S510 – Increasing Safety or Increasing Bureaucracy?
Senate bill #510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, is possibly one of the most controversial bills on the Senate floor today. Why? S510 will make fruits, vegetables, and any other foods not approved by the government completely illegal. S510 enables the government of the United States to be in charge of any and all food production, based on the increasing number of foodborne illnesses seen in the past few years. All farms would therefore be under control of the government, and any local organic farm unable to pay the necessary operation fees will be wiped off the board – – not to mention the stress on taxpayers who will now be required to pay even more taxes towards this effort. Certain standards will be put into place regarding the growth of food, and movement of food in certain geographical areas will be illegal as well. Plants grown for personal use will be permitted, but once the food is given to another person it becomes illegal.
So far, amendments are being drafted for the bill and it is awaiting a final vote. In the meantime, it is important to call your state senator and advise him or her to vote against the bill – S510 would dramatically change food production in the United States, and not necessarily for the better. If the government is successful in increasing their power over food production, who knows what will be next. If the goal is to improve food production standards, then enforce more thorough inspections by a third party – don’t threaten my freedom by creating a larger, more powerful government.