Crisis. Safety. Regulate. Ban. You Lose, Corporate Interests Win.

Monday, November 22, 2010
Posted in category Food Totalitarianism

As always, it’s a crisis. Under the guise of “crisis” there is always a need for new government powers, new laws, “reforms”, and of course, “bold moves” on the part of empowered agents of the state. For instance, educated folks (like libertarians) have been aware of the Food Safety Modernization Act that is being pushed by federal powers and the usual parties – those corporate state interests who stand to benefit from the bill by shutting down competition deemed “unsafe”. The gaggle of supporters includes Big Agra, grocery stores, assorted food processors, farm groups supporting big farm interests, and of course, consumer groups. What most folks don’t know is that a “food crisis” has been declared by several people looking to curry favor for the legislation (‘scuse me, that’s “sweeping legislation.”). This food crisis, just as every other crisis before it, demands immediate action on the part of those who were assigned the duty of protecting us from ourselves. One of the chief sponsors of the bill, Illinois Senator Richard Durbin, has declared that this legislation will “Help ensure that the food on America’s tables is safe.” Thank you Richard – how has my dinner table managed to stay safe all these years without your oversight and safety measures?

You can find several news pieces that try to explain the delay of the bill in the Senate (Wall Street Journal and the DesMoines Register), but the short translation is this: all parties are fighting over their respective favored recipients, and they are all hashing out deals deciding who is going to benefit from what, and how that can occur while making everyone fat and happy and pissing off no one. They are making deals on amendments to the bill. Now isn’t that a simple-but-brilliant interpretation?

Over at Grist.org, one writer is so upset at the bill being stalled that she writes, “Watching C-Span’s live coverage of the Senate deliberations yesterday over the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) is enough to make me long for a dictatorship to move things along.” She is delighted that the very visible and heavy hand of Big Totalitarianism is going to smash the invisible hand of the free market and put an end to the current “crisis.”

On another similar note, the FDA is setting up to ban the sale of alcoholic energy drinks.

Over the last couple of years, there has been a growing national movement among state attorneys general, law enforcement agencies, college and university officials, and public health groups, who have called upon the manufacturers of AEDs to take them off the market. A food additive is presumed “unsafe” unless its particular use has been approved by federal regulation or is generally recognized as safe under the conditions of its intended use, said O’Brien.

This paragraph from the article was quite revealing:

“In combination with alcohol, caffeine is not generally recognized as safe, and it has never been approved for use in manufactured drinks other than in colas,” she said. Therefore, she adds, the burden of proof is on the manufacturer to prove that it is safe for its intended use based on published scientific literature.

So …… there’s no scientific evidence that alcohol & caffeine combos are unsafe, but it is “generally recognized” that this is so? And since the combo is generally recognized to be unsafe, it has never been formally approved by the government. Therefore, manufacturers of these drinks have the burden of proof as to the safety of their products? Do the manufacturers of genetically modified foods and processed foods have the same burden of proof?

The article goes on to clear up this conundrum.

A food additive is presumed “unsafe” unless its particular use has been approved by federal regulation or is generally recognized as safe under the conditions of its intended use, said O’Brien.

Thus for a product to be proven “safe” there must be scientific evidence, but the same product can be proven “unsafe” based on a lack of federal approval and “general recognition” on the part of lifestyle nazi bureaucrats who are waiting for the scientific proof that it’s safe?

p.s. – see my previous post on the Food Totalitarian Act.

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7 Responses to Crisis. Safety. Regulate. Ban. You Lose, Corporate Interests Win.

  1. Iluvatar says:

    November 22nd, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I guess I’ll pay serious attention when they truly deal w/ at least one aspect of the this which IS a true crisis – banning High Fructose Corn Syrup from ALL foods (oh no, not again, eyes rolling).

    But wait a sec! Didn’t our wonderful FDA bend to Big Agra and label this “normal” in `07 or `08? As M Terry points out, we are getting ready to further “hide it” by calling it “corn sugar”.

    Meanwhile this toxin which digests just like alcohol (another thing the body recognizes as a toxin) is stoking the bodies of our children causing obesity and Type II diabetes with the really cool stuff coming in about 10 years – fatty liver disease (cirrhosis).

    BTW, “crisis” as a tactic is not new. When I read the article headline, I thought you were going to knock on the Patriot Act of `01, wherein you can lose your rights to habeus corpus (and get jailed w/ no chance of ever seeing a judge!@!).

    To see how not new this tactic is, let’s go back to 1798 and the 2 “Sedition Acts”. Getting jailed for speaking against the country.

    Jefferson and Madison immediately responded by the Nullification Acts of Kentucky/Virginia resp’ly.

    And our country was how old at that point????

  2. Todd s. says:

    November 22nd, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Sometimes I make myself an “Irish” coffee on Saturday mornings.  Not really Irish because I use bourbon, but whatever.  Sometimes I put raw cream in it as well.  I never realized just how dangerous and irresponsible I was behaving.  I may need a pat-down.

  3. Jeannie Queenie says:

    November 23rd, 2010 at 1:13 am

    If you haven’t seen this video yet, by all means check it out. All about this family in Lagrange, Ohio who found their home raided at night by a bunch of gov’t goons who stole their food, terrorized the family and made life fairly miserable for all the little kids living there. Sin of sin, this family was helping people with their food coop by offering good healthy foods…farmers chipped in and the coop grew…and the community loved it.
    Then the health dept and sheriff and bullies came in with the boots and guns….12-13 men came in, violent and belligerent not saying who they were while they kept the family at bay for seven hours…like wtf!!

    These folks were so terrorized it is now hard to sleep at night as a result.
    They also took one kid’s computer whose husband is in Iraq.
    Their beef, lamb and more were stolen by the sheriff’s dept. Their ability to daily homeschool their kids was also taken from them. View this sad story of the Stowers here at this url…….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdLxMKuxyr4

    Looks to me folks like freedom is a thing of the past..the ones who jail should be in prison, not scaring the bejeesuz out of good folk.

  4. Jeannie Queenie says:

    November 23rd, 2010 at 1:25 am

    From Off the Grid website on the topic at hand, I quote this…..

    “Set the standard for “food safety” and certification high enough that no one can afford it and punish anyone who tries to save seed in ways that have worked fine for thousands of years, and just like that, you have criminalized seed banking.

    The penalties are tremendous, with a MILLION dollar a day fine and/or TEN years in prison. The goal is to make monopoly over seeds absolute. The USDA will be in control of small gardeners, there will be an end to seed exchanges, organic seed companies, and an end to the freedom to pursue happiness in America as we see fit, reducing us to a sole dependence on corporations for our very means of survival.

    Between the bankers, the corporations, and the thieving politicians, I’m beginning to wonder if we have a chance in hell of retaining this great experiment in freedom and liberty.”

    http://offthegridnews.com/2010/11/22/the-tyranny-of-s510/

  5. clark says:

    November 24th, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Now those are some STFU words I can agree with JQ,… scary shit.
    The phrase, “Do-Over!” comes mind for some reason.

  6. damaged justice says:

    November 24th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    iluvatar:

    Metabolic syndrome is healthier than fascism.

  7. Michael Makovi says:

    October 16th, 2011 at 4:29 am

    RE: “Over at Grist.org, one writer is so upset at the bill being stalled that she writes, ‘Watching C-Span’s live coverage of the Senate deliberations yesterday over the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) is enough to make me long for a dictatorship to move things along.’”

    I’m pretty sure this person read The Road to Serfdom but mistakenly thought Hayek was advocating in favor of that road. :P

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