SB 510 "Food Safety"
amounts to a major federal power grab over agriculture."
9/29/10 by Bob Waldrop
I have written about this before, but it is important enough
to send a
Senate bill 510 continues to be a threat to local agriculture in
United States. A version has passed the US House of
it is now before the US Senate. Fortunately, Senator Tom Coburn
Oklahoma has placed a hold on the legislation for now, but that
away at any moment. NOW is the time to contact your US Senators
them to oppose this legislation.
It would also be helpful, if you are a member of any farm
for you to contact their legislative people and ask them to
against the bill. Here in Oklahoma, contact Lori Peterson of the
Oklahoma Farm Bureau, at
Lori.Peterson@okfb.org or the Oklahoma Farmers
Union (now American Farmers and Ranchers) at
Farm Bureau lobbyists are considered particularly effective on
issues, so please contact your state Farm Bureau. They almost
will have a website and should have a legislative coordinator.
Below is a version of a letter I have been sending out on this
legislation. Besides the info below, I added info about the
Food Coop. Adapt it for your own circumstances. The 12 points I
from the Economic Collapse Blog at
http://tinyurl.com/328hbl3 . I suggest you use these 12
your own letter, I tweaked them just a bit. I sent versions of
the US senators from Oklahoma and also to the Oklahoma Farm
a member). Feel free to pass this on to others who may be
Begin sample letter. . .
Senate Bill 510 is pending in the Senate; a version has passed
House of Representatives. While it is ostensibly about "food
actuality it amounts to a major federal power grab over
I am strongly against this bill for these reasons:
#1 All food production facilities in the United States will be
to register with the U.S. government. No food will be allowed to
grown, distributed or sold outside this bureaucratic framework
the FDA allows it.
#2 Any food that is distributed or sold outside of U.S.
control will be considered illegal smuggling.
#3 The FDA will hire an army of new inspectors to enforce all of
provisions in the bill.
#4 The FDA will be mandated to conduct much more frequent
food processing facilities.
#5 The fees and paperwork requirements will be ruinously
small food producers.
#6 S. 510 would place all U.S. food and all U.S. farms under the
Department of Homeland Security in the event of a major
or an "emergency". What exactly would constitute a
"contamination" or an
"emergency" is anyone's guess.
#7 S. 510 mandates that the FDA facilitate harmonization of
food laws with Codex Alimentarius, which impinges on US
#8 S. 510 imposes an annual registration fee on any facility
processes, or manufactures food. It also includes draconian
paperwork infractions of up to $500,000 for a single offense.
penalty like that would drive a small food producer out of
#9 S. 510 would give the FDA tremendous discretion to regulate
are grown and how food is produced in the United States.
farmers will now be forced to farm exactly how the federal
tells them to. This could be a particular problem for small
selling direct to the public, many of whom are organic farmers
that is what their market wants to buy. It is feared that the
government would soon declare that many organic farming methods
"unsafe" and would outlaw them.
#10 S. 510 will give the FDA the power to impose a quarantine on
specific geographic area. Basically the FDA would have the power
the movement of all food in an area where a "contamination" has
identified. This would be very close to being able to declare
#11 S. 510 will give the FDA the power to conduct warrantless
of the business records of small food producers and organic
even if there has been no evidence at all that a law has been
#12 Many farmers are concerned that S. 510 would eliminate the
clean and store seed. Saving and using your own seed is a
frugal practice of many farmers.
There's been some talk that the bill has been amended to make it
acceptable to small farmers, but I assure you that I am in
hundreds of Oklahoma farmers, many of whom are "small farmers",
are united in their opposition. Many are afraid it could put
them out of
business I hope you would agree that any legislation that has
potential of reducing the number of farmers is bad legislation.
Please vote against this bill in the US Senate.