I wrote an article on Examiner.com about Food Bill S510 (which has been stymied, for the moment, by the way) that got a comment from my favorite antagonist, James Cooper: another Examiner.com writer, who frequently tries to debunk my articles with a single statement. Annoying as it may be, I enjoy the traffic that comes from his following that now click my articles, because of his comments. Yeah…such is the internet writer’s world. His latest was a statement claiming Marion Nestle’s allegance to S510.
To be honest, I had never heard of Marion Nestle, so you learn about many interesting things from many different people and sources, if you’re open to it. As usual, I jumped in to research Ms. Nestle and why she would support such an unkind bill to REAL food farmers. I am stymied myself: I can’t figure it out.
Marion Nestle has written many books, including “Food Politics” that blew the whistle on our industrialized food system, and would seem to be someone who would back away from anything that would subdue or, in anyway, stop our access to REAL food from small farmers; and yet, she admits–no, vociferously shouts–her support of S510.
The thin veil of “food safety” that S510 hides behind, seems to be a usable source to justify many people’s support for the bill. When you read about a mother’s child dying of some E.coli poisoning, your heart does tug at a solution to stop this kind of occurence from ever happening again; but let’s face it, milk is pasteurized, a “food safety” precaution, and people still get food borne illnesses from it; meats are “USDA rated” and vegetables are irradiated and sprayed, and illnesses still abound; and the FDA has more power than one can imagine….and people are still dying from food borne pathogens.
Does it, perhaps, make sense that our industrialized food is the problem? These illnesses and deaths are occurring due to filthy pollutants from our confinement animals and despite food safety regulations already in place. Will more of the same, especially those that threaten our small farmers, bring truly healthy, safe food to our supermarkets?
In my opinion, the only food worth eating is from non-industrialized sources. Even organic foods become suspect, in my view, once a giant conglomerate buys them out. How Marion Nestle supports small farmers and REAL food in one light, by shining a spotlight on an industrialized food system, and then supports S510 is a complete mystery to me. Unless….there are other factors that make that beneficial to her. Let me know what you think!
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