Critical Action Alert: Nov. 17 Vote on the Senate Food Safety Modernization Act

From the Editor at Show Me Oz: This is a critical action alert. 

Ozarkers value food security and independence – that’s a natural-born fact.  And whether we live in the city or in the country – all of us have to eat.  That puts us in a boat together.

You have asked me many times about this bill and until now it has been stalled out in the United States Senate, but I have been told that there will be a vote on Nov. 17, 2010.  I would like to offer you this bulletin from Transition Missouri and following this bulletin are some resources you can use to learn more.

I strongly urge you to familiarize yourself with this bill and get involved – pass the word around and get on the phone.  The time has come…

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A Bulletin From: Transition Missouri

Community Resilience, Self-Reliance, Renewable Energy & Cooperation

A message to all members of Transition Missouri A critical cloture vote is scheduled for this Wednesday, November 17, on S. 510, the so-called “Food Safety Modernization Act,” which will open the floodgates for tyrannical federal bureaucrats to crush local producers of healthy food.

Click here to get contact information for calling, faxing, and emailing your senators today. Tell them to oppose S.510 on every vote – including cloture. The Senate is banking on us not paying attention after the elections in order to ram another disgusting bill down our throats. Don’t fall for their rhetoric about a few provisions that supposedly address concerns of small-scale farmers; the FDA still has all the power it needs to shut down family farms on a whim.

In other words, it will be up to bureaucrats to decide whether or not local food production is decimated by federal regulations or shut down if the FDA has “reason to believe” the food on the premises is contaminated.

While family farms face greater scrutiny and increased costs, the government’s Big Agriculture allies will have no problem adjusting to the new rules. In these tough economic times, S. 510 will drive up the costs of food production by adding more layers of government interference. S. 510 will ensure you pay more to meet an essential need.

We know Congress won’t be the one tightening its belt: Section 401 of S. 510 authorizes nearly $1 billion to grow the government’s reach and calls for over 17,000 new bureaucrats to be hired through fiscal year 2014 (just for starters).

The bill also grants blanket authority for federal agencies to impose international guidelines and standards on domestic food producers – giving agencies authority to harmonize all American food production. It should be noted that Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Judd Gregg (R-NH), Chris Dodd (D-CT), and Richard Burr (R-NC) coordinated to reach a “bipartisan” agreement earlier in the year to forge ahead with the otherwise stalled bill.

Click here to get contact information for calling, faxing, and emailing your senators today! Tell them to oppose S.510 on every vote – including cloture.

The above bulletin came from Transition Missouri

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If you are not familiar with this bill, check the details here: Open Congress.org

Haven’t heard about this?  Read this piece from Mother Earth News for more information.

And read this open debate at Grist.com if you’re not sure what to think.

Then contact your senators and tell them what you think!

Click here for a list of Arkansas Senators

Click here for a list of Missouri Senators

You have a voice – use it!

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