The FDA and CDC are in control right now. With letters from the Florida Tomato Exchange and especially the one from Senator Tom Harkin, the message is going forth that this industry shall be heard.
It reminds us of the first speech Benjamin Disraeli made in the House of Commons. He was a novelist and literary man filled with radical ideas and so his speech was not well received; indeed he was heckled quite strongly.
But though Disraeli was new to Parliament, he was smart and dedicated to the right. He was confident in his position and felt he would one day prevail, so he ended his first speech in parliament with these words:
“Though I sit down now, the time will come when you will hear me.”
Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield
Maiden Speech in the House of Commons
Published in Selected Speeches of the Late Right Honourable the Earl of Beaconsfield, vol. 2, “Irish Election Petitions,” ed. T.E. Kebbes (1882).
Perhaps the powers that be at FDA and CDC need to understand that this time the produce industry will be heard from… that this wanton and pointless destruction of whole industries will be stopped… that as Disraeli promised: “…the time will come when you will hear me.”