by Steve Green
April 24, 2010
S 510, the
Food Safety Modernization Act
may be the most dangerous bill in the history of the US. It is to our food
what the bailout was to our economy, only we can live without money.
“If accepted [S 510] would preclude the
public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each
and every food that nature makes. It will become the most offensive
authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and
agricultural products of one’s choice.
It will be unconstitutional and
contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.”
Shiv Chopra, Canada Health
Amended version, August 2010, prepared by the Senate Health, Education,
Labor and Pensions Committee.
It is similar to what India faced with
imposition of the salt tax during British rule, only S 510 extends control
over all food in the US, violating the fundamental human right to food.
Monsanto says it has no interest in the bill and would not benefit from it,
Monsanto’s Michael Taylor who gave us rBGH and unregulated genetically
modified (GM) organisms,
appears to have designed it and is waiting as an
appointed Food Czar to the FDA (a position unapproved by Congress) to
administer the agency it would create - without judicial review - if it
S 510 would give Monsanto unlimited power over
all US seed, food supplements, food and farming.
In the 1990s, Bill Clinton introduced HACCP (Hazardous Analysis Critical
Control Points) purportedly to deal with contamination in the meat industry.
Clinton’s HACCP delighted the offending corporate (World Trade Organization
“WTO”) meat packers since it allowed them to inspect themselves, eliminated
thousands of local food processors (with no history of contamination), and
centralized meat into their control.
Monsanto promoted HACCP.
In 2008, Hillary Clinton urged a powerful centralized food safety agency as
part of her campaign for president. Her advisor was
Mark Penn, CEO of Burson
Marsteller, a giant PR firm
Clinton lost, but Clinton
friends such as Rosa DeLauro, whose husband’s firm
lists Monsanto as a
progressive client and
globalization as an area of expertise, introduced
early versions of S 510.
S 510 fails on moral, social, economic, political, constitutional, and human
It puts all US food and all US farms
under Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, in the event
of contamination or an ill-defined emergency. It resembles the
It would end US sovereignty over its own
food supply by insisting on
compliance with the WTO, thus
threatening national security. It would end the Uruguay Round
Agreement Act of 1994, which put US sovereignty and US law under
Instead, S 510 says:
It would allow the government, under
Maritime Law, to define the introduction of any food into commerce
(even direct sales between individuals) as smuggling into “the
United States.” Since under that law, the US is a corporate entity
and not a location, “entry of food into the US” covers food produced
anywhere within the land mass of this country and “entering into” it
by virtue of being produced.
Codex Alimentarius on the US,
global system of control over food. It allows the United Nations
(UN), World Health Organization (WHO), UN Food and Agriculture
Organization (FAO), and the WTO to take control of every food on
earth and remove access to natural food supplements.
history and its
expected impact in
limiting access to adequate
nutrition (while mandating GM food, GM animals, pesticides,
hormones, irradiation of food, etc.) threatens all safe and organic
food (below video) and health itself, since the world knows now it needs vitamins
survive, not just to treat illnesses.
It would remove the right to clean,
store and thus own seed in the US, putting control of seeds in the
hands of Monsanto and other multinationals, threatening US security.
Seeds - How to criminalize them, for more details.
It includes NAIS, an animal traceability
program that threatens all small farmers and ranchers raising
animals. The UN is participating through the WHO, FAO, WTO, and
World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in allowing mass
slaughter of even heritage breeds of animals and without proof of
Biodiversity in farm animals is being wiped out to
substitute genetically engineered animals on which corporations hold
patents. Animal diseases can be falsely declared. S 510 includes the
Centers for Disease Control (CDC), despite its
H1N1 scandal, which is now said to have been concocted by the
It extends a failed and destructive
HACCP to all food, thus threatening to do to all local food
production and farming what HACCP did to meat production - put it in
corporate hands and worsen food safety.
It deconstructs what is left of the
American economy. It takes agriculture and food, which are the
cornerstone of all economies, out of the hands of the citizenry, and
puts them under the total control of multinational corporations
influencing the UN, WHO, FAO and WTO, with HHS, and CDC, acting as
agents, with Homeland Security as the enforcer. The chance to
rebuild the economy based on farming, ranching, gardens, food
production, natural health, and all the jobs, tools and connected
occupations would be eliminated.
It would allow the government to mandate
antibiotics, hormones, slaughterhouse waste, pesticides and GMOs.
This would industrialize every farm in the US, eliminate local
organic farming, greatly increase global warming from increased use
of oil-based products and long-distance delivery of foods, and make
food even more unsafe. The five items listed -
the Five Pillars of
Food Safety - are precisely the items in the food supply which are
the primary source of its danger.
It uses food crimes as the entry into
police state power and control. The bill postpones defining all the
regulations to be imposed; postpones defining crimes to be punished,
postpones defining penalties to be applied. It removes fundamental
constitutional protections from all citizens in the country, making
them subject to a corporate tribunal with unlimited power and
penalties, and without judicial review.
It is (similar to C-6 in
Canada) the end of Rule of Law (below video) in the US.
Restricting Our Freedoms
Shawn Buckley about Bill C-6 - Now Bill C-36
For further information, watch these additional video:
Vandana Shiva, ISEC
Ed. Note: Also see this
piece by lawyers:
Food Safety: The Worst of Both Bills (HR 2749 and S