Small Farms Under Attack ?

I don’t pretend to understand the nuances of this bill, or any legislation for that matter, but people I trust are recommending that S.510, the misnamed “Food Safety Modernization Act,” be opposed on every vote – including cloture.

I am told S.510 will open the floodgates for the Federal bureaucracy to crush the food industry’s small businesses.

The bill’s proponents suggest that a few provisions totally address concerns of small-scale farmers, but closer examination reveals the FDA acquires even more power to shut down family farms on a whim.

In these tough economic times, S.510 will drive up the costs of food production by adding more layers of government interference.
The bill also empowers federal agencies to impose international guidelines and standards on domestic food producers – molding American food production into an unhealthy globalist Codex system.

S.510 threatens to destroy reputable food producers like the independent family farm, where the free market works every day to provide the public with healthy choices.
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Background : Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Judd Gregg (R-NH), Chris Dodd (D-CT), and Richard Burr (R-NC) coordinated to reach a “bipartisan” agreement earlier in the year to move ahead with the otherwise stalled bill.

I think this legislation may be coming up for a vote as early as Monday, Nov. 29.

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