A long-time Natural Solutions supporter from Nevada had an interesting exchange with Senator Reid’s office about the fake “food safety” bill S.510 which the Senate Majority Leader intends to push through the Senate before the end of the 111th Congress. We don’t think he understands; but he may very well be enlightened early in November…
Nevada Has No Factory Farms, So Harry, Why Do You Support S.510?
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2010 19:50:58 -0000
Subject: Senator Reid’s response re: S.510
There is a problem with Senator Reid taking a cue about “Food Safety” from Senator Durbin of Illinois. Firstly, having grown up there and still following its politics, Illinois is a pick-pockety, control- freaky state that brooks much more government interference in the lives of its citizens than would be acceptable to more independently-minded Nevadans.
Secondly, industrial agriculture is a major sector of the Illinois economy whereas anything on that scale cannot possibly be supported by Nevada’s sparse rainfall. Farming in Illinois is characterized by so many dreadful practices anathema to Permaculture. Herbicides, pesticides and chemical fertilizers are used in abundance. The vast majority of farms are now using GMO seeds which supposedly thrive in this unnatural environment. But it is a losing battle as the pests inevitably evolve resistance. The whole toxic soup drains down the Mississippi watershed to create a huge dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
Thankfully the ecology of the Great Basin is far removed from the industrial wasteland of the Midwest. But the tentacles of a corrupt, omnipotent federal government reach even farther from the banks of Potomac. As Majority Leader, Senator Reid may feel far removed from his Nevada constituents, but he has to account for his deeds every six years, and in this close election year we have the right to expect a very careful accounting. At the very least, Harry Reid should allow the hold on S.510 to remain in place until after the election. That is the only way for a full airing of its provisions and their possible implications for sustainable agriculture.
September 20, 2010
Dear Mr. S…:
Thank you for your recent letter on the Food Safety Modernization Act, S.510. The health and safety of Nevadans has always been one of my top priorities during my career in the Senate.
Nevadans and families across the nation are fortunate to enjoy one of the safest and most abundant food supplies in the world, but we should make our food even safer. Every year millions of people become seriously ill and may even die from food borne illnesses. Unfortunately, our food and safety laws have not kept pace with changing food production and our current laws are outdated and cumbersome.
On March 3, 2009, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois introduced the Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) to modernize and improve food safety under the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The bill has been approved by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and may now be considered by the full Senate. S.510 creates preventative programs and expands the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services in order to promote the safety through inspections and recalls of tainted products. The bill requires food manufacturers and distributors to follow new sanitary food practices, increase food inspections, and keep more thorough records tracking food products. The bill also give the FDA the authority to recall tainted foods, rather than relying solely on voluntary recalls from food producers.
Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. For more information about my work for Nevada, my role in the United States Senate Leadership, or to subscribe to regular e-mail updates on the issues that interest you, please visit my Web site at http://reid.senate.gov. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
My best wishes to you.
United States Senator