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  •  Public awareness problem? (9+ / 0-)

    Documentary films exist and they help. Protests happen and they help. Petitions happen and they help.

    PBS-aired documentaries would help.

    Network documentaries (60 minutes, Nightline, etc.) would help even more.

    But what will it take to put this issue over the top, to really cut consumption/demand significantly and generate legislation and regulatory enforcement?

    They tortured people to get false confessions to fraudulently justify their fraudulent invasion of Iraq.

    by Words In Action on Mon May 11, 2009 at 07:29:05 AM PDT

    •  p.s., thanks Jill for efforts (3+ / 0-)
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      Cedwyn, Roger Fox, Jill Richardson

      to address this probloem.

      We need thousands fo you.

      And some sugar daddies.

      ;^)

      They tortured people to get false confessions to fraudulently justify their fraudulent invasion of Iraq.

      by Words In Action on Mon May 11, 2009 at 07:42:42 AM PDT

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    •  Getting rid of HACCP is the first step. (0+ / 0-)

      "Food safety."  What does it mean?  

      Hillary Clinton ran on a presidential platform of merging the FDA and USDA into a centralized "food safety" agency.  Her connections to corporations affecting our food  http://www.thenation.com/...
      are something that anyone looking into these bills might be interested in.

      Hillary Clinton's plan, the one in congress now, is actually the second big "food safety" plan promoted by the Clintons.  

      Bill Clinton promoted the first.  Clinton, who immediately and significantly lowered poultry contamination standards when he got into office and gave us rBGH, benefitting Tysons and Monsanto, http://www.counterpunch.org/...
      gave us HACCP, a system that substituted paperwork for inspections and left industry responsible for itself.  http://www.organicconsumers.org/...

      HACCP - in who developed it, who pushed it, who benefits.  For sure, safe local meat packers across the country who were forced to close, did not.  For sure, the public did not, for illnesses went up as inspections went down.   For sure the USDA inspectors who are suing to be able to inspect, did not.  The story of HACCP is clear in the ConAgra tale .  http://www.organicconsumers.org/...

      HACCP is still being fought http://mail.google.com/...
      by decent people who were crushed by it.
      http://www.nader.org/...

      HACCP is a junior version of these bills in the sense that it didn't come with control over the entire food supply, or with draconian penalties to be applied by a single administrator with no judicial review, or with a multinational corporation set to run it from out of the White House .  http://www.postcarbon.org/...

      But it gives an inkling of the dangers since greatly centralized our food supply into the hands of corporations causing the problems and destroyed small clean producers through the imposition of "food safety" regulations they couldn't possibly handle.

      Read the whole article.  It's an eye-opener about who is behind NAIS and why the "food safety" bills are actually a threat to everything about food and safety.
      http://yupfarming.blogspot.com/...

      We don't need more regulations but to enforce inspections again which HACCP got rid of.  These "food safety" bills will regulate us into even more non-inspection, WTO control, and industrial agricultural control over our food supply.

      Michael Pollan says it clearly :

      Our highly centralized food system is very vulnerable to contamination-both deliberate and accidental. ...

      Instead of seizing on these threats as a reason to decentralize our food supply, the government is bringing in more regulation and technology.

      Progressive senators are proposing that we begin to regulate farms the way we regulate meat plants. That will put small farms out of business. So you see what happens as industrial agriculture fails and sickens us. The solutions promote more industrialization of agriculture.

      And that's what we need to resist.

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