GREAT SEAL OF
GENOCIDAL AMERIKA --- ALWAYS SOME DAMN ALPHABET AGENCY TRYIN' TO KILL US
See article at http://cornucopia.org/index.php/protect-fresh-leafy-greens-and-family-farms/#more-362
Just learned about this: The USDA has a
comments deadline of tomorrow, Monday,
December 3, to oppose their mindless plan to irradiate
all green produce ostensibly to "protect us" from E Coli
bacteria. EASY TO RESPOND- SEE BELOW (!) They're
planning on doing this due to a problem stemming from E Coli contaminated
spinach from some huge factory farms.
the article above explains, this procedure might be necessary for gigantic
factory farms, but it would be WRONG to apply "one size fits all"
regulations to ALL farms, especially to small family run organic farms.
They note especially that there are many types of vegetables that have
NEVER caused E Coli contamination.
Just as USDA recently decided to destroy the
nutritive value of raw almonds by Pasteurizing them, this latest
mindlessness is one more part of the broader genocide agenda- only this
would be FAR more reaching in its negative scope.
VERY EASY TO RESPOND
Copy this form letter: Then follow the simple
instructions below to submit it to the USDA via the government
website, please forward widely, especially to people and groups interested
in organics and raw foods.
Re: Docket ID AMS-FV-07-0090Federal Register pages 56678-56680, vol. 72, no.
192, October 4, 2007 Dear
USDA Agriculture Marketing Service, Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Advance Notice
of Proposed Rulemaking for a Marketing Agreement for Leafy Greens. I am
concerned with the proposed rulemaking for several reasons.
First, I believe that neither a Marketing Agreement nor a
Marketing Order are appropriate models when seeking to protect food safety
on a national scale. Both models would allow a small board of
processors and handlers to set the rules for all farms in the nation who
wish to sell their vegetables to processors. It puts
disproportionate power in the hands of large operations and
corporations, who would most likely be represented on these
boards. This board would be given the government-sanctioned authority to
dictate the growing practices for all other farms—large or
small—in the nation, which I believe to be an inappropriate model and
level of authority. I am
also concerned that appropriate guidelines, suitable for small as well as
large farms, have not yet been developed. I encourage the USDA to
delay the implementation of federal standards until scientifically
proven methods for reducing E. coli 0157 contamination have been
demonstrated. The California Leafy Green
Marketing Agreement (LGMA) guidelines have already been implicated in two
recalls, showing that more research is needed before a set of uniform
standards can be required throughout the nation. Furthermore, federal
regulations would discriminate against many farmers who employ
organic farming practices and farmers who promote biodiversity on
farms, as has been the experience with the California guidelines. The
adoption of such rules on a national level would harm the environment, and
more environmentally friendly guidelines must be developed if they are to
be mandated nationally. I
would also like to note that the risk of E. coli 0157 contamination comes
predominantly from “fresh cut” lettuce and spinach—the
pre-washed, pre-cut bags of greens that have recently become so popular.
Therefore, even if the USDA were to require standardized growing practices,
it should apply only to large-scale suppliers of “fresh-cut”
bags of leafy greens, and exclude whole leafy greens that have
never been implicated in an E. coli 0157 outbreak, such as kale,
arugula, and chard. A one-size-fits-all approach is totally inappropriate
in addressing this important health and environmental rulemaking
federal guidelines were to be enacted, there should be an exemption
based on scale—small-scale farmers should not have to follow the same
rules as large-scale operations that have been responsible for past
widespread contamination. Moreover, exemptions should
exist for traditional farmers selling locally and for farmers with organic
certification. Although no fresh food
production is risk free, the smaller operations, with hands-on management,
pose an infinitely smaller risk to the nation’s
citizenry. Finally, I oppose the proposed Marketing Agreement because it would
likely be costly and overly burdensome to small- and medium-scale
growers and could potentially drive these farmers out of business.
As a consumer of leafy greens and a supporter of environmentally
sustainable, local food systems, I urge the USDA to not support
one-size-fits-all requirements that would dictate to farmers how to grow
their vegetables, especially when such guidelines are not evidence based
and are written by and for large-scale operations—farms, that based
on past experience, might very well need additional regulatory oversight.
Thank you for your consideration.
In Step 1, choose “Documents with an open comments
In Step 2, choose “Department of Agriculture”
In Step 3, choose “PROPOSED RULES”
In Step 4, choose “Docket ID” and then type in
Next, you will see a column titled “Comments, add/due
by.” Click on the TINY TAN
DIALOGUE ICON (top left part of the page), and
you are now ready to submit your information and your comment.
2) To fax: (202) 720-8938.
WHAT ELSE TO DO:
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202-225-3121 and demand that the Comments period on this be EXTENDED &
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