was one.
We need to repeal this stinker of a bill ASAP!
Jan 10 2011 - 12:37am