Food Fascism in the Land of the Free

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The food industry
is no longer a free market. In fact, I’d go as far as saying it’s
becoming the most glaring example of corporate-government fascism
in America.

Actual monopolies
fully control the basic building blocks of the food that makes up
the majority of the American diet – and no one seems to care.
Simply put, those who control the corn, wheat, and soybeans control
all food, since all livestock and all processed foods are dependent
on those food resources. These monopolies place their cronies in
government regulatory agencies like the FDA and USDA to weed out
their competition through excessive regulation. Currently proposed
legislation are textbook examples of their methods.

There once
was a time when free markets existed for food. Back when local food
ruled the day, if a farmer sold milk that was bad, he would not
get return customers unless he adjusted his practices to make a
healthier product. This free market was self-regulating. In other
words, in a truly free market we shouldn’t need the FDA. However,
as mentioned before, we are light years from a free market.

Subsidies rain
down on big agribusinesses that grow what the government tells them
to grow. Industry leaders like Cargill, Monsanto, and Tyson essentially
turn farmers into indentured sharecroppers. The food engineers at
General Mills and others weave corn, wheat, and soybeans into chemical
concoctions that end up in brightly colored packages – some
even come with free Chinese-made toys. The finished product develops
from a Genetically Modified base, using multiple poisons to glue
it together, demonstrating that the monopolies and their regulatory
lapdogs care not for our health.

But what about
voting with our pocketbooks, isn’t that a free market? Surely that
is what we have been taught. Yet, all 16 flavors of Cheerios –
which give the appearance of free choice – are all made by
General Mills from a genetically modified corn base. This illusion
of choice hides the monopolistic nature of food.

Enter Senate
bill S.
510
Food Safety Modernization Act, already passed in the House
as HR
2749
. Some have demonized the bill as ultimate food fascism
where the FDA will micromanage even small farms and co-ops to the
point where it will become illegal
to grow, share, trade or sell
homegrown food. While others see
it as a measured way to control the health and quality
of factory farms
. One thing is for sure, S.510 gives more power
to the corrupt FDA to regulate our food. And there is renewed interest
in the Senate to pass this bill since the recent massive egg and
meat recalls due to salmonella and E. coli outbreaks.

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