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new bill is the first step to controlling the food supply


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Initial post: Mar 25, 2009 12:19:03 PM PDT
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-875
H.R. 875

Posted on Jul 17, 2009 4:56:13 PM PDT
Eileen. Snow says:
The food supply is being controlled by the Biotech-Pesticide industry. There is zero government oversight. In fact, some pesticides came onto the market via questionable methods including revolving doors at the US EPA, and the health department before that.

In North America, there is zero government oversight, where there was some prior to Bush-Cheney. Now, with the economy in turmoil, Obama has his hands full and our food supply is in the hands of the man appointed for Food Safety, Michael Taylor, a Monsanto attorney who first put recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) on the market to inject into cows to force them to give more milk. The cows had developed mastitis and a crippling disease, and hence were put on antibiotics which are similar to those given to people. These made people immune to antibiotics, from what I've read.

The recombinant bovine growth hormone is said to have increased the Insulin Growth Factor (IGF)-1 factor in people, which increases the rate of colon (correctol) cancer in both sexes, prostate cancer in men, and breast cancer in women.

"rBGH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone) is a genetically engineered, potent variant of the natural growth hormone produced by cows. Manufactured by Monsanto, it is sold to dairy farmers under the trade name POSILAC. Injection of this hormone forces cows to increase their milk production by about 10%."
http://www.preventcancer.com/publications/WhatsInYourMilkRelease.htm

15 states has passed NO RIGHT TO KNOW how food is grown legislation. This is often referred to as Monsanto legislation.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2009 7:09:09 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 18, 2009 7:10:13 AM PDT
I am currently reading the book, "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingslover, which has been an addiction. This book does not specifically cover the laws behind the food industry, but it has opened my mind to eating foods that are in season and that come from local resources. I have sadly grown up in the generation where food comes from the grocery store from all over the world, and my thought when I began reading this book was, "Food has seasons?" Also, in this book they bring about the fact that the taxpayers in the U.S. pay fro food transportation. WHAT? Maybe the U.S. needs to be looking at what nonsensical things are being done within the government that could improve our economic debt. Although this may be minor, it would help with the carbon dioxide as well as other pollutants along with the costs of transportation of the goods. So far this book has been eye-opening and I hope to research further into the topics discussed within the book in the future.Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (P.S.)

Posted on Aug 4, 2009 7:14:31 AM PDT
Saraswati says:
I also recommend Michael Pollan's books. Its extremely frightening to me that, instead of our food system becoming more safe, biotech is gaining more and more insidious influence over every aspect of food production. The huge seed/pesticide/industrial food conglomerates will never let go of the power they have. Most people don't realise what a huge effect this has had, not only on our environment and economy, but on our health as well. For anyone interested in their own health and the environment, as I am, this is a nightmare. Our only alternative is be to become involved in CSA's or grow our own food.
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