Hello all my fellow gardeners and farmer's markets enthusiaists. I just thought I would share a response I received from Senator John McCain regarding the Food Safety and Modernization Act that was signed into law on January 4, 2011. As many of you know, I was against the bill because it was strongly backed by Monsanto in an effort to further strengthen their control over our food supply. For the record, both of Arizona's Senators voted against the original draft of this bill as it would have forced Farmers Markets out of business. Let it also be known that over 95% of people polled were against it.After the Bill was rewritten with looser controls over small scale growers and producers, it passed.
We cannot afford to lose our Farmer's markets and our link to the Farm's If we allow Corporations to Control Agriculture we will be in serious trouble. The scaled down version of this bill was but a small victory and be rest assured that the Monsantos and The Tysons and The Fast Food Companies will not rest until they completely dominate the food supply. I urge you to see the Movie Food, Inc. It is a very revealing look at what these corporate giants are doing and in my opinion is a must see for everyone.
Well I don't often agree with them, I would like to publicly thank Senators McCain and Kyl for standing with the people on this Bill. As this response proves, our Representatives in congress do listen to us and the only way we can keep the Corp. Giants from controlling the food supply is to get involved in the political process and write our Senators or Congressional Representatives. here is the response I received from Senator McCain:
Mr. Scott Kronabetter
xxxx x xxxxxx xx xxxxx
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Dear Mr. Kronabetter:
Thank you for contacting me regarding the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. I appreciate you taking the time to share your views.
As you may know, recent outbreaks of contaminants in spinach, peanut butter, and eggs have raised consumer doubts over the safety of retail produce and manufactured foods. In response to such outbreaks, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act radically expands the regulatory authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).
The Food Safety bill first passed the Senate on November 30, 2010. After a period of negotiation in the House of Representatives, the final text of the bill, H.R. 2751, was agreed to in the Senate on December 19, 2010 and signed into law on January 4, 2011. Please be assured that I will continue to keep your concerns in mind when considering issues surrounding food safety legislation.
Thank you again for sharing your concerns. Please feel free to contact me in the future on this or any other matter of importance to you.
John McCain United States Senator
As you can see, they do listen. Thanks for reading this, I hope you will get involved.
Until the next time, Happy Gardening!