New Mexico Urban Homesteader

Hello, I am A 50 Something, Prepper ;-}; former 60's Flower Child, don't believe in taxpayer subsidized special interest groups (political parties), DO believe in the Constitution and Bill of Rights (1st 10). Long time Independent & Informed Voter. Lover of the outdoors and firm believer that History Teaches - if only we will listen!

(No longer Urban or in NM. Now Rural in the mountains of Maine.)

This blog was started at the request of some dear friends that wish to become Preppers.

“No man who is not willing to help himself has any right to apply to his friends, or to the gods.”

Demosthenes (384–322 BC, Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Americans Have No Right to Unfettered Food of All Kinds !?!

From APN Newsletter 05 12 10 @

Read, follow the links, then weep ;-{

APN Quote:

No matter what your stance is politically, you are human. You eat and drink as a matter of survival, but as humans we consume as social beings. No one has the right to take away food found in it's natural state. However the FDA thinks that we should not be allowed to eat and drink what we so desire. Another agency that wishes to save us from ourselves.

From Natural News;

The FTCLDF ( Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defence Fund) highlighted a few of the key phrases from the FDA's response document in a recent email to its supporters. They include the following two statements from the FDA:

"There is no 'deeply rooted' historical tradition of unfettered access to foods of all kinds." [p. 26]

"Plaintiffs' assertion of a 'fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families' is similarly unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish." [p.26]

There's a lot more in the document, which primarily addresses the raw milk issue, but these statements alone clearly reveal how the FDA views the concept of health freedom. Essentially, the FDA does not believe in health freedom at all. It believes that it is the only entity granted the authority to decide for you what you are able to eat and drink.

The State, in other words, may override your food decisions and deny you free access to the foods and beverages you wish to consume. And the State may do this for completely unscientific reasons -- even just political reasons -- all at their whim.

But it gets even worse. On page 27 of the dismissal, the FDA also states that Americans do not have a fundamental right to enter into private contractual agreements with one another, either.

Read entire article here>>>> Raw milk battle reveals FDA abandonment of basic human right to choose your food

I found some more tidbits


There is No Right to Consume or Feed Children Any Particular Food (pg25)

There is No Generalized Right to Bodily and Physical Health. (pg26)

There is No Fundamental Right to Freedom of Contract (pg 27)

Posted by Phelan at 8:44 AM

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A. S 510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S510-RS) as reported in the Senate by Sen. Harkin with an amendment "in the nature of a substitute" and placed on Senate Legislative Calendar as No. 247. Introduced by Sen. Durbin on March 3, 2009. Obtained 22 April 2010 at
Status of the bill is posted at

B. HR 2749: Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 (HR 2749-RFS) as engrossed and assigned to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on August 3, 2009 after passing in the House of Representatives on July 31, 2009. Formally introduced by Rep. Dingell on June 8, 2009. Obtained 22 April 2010 at
Status of the bill is posted at


Related Articles:

S 510 the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act
HR 2749 the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund ( "... S.510 and HR 2749 represent landmark legislation that will significantly increase the federal government's power to regulate intrastate commerce while hurting this country's ability to produce safe food and to become self-sufficient in food production. ..."

Food Safety: The Worst of Both Bills (HR 2749 & S 510) "... In reality, neither bill would improve food safety; in fact, the new requirements would cause an increase in imported food, a major source of the food safety problems in this country. Either bill would diminish the freedom and liberty Americans currently have to obtain the food of their choice from the source of their choice. What follows is a review of the more damaging provisions of the two bills under the following subheadings:
• A. National Agriculture and Food Defense Strategy
• B. Authority over Movement of Food
• C. Criminal and Civil Penalties
• D. HACCP Plans
• E. Food Traceability
• F. Safety Standards for Produce

the original June 2009 review of HR 2749

Food Safety - Can FDA Be Trusted?

Raw milk battle reveals FDA abandonment of basic human right to choose your food

FDA WANTS TO CONTROL EVERYTHING YOUR FAMILY EATS "... The legal brief by the FDA actually has the audacity to proclaim in the table of contents such things as:
There is No Right to Consume or Feed Children Any Particular Food (pg25)
There is No Generalized Right to Bodily and Physical Health. (pg26)
There is No Fundamental Right to Freedom of Contract (pg 27)
FDA’s Regulations Rationally Advance The Agency’s Public Health Mission (pg27) ...Finally, even if such a right did exist, it would not render FDA’s regulations unconstitutional because prohibiting the interstate sale and distribution of unpasteurized milk promotes “bodily and physical health.”..."

White House Seeks to Controls your Food to save the children

White House: Stop Marketing Unhealthy Foods to Kids – Vote @ this site too!!!!!

"...A White House report warns "The childhood obesity epidemic in America is a national health crisis." ... The review by the Task Force on Childhood Obesity says one out of every three children is overweight or obese. The task force is a key part of First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign ( ) to solve the problem of obesity within a generation. ... "We have a roadmap for implementing our plan across our government and across the country," Michelle Obama told reporters ..."

The Food Rights Firestorm Spreads: Is Big Dairy Helping Regulators Use MA As Test to Bust Raw Milk Buying Clubs?

Too Much of a Good Thing? MA Regulators Begin to Turn Against Raw Milk Sales By Cracking Down on Buying Groups

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) of Massachusetts released a study

The Raw Milk Revolution, described @

Dozens Plead, Cajole, Argue for Hands Off Raw Milk Buying Clubs, But Commish Hears a Different Story see press release: and Organic Pastures Dairy Co. and local MA television report


Referenced Sources

1. DHS. “The Department of Homeland Security’s Role in Food Defense and Critical Infrastructure Protection” (OIG-07-33), February 2007. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General. Obtained 28 Apr 2010 online at
Link to report also posted at

2. Acheson, David. “Food Defense, CARVER+Shock”. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Training Video captioned in English, French, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Spanish (48:00 minutes; circa August 2007). Posted May 14, 2009. Accessed 28 Apr 2010 at
Links to view (captioned in various languages) or download video for offline use (62.8 MB)

3. Mead, Paul S., et al. “Food-Related Illness and Death in the United States” ( ). Emerging Infectious Diseases, vol. 5, 1999, pp. 607-25. Synopses, published monthly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Obtained online 2 Feb. 2008 at
Published online at

4. GAO. “Much Is Being Done to Protect Agriculture from a Terrorist Attack but Important Challenges Remain” (GAO-05-214), March 2005. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report to Congressional Requesters. Obtained 28 Apr 2010 online at
Links to the “Highlights” ( ) and “Recommendations” ( ) are posted at

5. Munsell, John. “HACCP: USDA’s Current Style of Meat Inspection”( ). PowerPoint presentation, January 2010. Received 25 Jan 2010 by email “with absolutely no restrictions on its dissemination”.
View online as a PDF file or download as a PowerPoint file

6. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). “CBP Completes First Regional Installation of Nationwide Trade Processing System in Western Washington”. ( )News Release June 15, 2005. Obtained 6 May 2010 at link
Also appears as a footnote on page 9, referencing -
Rodysill, Jade. “High Performance: Ensuring global freight security” ( ). Supply Chain Management Viewpoint. Published by Accenture. Accessed 5 May 2010 at

7. Corbo, Tony. “Remarks for the FSRC Workshops: ‘Assuring Safety of Imported Food’” . February 1, 2010. Posted by the Food Safety Research Consortium (FSRC) for the 2010 conference: “Assuring Safety of Imported Food: Public and Private Roles in a Risk-Based System”. Obtained 2 May 2010 online at
To view the agenda from the conference, , as accessed 2 May 2010 at

8. Redmond, Judith. “Food Safety” ( ). American Vegetable Grower, February 2008. Accessed 16 May 2009 at
Also posted at

9. DeLind, Laura B. and Philip H. Howard. “Safe at any scale? Food scares, food regulation, and scaled alternatives” ( ). Journal of Agriculture and Human Values (2008), vol. 25: pp. 301-317. Available through SpringerLink for download purchase at

10. Fantle, Will quoted in “National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement Could Harm Local, Family-scale and Organic Growers”. Cornucopia News, September 22, 2009. The Cornucopia Institute. Accessed 5 May 2010 at

11. Eddy, David. “Minimizing Wildlife“. American Vegetable Grower, July 2008. Accessed 16 May 2009 at
Also posted at

12. Lieberman, Lisa. “Spotlight on Food Safety”. American Vegetable Grower, March 2008. Accessed 16 May 2009 at
Also posted at


Read the key articles @

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