America’s Food Chain: The Crisis, the Attack, the Kill:The S-510 Legislation Spells Disaster
by Rady Ananda
October 2, 2010
In this three-part series, Food Chain Radio host Michael Olson interviews key people in the food freedom movement. From gun-blazing bureaucrats who attack small food producers to legislation like S 510 which threatens to hyper-regulate whole food operators out of business, Olson questions guests about government motives, who’s behind the legislation, and where the crisis really lies.
Olson notes that the U.S. “has a serious food safety crisis, and so its agents, with guns drawn and warrants in hand, are breaking down the doors of the little people who sell food to their neighbors. But wait… which is in crisis: local food or industrial food?”
A quarter of the US – 76 million people – are sickened each year by foodborne diseases, and 5,000 die from them. But less than one-tenth of one percent of these are caused by whole foods, naturally grown and unadultered by chemicals and drugs.
In these interviews, in recent films, and in books like David Gumpert’s The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights, we learn that industrial food is to blame for the vast majority of people who become ill or die.
Instead of shutting down large operators like Wright County Egg, which sold half a billion contaminated eggs, state and federal agents raid small businesses that caused no one illness. (Here’s a recent story, not covered in the broadcast, but which adds to the list of small operators being targeted, who have not sickened anyone.)
Clearly, food safety is not the issue. Instead, we’re advised, follow the money.