There are 40 co-signers on the severely misnamed "food safety" bills. Chelle Pingree withdrew support, citing dangers to small farmers. The others remain.
The bills are "harmonized" with laws in the EU so we can simply look there to see what they cause. In the EU, those laws are rapidly and effectively wiping out local farming, erasing centuries of traditional culture, eliminating food security and destroying the environment. In their place, the laws are substituting giant corporate CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations), sources of agony and illness for animals, and many illnesses for humans , including the swine flu and avian flu .
HR 814 sets that up. HR 875 locks that into place. HR 759 arranges the globalization of it. The others bills add their own wicked features.
Old customs and jobs are dying and the air itself is changing, however, transformed by an American newcomer, Smithfield Foods. Almost unnoticed by the rest of the Continent, the agribusiness giant has moved into Eastern Europe with the force of a factory engine, assembling networks of farms, breeding pigs on the fast track, and slaughtering them for every bit of meat and muscle that can be squeezed into a sausage.Author Barb Peterson writes:
The upheaval in the hog farm belts of Poland and Romania, the two largest E.U. members in Eastern Europe, ranks among the Continent's biggest agricultural transformations.
It also offers a window on how a Fortune 500 company based in Virginia operates in far-flung outposts. Smithfield has a joint venture in a Mexican hog farm located near where United Nations scientists are investigating a potential link between pigs and the new strain of influenza in humans. With the exact origins of the virus still in doubt, Smithfield emphasizes that the disease has struck none of its hogs or employees.
The America we know, full of fields with sheep or cattle grazing on them, made lovely by hillsides dotted with small farms, still blessed with small towns connected to traditions going back generations, is facing literal disaster. The "green" desire to a return to food from local farmers is rooted in the wisdom and necessity of having local food supplies, in awareness of the safety of personally knowing the farmer responsible for that food and thus certainty of its cleanliness, in sureness of its lack of cruelty, and in scientific evidence of the importance of decentralized, small holdings of animals for human health.
Author Miichael Pollan said in an interview with Bill Moyers :
Our highly centralized food system is very vulnerable to contamination-both deliberate and accidental. ...
Instead of seizing on these threats as a reason to decentralize our food supply, the government is bringing in more regulation and technology.
Progressive senators are proposing that we begin to regulate farms the way we regulate meat plants. That will put small farms out of business. So you see what happens as industrial agriculture fails and sickens us. The solutions promote more industrialization of agriculture. And that's what we need to resist.
It is patent and obvious that there is only one sane way to go in terms of our food and farming. Those industrial bills institute not only a massive but a forced move in the opposite direction.
So, who are the "progressives" lined up to co-sponsor anti-"food safety" bills written by and for industry, "progressives" not responding to thousands upon thousands of calls and emails and letters from the grassroots - their own constituents - begging them to withdraw?
Who are the "progressives" supporting animal torture, human illness and the destruction of your country's land and traditions?