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Urgent: Stop the National Uniformity for Food Act (H.R. 4167) before it wipes out hundreds of food safety labeling laws

Saturday, March 04, 2006
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: food labeling, food politics, food marketing

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Keep up the pressure on your lawmakers to stop passage of H.R. 4167, a bill heavily supported by junk food manufacturers that would -- believe it or not -- make it ILLEGAL for States to protect their citizens from food products containing heavy metals, cancer causing chemicals, aspartame and other dangerous ingredients.

For example, California currently operates under a law called Proposition 65, which requires food manufacturers to list cancer-causing or birth defect-causing ingredients on their food labels. Washington lawmakers, with the full support of food giants like Kraft, Heinz, Nestle, and Sara Lee now wants to eliminate that law and actually make it illegal for California to require such warnings.

The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) and its members essentially want to censor the truth about dangerous food ingredients, keeping customers in the dark about the real dangers of their manufactured food products. This effort is a "de-labeling" proposal that would tell consumers even less about the manufactured foods they're buying and eating.

In other words, this is a bill that stands for ignorance. Keep people ignorant, and they'll never know what's really in their food. That's exactly the way the food industry wants to keep Americans: Under-informed and over-fed.

URGENT: If we don't raise our voices right now, this bill has a good chance of becoming law! It has a whopping 226 co-sponsors (lawmakers who have sold their souls to food companies at the expense of public health), including 59 Democrats. We need your help in fighting this bill, or it could easily become the law of the land, thereby wiping out literally hundreds of state laws that protect consumers from dangerous food ingredients.

ACTION: If you live in the United States, contact your Congressional representative Monday morning by phone or fax (email is not as effective) and let them know you strongly oppose HR 4167, the food labeling uniformity proposal. You must take action on Monday morning, because a House vote is imminent. Call 202-224-3121 and ask for your Congressional representative.

This bill is a perfect example of the genuine tyranny of Washington. That Washington lawmakers would attempt to undermine States' sovereign rights to protect their own populations from dangerous ingredients is beyond absurd, it enters the realm of blatant oppression. What right does Washington have to tell California that it cannot require food companies to warn consumers when their products contain known cancer-causing ingredients? Washington has no such right.

Violates the Tenth Amendment of the Bill of Rights

This tyrannical effort by sell-out lawmakers in Washington is also unconstitutional, by the way. It clearly violates the Tenth Amendment, which states:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

There's no doubt that the U.S. Constitution does not specifically grant the federal government the power to overrule state laws concerning food safety. Therefore, these powers rest solely with the States which have never delegated such powers to the federal government.

People forget that the U.S. government was GRANTED powers by the people and the States. Technically, the federal government has no more power than that allowed by the grantors. But over the last several decades, the federal government has centralized power, violated the Constitution, and forgotten the people. Today, the U.S. federal government is a tyrannical kingdom that now effectively delegates powers to the States (and takes away powers from the States whenever it wants). And the people? They have been all but forgotten. Since when did the U.S. government answer to the people?

Today's lawmakers operate as traitors to the Constitution

The fact that this food labeling law is even being contemplated makes it clear that today's Washington lawmakers are traitors to this country. In a different time, they would have all been arrested and publicly hanged for crimes against their country. But today, it's business as usual as lawmakers continue to sell their souls to powerful corporations (food giants like Kraft) that increasingly write the laws. To say that Washington is run by a mob of criminals is not an exaggeration; it is an accurate description of what's happening right now. Yes, there are a few honest lawmakers like Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), but they are clearly the minority.

You can still make a difference, though. Thankfully, lawmakers still pay some attention to voters who call and voice their opinions on legislation. That's why it is absolutely crucial that you join the tens of thousands of Americans who have unleashed a barrage of criticism against this bill over the last week. Join the growing voices of dissent and DEMAND that Washington keep its hands off food safety labeling laws across the country.

Contact your Congressional representative at 202-224-3121 (switchboard) or reach them online through: http://www.organicconsumers.org/rd/labeling.cfm

This is absolutely your last chance to make a difference with this law. A vote is expected early next week. If this law passes, food companies will be able to put any poisons or cancer-causing ingredients they want into their foods, as long as they can convince the FDA that such ingredients are safe (and remember, the FDA is already in bed with food and drug companies, so that's easy). States will no longer have any rights to warn their people about mercury in fish, or nitrites in meat, or even aspartame in diet soft drinks. States will be silenced, the public will be harmed, and food companies like Kraft will have pulled off the biggest coup in the history of processed foods.

Remember, lawmakers are lined up right now, ready to sell their souls and vote for passage of this bill. If we don't stop this bill now, its aftershocks will harm the health of our children for generations to come. If we don't stop this bill, the United States of America will further descend into a nation of tyrannical centralized power, where States have no rights, the people have no voice, and corporate-controlled Washington lawmakers dictate to everyone.

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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