Why the U.S. “Food Safety” bills should worry even rich bankers on Wall Street

Here’s a fascinating proposition, from Patrick Henning:

Sure they may be rich enough to have a plane in every garage, but if S-510 is allowed to pass the Senate, even the super rich may eventually not be able to buy any food worth eating.

In the 1980s, a British psychiatrist lived in the US.  He was making a great deal more money than he could ever have made in the UK but for financial reasons, he went home.  He returned because his daughter had a medical condition and he said that he could never be rich enough in the US to be sure she got adequate care, whereas in the UK, even on a considerably smaller salary, he knew she would be covered by the health system there.

Wall Street brokers are not immune from their own fears of threatening things happening in the world.  Out of fear for their own lives, they do the opposite of that psychiatrist.  They hope to be immune from world issues by amassing unheard of wealth.  And they have the money, already, through stealing from everyone else in the country.

The lack of any decent food (due to bills like S-510) sure could take the shine off owning a posh ski chalet in the mountains.

The problem is that with one issue, they, like the psychiatrist, could never protect themselves from no matter how much money they ever take.  The issue is not healthcare – they could buy whatever kind they wish.  The issue is food.

What is about to happen to it here is not something they could ever adequately protect themselves and certainly not their children from.  And moving will not help because the forces here which are set to destroy food are doing what they can to impose those same conditions internationally.  Unless it is stopped here, food is threatened everywhere.

And what is the threat?  Multinational corporations such as Monsanto, Cargill, Tysons,  the pharmaceutical industry, etc. have a “food safety” bill in the Senate (S 510) that will allow “the Administrator” to enforce regulations that would require farmers to use “best practices” in agriculture.  Unfortunately, those will be defined by “the Administrator” who is expected to be Michael Taylor, Monsanto VP and lawyer and the man who deregulated GMOs and is associated with getting rBGH into the food supply.  By being in a position to set the definition of “best practices” and “science based,” the Administrator can impose GMOs, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, irradiation of food, chemical washes, and other products and processes for animal health, the environment, and human health.  Those products and and processes are increasingly rejected by the public and exposed as deadly by scientific journals but they are the lifeblood of agribusiness and the pharmaceutical industry (Big Pharm).  S 510 and the other bills would mandate their usage and punish (to the point of elimination) any – such as organic farmers – who would normally completely avoid such products and reject such processes.

If the bill passes, American food will become extremely dangerous to human health.  But it would be the only food available so would still sell.  And the illnesses it would create would be a high yielding crop to harvest for profit by the pharmaceutical industry.

The unbounded excesses of greed the country has seen Wall Street exhibit may be partly driven by their personal fear of what is happening politically and economically, and be their means of trying to shore up security for themselves.  While they may be able to insulate themselves and their children in some ways and for some little time from the more total destruction of food that big Pharm has designed, ultimately, this destruction of food will pose a danger to them as well.  Restaurant food would be affected.  Catered food would be affected.  Food in shops, food in markets (If markets even remain), the whole pleasure of food would be gone.

If the bill and related ones pass, food would become mutant, poisoned and irradiated as well.  Irradiated food is dead food and dead food is valueless for sustaining life (cats in Australia fed irradiated pet food have already died from it).

So, what’s a terribly rich Wall Street person to do?

Is the world a richer place when there's one less thing -- healthy natural food -- that money can buy?

They must understand that no one can eat money.  People must have food to live.  It isn’t enough that food just look like food.  Virtual food, PR food cannot keep people healthy or even alive.   It must not be irradiated, pesticided, chemicaled to death.  Food, to be food, must sustain life.  To do that, it must be real, normal and alive,  all things that industry is set to eliminate.

When it comes to food, Wall Street has reason to be afraid.  At the level of food, rich doesn’t make them any different from other human beings and so what happens to food makes them one with everyone else.  In that sense, they are still Americans, and what happens to the American food supply is critical to them, too.  S 510 and the other bills go dramatically against their own interests for themselves and their children’s future.  If they want to enjoy eating out, farmers markets, food as they travel, food in stores, food at celebrations, they have reason to be very worried, and reason to act.

There are two good things in this.  The first is that while Wall Street may represent a special interest that has taken from this country, not all destructive corporate interests intersect with their own.  People can live without money but no one can live without real food, so what Big Pharm plans is a threat to Wall Street people.  Wall Street is still human and real, unpoisoned, undrugged, unradiated food is very much in their own interest.

The second good thing is that, ironically, they now have vast resources to stop these bills.  They have a chance to protect themselves but more, they have a chance to redeem themselves by saving everyone else.  Unlike the British psychiatrist, there is no safe place to go anymore when it comes to food, so Wall Street folk must make their own country safe, for themselves and their children and grandchildren.

And the threat to food is far worse than anything Wall Street did

Maybe it will turn out that through their plundering, Wall Street amassed enough power to stop something none of us would have been able to do in their stead, and they will be able to do a literally world saving good because they did a huge but lesser wrong.

Yachts with private heli-pads could always be repurposed by the super rich to forage for wild edibles in Alaska after organic local produce has been outlawed and we're left with GMOs at the Groceteria.

Nader’s new book is fictional, about how the very rich find their own hearts and use their great wealth save things.  With food, though, the real life Wall Street rich need only find their own true self-interest, saving their own health and their children’s lives to have reason to save food.  Along with that sustaining platter, they would get a very rare dessert – a hope to redeem themselves in the eyes of their own countrymen.

Topped off by an incomparable cherry – a world not filled with increasing illness and death.

Ralph Nader’s book is called “Only the Super Rich Can Save Us“.

Picture credits (top to bottom):

House with plane garages from Seaspook’s Rants

Ski Chalet from ScrapeTV

Rolls Royce from Propertyinvesting.net

Yacht with heliport, from Bornrich.org

More on Ralph Nader’s book:

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7 responses to “Why the U.S. “Food Safety” bills should worry even rich bankers on Wall Street

  1. There will be no possibility of food safety until the government stops promoting the 30 year old policy of spreading bacteria and virus contaminated sewage treatment byproducts (biosolids & recycled water) on food crops. Government funded studies claim a low number of fecal coliform or coliform are safe on your food and in your water. Any so called study puts public health at risk by discussing heat inhibited thermotolerant antibiotic resistant E. coli known in the wastewater industry as fecal coliform. Heat inhibited E. coli (fecal coliform) are incubated at 112.1 deg F for 24 hours before the colonies are counted to determine the most probable number of single bacteria at the beginning of the test one day earlier. Sludge/biosolids is considered Class A if there are less than 1,000 colonies at the end of the test. The high heat of the fecal coliform test inactivates many of the bacteria since the optimum growth rate for E. coli (coliform) is 98.6 deg F when incubated for 24 hours. At the optimum temperature E. coli will double every 20 minutes. As an example, if there was only one (1) E. coli bacteria at the start of the test doubling every 20 minutes, in 12 hours the colony would be composed of 68 billion, 719 million, 476
    thousand, 736 hundred (68,719,4 76, 736) bacteria. The government would claim there is no problem because that would be counted as one (1) most probable number (MPN) colony forming unit (CFU) for the test result and the test still has 12 hours left — but it would still be counted as one bacteria at the end of the 24 hour test. It is little wonder that food poisoning incidents jumped from 2 million in 1986 to 76 million in 1999 when CDC quit counting. Nor is it any wonder that hospital stays for MRSA infections jumped from less than 2,000 in 1993 to 368,300 in 2005 when almost 20,000 people died a horrible death as the bug ate them alive.

  2. pete

    The powerful, and rich, forces of the US are what got us here. If the title of the book is true we are doomed.

  3. Jamie

    CORPOARTE PARASITISM WANTS YOU DEAD

  4. Gail Combs

    You are very naive. The rich will have access to decent food because they have the money to OWN farms all over the world. I suggest you read History, HACCP and the Food Safety Con Job by Nicole Johnson (google). She explains the 60 year campaign to get rid of independent farmers better than I.

    We are presently watching the takeover of the free world. Obama signed off to allow the UN “Financial Stability Board” run our banks and financial economy. The Carbon trading scheme was supposed to hand over control of energy to the World Bank. (google leaked Denmark text) and the WTO “harmonizing” “food Safety laws” is allowing the take over of the food supply by Cargill, Monsanto and their buddies.

    To make sure our country has been hamstrung Obama doubled the money supply and jacked up our debt to the point the US dollar will follow that of Zimbabwe dollar tracks in an inflation spiral.

    I have little hope the free world will manage to continue to exist because of the out right propaganda taught to our children and the cooperation by the news media in feeding the public lies.

    ‘”The Socialist Revolution in the US cannot take place because there are too many small independent farmers there. Those people are the stability factor. We here in Russia must hurry while our government is stupid enough to not encourage and support the independent farmership.'” V. Lenin, the founder of the Russian revolution

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