Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Milk and the "not about food safety" bills

The "food safety" bills in congress are brought by industry.  The same industry is destroying dairy farmers while getting rich off them.  And "food safety" with million dollar penalties and years in prison for non-compliance are weapons to wipe out any dairy farmers who has found a way to survive outside that corrupt corporate system.

The whole story of the "food safety" bills - who wins, who loses, what is safe and what is lies - can be told through milk.

To begin to understand those "food safety" bills through milk, the public's context for "milk" needs to broadened to include these facts: 
  • American corporate dairy farmers are committing suicide now, 
  • Vilsack proudly announcing spending millions in humanitarian aid by sending milk overseas while he is not aiding dairy farmers here who produced it and are now killing themselves, 
  • the likelihood that "aid" milk contains rBGH which we've rejected here as dangerous for small children (that is, are we really dumping trash on them), 
  • fresh milk dairy farmers outside of the USDA and Dairy Farmers of America, are not taking government money and are growing, but the USDA is raiding them and trying to wipe them out ...
"... the raw dairy industry ... the only dairies that don't take government handouts, and even in this current economy many are growing, profitable businesses–or would be if the government would allow them to operate unimpeded ..."

The argument used to destroy fresh milk dairy farmers?  "Food safety."   It is the same unconstitutional trick played on blacks who "could" vote but rigged literary tests were interposed between them and those rights and they were deemed too dumb to vote.  Now rigged lab or standards no one can meet are interposed between farmers and their constitutional right to sell food, and lo and behold, their food is deemed too dirty to sell.  

In California, industry was unable to pass a law banning farm fresh milk because Californians like it and have been drinking it for years, instead they changed the "food safety" standard for coliform bacteria (normal in milk) to such a low level a cow would have to produce pasteurized milk straight from the udder to pass.  Mother's milk would not pass.

What great dangers with milk are they going to protect us from, we who are increasingly seeking food straight from the farm?  

The FDA has been mounting a campaign against fresh milk, pointing to 1000 illnesses due to fresh milk (and cheese) between 1998 and 2006.   Sounds terrible until one looks more closely.  

To get that figure, they tabulate illnesses from fresh milk over an eight year period though other medical issues are broken down annually.  If one breaks down the illnesses from fresh milk on an annual basis, out of a population of 300,000,000+ people, 125 get sick each year from fresh milk.   

Meanwhile, a very conservative estimate is that 16,500 people die each year from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, tylenol, aleve, .... among just patients with arthritis or osteoarthritis.  This is similar to the number who die from AIDs and much more than die from cervical cancer, multiple myeloma, asthma or Hodgkin's disease.

If this is about protecting the public's health, and the FDA is so concerned about 125 illnesses a year from fresh milk that it conducts raids on horse and buggy Mennonite dairy farmers, why have they done nothing about those 16,500 deaths?  

They have actively done more than nothing. 

The FDA has blocked information from coming out that cherries are potentially ten times stronger than NSAIDs  for controlling pain.  And cherries are harmless.  No deaths at all.  The FDA appears to prefer that more than 16,5000 Americans die each year rather than the public find out about a safe non-pharmaceutical means of treating pain.  Food could bring safety and actually save lives but farmers are threatened by the FDA if they say so.

The FDA is the same agency attacking fresh milk as dangerous but protecting sale of milk from cows injected with genetically engineered rBGH, and typically fed GMO grains grown using pesticides and with antibiotics in it.   The milk the FDA favors with its protection is associated with a seven times increased risk of breast cancer, and an increased risk of prostate and colon cancer.  Surely those diseases amount to more then 125 illnesses a year.

Here is another category of deaths which does not have six or more FDA-related bills in congress to "protect" the public health.  Not even one bill - deaths from medical errors:

By the FDA's own estimate, between 44,000 to 98,000 die from medical error.  

By others's estimate somewhere around 195,000 die.

And some put the number of deaths from medical error at near 800,000.

If one calculates these deaths over the same eight year period as was done with fresh milk, assuming approximately the same number died each year, between 352,000 to 6,400,000 people died from medical error.

On an annual basis, in a population of 300,000,000 million, fresh milk accounted for (if the basic math is right) .00013% or less than two ten thousandths of one percent of one percent of all food born 
illnesses (NOT deaths), or 125 people.

Medical error accounted for between .014%  and .26% deaths.

Choosing what we eat is a democratic right and the government's idea of  "food safety" is unconstitutional when it impinges on that.  In fact, it is so serious a threat, it becomes a fundamental human rights issue of survival.

For those who want to reach congress about the sickening "food safety" bills:

"Government or corporate entities shall not imfringe on a citizen's right to own (hold, store, transport), produce, sell, or use food, seeds or healing substances ... , nor shall any threat of war, emergency, or disease be used to abrogate or limit these rights."

"We reject all forms of food dictatorship. We oppose all deceptive attempts to industrialize the food supply under the guise of "food safety." Current bills before Congress such as HR875, S425, HR759, etc., lack any producer protective language patterned after Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 USCsec 203(s)(2)and DSHEA 
protective language of the 2007 FDA act, Section 1011.  They are therefore unacceptable to the members of a free society and must be defeated."

Urgent 3-Part Action Item:
Step 1: Click here to email the President NOW
Step 2: Call the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414 and the comment center 202-456-1111.
Step 3: Click here to tell Congress "NO!" to all of the fake food "safety" bills. They provide neither real, wholesome food nor safety.

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