Why are Preppers the Center of Attention?

Reuters equals prepared people to Harold Camping followers and labels them a “kooky” subculture.

by Luis R. Miranda
The Real Agenda
January 23, 2012

Being prepared for the worst is not move that should only come in times of crisis. The folks that are best fitted to face uncommon and sudden shake ups in what we call society as usually the ones who laugh hard at last. Keeping food and water for difficult situations such as natural disasters and social unrest is the least a responsible, independent individual should think about.

However, the main stream media has taken it upon themselves to call people who prepare for what all signs seem show will be a global social collapse, a bunch of doomsday religious freaks. A recent article on Reuters begins by derogatively calling those who save food and water for the purposes of surviving a natural or man-made crisis, a subculture. The piece written by Jim Forsyth, who is responsible for most of the name calling, implies that if you firmly believe in a possible end to society as we know it, then you may be a kook.

Mr. Forsyth presents the case of a Viriginia resident, Patty Tegeler, who believes everything can change “in any instant”. The author compares people like Tegeler with the hippies of the 60’s and the preppers of the 90’s. Both groups are seen as extreme due to the fact they chose to partially or totally separate themselves from the society as they knew it in an effort to remain free an self-reliant. “Tegeler, 57, has turned her home in rural Virginia into a “survival center,” complete with a large generator, portable heaters, water tanks, and a two-year supply of freeze-dried food,” reads the article, which then targets the vendors who offer their products to people who desire to be prepared.

In addition to trying to make preppers the laughing stock of the day, Reuters’ article includes the opinion of an “end-times” expert, who Forsyth cites as saying that fear and suffering are the main causes of people becoming prepared for whatever they see as a threat. How about the simple reason of being prepared? The so-called expert indirectly compares preppers with followers of preacher Joseph Miller, who in 1844 decided to sell their properties and form a commune to wait for the second coming of Jesus Christ.

Somehow, being worried about the end of a working economy, filling a room with food and water, getting energy generators and moving to the woods seems to be an exaggerated move. Never mind the fact that over 40 million Americans are dependent on food stamps to survive. They wished they could have prepared, don’t they? This fact alone answers the question asked by the article as to why are so many people are going insane about being prepared. With not even half of the crisis gone by and over 40 million people dependent on government welfare, the surprising outcome would be that people did not prepare themselves, wouldn’t it?

In an effort to balance the content of the article, the author includes the opinion of Michael T. Snider, a news writer who agrees with the fact people must be prepared. “Most people have a gut feeling that something has gone terribly wrong, but that doesn’t mean that they understand what is happening,” said Snider. Perhaps it will take a year or two for the preppers to be proven right, just as it happened with the alternative news media -today considered the real main stream media- that warned about the impending economic collapse, its causes and consequences. Maybe after firefights break out on the streets of the United States, as the country collapses, news organizations will stop making fun of preppers, and will begin to show others how the preppers did it.

The Reuters’ article ends with a quote from Mrs. Tegeler: “I think it’s silly not to be prepared,” she said. “After all, anything can happen.”

In the U.S. Senate Bill will criminalize Food Production

“S.510” U.S. Senate bill that could criminalize saving seeds and outlaw backyard garden food production. It is being called “the most dangerous bill in the history of the United States of America.

NaturalNews.com

Senate Bill 510, the Food Safety Modernization Act, has been called “the most dangerous bill in the history of the United States of America.” It would grant the U.S. government new authority over the public’s right to grow, trade and transport any foods. This would give Big brother the power to regulate the tomato plants in your backyard. It would grant them the power to arrest and imprison people selling cucumbers at farmer’s markets. It would criminalize the transporting of organic produce if you don’t comply with the authoritarian rules of the federal government.

“It will become the most offensive authority against the cultivation, trade and consumption of food and agricultural products of one’s choice. It will be unconstitutional and contrary to natural law or, if you like, the will of God.” – Dr. Shiv Chopra, Canada Health whistleblower (http://shivchopra.com/?page_id=2)

This tyrannical law puts all food production (yes, even food produced in your own garden) under the authority of the Department of Homeland Security. Yep — the very same people running the TSA and its naked body scanner / passenger groping programs.

This law would also give the U.S. government the power to arrest any backyard food producer as a felon (a “smuggler”) for merely growing lettuce and selling it at a local farmer’s market.

It also sells out U.S. sovereignty over our own food supply by ceding to the authority of both the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Codex Alimentarius.

It would criminalize seed saving (http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com/20…), turning backyard gardeners who save heirloom seeds into common criminals. This is obviously designed to give corporations like Monsanto a monopoly over seeds.

It would create an unreasonable paperwork burden that would put small food producers out of business, resulting in more power over the food supply shifting to large multinational corporations.
Watch this excellent video which explains S.510 in more detail: http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=9209B…

How to protest Senate Bill 510

1) Go to Congress.org and type in your zip code in the box in the upper right hand corner.

2) Click on your Senator’s name, and then on the contact tab for their phone number. You can also call the Capitol Switchboard and ask to be directly connected to your Senator’s office: 202-224-3121.

3) Once connected ask to speak to the legislative staff person responsible for agriculture. If they are unavailable leave a voice mail message. Be sure to include your name and phone number.

Give them this message in support of the “Tester Amendment” which would exempt small farms from S.510:

“I am a constituent of Senator___________. I ask that he/she support the Tester Amendment to the food safety bill. The Tester Amendment will exempt the safest, small, owner-operator farms and food facilities and farmers who direct market their products to consumers, stores or restaurants. Food safety legislation should not create inappropriate and costly regulatory barriers to family farms and the growing healthy food movement in the drive to crack down on corporate bad actors. Please support the Tester Amendment and market opportunities for small and mid-sized family farms, and small food processing facilities.”

You may also wish to explain that you oppose the Food Safety Modernization Act in its entirety, and it is a destructive, freedom-crushing law that will destroy the future of food in America.

Remember, America has already lost control over its money supply to the Federal Reserve (nearly a hundred years ago). America has lost its health due to the medical industry and its profit-from-sickness agenda. Now we may lose our right to grow our own food and save our own seeds if Senate Bill 510 passes.

This is a dangerous, tyrannical law that would thrust the American people into an age of darkness and malnutrition. It would criminalize many of the very people growing our food and turn food production into yet another corporate monopoly.

Please take the time right now to contact your U.S. Senator and voice your strong opposition to this bill.