How to send your farmer to jail Update on Tester Amendment Post 239

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by PaulaJoAnne, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    S510 May Mean 10 Years in Prison for Farmers
    Food Politics | November 12, 2010

    photo credit: Caitlinator
    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.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2010
  2. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    It is expected that S510 will include, as an amendment, Senate Bill 3767. The amended version of S3767 states in part that:

    “Any person who knowingly violates subsection (a),(b), (c),(k), or (v) of section 301 with respect to any food and with conscious or reckless disregard of a risk of death or serious bodily injury shall be fined under title 18, United States Code, imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both”.
  3. BlackBrookPoultry

    BlackBrookPoultry Crowing

    Jun 15, 2010
    Western Wisconsin
    I don't even know what to say to this. There is something seriously wrong with our government.
  4. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Sadly we are not surprised. We are following in the footsteps of many other countries.
  5. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    What?! People becoming self reliant and raising healthy food?! We must put a stop to this!
  6. Organics North

    Organics North Songster

    Dec 30, 2009
    Wisconsin Northwoods
    This is very sad....[​IMG]

  7. seedcorn

    seedcorn Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    Read article, does anyone KNOW the names of the supposed "small group of businessmen" who are in federal prison for violating no laws? Nice story with NO FACTS. There is more and more federal regs being placed on farmers who use federal aid. Don't use federal aid, no paperwork. As someone in Ag, the federal government doesn't favor GMO, pesticides, etc. In fact, the federal government regulates both extremely hard to the point of mis-use of GMO products will result in your crops being destroyed and fines, same with pesticides. To use pesticides you have to be trained (have to take 20 hours per year of training) plus have passed the certification tests. The LARGEST mis-use of chemicals & fertilizer is Mr. and Mrs. homemaker.

    Small lockers were put out of business because of government regs, no doubt. Do you want them to put the animals down in a different room than where they process the meat? Do you want them dressed out in a different room than where the animals are held, put down, & dressed? Do you want them processed in a different room? Do you want the freezer area and sales area to be in a different room/building? Do you want the packing done in a seperate room? It's one thing to do your own family meat that way, it's an entirely different thing to do it for the public.

    Don't paint me a Government lover but you have to get involved to understand how we got from A to Z. That's why articles with no facts but "nice" thoughts drive me up a wall. Sorry for rant.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2010
  8. old geezer

    old geezer Songster

    Sep 2, 2010
    cambridge , ny
    [​IMG]...tooo much democracy----after the "" republic of the united states was formed "" and then changed , ben franklin stated that "we have now given you a democracy--- and may God help us all " too much big brother
  9. I have WHAT in my yard?

    I have WHAT in my yard? Songster

    Jun 24, 2008
    Eggberg, PA
    Quote:Yet, again a BYC member insisting on FACTS! [​IMG] Sheesh!

    Seriously people be very cautious out there. There are actually lobbying arms of those very same massive corporations who are fighting ANY regulation by trying to convince people that the government is out to get you. I am NOT saying you should not be wary of what the government is up to or that they could write a bill intended to apply to one group of people but have it unintentionally applied to another..... BUT, be cautious of sensationalistic language like this. You cannot discern the character of a bill through sound bites.
  10. welsummerchicks

    welsummerchicks Songster

    Jul 26, 2010
    Should small food producers be allowed to distribute salmonella infected eggs and tapeworm riddled meat?

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