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  •  Waxman is pushing a vicious bill from big ag and (0+ / 0-)

    the pharmaceuticals.  How good is he to do that?  And his "reptutation" is irrelevant.  He could be being used, he could be bought out, he could be a fool.  All that matters is the bill itself which will destroy small farmers and control everything done on anything left.  Who cares who Waxman is except as someone who signed on - for whatever reason - to harm us all and our country this way.

    •  You do not have a shred of evidence (1+ / 0-)
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      that this bill supports Big Ag, which reliably bristles against any sort of regulation or oversight whatsoever. Nor do you have any evidence that the bill targets my kitchen. The distinction between private and commercial kitchens is well established, which is why I have never had to spend tens of thousands of dollars building a commercial-grade kitchen in order to serve meat to my guests.

      The purpose of this bill, whose language is quite clear, is to make it easy to prevent disasters like the melamine tainted food, the multiple beef recalls and the peanut butter recall from happening, and if they happen, to establish a chain that allows investigators to quickly determine who did it and why and shut down distribution of the affected food. It's a public health bill, which is exactly what I would expect from Rep. Waxman, and it concerns food safety.

      The one thing that could be problematic is NAIS, both in terms of the cost burden and the implementations currently in use. Otherwise, this seems to be well addressed to preventing the numerous food-related disasters that the Bush administration allowed to happen under their absurdly lax, Big Ag friendly food "policies."

      [F]or too many, the cruelty of our system is part of its appeal. - eightlivesleft

      by oldjohnbrown on Wed Jun 17, 2009 at 11:07:59 AM PDT

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      •  Foreign countries, if you read the comments, (0+ / 0-)

        get an exemption.  And if you read the comments, you also saw they developed this whole farcical "food safety" trap.

        These bills do not threaten big g anymore than HACCP did, because they wrote it and hope to run it.  

        Here's what it will do to small farmers, though.

        That ’game’ was all too familiar to me. Spend hours out of your working day filling in endless forms, filing maps and measuring every last inch of your fields, tracks and farmsteads; applying for ‘passports’ for your cattle and ear tags for your sheep and pigs; re-siting the slurry pit and putting stainless steel and washable tiles on the dairy walls; becoming versed in HASAP hygiene and sanitary rules and applying them where any food processing was to take place; and living under the threat of convictions and fines should one put a finger out of place or be late in supplying some official details

      •  More than a shred. Part IX (0+ / 0-)

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