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Reject S.510 now cloaked as H.R. 2751 - Protect America's Small Farms & Food Producers--BILL PASSED
Petition Closed: 111th U.S. Congress - FDA Food Safety Modernization Act [formerly S.510; now PASSED by the SENATE and HOUSE as H.R. 2751 and HEADED FOR PRESIDENT'S SIGNATURE]

UPDATE 12/21/10: H.R. 2751 Passed by the House on a Motion to Concur 215-144 (74 not voting). The Senate already approved the bill by unanimous consent on December 19 by amending what was originally a "Cash for Clunker" bill and replacing the language with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (formerly S.510).

Contact your Representatives now! -- Did you send a message before 12/20/10? Send a fresh one now!

More than ever, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (the "Act") represents a major threat to the local food movement, states' autonomy to regulate food, and the country's ability to become self-sufficient in food production.

The Act will greatly expand the power of FDA, an agency that does not respect your freedom of food choice. The FDA has stated as a matter of public record that people have "no fundamental right to their own physical and bodily health" and "no fundamental right to obtain any food they wish."

Passage of the Act into law will enable FDA potentially to regulate all farms marketing food products direct to consumers even if the farms engage only in intrastate commerce. [NOTE: The Amendment offered by Jon Tester was adopted 11/18/2010 to mitigate the most immediate impact on small farms and counter the trend of consolidation of the food supply; however, the bill is still fundamentally flawed.] The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 (in whatever form) needs to be stopped!

How bad can a federal food safety bill be? Let me count the ways! Better yet, let Senator Coburn give you a short video tutorial on the underlying problems with the Act (formerly S.510).

FDA's failure to exercise its current powers hardly justifies rewarding the agency with expanded authority in the aftermath of the egg recall and peanut butter fiasco. Moreover, FDA has proven itself untrustworthy to operate in the best interest of the American public as clearly seen in allowing the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in animals and its lax policy regarding genetically modified foods.

Congress must get the message that they need to solve the real problems--the centralized food distribution system and imported foods--and not regulate our local food sources out of business.

Tell your Representatives to protect local foods and VOTE "NO" on H.R. 2751 and OPPOSE the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. Then follow up this Petition Fax with phone calls; for contact numbers, go to the S.510 legislation page and enter your zip code in the right panel box.

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