There's never a bad time to know when Congress is putting one over on the public and the win for Monsanto getting WTO corporate buddy rules to trump National Standards is a wet dream come to life. More articulate details follow.
Like every form of improvement our corporate government makes, the shell game of ownership and rule making becomes more of a buereacatic function of a small circle of friends.
We need people to call today, they hear us when we speak out.
S 510 (the Food Safety Bill) is scheduled for mark-up, final discussion and vote in the subcommittee on Wednesday, November 18th at 10:00 AM – (watch it live http://help.senate.gov/).
This Food Safety Modernization Act seeks to decrease food-borne illnesses by strengthening the FDA's food safety oversight and enforcement, including provisions that would extend authority to on-farm production and processing.
Unfortunately, the bill as it stands, poses a serious threat to family farm value, local food systems, and sustainable organic agriculture. In short, it threatens our inherent right to grow, sell, buy, and eat the pure quality of organic food we are used to within the US.
Bad News: In the Chairman's mark-up version received this Monday afternoon, this bill still has CODEX harmonization language in it with an added section at the end stating: "Nothing in this Act… shall be construed in a manner inconsistent with the agreement establishing the World Trade Organization or any other treaty or international agreement to which the United States is a party."
This also means the World Health Organization. We all must be aware that such language allows the WTO to trump this bill, and other US laws, if there is a determined need – seeing beyond any amendments for organic.
We seek to keep the toxins, irradiation, pasteurization, and any other post harvest sterilization away from our organic food under any circumstance!
Good News: There has been some updated general language inserted in the Chairman's mark-up copy that instructs the FDA to "take into consideration" organics in its policies and instructs it to report back in two years of the impact of guidelines on organic farming.
Also, vitamins clearly are exempt in this bill. (See our website for the full text of changes). We'll take the small victories, these are important; however, we stand on guard and need to act fast on the CODEX issue!
Thank you for acting now,
Rudi Leonardi and Mikaële Holzer, Green Your SPIRIT
Brian Clement, Hippocrates Health Institute
Please call and fax Members of the Senate HELP Committee, (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions), and circulate this alert to your networks, facebook pages, twitter, etc today!! Phone and fax numbers and instructions are listed below and at http://popcampaign.org/take-action