by Bernadette Barber
This will be an interesting fall, educating people on the Virginia Food Freedom Act and on how the agricultural system works.
I think it will be much easier than I thought, with a news aggregate of Virginia Public Access Project, I get some pretty interesting articles with Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore’s quotes along with some select politicians’ and of course, Farm Bureau’s take on their version of Agriculture.
As many of you know The Virginia Food Freedom Act has been introduced in the general assembly twice, and previous to that, my delegate, Margaret Ransone, was aware of it and although promised that she would introduce it, chose not to at the last minute—or atleast strung me along, until the last minute. The bill would help many small farmers because the profit is in the processing. If small farmers have a government enemy, it’s the FDA and USDA. Farm Bureau would have you believe it’s the EPA. They say that because they want to keep the corn and bean subsidies, and keep Big Foods’ control on the processing. The profits for them are in the stock investment that the insurance company holds, not the risk targets policy holders are.
The latest story from VPAP is from the Progress Index covering a cook out in Dinwiddie. For the Secretary of Agriculture to attend the event at Mr. Blaha’s farm, it must be a very important event, or atleast one more opportunity to get out the state /Farm Bureau propaganda. Mr. Blaha received over a quarter million dollars from your tax dollars. Parties like his are part of an elaborate, yet little known system of tax dollars and awards systems from the state, “Century Farms” and industry ,“Farmer of the Year” or “Legislator of the Year.” Mr. Blaha is also president of Dinwiddie Farm Bureau.
This story entitled “Whose side is Farm Bureau on?” gets it right when it comes to what the issue is. Farm Bureau would like everyone to believe the EPA’s “overreach” surrounding the Ditch the Rule issue is about normal water runoff through small ditches from the small diversified family farm. But remember, one pound of organic soil holds four pounds of water, and big Ag does not farm organically. What it is really about is a CAFO, Confined Animal Feeding Operation. When someone raises 200,000 birds at a time- 3 or more times a year- you get a lot of poop… combine that with cocktails of toxic chemicals the animals are fed along with their corn, and the chemicals to sanitize the floors ( if indeed they do) and you are ripe for nasty RUNOFF situations that you don’t want near your children or your water sources. You better believe CAFO's are from where MRSA came, of course it will be denied but just use common sense… lots of antibiotics used sub- therapeutically (not acute situations- only for feed gain and to keep the animals alive in such crowded conditions) kills off all the weaker strains of bugs..leaving only the super bugs. When cattle live in feedlots up to their knees in manure for months at a time gorging themselves on subsidized corn and beans there is no grassy green carpet to slow or retain storm water. IT RUNS OFF.
The problem with the "Rule" regarding "Ditch the Rule" campaign from Farm Bureau is that they are pulling small farmers into THEIR problems. Small pasture based or very small feed lot operations that have natural buffer zones— don’t need onerous rules, Big Ag does. And of course, the small farm and ranch sell direct… and know their customers—the customers know them, they even pet the animals.
Farm Bureau's Poster girl for the Ditch the Rule campaign was based off of Lois Alt's problems with the EPA. She is an eight house contract grower with Pilgrims Pride. Warehouse operator seems more in line with occupational description rather than farmer. She doesn’t even own the chickens. And JBS, a south American company now owns 75% of the Pilgrims Pride. JBS is the largest food processing company in the world, leading in sales. So please note, this is really not about "small farmers," it's about complete control of the meat and poultry food supply. Those small farmers are just the pawns in a very large game of Cargill, JBS and the likes.
Another Farmer with a similar background of contract growing, is Carole Morison , but she worked for Purdue. She ran a chicken warehouse and decided that she wanted to raise birds right. She believed the industrial model had too many problems including antibiotic resistance, culling of perfectly fine chickens that didn’t fit size requirements, farm log entry books that the company controlled, expensive upgrades for standardization. The final kicker was when the company wanted to "upgrade" and deny any natural sunlight to the birds, ( they move less in the dark- using less energy). Purdue ended her contract when she refused. She raises chickens on her own terms now and does not have to worry about the EPA. She’s a real farmer. Her chickens see and feel real sunlight, their feet have touched grass and scratched for real worms.
Back to the news story of the Dinwiddie cookout where our illustrious Secretary of Agriculture spoke.
“Todd Haymore, Virginia state secretary of agriculture and forestry, said making farming more profitable for farmers is an issue he is tackling in Richmond.
‘The things we try to do from the governor's office are to promote economic development in agriculture, recruiting new agri-businesses in the state, helping existing agri-businesses expand; also, global trade, move more product into the global marketplace,’ Haymore said.
In terms of ecological impact of farming, Haymore said he was working to put less limitations on farmers.
‘[We've been] working with EPA to be sure we're not having onerous regulations placed on our farmers. Most farmers are good stewards of the land. They know if they take care of their land and water, it's going to take care of them,’ Haymore said.
I have worked directly with the department of Agriculture on the very topic of making farming more profitable. When it comes to making farming more profitable for VA farmers, they are doing nothing meaningful. The profit is in the processing. And they will not allow farmers to process what they raise on their own land--without their approval of course (SSOP, HACCP), and very expensive processing equipment. That keeps small farmers out of the market place and is a profit protection measure for the large processing houses- who will then be bought up by the larger processing houses.
How can Secretary Haymore say he is making farming more profitable, when under his watch Smithfield was sold to Shuanghui , lock stock and barrel? He knows contract growing keeps farmers down and profits up for the processors. Now it is under foreign control. Howabout those Virginia farmers he is looking out after?
He does promote agribusiness to the state—with taxpayer money- “incentives to create jobs” read my blog on Shamrock Farms for details on how that works. The state charges me taxes to give a subsidy to a processing house- to bring jobs- but denies me the ability to create my own job processing the food I have raised on my own farm.
Wouldn’t we love to hear… “ In terms of economic impact of farming, I am working to put less limitations on farmers” or “ We are working with the FDA and USDA to be sure we’re not having onerous regulations placed on our farmers. Most farmers are good stewards of the food they raise and know how to process it into healthful nutritious products for their neighbors. We want to rebuild our local economies and make them thrive.” I think that is what most people believe the Secretary of Agriculture’s mission is.
Secretary Haymore is right that farmers take care of their land, but I wouldn’t be so sure of warehouse operators.
CounterPunch – by Joyce Nelson
Finally, a little-known aspect of the crisis in Ukraine is receiving some international attention. On July 28, the California-based Oakland Institute released a report revealing that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 billion loan to Ukraine, would open that country to genetically-modified (GM) crops and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. The report is entitled “Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict.” 
In late 2013, the then president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, rejected a European Union association agreement tied to the $17 billion IMF loan, whose terms are only now being revealed. Instead, Yanukovych chose a Russian aid package worth $15 billion plus a discount on Russian natural gas. His decision was a major factor in the ensuing deadly protests that led to his ouster from office in February 2014 and the ongoing crisis.
According to the Oakland Institute, “Whereas Ukraine does not allow the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture, Article 404 of the EU agreement, which relates to agriculture, includes a clause that has generally gone unnoticed: it indicates, among other things, that both parties will cooperate to extend the use of biotechnologies. There is no doubt that this provision meets the expectations of the agribusiness industry. As observed by Michael Cox, research director at the investment bank Piper Jaffray, ‘Ukraine and, to a wider extent, Eastern Europe, are among the most promising growth markets for farm-equipment giant Deere, as well as seed producers Monsanto and DuPont’.” 
Ukrainian law bars farmers from growing GM crops. Long considered “the bread basket of Europe,” Ukraine’s rich black soil is ideal for growing grains, and in 2012 Ukrainian farmers harvested more than 20 million tonnes of corn.
In May 2013, Monsanto announced plans to invest $140 million in a non-GMO corn seed plant in Ukraine, with Monsanto Ukraine spokesman Vitally Fechuk confirming that ‘We will be working with conventional seeds only” because “in Ukraine only conventional seeds are allowed for production and importation.” 
But by November 2013, six large Ukrainian agriculture associations had prepared draft amendments to the law, pushing for “creating, testing, transportation and use of GMOs regarding the legalization of GM seeds.”  The president of the Ukrainian Grain Association, Volodymyr Klymenko, told a Nov. 5 press conference in Kiev that “We could mull over this issue for a long time, but we, jointly with the [agricultural] associations, have signed two letters to change the law on biosecurity, in which we proposed the legalization of the use of GM seeds, which had been tested in the United States for a long time, for our producers.” (Actually, GM seeds and GMOs have never undergone independent, long-term testing in the U.S.)
The agricultural associations’ draft amendments coincided with the terms of the EU association agreement and IMF/World Bank loan.
The website sustainablepulse.com – which tracks GMO news worldwide – immediately slammed the agricultural associations’ proposal, with director Henry Rowlands stating: “Ukraine agriculture will be seriously damaged if the Ukrainian government legally allows GM seeds in the country. Their farmers will find their export markets reduced due to consumers’ anti-GMO sentiments both in Russia and the EU.” Rowlands said that Monsanto’s investment in Ukraine “could rise to $300 million within several years. Does Ukrainian agriculture want to totally rely on the success or failure of one U.S.-based company?” 
On December 13, 2013, Monsanto’s Jesus Madrazo, Vice President of Corporate Engagement, told the U.S.-Ukraine Conference in Washington, D.C. that the company sees “the importance of creating a favorable environment [in Ukraine] that encourages innovation and fosters the continued development of agriculture. Ukraine has the opportunity to further develop the potential of conventional crops, which is where we are currently concentrating our efforts. We also hope that at some point biotechnology is a tool that will be available to Ukrainian farmers in the future.” 
Just a few days before Madrazo’s remarks in Washington, Monsanto Ukraine had launched its “social development” program for the country, called “Grain Basket of the Future.”  It provides grants to rural villagers so they can (in Monsanto’s words) “start feeling that they can improve their situation themselves as opposed to waiting for a handout.”
Actually, the real “handout” is the one going to Big U.S. Agribusiness through the terms of the IMF/World Bank loan, which besides opening the country to GM crops, will also further lift the ban on the sale of Ukraine’s rich agricultural lands to the private sector. 
As Morgan Williams, president and CEO of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, told International Business Times in March, “Ukraine’s agriculture could be a real gold mine.”  But he added that there are “many aspects of the [Ukraine] business climate that need to be changed. The major item would center around getting the government out of business…”
The WikiLeaks Cables
In August 2011, WikiLeaks released U.S. diplomatic cables showing that the U.S. State Department has been lobbying worldwide for Monsanto and other biotechnology corporations like DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer and Dow. The U.S. non-profit Food & Water Watch, after combing through five years of these cables (2005-2009), released its report entitled “Biotech Ambassadors: How the U.S. State Department Promotes the Seed Industry’s Global Agenda” on May 14, 2013.  The report showed the U.S. State Department has “lobbied foreign governments to adopt pro-agricultural biotechnology policies and laws, operated a rigorous public relations campaign to improve the image of biotechnology, and challenged commonsense biotechnology safeguards and rules – even including opposing laws requiring the labeling of genetically-engineered (GE) foods.”
According to consortiumnews.com (March 16, 2014), Morgan Williams is at the nexus of Big Ag’s alliance with U.S. foreign policy.”  Besides being president and CEO of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council, Williams is Director of Government Affairs at private equity firm SigmaBleyzer, which touts Williams’ work with “various agencies of the U.S. government, members of Congress, congressional committees, the Embassy of Ukraine to the U.S., international financial institutions, think tanks and other organizations on U.S.-Ukraine business, trade, investment and economic development issues.”
The U.S.-Ukraine Business Council’s 16-member Executive Committee is packed with U.S. agribusiness companies, including representatives from Monsanto, John Deere, DuPont Pioneer, Eli Lilly, and Cargill.  The Council’s twenty “senior Advisors” include James Greene (Former Head of NATO Liason Office Ukraine); Ariel Cohen (Senior Research Fellow for The Heritage Foundation); Leonid Kozachenko (President of the Ukrainian Agrarian Confederation); six former U.S. Ambassadors to Ukraine, and the former ambassador of Ukraine to the U.S., Oleh Shamshur.
Shamshur is now a senior advisor to PBN Hill + Knowlton Strategies – a unit of PR giant Hill + Knowlton Strategies (H+K). H + K is a subsidiary of the gargantuan London-based WPP Group, which owns some dozen big PR firms, including Burson-Marsteller (a long-time Monsanto advisor).
Hill + Knowlton Strategies
On April 15, 2014 Toronto’s The Globe & Mail newspaper published an op-ed piece by H+K assistant consultant Olga Radchenko,  The piece railed against Russian President Vladimir Putin and “Mr. Putin’s PR machine” and stated that “Last month [March 2014 - a month after the coup], a group of Kiev-based PR professionals formed the Ukraine Crisis Media Centre, a voluntary operation aimed at helping to communicate Ukraine’s image and manage its messaging on the global stage.”
The PBN Hill + Knowlton Strategies website states that the company’s CEO Myron Wasylyk is “a Board member of the U.S.-Ukraine Business Council,” and the company’s Managing Director/Ukraine, Oksana Monastyrska, “leads the firm’s work for Monsanto.” Monastyrska also formerly worked for the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation.
According to the Oakland Institute, the terms of the World Bank/IMF loan to Ukraine have already led to “an increase in foreign investment, which is likely to result in further expansion of large-scale acquisitions of agricultural land by foreign companies and further corporatization of agriculture in the country.” 
Meanwhile, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated in April: “We don’t have a goal of developing GM products here or to import them. We can feed ourselves with normal, common, not genetically modified products. If the Americans like to eat such products, let them eat them. We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food.” 
Hill + Knowlton, with its Kuwait “incubator babies atrocities” falsehood, was instrumental in getting the American public to back the first Gulf War on Iraq in the early 1990s. Now the company is involved in fomenting a Cold War 2 or worse, and on behalf of Monsanto – recently voted the “most evil” corporation on the planet. That’s something to recall in the midst of the extensive mainstream media demonizing of Putin.
Joyce Nelson is an award-winning Canadian freelance writer/researcher and the author of five books, including Sultans of Sleaze: PR & the Media.
 Reuters, “Monsanto plans $140 ml Ukraine non-GM corn seed plant,” May 24, 2013.
By: Andrew Mastrocola
On the common ground of my forefathers I will stand. And stand firmly I will!
As the culture of America continues to change toward a new order, we witness the incremental eradication of our basic God given rights to live our lives accordingly and freely. Everywhere you turn, especially in the food groups, there is talk of 'community', consensus, change, and interdependence, it is truly Orwellian. The transformation of the United States into a Communist country is nearly complete. The founding documents of our once beloved America come under attack and are ridiculed. Many 'foodies' have usurped and bastardized the terms food freedom and liberty, all the while pressuring us with their Anarcho-Communist ideals. Their Marxist opinions take precedence over our basic God given rights guaranteed by our Constitution, Bill of Rights, and The Declaration of Independence.
Many fall for the lies of the Anarcho-Communist food activists who preach that food is the center of all things, not God, and the only way you can be successful is to be part of their community. What? We need to be good little Communists in order to be 'recognized' by these self serving masters and the controlled opposition leaders? Oh well, as for myself I prefer to remain unrecognizable, rather than be a traitor openly trashing our founding fathers and the documents of freedom and liberty.
The American tradition of being independent is trash talked and you must accept the Anarcho-Communist platform of community interdependence. Any thoughts outside the anthroposophical realm of their dark esoteric philosophy are derided in their attempt to ensnare you into their claws while telling you all is warm and fuzzy. These godless leaders promote everything that is phallic and secular humanist. Those same godless leaders are constantly taking your money for what you believe is doing some good, but in reality they use your own money to lead you down that infamous road of perdition. Now that you have arrived at their lair you too begin to reject anything truly patriotic. The most common rejection by the 'community', after Christianity, is that of the Second Amendment, followed by private property rights.
What, no place in the food freedom movement for the Second Amendment? No room for private property rights? No room for Christianity? At least that is what many of the greenie libtard change agents who proclaim themselves food sovereignty heros so graciously lead you to believe through the use of their hypnotic rallying and stepford wife type leadership.
To support patriotic farmers results in chastisement and actual hatred ensues from their bowels. Take note of the foodies who refused to support the Bundy family? Why would you not support an American rancher that is standing on solid ground? All because the true well regulated Constitutional Militia showed up en masse to defend the Bundy's from federal tyranny? Why must one not step on the liberal toes of those who hate the Second Amendment? Why does one have to brace for a verbal attack by the anarcho-communist 'community' when supporting the Second Amendment? Don't these libtard trolls realize that the First Amendment applies to everyone? Don't these people realize they are bordering on treason? These change agents are in fact complicit in the destruction of America and are doing the moral damage Monsanto fails to do. Monsanto destroys your soil, your micro-biology, and your overall physical well being. The change agents from the communities who cry food sovereignty and interdependence destroy your soul and your country. They will exchange your liberty for a false sense of security usually sold to you as community interdependence. But why is it alright for these same self serving leftists to be continually inflammatory in their speech towards patriotism? Why is it not regarded as treasonous to continually quote known Communists? Where is our once beloved America?
It is Agenda 21 and globalization that is being masqueraded as food sovereignty. These people bastardize the term food freedom and steal your wealth while deceiving you. They have subtly worked your mind into a marxist state, slowly but surely you are reigned in with the warm and fuzzy feelings of being part of the community. Let's all hold hands and sing kumbaya, let's pray to the trees, let's accept as normal all kinds of perversion, let's claim the earth as our mother, let's do all things together, but don't you dare recognize the one true triune God or our Constitutional Republic. Don't you dare cry out loud "No king but King Jesus". Don't you dare speak out against perversion. Don't you dare take a stand for legal immigration. Don't you dare allow Christ into your hearts. Don't you dare act masculine if you are male. Don't you dare show your support for the Second Amendment. Don't you dare protect your private property with the tools of the Second Amendment. Don't you dare take a stand against legislation and regulations that give government authoritarian control over your food, unless it is done under the darkness of Anthroposophy.
Welcome to the America of the New World Order where Anthroposophy is the only accepted form of 'religion' in the food rights arena. Anthroposophy is the religion of the New World Order, it is Marxist in its nature, and it has many tentacles, learn what they are and how to recognize them. These anthroposophical agents of change are true enemies of the state. So if you want to preserve your food freedom take a stand on solid ground, which is the common ground of our forefathers. Stand firm!
Why one politician is trying to halt the militarization of civilian agencies like the FDA
Author: Elizabeth Kulze
A few years ago, armed agents from the Food and Drug Administration descended on Rawesome, a popular raw foods store in the Bohemian neighborhood of Venice, California, ready for a gunfight. With their weapons drawn, the officers lined up the co-op’s Birkenstock-clad patrons and frisked them beside crates of oranges and heirloom cucumbers—but it wasn’t a drug bust. The raid was part of a year-long investigation into the store’s owner, James Stewart, who was eventually arrested for selling raw dairy products that weren’t properly labeled. The 64-year-old was handcuffed and thrown into an unmarked car while officers confiscated $70,000 in organic food and dumped 800 gallons of raw milk down the drain.
Witnesses compared the operation to a narcotics raid and accused the FDA inspectors of acting like “government thugs.” How, they wondered, did federal regulatory agents have the right to wave guns around a harmless co-op?
By: Andrew Mastrocola
The message the Wisconsin Judicial Branch recently sent is that you have can not milk your own cow unless you have a license from the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP). This is way over the top. You can not milk a cow without a license, seriously.
Wisconsin farms that do have a DATCP license can milk their GMO fed cows and send their product to a processor. Burn the milk till most nutrients are dead or altered and then it is considered safe for human consumption. You can cook the milk all you want but that does not guarantee the consumer a superior product.
Just recently I opened a carton of organic pasteurized heavy whipping cream, from a Wisconsin manufacturer, and lo and behold it was like I was staring at a high school science project. No way was this going into my coffee.
Sure was gut churning to see that 'safe' milk the Wisconsin DATCP forces most consumers to purchase. Never have I witnessed something so strange with raw milk. Raw is the milk of my choice but this was one of those days no raw cream was available.
The appellate court in Wisconsin once again has denied your right to buy, sell, and consume raw milk with their latest ruling. But wait a minute, wasn't there just a jury trial last year that said you do not need a DATCP license? Yes there was, but that was a jury of Vernon Hershberger's peers and not a judges ruling. Apparently, a jury ruling, that makes such activity lawful, does not matter to the Wisconsin Judicial branch of government.
"In every raw milk case in Wisconsin, the courts have ignored the fact that people have the lawful right to privately contract with a farmer for foods of their choice, as well as to drink raw milk. The courts don’t want us to know the difference between legal and lawful", says Wisconsin raw milk advocate, Rosanne Lindsay.
"When a court authority claims that a farmer does not have the legal right to “operate” a raw dairy farm without a license for “sales” or “distributions” to “consumers,” it uses legal language to place the farm under the jurisdiction of corporate law. As an “operation” a farm becomes public and requires a license. "
Lindsay continues, "In response, maybe its time to take back the language, the law, and the jurisdiction and call it what it is; farming and drinking."
Will we the people of Wisconsin allow these corrupted courts to prevail? Not if we continue to open packages of what the government deems safe and all we find is 'early milk spoilage'. The case for raw milk only grows stronger.
The manager of a Wisconsin farmer's market says, "Here's a thought to ponder..... what about raw (un-pasteurized) honey? Milk in its true form is "raw" so will honey be next on the list. My goodness...with all the gmo's one can't control where the bees fly! I would think the chemicals are worse than raw milk!"
Farmers in Wisconsin who do not participate in the National Animal Identification System, NAIS, routinely have their DATCP license to ship milk to a processing plant pulled for not registering into that "voluntary" NAIS program. Their ability to produce an income for their families is destroyed and the milk that the cows give is dumped on the ground daily. Yes, there is raw milk available for the Wisconsin consumer, but DATCP and the bought and paid for corporate controlled judges don't want us having access to that healthy and nutritious raw milk. But the jury in the Hershberger case says that we can. Hmmm?
The Wisconsin Courts and Legislature have been bought by the Agricultural Industrial Complex, Big Agra, Dean Foods, and Dairy Industry Lobbyists. Past, current, and future Wisconsin governors continually ignore the voices of their constituents that want an alternative to an industrial product that grows weird lumps. How long will the people continue to comply with these draconian government mandates? When do you stand up and claim your God given rights as free men and women?
There is "this lack of accountability by the State of Wisconsin" attorney Ajna Sharma-Wilson told FoodFreedomUSA, it 'is indicative of the inconsistencies within our legal justice system." In referring to most recent raw milk ruling of the Zinniker\Craig case Sharma-Wilson reminds us that it is" not the people who have spoken here, or in the recent Hershberger appeal denial. It is up to the people to be responsive", to the current tyranny. It is the people of Wisconsin that need to make the necessary changes and take action to make a difference. Sharma-Wilson gives us four simple steps to get started:
1. Get to know your farmer.
2. Be responsible with each food dollar spent.
3. Get to a jury.
4. Never give up.
With the deep pockets of the Wisconsin dairy industry lobbyists, hell will most likely freeze over before Wisconsin has a governor that will listen to the voices of the people, and allow liberty and freedom to once again reign supreme.
David Gumpert also commented to FoodFreedomUSA that,"we have a situation in Wisconsin where it's legal for Vernon Hershberger to distribute raw milk via a private food club, but illegal for the Craigs and Zinnikers. Shouldn't the Craigs and Zinnikers have the same rights as the Hershbergers? Maybe they have to go grab those rights, just like Hershberger did."
"In my view", says Gumpert, "there is still one good option for these farmers to secure their right to distribute good food to their food club members." And that would be a fully informed jury, click here to read Gumpert's opinion.
One raw milk consumer and activist, Diana Schroedel, summed it up best, "So, no contract is legal unless the nanny state and big ag says so."
Welcome to America's Dairyland.
Wisconsin is one of 18 states in America where it is illegal to sell milk that has not been pasteurized.
"The sale or distribution of raw or unpasteurized milk is illegal," reads a statement by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. "The law exempts the 'incidental sale' of raw milk directly to a consumer at the dairy farm where the milk is produced, for consumption by that consumer (or the consumer's family or nonpaying guests). But those sales are also illegal if done as a regular business, or if they involve advertising of any kind."
According to data compiled by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, there are currently only 10 states that allow retail sales of raw milk, with most of the others limiting sales only to the farm.
Those who defend raw milk restrictions believe that raw milk is inherently dangerous no matter how it is produced.
"The modern milking machine and stainless steel tank, along with efficient packaging and distribution, make pasteurization totally unnecessary for the purposes of sanitation," explain raw milk proponents Sally Fallon Morell and Mary G. Enig, Ph.D., in their book, "Nourishing Traditions."
"Raw milk contains lactic acid-producing bacteria that protect against pathogens."
Local chef and activist LouLou Griffin Goulee, agrees. She has been drinking raw milk off and on for most of her life.
"My grandfather had a farm in Nashua, N.H.," she says. "I remember standing ten or twenty feet from a cow as my aunt milked it and aimed it right into my mouth. That experience – the warm, creamy milk -- made me want to be a chef."
She took her love of food with her and traveled – cooking on a farm in Switzerland where "Lola the cow would stick her face in my window and lick me every morning" and eventually ending up working as a cook in Colorado, where she continued to develop an appreciation for good, wholesome ingredients like grass-fed beef, farm fresh vegetables and raw milk and raw milk products.
When she and her husband, Griffin, decided to move back to Milwaukee for him to take a teaching job, Goulee says she was shocked to find that raw milk wasn't accessible to her.
"It killed me," she says. "It's the land of fifty million cows, and I couldn't get milk."
So, she began connecting with national raw milk activists and eventually local farmers. One of the farmers was a man by the name of Vernon Hershberger.
An Amish farmer in Sauk County, Hershberger established a herd-share cooperative through which investing members entrust Hershberger with the care and milking of heifers in return for distribution of raw milk.
Goulee joined the cooperative. She also became the conduit for Hershberger to distribute milk to members in the Milwaukee area.
"I heard from so many people that they were driving for two and a half hours to get milk," she says. "And many of them were scared of the repercussions. That made me angry."
But, despite the fact that she was able to procure milk for herself and assist others in the process, Goulee says it still bothered her to think that access to raw milk and other healthy foods was so difficult.
Hershberger had, after all, become a prominent face in the raw milk debate.
When Goolee met him, he'd just been taken to trial, having been charged in 2010 with producing milk, operating a dairy plant without a license and selling food at a retail establishment, and violating a holding order placed on his products by the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
It bothered her that farmers like Hershberger are constantly under the gun – prohibited from running clean organic farms and freely selling their milk to eager consumers. But, at the time, she didn't know what could be done.
In a courtroom last June – in what raw milk proponents saw as a victory – a Sauk County jury threw out three of four criminal charges against Hershberger, ruling that the government did not have jurisdiction over the farmer since he was providing food to willing consumers as part of a private agreement. Hershberger was charged, however, with a misdemeanor for violating a holding order on his raw milk stores. And, despite an appeal, the conviction was upheld.
Since that time, jurors have stepped forward with claims that information, which would likely have led the jury to acquit Hershberger of the misdemeanor, was unnecessarily withheld from them. Several of the jurors were so moved by the case that they now want to join Hershberger's buying club to be able to access raw milk for their families, indicating that it seems a precious waste of state resources to target a man supplying wholesome food to informed and willing buyers.
It's a message that resonates with Goulee, who decided this past winter to plan a fund-raiser for Hershberger and others who are fighting for fair food.
"It started out as a small idea, a small function," she says. "I was thinking maybe a potluck. But, when Turner Hall gifted me their space, I knew I had to make it bigger."
And bigger is a bit of an understatement.
The Food Freedom Fundraiser, which will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 26, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Turner Hall Ballroom, 1034 N. 4th St., will boast big names like Joel Salatin, an activist Virginia farmer made famous when he was featured in Michael Pollan's bestselling book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma."
Other speakers will include Vernon Hershberger, David Gumpert, author of "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights," raw milk activist and filmmaker Max Kane, Elizabeth Rich of the Farm to Consumer Legal Fund, and Gretchen Meade of Milwaukee's Victory Garden Initiative.
Vendors – including Happy Mouth Organics, Brew City Gardens, Backyard Organics USA and the Weston Price Foundation will be present, selling meats, cheeses, vegetables and eco-friendly gardening supplies like vermicompost. And entertainment will be provided by Milwaukee folk-bluegrass band, Calamity Janes.
Tickets for the event are $25, with a reduced rate of $10 for students. $50 will grant attendees VIP admission, which includes a reception and meet and greet with Joel Salatin. All proceeds from the event will go to support the Hershberger farm, which survived a fire in April of last year, the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund and local groups including the Victory Garden Initiative.
Goulee says the aim of the event is to "create awareness, eliminate fear-mongering and support farmers like Vernon who want to make a difference."
"Ultimately it's about food freedom," she says. "I want people to be able to be healthy. I want them to be able to have access to good, healthy food."
Tickets for the Food Freedom Fundraiser can be purchased online at pabsttheater.org or at The Pabst Theater box office at 144 E. Wells St.
MADISON, Wis. — A state appeals court ruled against a pair of raw milk producers Thursday, but sidestepped the issue of whether a person has a right to purchase and consume unpasteurized milk.
The 4th District Court of Appeals sided with the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in the consolidated cases brought by dairy farms in Walworth and Calumet counties.
The raw milk producers sued separately, seeking a court order that their operations were legal. The cases were combined and in 2011 a Dane County judge rejected their requests for an immediate ruling in their favor. The appeals court upheld that decision Thursday, ending the case unless the farmers ask the state Supreme Court to review it.
Attorney Elizabeth Rich, who represented farmers in both cases, said she had not spoken with them to discuss whether they would take the case to the Supreme Court.
One case was brought by Mark and Petra Zinniker of Walworth County. They lost their dairy license in 2009 after 35 people got sick after allegedly drinking raw milk from the farm.
In early 2010, a limited liability coalition formed by raw milk supporters called Nourished by Nature entered into a contract with the Zinniker farm to purchase a herd of dairy cows. Nourished by Nature agreed to pay a fee to the Zinnikers and members would then visit the farm and collect raw milk for their own consumption at home.
The Zinnikers' attorney asked the state whether that arrangement was legal, and DATCP responded with a letter saying it was a "sham arrangement" that could result in civil and criminal penalties. The Zinnikers then filed a lawsuit, seeking a court ruling that their operation was indeed legal.
State regulators argued, and the appeals court agreed, that the Zinnikers were breaking the law because they were distributing milk produced on their farm without a milk producer's license.
Because of that conclusion, it's not necessary to determine whether a person has a right to consumer raw milk, the court said.
"Even assuming that the members of Nourished by Nature have a right to consume unpasteurized milk, the Zinnikers do not have a legal right to operate a dairy farm as milk producers without a license," the court said.
But Rich, their attorney, said the state was deliberately avoiding the real issue of whether people who want to drink raw milk can do so through private buying clubs.
The ruling comes after a Sauk County jury last year, in a similar case, found dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger not guilty of charges he produced and sold raw milk without the required licenses.
"Right now we have a confusing state of law in Wisconsin," Rich said. "What I'm seeing is a very clear rift between what the people want and what the judicial and executive branches want."
A spokesman for DATCP said only that the agency was pleased with the ruling.
In the other case, the appeals court said the operators of GrassWay Organics Farm Store in New Holstein needed a retail license to sell milk to members of an association who pay a fee to buy from the store. The store has a milk producer license issued by DATCP, but in 2007 the agency told its operators they couldn't sell or distribute raw milk.
Store owners Wayne and Kay Craig sued, seeking a court ruling that selling raw milk to members of the association was legal.
The appeals court agreed with the circuit court, which determined the Craigs needed a retail food establishment license. The ruling does not address whether the sale of raw milk would be legal if a retail license were obtained.
What’s Wisconsin’s “raw milk outlaw” been up to since the state appeals court upheld his misdemeanor conviction on July 17 and imposed a $1,000 fine?
Well, according to a recent profile by the Wisconsin State Journal, Vernon Hershberger is back home on the farm with his 10 children building up membership in his raw milk buyers club called Grazin Acres LLC.
Since the Loganville, WI, raw milk dairy farmer was found not guilty 13 months ago of producing milk, operating a dairy plant, and selling food in a retail establishment, all without licenses, his raw milk business has increased by 25 percent to about 325 families.
All the charges stem from a 2010 raid on his dairy farm, including breaking the holding order the state Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection placed on products. That’s the only charge that resulted in a conviction by the Sauk County jury, and Hershberger lost on appeal.
Hershberger credits his business growth with the relationships he built while the state pursued charges against him, including jurors, sheriff’s deputies, and others. The State Journal reported that Hershberger has emerged from his confrontation with prosecutors as “the face of the growing raw milk industry in Wisconsin and the nation.”
The newspaper states that raw milk advocates believe there has been a dramatic fall-off in enforcement actions since the Hershberger trial. Because he was acquitted on the licensing counts, Hershberger came out against Rep. Sen. Glenn Grothman’s bill to ease restrictions on licensed raw milk dairies.
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Business Insider – by SAM RO AND MICHAEL B KELLEY
Russia just announced a ban on food imports from the U.S., the European Union, Canada, Australia, and Norway.
Russia is specifically banning all beef, pork, fruit, vegetable, dairy, cheese, and fish imports from the U.S. and the E.U.
The ban will last one year from Thursday.
The announcement was made by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow, reports Bloomberg’s Olga Tanas.
“There is nothing good in sanctions and it wasn’t an easy decision to take, but we had to do it,” said Medvedev.
In recent weeks, the U.S. and the E.U. introduced a series of economic sanctions against Russia for its involvement in destabilizing Ukraine. Sanctions were targeted at financial and energy firms.
Medvedev said Russian food producers will step up to supply the market.
Here’s the list of banned products (via Reuters):
- cattle meat, fresh, chilled or frozen;
- pork, fresh, chilled or frozen;
- poultry and its subproducts, fresh, chilled or frozen;
- all salted, dried or smoked meats;
- fish, shellfish, scallops and other aquatic invertebrates;
- milk and dairy products;
- sausage and similar meat products;
- cheese and similar products.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/russia-bans-food-imports-from-eu-us-2014-8#ixzz39hn7KzuE
When a duly elected Sheriff refuses to do his sworn duty to the people he serves, bad things happen. Fortunately the Militia came to the aid of the Bundy family whom was under siege by BLM thugs and spared the family from a "Ruby Ridge' type incident. Maybe it is time for Ammon Bundy to run for the office of Sheriff.
August 6, 2014
To Sheriff Doug Gillespie, Clark County Nevada Sheriff's Department,
In a recent press conference, you mentioned 1) the BLM lied to you and 2) Bundy brought armed men to the ranch for protection.
While I can't speak to the validity of your first claim, we unequivocally take issue with the second. We never asked for armed men to come to our aid. In fact, everyone who arrived at the Bundy ranch (men, women, armed & unarmed) voluntarily came to support the constitutional rights that you failed to defend. Had you not neglected your duty to defend our rights, the rights of the very people for whom you swore a solemn oath to defend, there never would have been a standoff in the first place.
So while you chastise my family and pontificate about how "Bundy should be held accountable for crossing the line", let it be known that the responsibility for this escalation rests primarily at the doorstep of the Clark County Sheriff's office.
Please allow me a moment to remind you of some of the history leading up to that day:
When our first amendment rights were stripped down to a 20'x50' box, you did nothing. When armed men trampled my brother, beat him and nearly took his life, you refused to protect. When women, infants, and children were held captive at gunpoint by angry and violent men, our cries for help fell on deaf ears.
When men and women literally wounded and bleeding were in need of emergency assistance, because you allowed these heavy hands to afflict us, you then refused the emergency medical services to be dispatched for our care.
When we called, you said, "there wasn't anything you could do". You said, "this fight was between the Bundy's and the BLM". However, you commanded your deputies to stand by while their own families and community members were being inflicted upon and threatened with lethal weapons.
Sheriff, your response demonstrates that you have a fundamental misunderstanding of your place in our government. You have more authority and responsibility than any federal agency, and yet you cowardly forced the people to defend themselves.
Evidence in your power and responsibility was never more apparent than at the standoff. When your deputies told the federal agents to back down - the federal agents backed down. They backed down because your deputies who had constitutional and jurisdictional authority from the people, finally did what the people hired you and them to do, and insisted that these federal agents stop their abuses.
In the end, your deputies did the right thing, but Sheriff, you should have never let it come to this. While the BLM was willing to shoot my family over land and power, we were willing to die for our families, our livelihoods and our constitutional rights. You should have been defending these rights for us. That's what we elected you to do.
Thankfully, the American people came to our defense. They came to our defense because you failed to do your duty. For that you should be grieved and held accountable.
I offer warning to you and other government personnel that lead or follow your example. The people are in unrest because of these types of egregious actions. The purpose of government is to protect and uphold the unalienable rights of the people, not to infringe upon them. It is our duty and obligation to defend our God-given rights if our government representatives fail to do so, or tries to discard them. We as citizens desire to live in peace and tranquility, but will defend our freedoms if necessary, in order to do so. I call upon you Sheriff Gillespie, and all civil servants, to honorably effectuate the true purpose of government, to uphold the oaths and duties of your sworn offices-to truly be representative of the people, by the people and for the people.
I leave you with the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson:
"Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual."
We have a right to eat food that's not going to kill us
by TRUTHOUT infowars.com
Let’s talk about America’s farm-grown terrorism epidemic.Back on September 11th, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Since 9/11, our government has spent over $7.6 trillion on military and homeland security operations in response to the deaths of those roughly 3,000 souls.
Now, compare that to the fact that each year, 23,000 Americans die from antibiotic-resistant infections, and another 2 million get sick.
That’s the equivalent of nearly eight 9/11′s per year. But our government isn’t doing a thing about it.
Each year, Big Agriculture feeds millions and millions of pounds of antibiotics to factory-farm animals, all to slightly increase their profits by plumping up their meat.
In 2011 alone, nearly 30 million pounds of antibiotics were purchased by Big Agriculture, to promote growth in the animals, and to reduce the spread of disease in the horrific factory-farm conditions.
That 30 million pounds is a staggering four times the amount of antibiotics that were prescribed to humans that year.
These are otherwise healthy animals, but they’re getting dosed daily with low-levels of antibiotics anyway.
As a result, this widespread and unnecessary use of antibiotics in factory-farm animals is creating a major public health crisis here in the US by breeding antibiotic-resistant infections caused by bacteria referred to in the media as superbugs.
But rather then enforcing regulations already in place to control the use of antibiotics in factory-farm animals, our federal government is bowing to the interests of Big Agriculture, and is continuing to let the abuse go on.
Just last week, the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the FDA could leave an antibiotic that’s used in animal feed on the market, even though the dangers associated with that antibiotic are widely known, including the increased risk of antibiotic resistance infections jumping to human beings.
Basically, the court gave Big Agriculture the go-ahead to continue pumping millions and millions of pounds of antibiotics into poultry and livestock, with no concern for public safety.
So, why should Americans care about this?
Well, for starters, Americans eat a lot of meat. And the superbugs and antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are bred on factory farms very easily make their way into our food system.
For example, last year, a drug-resistant salmonella outbreak tied to chicken from Foster Farms sickened over 600 Americans, and that outbreak is still getting worse today.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, these antibiotic-resistant superbugs also get into our water supply, and into soil for crops.
The situation is so dire that, speaking about antibiotic resistance, Dr. Thomas Freidman, director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said that, “If we don’t act now, our medicine cabinet will be empty and we won’t have the antibiotics we need to save lives.”
If 23,000 Americans are already dying from superbugs and antibiotic-resistant infections each year, just imagine how much worse it could get as this antibiotic abuse continues.
We could soon have a full-blown pandemic on our hands.
But it doesn’t have to get worse. We can stop this farm-grown terrorism right now, and save millions of lives.
Big Agriculture says that slashing its use of antibiotics will hurt all of us in the form of higher prices at the supermarket, but that’s simply not the case.
As Ruth Reichl points out over at The New York Times, “Although many industrial farmers claim that cleaning up their act will cost the rest of us at the cash register, responsible producers from Missouri to Denmark are already raising healthy livestock and poultry at competitive prices without the use of unnecessary drugs.”
Reichl highlights the story of Russ Kremer, a fifth-generation pork farm in Missouri, who, after nearly being killed by an antibiotic-resistant infection on his own farm, decided to do things the all natural way.
He lets his pigs roam free, and doesn’t have to stuff them full of antibiotics, because they’re not living in squalor.
And, thanks to competitive prices, his meat is bought by companies like Chipotle and Costco.
So Big Agriculture’s “higher meat prices” argument is complete bologna. Pun intended.
The use of antibiotics on factory farms is all about profits for Big Agriculture, But, with 23,000 Americans dying each year as a result, it’s time to start putting the American people ahead of profits.
Meat producers and sellers across the country need to say “no” to more superbugs. No animals on factory farms should ever be given antibiotics, unless diagnosed as sick by a veterinarian.
And while we’re at it, we need to work harder to close down Washington’s revolving door, which encourages employees in government agencies like the FDA to get bought off by corporate interests and then turn a blind eye to corporate abuse.
We have a right to eat food that’s not going to kill us.
Writers are often barraged with email invites to attend conferences to become better writers with promises that, in time, their efforts will produce a lucrative income. There are niche writing workshops as well, such as "food blogging." The hitch, of course, is that one must pay for tickets to enter said workshop.
In a notable flipside, however, Monsanto recently paid female bloggers $150 if they attended "an intimate and interactive panel." The goal here not being a way to a successful writing career, but rather an incentivized way to shape public opinion.
The invite target? Women ... Perhaps those of the ever-growing "Mommy Blogger" persuasion?
Reportedly, this was an invite-only three-hour brunch panel event on the last day of the BlogHer conference held in San Jose, California the weekend of July 26-27. It was to feature two female farmers and a team from Monsanto to discuss "where your food comes from" and the “impact growing food has on the environment, and how farmers are using fewer resources to feed a growing population.”
The Cornucopia Institute originally posted a link to an invite, which is now closed. The invitation specified that no social media or write-ups were expected from attendees, but attendees would have the opportunity to ask questions.
It was Anna Lappé of Foodmyths.org who made the event well known and delved deep into the PR tactics surrounding this event. She really dissects the dizzying methods that Big Food corps use to build relationships to sponsor events like these in order to mold public opinion and "dress up" advertising as news or use "panels" with the appearance of a two-way conversation.
Anna also notes:
Another invite-only event in August will bring bloggers to a Monsanto facility in Northern California for a tour of its fields and research labs. Again, while no media coverage is expected, the unspoken goal is clear.Stealth marketing techniques, such as these by Monsanto, reveal how the food industry — from biotech behemoths to fast-food peddlers — is working surreptitiously to shape public opinion about biotechnology, industrialized farming and junk food.She mentions similar events. Not that these tactics are really all too surprising, considering the vast resources of a global corporate giant, which according to one of Lappé's sources, now build in entire budget lines for such networking. That is, as soon as they started taking the blogosphere seriously.
Nestle, for instance, has a "cyber army," complete with state-of-the-art high tech headquarters ready at the helm to address criticism through social media. They also had to pay a fine for infiltrating an activist group that spoke out against them....
Speaking of which, Monsanto has taken the online social media offense before. Even going so far as to pay Blackwater (which boasts having Monsanto as a client) the truly big bucks to infiltrate the ranks of anti-Monsanto activists.
Furthermore, in one instance, Monsanto representatives were asked to speak to school children in a health classroom - they gifted each of the kiddos with a deck of playing cards - each card displaying a Big Agri tidbit. That article drew criticism from a Monsanto employee who routinely makes such comments on similar articles.
The Internet is starting to really teem with pro-GMO frontrunners trying to make it popular to paint non-GMO writers as extremists, shills, alarmists, dumb, science-illiterate and apparently killers for promoting world hunger via organic and local ag. Go figure. But now, perhaps, by holding positive sounding "educational" panels, they can convert mommy bloggers who will spread the GM gospel.
As people continue to turn away from corporate-run media, catch on to the PR industry spin jobs, and explore the world of the blogosphere, such tares among wheat are to be anticipated.
Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at NaturalBlaze.com and ActivistPost.com. Like at Facebook.
Collectivist control freak brings the crazy
by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON
A senior lecturer at the University of Westminster has courted controversy by claiming that using gardening terms such as “soil purity” and “invasive species” is a secret form of racism.
Dr Ben Pitcher accused hosts of a BBC Radio 4 panel show in the United Kingdom called Gardeners’ Question Time of promoting “nationalist and fascist beliefs” by disguising racist slurs as horticultural advice.
Citing the “crisis in white identity in multicultural Britain,” Pitcher asserted that people who appeared on the show were unable to communicate their bigoted political beliefs for fear of being called racist and were therefore expressing, “their racial identity in other ways, such as talking about gardening.”
“The distinction that gets made between native species and non-native species and this kind of policing of what belongs and what does not belong I think is symptomatic of a kind of desire to defend the fantasy of the national space,” said Pitcher, adding that the show, which probably qualifies as one of the most inoffensive radio programs ever made, was “saturated” with racist language.
Former professor of cultural studies Lola Young agreed with Pitcher, comparing efforts by gardeners to destroy unfavorable flowers such as rhododendrons with violent racist attacks on Pakistanis.
Stefan Buczacki, a regular guest on the show, labeled Pitcher’s claims “utterly absurd,” noting that, “His comments show a complete lack of understanding of the natural world.”
“They come and go, and adapt to different environments. That is what we mean by native and non-native species. It has nothing whatsoever to do with nationalism or racism,” said Buczacki, adding, “There is enough real racism in the world without looking for it in places it doesn’t exist.”
It is important to emphasize that this issue is not a piece of satire or a hoax – academics in the UK have genuinely claimed that using mundane gardening terms is secret code for racism.
This ludicrous story reminds us that there is a strong undercurrent of cultural marxism which still dominates the academic establishment across the western world.
The notion that using common gardening terms when talking about soil or plants could be considered racist has no basis in logical reality whatsoever and makes as much sense as claiming that the use of terms such as “black sheep” is also a racist thought crime.
Once again, this is about control freak collectivists attempting to police language and demonize political positions by invoking racism where none whatsoever exists.
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by Tom DeWeese
August 5, 2014
The attacks came fast and furious, from March through June. A coordinated attack to vilify, ostracize and neutralize efforts by local citizen activists who are standing in opposition toAgenda 21 and its policy called Sustainable Development. The terms “conspiracy theory,” “extremists,” “fear mongers,” and “far right,” are all over these obvious attempts to smear any opposition to the agenda of the Sustainablist planners that now swarm over nearly every community in America.
It started with the American Planning Association (APA) delivering yet another report in a continuing effort to understand the fierce opposition to its “innocent,” “locally- driven” programs. Apparently it is a mystery to the APA why there would be opposition to its plans to reorganize entire communities which sometimes result in turning people’s lives upside down. The APA has done a series of studies over the past few years in an attempt to find a way to silence or counter our opposition to planning. The latest report, issued in March, 2014, entitled “The Actions of Discontent,” was perhaps the most honest of the reports the APA has issued, when it said the opposition to planning is “marked by deep philosophical differences between activists and planning proponents…”. That’s certainly better than saying we’re just nuts, unlike most of the usual attacks against us.
Case in point, the next attack came in April from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), yet again. This makes at least four SPLC reports I’m aware of, to specifically focus on me as the ring leader of the opposition. This report, entitled “Agenda 21, The UN, Sustainability and Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory,” says “it’s time to call out the conspiracy theorists.” It demands that “politicians who spread falsehoods about Agenda 21 and its effects need to be shamed by other politicians, by editorial boards and other commentators and by the citizenry at large.” Those are pretty strong words. Apparently they are getting desperate to stop us.
That report was followed by another from the Natural Resources Defense Council entitled “Agenda 21 Conspiracy Theorists Threaten Cities’ Sustainability Efforts.” Next came another rant from “Treehugger.com,” calling me the “Conspiracy King.” Then came articles in two national news magazines, each relying on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s attack. Newsweek started it with a cover article entitled “The Plots to Destroy America.” Then came Fortunemagazine and its smear of activist Rosa Koire, head of Democrats Against Agenda 21. Rosa told me that it started out as an interview, then, just to “even the playing field,” reporter David Morris decided to bring in ICLEI and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Yep. Two against one. That’s a little fairer odds than we usually get.
What we are witnessing is the panic of a collapsing tyranny which they thought was well in hand. And for a couple of decades it was all going the Sustainablist’s way, until some of us started to expose their hidden truths. Watch and learn America. This is how tyrants react to anyone who dares to challenge them. As is always the case, their tactic is a scorched earth policy to lash out in every direction with vicious force in hopes that something will stick.
In its complete exasperation, the SPLC demands that the business community, the Chamber of Commerce, local governments and the news media “needs to stop reporting on Agenda 21 as if it were a bona fide controversy and plainly state the facts about the plan.” Further, the SPLC demands that communities “need to be encouraged to return to or start to develop such plans in tandem with responsible groups like the American Planning Association.” In other words, just as in the climate change debate, the SPLC demands that there be no debate, no discussion – just shut up and do it!
Meanwhile the tyranny of sustainable policy builds in town and after town, neighborhood after neighborhood.
In the Western states, the EPA is on a tear to control water, making it impossible to run the ranches. The Interior Department is forcing reintroductions of wolves and Grizzlies at the peril of livestock, family pets, children and natural herds of elk and deer.
In Orem, Utah, Betty Perry was arrested, handcuffed, and put in a holding tank because the grass in her front yard was dying. Violation, said the zoning enforcement officer. More recently, as the drought rages in California, a couple has been threatened with fines of $500 because their grass in their yard was dead. The reason it was dead is because they were obeying a California state government mandate that told them to preserve water or face a $500 fine. Tyrants always want it both ways.
Julie Bass, in Oak Park, Michigan, wanted to plant an organic garden in her yard. She even asked the mayor and city council if it was OK to plant and they both answered yes. But as she went to work on it, she too was arrested by the local zoning enforcement officer and faced 90 days in jail.
In Naperville, IL, two women were arrested for trying to prevent the local power company from installing smart meters that they clearly stated they did not want. The police came to the aid of the installers, cut a lock off their fences and trespassed on their property as the women tried to prevent it.
In Montgomery County, Ohio, Jennie Granato’s home was rendered basically worthless as the regional government enforced the installation of a bike highway across her front yard, bringing the lane within seven feet of her front door. To date she has not been compensated a red cent for the land they took as the regional government plays games with the legal system to deny Jennie her day in court.
Across the nation, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is swarming over producers of unprocessed milk, confiscating products and shutting down plants, arresting producers and buyers alike, even though there have been no reports of sickness or deaths. Not even a complaint. And the assault on small farms continued in Michigan where entire herds of a certain breed of pigs were destroyed, accused of being feral, even though farmers had raised them for decades.
In Fauquier County, VA, the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) has colluded with local county government to harass organic farmer Martha Boneta for hosting a children’s birthday party in her little farm store. The store was forced to close as she was threatened with fines of $5000 per day.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced last summer a decree to make American neighborhoods more “diverse.” It’s called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing,” calling for the federal government to gather and track data on “segregation” and “discrimination across America before deploying a wide range of social-engineering schemes to ensure more “diversity” in U.S. neighborhoods. It’s right out of the UN’s social justice plank. Bottom line, if your neighborhood lacks the government mandated diversity breakdown, you won’t be able to sell your home to anyone but the racial quota they demand.
And on the international level, smug, arrogant, well-funded, white Sustainablists have determined that it’s a proper use of government power to ensure black residence of Africa continue to live in mud huts without electricity, clean water or an infrastructure to provide jobs. As Paul Driessen (author of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power – Black Death) reports, some 2.5 billion people still do not have electricity or get it only sporadically, and so must burn wood and dung for heating and cooking, which leads to wide-spread lung disease. No electricity means no refrigeration, safe water or decent hospitals. All of this is just fine with the perpetrators of Agenda 21 because such a life style, in their opinion, is sustainable! In reality it’s environmental racism. And that is the real outcome of “social justice.”
All of these are examples of massive government overreach using the excuse of protecting the environment or controlling development or containing sprawl, or, in short, Sustainable Development. These, and many more outrageous government attacks on our once-free society, are the reasons why Americans are starting to show up at public meetings to demand that their elected officials protect them and their property from such out of control government sprawl. There is no justice, no reason, no compassion under sustainable policy dictates -- just the rush to raw power for power’s sake. Americans are feeling that reality first hand.
As a result, people are starting to listen to my warnings because they can clearly see the results. When they do feel that impact, and when they do ask questions, they are treated to stonewalling, lies and contempt by arrogant officials. So a growing number of Americans have stopped accepting their scare tactics and dire warnings of Environmental Armageddon. I’ve said for years that Agenda 21/Sustainable Development is built on a house of cards – on lies. And when such a foundation is finally challenged – it blows down rapidly. That is what is starting to happen across America. And that’s why the powerful Sustainablists are in such a panic over my efforts to expose these outrages.
Over the past three years pro-freedom activists have managed to convince more than 150 cities to end their memberships with ICLEI, one of the leading NGOs whose declared mission is to entrench sustainable policy into every community in the world. A close associate of mine reported that the head of ICLEI USA told him they are scared because ICLEI can’t get new American cities to join them – because we made the very name “ICLEI” political poison. ICLEI is panicked.
More and more state legislatures are seriously considering anti-Agenda 21/pro-property rights legislation. Of course, Alabama has already passed such legislation, while Oklahoma and Tennessee have passed similar attempts in at least one house of their legislatures. The Virginia legislature, after a two year battle waged by property rights activists, passed the Boneta bill to stop local harassment and over reach by local governments over small farmers. The legislation was a direct response by property owners to the enforcement of sustainable policy overreach. And it was a major defeat to the NGO’s pushing it. And it has them panicked!
Almost every day, now, I receive calls and emails from newly elected city councilmen and county commissioners from around the nation asking me what they can do to stop Agenda 21 policy in their community. I am starting to teach them new tactics to block new programs and ways to eliminate existing ones. We are especially focusing on strong language to define and defend private property rights. The fact is, Agenda 21 cannot be enforced without damaging property rights. Stand strong on that one issue and it can be stopped.
Regional governments and planning commissions are a major piece to the sustainable plans to change our government and impilment sustainable policies. With enough of these non-elected councils, sustainable policy can be enforced almost unopposed. The UN Commission on Global Governance defined the reason for the drive toward regionalism; “Regionalism must proceed globalism. We foresee a seamless system of governance from local communities, individual states, regional unions and up through to the United Nations itself.”
Forewarned is forearmed. So property rights activists are focusing on stopping the imposition of non-elected regional government councils that are now springing up across the nation. In just the state of Ohio, several local county and city governments have refused to join regional planning groups. Geauga County commissioners passed a resolution rejecting the Agenda 21 planning objectives put forth by the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC). A month later the community of Lordstown, Ohio passed a similar resolution. The commissioners in Ohio’s Pickaway County refused to join the Central Ohio Regional Planning Commission. And of course, the outrageous destruction of Jennie Granato’s property for the sake of a bike lane exposed the near untouchable control yielded by the Miami Regional Planning Commission in Montgomery County, Ohio. The local property rights activists now understand the power they face.
Another reason for the Sustainablists to panic was the just-completed Climate Change conference sponsored by the Heartland Institute. This was a gathering of the so-called “skeptics,” the scientists and engineers who actually practice sound science in the pursuit of truth. They all have one thing in common from their research. They can’t find proof of the dire predictions of man-made Global Warming. These men and women of science have suffered greatly for their insistence on truth, no matter the cost. As a result, for years they have been black balled from science journals, denied funding for projects, and ridiculed for their opposition to the Climate Change hysteria. But they have persevered and they are beginning to turn the debate and the conference was full of a positive feeling of accomplishment. And right behind that conference, Australia became the first developed nation to repeal its Cap and Trade program, dumping the center piece of global sustainable policy. And the Sustainablists are panicked!
And finally, there is this bit of news to turn any “Green” to a gray depression. Carroll County Commissioner Richard Rothschild (the man who led his governing body to be the first in the nation to send ICLEI packing) won his primary reelection bid with 58% of the vote. Commissioner Rothschild was targeted in the Republican primary by a Democrat-turned-Republican just for the occasion. The labor unions threw all of their massive resources of manpower and money into the effort to make him an example of what will happen to officials who dare oppose them. Richard defied them, speaking clearly and precisely on the dangers of sustainable development and all the policies that go with it. He didn’t try to hide his conservative views. In fact, he put the word “conservative” along with the word “leadership,” on his yard signs. He told the truth. And he won. The battle isn’t over. He still has to win the November election. But he has proven that standing up and openly fighting sustainable development is a winning issue. And the Sustainablists are panicked!!!
To all the individuals and local activist groups who feel overwhelmed and hopeless in your fights – take heart. The Sustainablists are armed with billions of your tax dollars. They are powerful in the back rooms of your government. They have an open mike to any news outlet and they have had nearly a thirty year head start. But it is THEY who are now in a panic as their well-laid plans are starting to crumble under the weight of their own lies and arrogance and rotten policy. Obviously, for those smug, once-powerful NGO forces who thought they could crush their opposition with ridicule, there’s panic in Sustainable City!
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The forces of freedom should gain energy from the NGO’s panic and increase our efforts to stamp out these self appointed tyrants once and for all. We certainly have a long way to go to restore our precious Republic. But it’s D-Day on Omaha Beach and, though we continue to face fierce fighting, we have established a beachhead and are moving inland. And the Sustainablists are panicked.
As you face them in battle after battle, just remember these immortal words from Rocky Balboa; “It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit…how much you can take and keep moving. That’s how winning is done!”
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By: Andrew Mastrocola
Many 'green apples' are being offered for your consumption. Do not eat the 'green apple' being disguised as Liberty! The most generally accepted definition says that liberty is the ability to act according to one's own will. Socialists relate liberty to the equal distribution of wealth. Does individual liberty threaten 'community'? Should we give up human freedom or freedom of association for the sake of the collective?
Once FoodFreedomUSA.org came into being the Communists were out in force to bring us into their camp. No way was that going to happen on my watch. The hopes of us spreading their warm and fuzzy propaganda were dashed. Instead of selling out to these New World Order chameleons, we would stand by the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. For instance, at FoodFreedomUSA.org we have taught 'jury nullification' to food club members, promoted and brought in Sheriff Richard Mack to Wisconsin for educational talks, spearheaded fundraisers for the Hershberger family who suffered tremendous losses with that 'mysterious' fire just days before the trial, and we lead the populist resistance during the now famous Vernon Hershberger raw milk trial in Wisconsin.
Daily, people who visit FoodFreedomUSA.org, continue to awaken to the Communist code words such as 'community' and 'food sovereignty' that are being slung at them as politically correct speech in the foodie world. The idea that 'community' is the answer to your 'food sovereignty' is nothing but Marxism and pure Socialist indoctrination. These pacifist organizations will try to sell you honey but all you will get is stung in the end. Don't Bee fooled.
Many of these pacifist individuals in the food choice arena absolutely detest traditional American patriotism and any sense of individual God given freedom. They are willing to comply and protest from their 'free speech zones', and are more than willing to be the good little slaves that get that stamp of approval from the powers that be, by begging the government for 'permission' to eat and drink foods that have been given to man for his nourishment since the beginning of Creation (see Genesis). Some are even going so far to disguise themselves as Libertarians, beware of these modern day Communists who continue to push their anti-American agenda under the guise of feeding the 'community'.
Embrace Liberty. Reject those Communist ideals of 'community' and 'food sovereignty', most especially when they are disguised as liberty. Your education is the key to your freedom. If you find yourself in the presence of a food rights activist that abhors the fact that the Militia showed up in Bunkerville, Nevada to assist the Cliven Bundy family, take note that they are part of the problem of social engineering that has destroyed our American culture. Hatred will spew from these 'activists' when you stand up for the Second Amendment and Lawful Immigration. Only in a 'community' do they believe that you can have your freedom. What these 'community' activists hate more than anything is an educated resistance that can think for themselves. Wolves love sheep.
Arm yourselves with the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Holy Bible. Watch and see if they are willing to go all out and take a stand for truth, the ultimate American truths, Christ and Constitution. If a certain group you support failed to take a stand with the Bundy family, beware of them, they are the wolves in sheeps clothing.
Do you love this nation, the land of the free and home of the brave? Are you willing to fight and die for your freedoms as our forefathers? Or are you to afraid to stand and fight? If you are too afraid to stand and fight then you should look at deprogramming as the remedy. Deprogram yourself from those thoughts of 'community', 'food sovereignty', 'going along to get along', and replace them with the American ideals of individual liberty and God given rights.
Knowledge is power and the key to success when taking on out of control government agencies. Use the Constitution and your local Sheriff when standing up for your rights, the success rate is extremely higher than gathering together as a 'community' and throwing rainbows and unicorns at the tyrants. Look to Mark Baker and what he is doing. Next look at Cliven Bundy, when his ranch was surrounded by 11 sniper teams, FoodFreedomUSA.org took the lead and gave the Bundy's press and then 'We the People', in the form of the Constitutional Well Regulated Organized Militia came to their rescue, without firing a shot. We, as Americans, have ten amendments in the Bill of Rights, don't be a turncoat and be prejudiced against any of the ten, use them all when necessary. Our un-a-lien-able rights come only from God, and from God alone do we derive our Liberty. So if it is all a warm and fuzzy green on the outside, you can bet that it is Marxist red on the inside.
On the common ground of my forefathers I will stand!
The truth is marching on!
With Liberty and Justice for all!
Dept of Agri Shuts Down Cell of Potential “Agri-Terrorists”: Seed Libraries Outlawed in Pennsylvania
The Organic Prepper
It looks like Michigan is not the only state with a Department of Agriculture that is adamant about the best interests of their citizens. Residents in Pennsylvania can now breathe a little bit easier since an illegal enterprise has been shut down.
The Joseph T. Simpson Public Library in Mechanicsburg was participating in an activity that put the entire ecosystem of the state at risk.
In an astonishing act of hubris, they were running a seed library, right there amongst the books, in the very facility where small children go to have stories read to them.
I’m not making this up. A SEED LIBRARY.
If you aren’t sure what this is, it allows patrons to go in and get heirloom seeds, for free. The borrower plants the seeds, then at harvest time, saves seeds and returns them to the library.
Apparently this violates the “Seed Act of 2004.” That’s right, there’s a Seed Act that makes this illegal.
Luckily for the Cumberland County Library System, the state D of A decided that SWAT was not necessary and instead sent a high-ranking official and a team of lawyers to shut down the seed library.
Jonelle Darr, the Executive Director of the CCLS, said that 60 residents had signed up to participate in the seed library. She said that continuing the project isn’t possible, due to the rigorous requirements of the D of A.
Darr explained that the Seed Act primarily focuses on the selling of seeds — which the library was not doing — but there is also a concern about seeds that may be mislabeled (purposefully or accidentally), the growth of invasive plant species, cross-pollination and poisonous plants.
The department told the library it could not have the seed library unless its staff tested each seed packet for germination and other information. Darr said that was clearly not something staff could handle. (source)
Gosh, this makes me wonder when they are going to crack down on all of those GMO fields, with their grave concerns about cross-pollination. Look out, Monsanto…oh, wait. This only applies to regular people growing vegetables. GMOs aren’t considered an invasive species. Sorry, I digress.
You see, no one is aware of the struggles of the Department of Agriculture. They only regulate you to help you. They, like the EPA (remember the woodstoves?) and the BLM (remember those poor turtles in the Bundy Ranch stand-off?) are intent saving the environment. The D of A is on a mission to crack down on seed libraries because even if they don’t know it, libraries and patrons could be participating in…are you sitting down? AGRI-TERRORISM.
AGRI-TERRORISM.Yep, that is what some folks call gardening these days. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is taking this threat very seriously, and has vowed to crack down on seed libraries across the state. Some of the Cumberland County Commissioners felt that this might not be the best use of time by the D of A, but one, Barbara Cross, has a higher understanding. Cross grasps the danger of gardeners run amok.
Some of the commissioners questioned whether that was the best use of the department’s time and money, but commissioner Barbara Cross noted that such seed libraries on a large scale could very well pose a danger.
“Agri-terrorism is a very, very real scenario,” she said. “Protecting and maintaining the food sources of America is an overwhelming challenge … so you’ve got agri-tourism on one side and agri-terrorism on the other.”
Cross said it made sense that the department would want to tackle the issue now while the efforts were small. (source)
Apparently, at this point, as long as the seeds do not pass through the hands of the library, area residents can get together and exchange seeds amongst themselves. So far, that’s still legal.
Hat tip to DR for posting the information on this!
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