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Federalism For Me And Not For Thee…Food Safety Dept. – By Tom Levenson

15 Jul

Just caught this over on Balloon Juice.

Levenson does a great job showcasing the unbelievable level of hypocrisy by the republican establishment. Makes it obvious that their “state’s rights” crusade becomes a little less important when it’s not a partisan republican issue. 

Actually,… a lot less important. 

The link and a couple of nuggets……….

Federalism For Me And Not For Thee…Food Safety Dept.

By July 14th, 2012

>   A California voter-approved law…requires that caged veal calves and breeding sows as well as laying hens should be able to stand up, lie down, turn around and freely extend their limbs.  <

This isn’t even that controversial among at least some of the affected producers, according to reporting at SFGate.com:

The egg industry, in a landmark agreement with the Humane Society of the United States, has embraced the hen law and enlisted Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to enact it nationally so that all egg producers operate under the same rules.

Other states have similar laws, but all that may change (cue the usual suspects music) if the House GOP, fronted by poster child dangerous idiot Steve King (R-salmonella) have their way:

The latest salvo came in a midnight vote in the House Agriculture Committee on an amendment to deny states the ability to regulate any farm product, potentially overturning not just California’s farm laws but animal welfare, food safety and environmental laws related to any farm product in all 50 states. [King introduced the amendment]

Read that again: “potentially overturning not just California’s farm laws but animal welfare, food safety and environmental laws related to any farm product in all 50 states.” [Emphasis added, obviously]

For just a taste of the implications, here’s a California egg farmer who supports the law:

Riebli, the Petaluma egg farmer, said that if King’s amendment survives, “California also has pesticide laws for fruits and vegetables. They’re gone. California has its own standards for fluid milk (requiring fortification with vitamin D). They’re gone.”
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 There’s a lot more to this issue—we’ve got a pigs vs. chickens battle going on; an argument over what states can regulate that has genuine complexity and so on. But look at what the GOP is trying to do (to be fair, along with Democrats from some ag/agribusiness heavy states): deny the ability of any state to regulate the health and safety of the food it’s citizens consume.John’s running tagline is basically right: anyone voting Republican now and for the foreseeable future is voting to turn the United States into Somalia.
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Posted by on July 15, 2012 in Economy, Environment, Health, Politics

 

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