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Old 04-01-2009, 04:11 PM   #1
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Default Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009...

Bill pending HR 875 called Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009.

Tried to read some of it, it is so vague, it could mean anything, even to some of us hop growers, who the heck knows.

Something smells fishy, here, sponsor shares her bed with a Monsanto employee, how curious..!? Not saying this is wrong, but...



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Old 04-01-2009, 04:17 PM   #2
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Old 04-01-2009, 04:24 PM   #3
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Does Monsanto still exist? I thought it was changed to Solutia quite some time ago.

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Old 04-01-2009, 04:29 PM   #4
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I think this is the act they're trying to pass that creates a new government agency to replace the current FDA, FSIS (a part of the USDA) and CDC. I hate like hell when the government tries to "improve" things because they: fail to make any improvement in efficiency or efficacy, but also make things more bloated and complicated, with more government positions than before.

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If there's something we definitely need right now, it's more gov't regulation.

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Old 04-02-2009, 12:32 PM   #6
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Do a google/news on this thing.

Does not sound good. It would give the Federal government power to regulate almost every piece of food you eat. Potentially, destroying the organic food movement. It would allow an appointed bureaucrat to determine the "minimum" standards for fertilizer and pesticides. So if you didn't want to use any pesticides, you would essentially be breaking the law.

I'm not an organic food fanboy, but I like to at least like to CHOOSE to eat my genetically modified, pesticide laden fruits and vegetables.

This DOES have the potential to ruin local farmer's markets and even encroach on your home victory gardens. I'd encourage you to google this and then write your representatives.

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Old 04-02-2009, 01:55 PM   #7
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Does Monsanto still exist? I thought it was changed to Solutia quite some time ago.
Monsanto still exists (nyse: mon). They just filled their second quarter earnings report.
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Old 04-02-2009, 02:44 PM   #8
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I'm all for small government, etc. However, I also worked 5 years in regulatory food safety. I can tell you that the food safety regulatory system in this country is convoluted and fragmented. I didn't read the whole thing, but I breezed through it as I'm familiar with most of the terminology and intent. I don't think this stems from the tree huggers and environmentalist militants. Most of it seemed like a long overdue change to the food safety system in this country.

Take the state of Pennsylvania for example. There are numerous agencies involved with food safety for any given County or municipality. You've got the FDA, USDA, PA Dept. of Health, PA Dept. of Agriculture, county and/or local Health Departments, and there's probably one or two other entities I'm missing. All of these entities have there own jurisdictions, regulations, and inspection procedures (or lack thereof).

It's about time we consolidated food safety to a primary entity. The jist I took from this bill is that it is primarily concerned with standard food safety practices that have been in effect for a long time. I don't think it's a conspiracy. This kind of bill could actually result in smaller government, not bigger.

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I LOL'd .... probably only people 40+ get that...
Hey, I'm not quite there yet!

I just watched some of this again the other day. What a movie! AS dark and depressing as I remember form my youth.
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