June 13, 2013 If you think the U.S. government is doing a sub-par job of keeping your food safe, brace yourself. You could soon be eating imported seafood, beef or chicken products that don’t meet even basic U.S. food safety standards. Under two new trade agreements, currently in negotiation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could be powerless to shut down imports of unsafe food or food ingredients. And if it tries, multinational corporations will be able to sue the U.S. government for the loss of anticipated future profits.
Among the many gifts to Big Ag contained in the TTIP and TPP? Back-door entry for their genetically modified seeds and crops. Countries, including those in the European Union, could find it increasingly difficult to ban, or even require the labeling of, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), if biotech companies determine that those countries’ strict policies restrict fair trade and infringe on the companies’ “rights” to profit.
So they are going to poison the masses. There will be melamine, bacterial pathogen food-borne illness like salmonella and e coli, and organ damage from GMO foods.
The big question is — will the masses strike back by buying locally produced safe food? I can just see the marketing campaigns by the hobby farmers and commercial organic farmers; Eat Safe; Eat Local.
It’s going to be one of those epic, historic moments of truth. Do people let themselves be poisoned willingly, or do they take action? Forget protesting, or writing to the FDA or to politicians. The only effective protest will be to refuse to eat their poison, and to buy local and/or participate in local production of safe food.
I can tell you that right now most Americans take food for granted, both its safety and abundance. Sure, a community garden in a nearby SWPL town rented all its plots immediately. THe farm supply stores are booming — an Agway in my town moved to a much larger building. The supermarket has prominently displayed canning supplies now. You can buy food dehydrators at Lowes now; 5 years ago you’d have never seen such a thing at Lowe’s or Home Depot. You have a certain percentage of people who are aware, and that’s a good thing. They are the virulent strain, who will hopefully end up “infecting” everybody with the “safe food” meme. The idea is out there, but working class types who need the most to participate in local farming and bulk buying are blowing it off and blissfully stuffing their faces with poison. So we’ll see.