[permaculture] Oppose the New Zealand Government Food Bill 160-2

Lawrence F. London, Jr. venaurafarm at bellsouth.net
Sun Nov 27 21:19:45 EST 2011

On 11/27/2011 1:22 PM, Thomas Paul Jahn wrote:
> please sign and spred!
> http://www.petitiononline.co.nz/petition/oppose-the-new-zealand-government-food-bill-160-2/1301

I did.

Here are more links:

The bill itself:

or long form:
Food Bill
Government Bill
As reported from the Primary Production Committee
The Primary Production Committee has examined the Food Bill and 
recommends that it be passed with the amendments shown.
This bill would on commencement replace the Food Act 1981 and over time 
the Food Hygiene Regulations 1974 and the Food (Safety) Regulations 
2002. It would also make consequential amendments to the Animal Products 
Act 1999 and the Wine Act 2003. It seeks to provide an efficient, 
risk-based regulatory regime that places a primary duty on persons 
trading in food to ensure that what is sold is safe and suitable.
This commentary focuses on the main amendments we recommend and does not 
address minor technical amendments.





Sharks and the Food Safety Scam | Food Freedom

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Sharks and the Food Safety Scam
Posted on October 17, 2011 by geobear7| Leave a comment

By Ben Michaelson

The sharks are the corporations.  The blood in the water is from small
farms.  The sharks are swarming now, seeking an absolute end of
farming in the US, a plan of theirs with the USDA since 1972.

They were open about it then, with their intent published by U.S.
House of Representatives:  ”The Young Executives Plan to Liquidate
Farmers: Product of an Official Committee Chaired by the Under
Secretary of Agriculture.” Congressional Record. June 21, 1972, p.

Today, they disguise it under “food safety.”  Get rid of local farms
that are producing safe food to have safe food.  Welcome to free trade
agreements that aren’t.  Welcome to peace prizes for starting more

The corporations have used the Democrats to push through a billion
dollar agency for a health threat that is miniscule.  When will people
see through the scam?  The CDC citing 5000 deaths each year from food
born illness was the urgent justification for a massive
(pharmaceutical and agribusiness-driven) bill, dangerous to farmers
and to US sovereignty over its own food (and food supplements).  Now
the figure being mentioned is 3000.  It doesn’t even make it onto most
list of health threats.  But with the bill now law, the FDA is already
using armed FBI attacks against small farms that have safe food and is
doing nothing whatever about corporate operations that producing
contaminated food in the millions of pounds,

While Occupy Wall Street or Boston or LA or DC groups are protesting
nationwide what the corporations are stealing, they have not noticed
that they are stealing away farms and food (survival itself), based on
a phony fear tactic.  Aspirin and Tylenol are a many times greater
threat.  Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) cause more
than 16,000 deaths a year but are protected by the FDA.  The
multinational corporations even have ads on TV offering free samples
and encouraging people to give them away to friends.  Properly
prescribed prescription drugs are the greatest killer in the US.  Why
is there not a massive new agency with politic state powers to stop
the single leading cause of death in the US, outpacing all diseases?
Why is media not pointing out this absurd discrepancy between immense
power and expense for something that presents virtually no threat (and
could present even less if people ate food directly from clean local

The FDA is tasked with protecting us from deadly drugs but the agency
is funded by Pharma and refuses to pull drugs off the market that are
already proven to kill, despite Congressional hearings into the heart
attacks and deaths.  Media is silent about the well over 100,000
deaths a year from pharmaceutical industry drugs and its own
complicity in taking advertising dollars, promoting the drugs, and
promoting the fear needed for selling them.  The media doesn’t report
that food safety is being used here and around the world to destroy
farmers and food producers, while the FDA goes after food born
illness, one of the least significant causes of death in the US.  The
media doesn’t report that Obama put a Monsanto executive in as Czar
over food safety – the same man who designed the bill on behalf of
global corporate interests – and he is literally attacking innocent
people doing the most important jobs in the country, producing food.

It is not an exaggeration to say that Monsanto is using SWAT team
raids against farmers and food coops for being an impediment to
absolute monopoly over all US food, and through food, over control of
the US.  For existing.

And the big meat packers, the ostensible target of the new food safety
law because of its danger to the public?  Take it from an “E-coli
terrorist,” that the wrong folks are being slammed and losing their
businesses, leaving the filthy packers with more power than ever.

Where is the agency and 1000s of inspectors for those pharmaceutical
industry products?

Agribusiness and the drug companies (there is no difference at this
point) have used “risk” to scare the public right into corporate traps
where there is real danger, freedom and life and death danger.  To
take in the extent of the absurdity of all this, read about sharks and
peanuts.  We are not spending tax money on real risks at all but
government is using it to clobber whomever the corporations choose,
and they are clobbering those who protect our food and our health.

The sharks’ favorite game is disease because they can manufacture it
or pump out media scare stories about it whenever they want.  Through
it, they make sure that things are risk-less get it in the neck, and
move their endless teeth closer to chomping down on everything.

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