I know people get worked up over legislation, but the blather coming from the tea baggers (sorry, err, Tea Party) is a bit over the top. Here are my favorite tweets of the week:
“You know what’s next after food safety? Socialism and shariah law. DEMINT FOR PRESIDENT.”
“Locals say Food Safety Modernization Act will devastate U.S. farmers”
“S 510, the Food Safety and Modernization Act. It will end organics! “
“When did food safety become a buzz word for control of the US people?”
S 510 “Another power grab! Against veg gardens?”
“S. 510 Would Grant the FDA New Powers 2 Criminalize Backyard Gardening, Imprison People who Sell Raw Milk.”
“510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, has been called “the most dangerous bill in the history of the United States”
“S 510 Food Safety Modernization Act vote imminent: Would outlaw gardening and saving seeds”
And, of course there is the King of Crazies, Glenn Beck, he has now figured out that he can scare people with food safety.
I am sure the same folks will simply love my quote in William Neuman’s article in the New York Times – “Small Cheesemaker Defies F.D.A. Over Recall:”
William Marler, a Seattle food safety lawyer, said it was clear that regulators tried to work with Ms. Estrella and that he was puzzled by the attitude that Ms. Estrella’s supporters appear to have toward the F.D.A. “I just don’t know how they make the leap from the government trying to do the right thing for public health to ‘they’re food Nazis in the pocket of big agribusiness.’ ”
So, can’t we stop being so crazy and actually talk?