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Sunday, October 24, 2010
Leaked trade agreements and hidden things inside S 510: Corporations plan to end normal farming.
The Canadian Farmers Union wants the Canada-EU trade deal scrapped.
Under provisions in CETA [Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement], using saved seed could result in a farmer’s land, equipment, and crops being seized for alleged infringement of intellectual property rights attached to plant varieties owned by corporations such as Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, and Bayer.
“It includes the freezing of bank accounts too, so you couldn’t even defend yourself in court. And this is for alleged infringement,” says NFU [National Farmers Union] president Terry Boehm. …
“These are the most draconian measures possible and they would literally create a culture of fear in the farm population where, I think, that ultimately farmers would end up buying seeds every year for every acre just to avoid prosecution or the threat of prosecution.”
The biotech industry is facing exposure of the health dangers of GMO/pesticide dependent crops, of attacks on scientists (even armed ones), and GMOs’ poor crop performance across different crops, public outrage at no labeling of GMOs, media scorn at its humiliatingly poor science, and falling stock value. Is the industry now attempting an end run around all this, by trying to criminalize and thus end normal (organic) farming – its increasingly sought after, healthy, higher-performing competition?
Given the “draconian property rights enforcement measures” the biotech corporations wish put into effect through the Canada-EU free trade agreement, one might wonder.
US farmers face the same assault by their own government on behalf of agribusiness and the biotech industry. S 510, a “food safety” bill waiting for the Senate return, would put the US fully under the WTO and thus harmonize with CETA. It is replete with means to do to American farmers what the EU/Canada CETA plan would do to Canadian ones – and potentially more, including surreptitiously arranging to criminalize agricultural water, manure, essential farming equipment, and seed storage.
41 words inside S 510 would make the US subject to CETA.
COMPLIANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS.
Nothing in this Act (or an amendment made by this Act) shall be construed in a manner inconsistent with the agreement establishing the World Trade Organization or any other treaty or international agreement to which the United States is a party.
The significance of those words in S 510 is that they would end the Uruguay Round Agreement Act of 1994, which put US sovereignty and US law under perfect protection. Under S 510, US law would become subservient to the WTO, a corporate organization. Votes in the US would not matter. The decisions on food, energy, health, resources, and US economic policy would be made the very corporations responsible for contaminating food, oil spills, dangerous drugs, theft of common resources, and destroying the economy.
The enforcement powers created by S 510 (assuming it resembles other “food safety” bills) would be unlimited and apply to everyone in the country who “holds” food (does anyone not?).
S 510, a “food safety” bill, would (using sections from other food safety bills) set up a corporate court outside the constitutional court system. The expectation is that it would be run by Monsanto, just as “food safety” at the FDA is now, with Monsanto involved at every level. It would exist without Congressional oversight, with unlimited and unspecified remedies, “in addition to, and not exclusive of, other remedies that may be available,” and without judicial review over even “the validity and appropriateness of the order …”
That upturning of all sense (orders that don’t have to be appropriate or valid) is a window into the extremity of power being sought by the corporations through S 510. That power would include total discretion to punish anyone they may wish. And in removing appropriateness and validity, their orders would not have to relate to food at all and could be used against anyone, applying any form of “remedy” they desire. Nothing whatever is excluded.
The merger of corporate and government power is defined as fascism.
LIMITATION ON REVIEW- In a civil action under paragraph (1), the validity and appropriateness of the order of the Administrator assessing the civil penalty shall not be subject to judicial review.
[Unless someone has died from a food related issue, which would put the case into a real criminal court, everything else would be “dealt with” as a civil penalty. S 510 includes long prison terms for mistakes in paperwork and “labeling” (to be defined at the discretion of those in charge), and from the leaked EU/Canada trade plans, seizures of farmers’ crops and equipment and freezing of bank accounts are clearly sought.]
Remedies Not Exclusive- The remedies provided in this section are in addition to, and not exclusive of, other remedies that may be available.
While not listed as a civil “remedy” but treated as disease prevention, slaughter of their animals is another Orwellian measure within S 510 which goes well beyond seizures to military arrangements with the DOD and DHS. They would come onto farms and slaughter normal animals if any disease outbreak is announced, regardless of harmlessness. “Valid and appropriate” do not matter.
This is not a “food safety” bill, as even a short overview of S 510 makes clear.
S 510 offers numerous ways for corporations to get rid of farmers and take their land. The astounding falsity of forcing farmers (or anyone with a farm animal) to sign onto a international contract in which they lose their rights to their property is transparent. Taking global coordinates of the size and shape of farmers’ land and feeding them into a corporate data bank, has nothing to do with tracing animal diseases. Farmers’ addresses are known.
But the USDA lie about wanting to stop animal diseases grows especially repugnant when one with awareness that the USDA is actually working against the vehement protests of cattle ranchers, to import potentially diseased animals from Brazil and to transfer an off-shore animal disease lab to Kansas, the heart of cattle country and the most tornado prone state in the country, while it’s well known that it was lab leaks in the UK which led to the slaughter of millions of cattle, whether ill or not.
Such mass slaughter of animals is structured by S 510 and is yet another gift to the biotech industry for without the extermination of normal animals, their investment in GE-animals and GMO meat is worthless.
The corporations, faced with public upset at ravages of industrial agriculture and the contaminated food coming out of it, are using fear of food, fear of minor animal diseases (including a faked H1N1 pandemic still promoted by government agencies), and lies and fraud to try to eliminate real farming in the US and to facilitate the theft of all US farmland.
The greed and hubris of S 510 pales in comparison to its unconstitutionality and danger to life.
The grass roots are saying no to S 510, each in their own idioms, whether by referring to the Constitution or to the Founding Fathers and to rights or to patriotism. Across the political spectrum, people are coming together to reject S 510 on constitutional and human rights grounds, and the plans of those behind this extreme corporate bill.
The corporate attempt to end US farming and set up their own court system over all Americans far outstrips the destruction of jobs, the forcing of millions from their homes, Citizens United, and the Wall Street theft. Now, through S 510, the corporations seek to remove all bounds on what they themselves do, on what they can do to any who oppose them, and on what they can seize. And this is only on the food side.
The threats to health are as profound. S 510 would remove the long sought cure for cancer as well as cures for an endless array of diseases, by removing access to supplements (one in particular). S 510 would suppress a medical revolution poised to free mankind from all fear of disease, leaving the country instead at the mercy of a pharmaceutical industry with a disturbing history and recent threatening actions with vaccines.
With S 510, those behind GMOs, vaccines, and drugs seek to remove access to normal farming, normal food and to nutrition (health) itself. They are seeking total dominance over what sustains life and over people.
S 510 is not a food safety bill. What is it, then? Is it a corporate enabling act? Does it open the door to corporate control over all Americans, all food supplies and health resources, and all US farmland?
Canadian Farmers Union are demanding that the draconian trade plans with the EU be scrapped. Will groups here demand the same of S 510?
Posted by yupfarming at 10:00 PM
Friday, October 22, 2010
Protecting the good things in life by stopping S 510
by S. Marks
Ironically, there is much to be gained from the devastation of the US economy. Money has proved a false god. Others control it and buy democracy with it – courts, Congress, presidents, agencies. Corporate advertising wears thin. Is the new car model in the ad fun to drive past shuttered businesses and homeless people on the street?
A Great Age of Greed was sold to everyone via corporate media – want more, remodel yet again, be cool, faster, faster. Women who forwent extra income to stay home with their children were made to feel worthless, those going to work encouraged into an orgy of purchases to expiate guilt toward children they’d left. Children were taught to hunger for things, and then for new things. Everything, including sexuality, was commodified. The models for behavior became paid models, the dreams – those engineered by corporate executives with long term plans for how to bilk the society by breaking down all values that defended against excess and greed.
As all that “Trump”ed up excess now collapses into joblessness and homelessness, thanks to bank and corporate theft, what emerges from the rubble? Belief in something larger than ourselves – family, courage, nature, sharing, community, love …. All are there, none having “dropped in value,” as material things do. They are the true riches in life, waiting to shelter everyone.
With all that has been lost, people are rethinking jobs dependent on others and what most simply provides enough to support life and many are seeing it comes down to the very basics – the earth and food. When people grow their own food and share with neighbors, they walk away from a money economy controlled by others. They do not pay for food and are not touched by food price rises, and they automatically protect their health. In all this, they become more connected to neighbors and to nature, increasingly skilled in self-sufficiency, and freer as people. This shift to simpler lives has so much offer, an increasing number of people are choosing it voluntarily and finding happiness.
The corporations are aware that if people can grow their own food and look after their health through good food, their investments in agribusiness and processed food and pharmaceuticals will wither. People dependent on supermarkets mean profit and as well as ill health and that in itself is worth a fortune. And people raising their own food, closely connected to neighbors, and with a strong sense of community values, are not the passive and ignorant consumers corporations depend on for sales.
Corporations have used advertising to dress up dangerous products and hide the reality of the food industry. They have also done all they could to suppress knowledge that natural substances have been curing disease after disease (with thousands of studies to back them up), and have raided those providing natural substances and imprisoned doctors for attempting to provide cures, for the pharmaceutical industry’s investment and the power based on it would be destroyed by cures. It exists by fear and disease. An industry so corrupt the WHO is warning about it, it controls medicine and media. Occasionally, astounding media carries the truth and goes viral.
To ensure that stealing homes and jobs will force people into greater dependency and helplessness, rather than toward a free life, agribusiness, the food industry and the pharmaceutical industry (in many ways, indistinguishable) have introduced “food safety” bills into Congress that would shut off everyone’s means to look after themselves, through food and nutritional health.
This article cannot begin to give adequate detail on how disturbing these bills are (e.g. threat to farmers, to gardens, to animals, to supplements, to human rights, to constitutional law).
“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.” ~Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower
Suffice to say, these are corporate bills and the corporations are at a crossroads in history and know it. Human beings have learned they are being made sick from toxic corporate products (e.g. food, drugs, vaccines, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, housing materials, plastics) and are sick of it. They understand that health comes from clean food which comes only from clean and humane sources – all of them non-corporate. Corporations offer unclean, unsafe food and sickness, so people are increasingly buying directly from farmers and growing their own food. Corporate profit has no place in either. Rather than allow themselves to be bypassed, the only option the corporations have is to remove all other options (the decent ones) from the public, leaving only corporate products, which, in medicine, they are pushing through faked pandemics and behind the scenes state legislators to impose mandates.
From the public already robbed of jobs and homes, the corporations are set to steal the very basics of life now – food and health. They have arranged to end access to a known (but suppressed) cures for cancer and other diseases, and to safe food itself. The “food safety” bills – S 510 and S 3767 – would do both.
The public is on the cusp of a chance for a full and happy life of good food and assured health, and the freedom both imply. Or they face corporate control over their lives and premature deaths.
With such a clear alternative and so much good to be had, perhaps people will begin informing every possible person they know, so each person can in turn reach hundreds of others, and everyone can call and then continue calling Senators and emailing Senators (on their own websites) and faxing them.
No one should solely rely on organizations and “clicks” to do this work for them because many organizations that may sound “pro-people” receive funding from the very corporations and bankers behind these bills. Using organizations’ “click system” is only all safe if it comes on top of each person’s personal efforts to reach as many friends and family and colleagues as possible, and then to reach Senators on one’s own.
Posted by yupfarming at 12:31 PM