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Fda Food Safety Modernizartion Act: Food Fascism in the 21st Century

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FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: Food Fascism in the 21st century

Since the early days of the industrial revolution, the time period that gave to capitalism. Many citizens feared large corporations would merge with governments and create arbitrary laws for monetary gains, forming a monopoly. Originally, these worries were directed at expanding oil corporations, but in recent years, the worries have shifted toward large food corporations. A prime concern about food corporations having too much power is that they can influence key government decisions that can affect the quality of a person's day to day life. These decisions made by the government in alliance with large food corporations can be destructive and doctoral to a society. If a food corporation becomes powerful enough to where it can dictate what someone eats, or how someone grows their own food in effort for maximum profit without consideration for a person's health or well-being, it can have a huge impact on the economy. This is called 'Food-Fascism', and thanks to President Obama signing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, this disastrous concept is now one step closer to reality. When first introduced to congress, the FDA Food Safety Act instantly attained controversy due to the unfair powers it gives the FDA over small farmers. The bill, signed into law is considered to be most significant overhaul in the history of US food safety. The law gives the FDA nearly complete control over all food production in the United States. Many would assume that because the new law claims to enhance food safety, it is solely for the good of the American public, but the negative effects of this new law far outweigh any of the positive. The Food Safety Act gives the FDA power to potentially preclude the public's right to grow, trade, and even consume food. This law's negative impact on small farmers, its benefits for large food corporations, and the potential negative health effects are all reasons why action must be taken to avoid future havoc that could result.

When first introduced into congress, many politicians hailed the FDA Food Safety Act as an excellent way to combat the CDC's annual food borne illness projections. For the first time, this bill would allow the FDA to conduct frequent inspections for harmful pathogens and recall contaminated food. The bill was signed into law by President Obama in January of this year. The law is seen as a major milestone in the FDA's history. Even though there are many benefits of this new law that will greatly help to ease food production issues, the problem is that it only benefits large food corporations that have no interest in producing truly nutritious food. This act does not do anything to help small farmers, whose concern is to produce quality food for the public. The negative impacts of the Food Safety Act far outweigh any of the positive claims. Ironically, the press fails to mention how this new law has the potential to destroy local organic farming in the United States. This law forces any local farmer whose revenue is over $500,000 a year to be subject to FDA productions regulations, which often require the producer to use toxic procedures in food production. In organic farming, it is relatively easy to make over $500,000 a year

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