Urgent call to action on Senate Bill 510 Food Safety Modernization Act



Email Your Senator:


We have reports this morning that some are having difficulties with the Email-Your-Senator system which appears to be nearing capacity… please keep trying! Especially, please CALL your Senators offices! Be polite, be firm: “Vote NO on S.510.”

These next few hours will determine the fate of food freedom in America. Keep faith in America and message your Senators often!

Special note from General Bert: “Monday morning phone calls are a key to victory!”

Phone numbers to Targeted Senators below.

Here are the Republicans who voted to give sweeping powers over our food supply to our government masters.

Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Enzi (R-WY)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Johanns (R-NE)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Lugar (R-IN)
Snowe (R-ME)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
By Lyndsey Layton of the Washington Post
“The Senate voted 74 to 25 to begin debate on the bill, suggesting the measure has strong bipartisan support and good prospects for passage. The House approved its version more than a year ago, and food safety advocates have been pushing the Senate to act so differences between the two measures can be reconciled and the legislation signed into law by President Obama by the end of the lame-duck session.

It’s all being done in the name of food safety, of course, and who is against that? Good intentions, don’cha know. The road to passage is paved with good intentions. Trust us, we’re from the government, and don’t worry that we’ll use all that power irresponsibly.

Call Ur Sen….  http://bit.ly/BTXqP

E-mail Ur Sen…. http://bit.ly/gtDh3o #S510

Why Senators Should Oppose S 510
S 510 threatens the existence of small, independent farms and will limit the food choices of consumers. As written – even with the proposed amendments – the bill is fundamentally flawed. S 510 will not improve food safety. Instead it will bury farmers in regulations and paperwork and consolidate agricultural production into fewer, larger industrial facilities. 

The FDA has authority to inspect processing plants and imports, yet it inspects less than 1% of imports and less than 25% of the processing facilities it is authorized to. FDA claims it does not have the resources to carry out these inspections, yet it has the time and personnel to harass Amish farmers, raid food clubs, and pull over individuals who are transporting privately purchased fresh milk and make them dump it on the roadside.

S 510 would increase the cost of U.S. grown and produced food and extend the authority of international trade agreements onto small farms. Inspections and audits of farming and harvesting processes will cost farmers in upfront expenses just to exist. Even if they are not participating in direct or local sales, they will have to assume the audit and inspection costs as well as develop HACCP type plans. Larger corporations will not need to buy from domestic growers – they can import from countries with lower infrastructure costs to offset the expenses S 510 regulations will force on U.S. producers.

There are many reasons to oppose S510, but the fact that the FDA has stated in court that you have no right to consume any particular food, no right to bodily or physical health, and no right to contract is sufficient reason to not give it any more authority over your food than it already has.

Please call your Senators and the other Senators listed below and tell them you are smart enough to decide what you want to eat:

Talking Points:

  • S 510 will eliminate the only productive sector of our economy – small farms and local food. The Tester amendment still puts additional paperwork, record keeping and scrutiny onto direct marketers.
  • The FDA fails to do the job it is charged with doing. Tell FDA to inspect the imports and the plants it has the authority to inspect and stay out of farming.
  • The rules and regulations the FDA will promulgate under S510 will harm our ability to get food that we want to eat. Tell FDA instead to require truthful labeling and disclose genetically modified products on labels. This would create a safer food supply and not harm the small family farmer.
  • S 510 will create even larger governmental bureaucracy, and the estimated costs don’t include costs to individuals who actually produce food.
  • S 510 opens the door to violations of due process including illegal search and seizure and suspension of judicial review.

Please join NICFA, John Tate – President, Campaign for Liberty, Kristin Canty – Director of “Farmegeddon” the movie, and David Gumpert – writer of “The Raw Milk Revolution” and www.TheCompletePatient.com, in OPPOSING cloture and OPPOSING S 510.

1. Please call the Senators listed below – at their District offices – as well as you own two Senators, and tell them to oppose cloture and oppose S 510.

Yours for food freedom,
Deborah Stockton, Executive Director
National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association (NICFA)

Our purpose is to promote and preserve unregulated direct farmer-to-consumer trade that fosters
availability of locally grown or home-produced food products..
NICFA opposes any government funded or managed National Animal Identification System.

Republican Targets
Senator ST DC Phone List of District Offices
Lamar Alexander TN 202-224-4944 http://alexander.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=OfficeLocations
Judd Gregg NH 202-224-3324 http://gregg.senate.gov/services/
Mike Johanns NE 202-224-4224 http://johanns.senate.gov/public/?p=OfficeLocations
Lisa Murkowski AK 202-224-6665 http://murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=OfficeLocations
David Vitter LA 202-224-4623 http://www.vitter.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ConstituentServices.OfficeLocations
George V. Voinovich OH 202-224-3353 http://voinovich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.OfficeLocations
Scott Brown MA 202-224-4543
Olympia J. Snowe ME 202-224-5344 http://snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorSnowe.DistrictOffices
Democratic Targets
Senator ST DC Phone List of District Offices
Jim Webb VA 202-224-4024 http://webb.senate.gov/aboutvirginia/about_va_reg_offices.cfm
Jon Tester MT 202-224-2644 http://tester.senate.gov/Contact/offices.cfm
Ben Nelson NE 202-224-6551 http://bennelson.senate.gov/contact-me.cfm
Herb Kohl WI 202-224-5653 http://kohl.senate.gov/contact.cfm
Bill Nelson FL 202-224-5274 http://billnelson.senate.gov/contact/offices.cfm
Kent Conrad ND 202-224-2043 http://conrad.senate.gov/contact/
Tom Carper DE 202-224-2441 http://carper.senate.gov/about/offices.cfm
Claire McCaskill MO 202-224-6154 http://mccaskill.senate.gov/?p=office_locations
Robert P. Casey, Jr. PA 202-224-6324 http://casey.senate.gov/contact/offices/
Sherrod Brown OH 202-224-2315 http://brown.senate.gov/contact/
This entry was published on November 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm. It’s filed under Corporations and Congress, First Genetically Modified insect released this summer, Food, Health Care, Monsanto, Pesticides and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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