• 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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