I just read about this in a slow food movement forum recently . I and am very concern about this. and I hope you are too. Please, please pay attention to this issue. Call and/or write to your Senator to let them know your thoughts on S 510.
Currently Trying to finding more information on this topic, and so far posted a few links for you to consider. Will update with more information after reading the actual bill proposed back in March 2009 and later amended in December 2009. The amended bill is about 265 pages with strike outs from p. 2 - p. 119.
Opinion Analysis: While the bill reads like it’s helping to make food safer, many people are worried about who is backing it the bill (even though there’s denial on that end), and whether the bill will actually do more harm than good for food safety.
Some people think that this bill may actually endanger real food supply and put small farms out of business because they cannot compete with conglomerate food factories when they have to also deal with complicated compliance and regulations, or whatever other system(s) the government will impose on farms.
If you have not already watched the documentary, Food, Inc. please do so. It was an eye-opener for me. Also, please read the links below if you have the time.
““If accepted [S 510] would preclude the public’s right to grow, own, trade, transport, share, feed and eat each and every food that nature makes. It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.” ~Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower
It is similar to what India faced with imposition of the salt tax during British rule, only S 510 extends control over all food in the US, violating the fundamental human right to food.”
The above paragraphs were directly quoted from usahitman.com (link below):
“S510 was designed to bridge the gap between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). As it stands, there are certain grey areas that aren’t covered by either agency, and this is how and why many of the safety regulations break. When it was first written, it was reactionary, including every food source to be regulated by federal agencies, which could give way to a number of problems including the weeding of competition to large corporations by instilling fees and taxes that will literally break a small farm.”
The above paragraph was directly quoted from justmeans.com (link below):