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'); Oppose HR 2749

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[213702:062109] D.R., Durham, NC
Greetings,

Because HR 2749 interferes with small farmers in harmful ways and will do away with organic farming it is a bad idea. If the government wants to do something good for food safety then do what is needed. 1. have much more food grown in the U.S.A. to be harvested by citizens (many need jobs) not by illegal immigrants who are more likely to have ecoli on their hands. 2. do not allow imports of food from China as they have have already sent some foods with deadly toxins into the U.S.A. 3. make it illegal for food manufacturers to put aspartame sweetener, which is a deadly toxin, in foods and drinks.

Sincerely,
Deborah Reid

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[201421:062109] S.C., Pasco, WA
Please do NOT allow this bill to pass. We want to purchase a farm next year. It has always been our dream to create that which nourishes our neighbors and families. By allowing this type of control to fall into the wrong hands, would potentially eliminate this possibility. I and my family feel that representatives of this country should take a good look in the mirror before they judge what is and what isn't safe for my children to eat.
We respectfully OPPOSE this bill.
-The C.Family

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[200323:062109] S.G., Saranac Lake, NY
I am respectfully requesting that you oppose H.R. 2749, on my behalf. In my opinion, this bill does not truly address the real problems which affect food safety, and gives far too much power to the FDA, which at present is a dysfunctional organization. I do not trust the FDA to uphold the public welfare. Safe food comes from local, organic farms, not large, corrupt agribusinesses! These farms cannot affor huge fees and oppressive regulations -- but they can feed us well, and safely! Thank You, Susan Grimm

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[195926:062109] B.L., Rathdrum, ID
This bill is a very bad bill for everyone that grows their own garden, produces their own milk, grain, legumes, and any other food product. This bill will cause an unjust hardship on the small farmer. Random warrantless searches are unconstitutional and should not be implemented. Please do not support this extreme measure. I am sure that compromises can be made and a more just and fair bill can be produced to protect our food supply.

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[195741:062109] C.G., Idaho Falls, ID
I am once again shocked at how far the government has imposed it's will upon --We the People--. You who are elected to represent us truly need to be doing a better job. This overstepping of constitutional bounds MUST be stopped, regardless of party affiliation. PLEASE consider the children, the future of America, and indeed the future of the world -- Maybe you could look at it this way, how can we ever hope to maintain America as a significant world presence if our children cannot even grow their own gardens, raise their own chickens or own their own land? What is America to become? Will the grandchildren of tomorrow look back into their history books and name YOU, a representative of the people, as one of the seriously sad, weak links that in the end could not even put a check or a balance on a straying government gone wild with the bloodlust of money and power? We have put our trust in you, and it is a sacred one. Please do not deny your role in history. Give --We the People -- the dignity and agency that our forefather's have given their lives to protect. Yours respectfully, C. G.

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[193634:062109] D.K., Justice, IL
I strongly oppose HR 2749, the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009. The bill will be a burden on small farm owners and tax payers and gives too much power to the government and the FDA. With all of the ambiguities contained within the bill, it's far from clear how much it will cost either the farmers or the taxpayers.

Please vote against HR 2749.

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[193409:062109] A.H., Snowflake, AZ
Dear Congress and House representatives,
This bill is atrocious and does nothing to actually help food safety, it does everything to control the food supply. The FDA is a mafia organization run by the Corpra-drug-cartell. It is no longer a body to assure the safety of anything!! This bill needs to be a dead bill as it will do nothing to help anyone except to line the pockets further of bureaucrats and corporations.
Vite NO on HR 2749 as it is a really ridiculous bill.

Sincerely,
Annette Hardman
Arizona Constituent

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[192251:062109] E.K., Plainfield, IN
Please vote against House Bill 2749 and any similar Senate Bills which may arise. We need LESS regulation, not more. The voters are tired of power hungry politicians who, in the guise of "protecting the citizens" seek to steal our rights already guaranteed under the Constitution. Your ability to regulate is strictly limited, as it should be, by that very important document. My garden is not your business, even if I try to sell my wares at the local Farmer's Market!

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[191156:062109] D.Z., Everett, WA
I strongly oppose HR 2749 because it will be costly to tax payers and farmers, and it is absolutely unnecessary. HR 2749 takes away my right to purchase the food of my choice. It is extremely detrimental to the small farm owner. This additional regulation of the food supply will only decrease the safety and availability of food.

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[185926:062109] C.S., Pensacola, FL
Small farms and local food processors are part of the solution to food safety, lessening the regulatory burden on them will improve food safety.

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[184653:062109] E.M., Seattle, WA
The vast majority of food related problems have stemmed from the huge, industrial farms and processors, not the small, independent producers. Small producers rarely contribute to these problems, yet this bill would unfairly burden them with paperwork and financial outlays.

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[184234:062109] L.H., Seattle, WA
I am very alarmed and concerned over the scope and deep level of intrusiveness of this bill, especially as it impacts the small, independent producer.

Please focus on the real culprits behind the recent problems with our food chain, the industrial agricultural and processing practices. Thank you.

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[181430:062109] A.M., Clover, SC
I STRONGLY OPPOSE HR 2749. It takes away the rights of small farmers and food producers. More and more government attempts to take over the food production in this country. Instead government needs to look at the causes of foodbourn problems which stem from agribusiness not from small farms. There is no need to make small farmers and food producers suffer as they would under this bill.

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[180755:062109] J.D., Dallas, OR
Health Care CANNOT be addressed effectively if the industrialization, importation, and concentration of the food supply is not significantly reformed. HR 2749 does NOTHING to insure that the practices of those who have been responsible for contamination in the past, namely industrialized food suppliers, will be reformed, improved, or monitored in any significant way. HR2745 is NOT energy efficient, as it will ultimately shut down small local growers and suppliers of food, eliminating the options for access to organic and locally grown food. Please vigorously oppose the Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009, (HR 2745). This is a health, environmental, and economic disaster in the making.

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[174211:062109] Y.S., Grand Rapids, MN
I plead with you to say no to this bill. Agribusiness is far, far, too big and controlling in our food production as it is. This bill would penalize small producers of food - our farmers need to be treated fairly, and this does not appear to be going down the right path. The fact that we, the people, who care about our food supply and what we eat should have to continually be faced with more and more restrictions on decent food production is unconscionable to me. Large companies seem to be able to get away with anything they please. It is getting harder and harder to defend any agency decisions anymore, corporate America is truly selling us all short! These agencies in charge are supposed to be US! Thank you for listening

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[173850:062109] L.H., Grand Rapids, MI
Food is so basic to survival that it should not be under the auspices of the federal government. Please respect the small, local farmer to consumer markets that thrive unencumbered by the behemoth of bureaucracy. May the welfare of the people you have pledged to represent take precedence over industrial interests.

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[173545:062109] N.B., Milford, MA
The Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009 (HR 2749) poses significant danger to the ability of citizens to decide from whom and where they get their food. Though the intent of the bill is noble its scope is too vague and ambiguous and could seriously endanger the future of local small farms and food producers.

To think that local small farms require the same amount of regulation as large multinational industrial agriculture businesses is completely unrealistic. The passage of this bill will only further limit consumer choice for food at a time when our choices are expanding beyond the grocery store shelves in form of farmer's markets and community supported agriculture.

An alternative to HR2749 that would bring about true reform and safety to our food is a bill that promotes sustainable local and regional food production. Local food producers have a vested interest in producing safe healthy food. Since the vast majority of small local producers sell directly to consumers their livelihood depends on consistently producing a safe product.

I am asking that you vote no to HR 2749. It is regulation for the sake of regulation and will do little to improve the safety of food in this country and will only further limit consumer choices for food by driving many small local farms and food producers out of business.

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[172203:062109] C.F., Barrington, IL
To my senators and congress woman,

I am asking that you vote no on HR 2749. While I believe there is a problem with the safety of some of our food I believe that this bill is much too broad and punishes the wrong people. It seems our food safety issues have increased with the advent of the large, industrial agricultural and commercial food processing industries. I believe this is where the major problem lies and not with the small farmers and small food production businesses. The burden this bill would place on the small local farmers and food producers would put them out of business. This would be convenient for the large commercial agricultural and food processing industries to have no competition.

I also believe the fines and fees are out of line and excessive. If there is a real problem, people always have our court system to file legal claims against any food grower, processor or manufacturer, big or small, if someone is seriously harmed by a food product.

I am greatly concerned about the broad powers and controls this bill would give to our government. I don't believe it is the job of our government to solve every problem that comes along. There are other avenues to resolve food safety issues without giving the government such broad powers to manage, control and levy fines and fees against all food processors.

We as Americans should have a choice about the food we eat. This bill will take that choice out of our hands and give it to the government to dictate what we can and can't eat and from whom we may get our food.

Please vote no on this massive bill.

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[172024:062109] T.R., Silver Spring, MD
HR 2749 is un american, do not pass this or you lose my vote!!!!!

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[171911:062109] E.C., Kansas City, MO
Please consider this act very judiciously. It is a grave thing considering whether one should allow another to dictate what it is that all should eat as well as the freedom of one of man's most god given rites to this earth, the proliferation of food. Food is just as much a part of one's culture as it is to one's health, suggesting a need for the diverse structures in which food commerce commences within today. To allow such tremendous power to fall into the hands of any agency suggests trouble, especially considering the biased focus contained within this bill on small farms and new ecological developments. A lot of people will be affected by this bill, can we be certain that it will be for the better.

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[165904:062109] T.M., Henderson, NC
You being the Government all ready control too much of our lives . Can you please leave our gardens alone .

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[165238:062109] D.N., Jupiter, FL
Please leave America alone, stop telling everyone to do what you think is best. We can figure it out ourselves. We are the greatest Nation in the world. Stop coddling us.

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[164220:062109] L.R., Naperville, IL
The bill imposes burdensome requirements while not specifically targeting the industrial food system and food imports, where the real food safety problems lie. Small farms and local food processors are part of the solution to food safety, lessening the regulatory burden on them will improve food safety. The bill gives FDA much more power than it has had in the past while making the agency less accountable for its actions. HR 2749 needs to be defeated!! Please take action NOW.

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[162603:062109] G.N., South Berwick, ME
HOW A BILL THIS MISDIRECTED COULD EVER COME OUT OF COMMITTEE IS BEYOND ME, THOUGH I SUSPECT WE ALL DO KNOW, THIS BILL EFFECTIVELY ATTACKS THOSE AREAS OF OUR FOOD PRODUCTION SYSTEM WHICH SHOULD BE NURTURED AND AVOIDS VERY CAREFULLY REGULATING THAT SEGMENT, THE FACTORY FARMS, WHICH NEED TO BE REGULATED. PERHAPS THIS IS BECAUSE AGRIBUSINESS CONTROLS CONGRESS...YOU TELL ME.

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[162429:062109] E.J., Easton, PA
The future of healthy agriculture, owned and managed by small farmers, is endangered by HR 2749. Let's not hamstring them with this burdensome legislation. I urge you to oppose HR 2749. Thank you for your consideration. Elaine VT Johnson

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