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U.S. Government Bans Bull Crap
Feds also Plan to Regulate Cow Chips and Chicken Shit. Is Doo-doo Next?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Proposes New Rules to Regulate the Spreading of Manure
By Scott Rohter, December 2013
Life is sometimes even stranger than fiction. The Obama Administration and the United States Government are going to start regulating B.S., or at least they are going to try. That is something they both know a lot about, so this should prove very interesting. They finally want to do something about all the crap going on in our country. Normally I would welcome the initiative, but unfortunately they’re not talking about all the bullshit that is coming from Washington. They are talking about the real stuff, and the bulls aren't too happy about it. They are talking about eliminating the kind of poop that farmers spread on their fields in the Spring to ensure a bountiful harvest in the Fall. I’m not just talking bullshit here... I’m talking about all different kinds of crap from cow chips to chicken manure to real turkey poop. And the rest of the animals down on the farm aren't very happy about it either. Is doo-doo going to be the next item on their list ? I hope not.
By now you probably know that things aren’t always what they seem to be on the surface, especially in Washington. The names of laws that are passed by Congress don’t always do what they say they will do either. Here are some recent examples:
1) The Patriot Act (There is nothing patriotic about suspending our civil liberties indefinitely)
2) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ( It is neither protective nor affordable)
3) The North American Free Trade Agreement (It isn’t free. It is unfair, and it cost many Americans their jobs.)
4) The Budget Control Act of 2011 (It didn’t control the Federal Budget.)
5) The Protect Intellectual Property Act (It tried to do a lot more than just protect intellectual property rights.)
6) The Stop On-Line Piracy Act (same as above)
7) The National Defense Authorization Act (Defense from what … other law abiding Americans? We are all subject to this law. The Secret Service can arrest you for just holding up a sign.)
Now we have a new law that was passed by Congress in 2011 called the Food Safety Modernization Act
and there are new rules being proposed right now to implement this law by the Food and Drug Administration. Whoever dreamed up the name for this horrible law should really be working for Madison Avenue. (They probably are already.) Working for the Obama Administration is just about like working on Madison Avenue anyway. The new rules that are being proposed regarding the spreading of manure are even worse than the law itself.
This story is about the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. It is all about feces and the United States Federal Government. Some people might think these two subjects are the same or very closely related, but they aren’t. However they do have a common core... or should I say they “doo-doo” have a common core. This story is also about how big government is affecting small organic farmers, how they grow their crops in the future, and how they will provide us with wholesome, nutritious food to eat. It’s also about how big corporations are trying to manipulate the government and dominate the thriving organic food industry so they can control it and drive small farmers out of business.
The United States Food and Drug Administration is now considering new rules that will limit and possibly even prevent the use of manure on fields to grow crops for human consumption. This is another example of why it is usually bad whenever big government and big business are working together for the so called “common good”. In this case they are working together to drive small farmers out of business. The FDA is proposing new rules which will actually prevent raw manure from being spread on agricultural fields by increasing the time from four months to nine months after fertilizing a field before food can be grown on that field for human consumption. This is just another example of how big government has run amuck, not just in those muddy fields in the Spring, but also seemingly everywhere else Washington puts its overbearing hand to these days.
For thousands of years farmers have been spreading manure from their cows and chickens on their fields in order to grow good wholesome, nutritious food to eat, but not any more if big business and the Food and Drug Administration have their way. What the FDA is proposing will prevent farmers from growing food for one full year after fertilizing their fields with manure. That will effectively drive small organic farmers out of business.
What the government should do instead really, if they had any common sense to go along with their Common Core, is to stop illegal aliens from entering our country from Mexico and Central America and working in those fields where they frequently take a crap and don’t wash their hands before returning to work. That's why the government ordered signs to be posted in all restaurant bathrooms several years ago to stop an epidemic of food borne illness in the restaurant industry that was coming from their non-English speaking cooks, bus-boys, and dishwashers who work there. The signs read, "Lava los manos" which means "WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE RETURNING TO WORK."
If our government had any common sense they would prevent illiterate, illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America from working in our restaurants and in our fields. In fact they would prevent illegal aliens from getting anywhere near our food supply. Some of these migrant workers can't even read the signs that are posted in their own language. It is their shit and the feces on their hands that is contaminating some of the food grown in those fields with E-coli or salmonella, and not the chickens, bulls, and turkeys whose manure has been spread on those fields four months earlier. And none of the crap that any of the turkeys in Washington are doing right now is going to do anything about that. In fact later in this session of Congress if they are given half the chance, these political turkeys in Washington who frequently take a dump on the American people too, will almost certainly make it easier for these illiterate, migrant farm workers from Mexico and Central America who have absolutely no concept of proper hygiene to come to the United States and work in our fields. The big corporate run factory farms are demanding it.
Four months is plenty of time to wait before planting, after fertilizing a field with manure. That is the position of Jim Crawford of New Morning Farm in rural Pennsylvania where he has been farming for fifty years, and it is also the position of hundreds of thousands of other small organic farmers all over the country that belong to organizations like Oregon Tilth which has been instrumental in leading the way in organic farming from the very beginning. But when big box food stores like Safeway, Albertsons, Walmart, and Fred Meyer began sensing that there was big money to be made in marketing organic food to the public, then big farms also arose like Earthbound Farm and they started to muscle their way into the organic farming business.
Big corporate factory run farms are now trying to squeeze the little organic farmers out of business by using the Food and Drug Administration in Washington to facilitate their goal. This is another example of how big government frequently becomes the handmaiden of big business. It is also reminiscent of the way that giant petro-chemical companies took advantage of certain conditions in the market that existed during the early 20th Century in order to drive thousands of small family farms out of business. America’s appetite for healthier, more nutritious, and naturally grown food has seen a temporary respite in the fortunes of the small family farm, but that was until recently.
Earthbound Farm is a large corporate farm. They support the new FDA rules regarding the use of manure. They are also big enough that they can afford to buy the more expensive processed and commercially available fertilizer products, but their little competitors cannot. Big businesses like Earthbound Farm are working together with big government in order to raise the overall operating cost for all farmers to a level where small farmers just can’t compete anymore with the larger corporate run farms. By requiring all farmers to purchase more expensive pre-processed and pre-treated manure products or wait one full year before farming after fertilizing their fields with the much cheaper more available manure from their own cows and chickens, the Government is effectively driving many of these small organic farmers out of business. But that is the intent of these new rules proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. These small farms are supposed to be exempt from the new rules but they are increasingly finding that they are not exempt from the rules that were supposed to reign in the excesses of the bigger, corporate run factory farms.
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