S510 May Mean 10 Years in Prison for Farmers Food Politics | November 12, 2010 photo credit: Caitlinator http://hartkeisonline.com/food-politics/s510-may-mean-10-years-in-prison-for-farmers/#more-7726 Your Farmer Behind Bars? What S510 Could Do By Stanley A. Fishman, Author of Tender Grassfed Meat There are many reasons to oppose S510, the so-called Food Safety bill that will come up in the Senate after the election. It will do nothing to improve actual food safety, relying almost totally on burdensome paperwork. It will drive small farmers out of business, because they do not have the resources to comply with the crushing burden of meaningless paperwork that will be required. The paperwork will have to be done to the satisfaction of regulatory agencies that are heavily influenced by the large agricultural companies, who will be able to use the government to destroy their smaller competition. This has happened before, when the adoption of paperwork-heavy HAACP standards led to the closing of most of the small meat processing plants in the nation. Of course, their business was taken by the giants, and most American meat is packed at huge plants owned by a handful of large companies. And there are more meat contamination outbreaks than ever before. It will give the FDA the power to control every aspect of how crops are grown. The FDA favors genetically modified crops, pesticides, chemical disinfectants and preservatives, and radiating produce. The FDA would have the power to force these industrial methods on every farmer in America. But perhaps the worst thing S510 would do is create criminal penalties that could result in 10 years in federal prison, and huge fines. People could go to prison for farming, and for selling food, or possibly even receiving food.