What is taking out millions of family farms and is there something that farmers can do to reverse the trend?
By: Andrew Mastrocola
"If we win this war a lot of things will change." from the movie 'The Patriot'
We would not even have the chance to be fighting for farmers, consumers, and food freedom if the pacifist non-aggression policy had held front and center stage during the Revolutionary War for Independence from England.
There is a war on for your food, but what will you do? Defend the family farm? Would you allow your homestead to be overrun and destroyed by a totalitarian regime? Do you realize that we would not have ever won independence from England if America was a land of only peaceful farmers? Why the push in this day in age for farmers to be pacifists, Quaker like, and resist verbally, but not to defend their property from these modern day domestic terrorists of the alphabet soup agencies of a dictatorial government? Why is it that pacifists detest and dislike patriots?
George Orwell said it best:
“Pacifism is objectively pro-fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side, you automatically help out that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, 'he that is not with me is against me'.”
Watch 'The Patriot' and hopefully you will understand what America's original farmers had to go through to gain our independence and create this great Republic.
The Quaker settlers who founded Pennsylvania were pacifists, bound by their faith not to engage in violence or take up arms. These are the same things we presently hear from many in the food freedom movement who are afraid of angering their global masters. Courage is lost and they do not even realize that they are being relegated to slave status. What would have become of this nation if our founders only practiced peaceful non-compliance? What if our founding farmers refused to take up arms?
Be like a little lamb if you want, wolves find them to be an easy and most delicious meal. Are you going to let your farm go to the wolves? What would Thomas Jefferson have done if he was in peaceful Pennsylvania farmer, Dan Allgyer's shoes? Would Jefferson have just hung up a 'Going Out of Business' sign? I don't think so. Our founders pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to ordain and establish our Republic and the Constitution. Are there any great men left that would be as bold and brave as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in todays totalitarian police state?
The American Revolution forced the Society of Friends to do some serious soul-searching. Once a year all the Pennsylvania Quakers gathered at the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting to conduct business and address questions of faith.
In 1776, the meeting, operating by Quaker consensus, (sound familiar?) expelled Quaker men who chose to fight in the war for independence. Outraged by their neutrality, and suspicious that many Quakers hid behind their pacifism to make money and disguise their loyalty to the Crown, the Pennsylvania assembly instituted a loyalty oath that prevented Quakers and other pacifists from voting (in 1779). As the war dragged on, patriots became increasingly suspicious and angry at their Quaker neighbors. How many foodie activists today are hiding behind their pacifism, and the non-aggression principle to make money and disguise their filial loyalty to the powers that be?
During the American Revolution, people had to decide which side to support. Colonists for independence from England were usually called revolutionaries or whigs. But some Americans thought that to break away from the British government would not be right; they usually were called loyalists or tories. (Whig and tory were the names of rival political parties in Britain, so they were familiar nicknames in the colonies.) Americans today call the revolutionaries patriots, a word meaning “those who love their country.” Because we cherish our country’s independence, we value the revolutionaries as heroes.
Because of your pacifism America is now a nation that is run by Monsanto. All the while your fellow man is being soft-killed by the GMO foods, you fear being to brave or bold in defense of your farm. Why do you fear standing up to the Fascist Agricultural Industrial Complex? Are you happy living in a Fascist, Socialist, Communist, nation? Thank your fellow pacifist if you do.
Today it is easy for use to see why people wanted independence for the American colonies. We can even imagine ourselves joining in the fight against British rule. It is not so easy to understand why people who had lived in America for all or most of their lives would be opposed to the Revolution. Sometimes colonists were forced to make a choice for one side or the other, and they made choices they later regretted. Some people changed their minds and switched sides during the war, sometimes more than once.
As the war for your food escalates and the jackboots continue their oppression of raw milk, heritage breed hogs, local food clubs, hemp, backyard chickens, front yard gardens, and medical marijuana; all these things that were lawful and necessary in our infant Republic; will you be like the Quakers? Pacifists? Or will you be the brave and heroic farmers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were?
If you are looking for peaceful warm and fuzzy rainbows and unicorns you won't find them here. This is America land of the free and home of the brave; not the utopian new order of conquered pacifists.
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If you’re looking for wholesome activities for your kids, you might be considering something like 4-H. Geared towards an agricultural lifestyle, the 4-H Youth Development Organization seems like a great way for your child to hang out with other kids who are interested in more than the latest TV reality show. Doesn’t this sound great?
4-H is the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, reaching more than 7 million 4-H youth in urban neighborhoods, suburban schoolyards and rural farming communities. Fueled by university-backed curriculum, 4-H’ers engage in hands-on learning activities in the areas of science, healthy living, and food security. (source)
Unfortunately, 4-H has sold out and become irrevocably tainted by it’s corporate donors. The roster reads like a Who’s Who list of evil corporations, including the ever evil Monsanto, the eugenicists extraordinaire at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United Soybean Board (don’t forget that 90% of the soybeans produced in America are GMO), Coca-Cola (who spent over $1.5 million to fight against the labeling of GMOs in California), Big Biotech buddies Cargill and DuPont, and Big Pharma representative, Pfizer.
Dr. Joseph Mercola revealed the appalling corporate connections in an article on his site. He wrote eloquently:
The organization is extremely influential to children, impacting their intellectual and emotional development through their numerous programs and clubs. Unfortunately, Monsanto is using its partnership with 4-H as a vehicle to worm its way into your child’s mind in order to influence her developing beliefs and values.
Children are like little sponges, soaking up everything they see and hear, which makes them particularly vulnerable to being sucked in by propaganda.
And the effects could be life-long—at least they’re intended to be. Indeed you’d be hard-pressed to convince an adult, who from childhood was taught the merits of genetically engineered foods, that there’s anything wrong with such alterations of the food supply.
If your child is involved in 4-H, it would be wise to monitor the messages she’s getting, given this organization’s corporate sponsors and alliances.
4-H is really the perfect vehicle for Big Ag to manipulate an entire generation, using tactics not that different from the youth indoctrination strategies employed by political extremists in order to gain children’s trust and then “groom” them however they wish.
Think about it—what better way to control the future of our food system than to brainwash 6.8 million impressionable youth into believing that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are safe and beneficial, if not the answer to all the problems of the world? (source)
Obviously, when an organization is given millions of dollars, they will provide the messages that the corporate sponsors want them to provide. Would they speak out against GMOs when biotech is the one that funds them? Of course not. A quick visit to their website takes you to the “AgriScience” page, where it blatantly says, “The 4-H AgriScience curriculum and supporting programming has been created to cultivate the emerging study of biotechnology and business/economics in the agriculture industry.” (emphasis mine)
The page goes on to discuss the involvement of the US Soybean Council (remember, these aren’t organic soybeans we’re talking about!) with the indoctrination…oops – I mean, curriculum.
National 4-H Council partnered with the United Soybean Board (USB) and five state 4-H programs to conduct AgriScience/Biotechnology programs in ten urban areas of Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Ohio. In addition to providing an introduction to AgriScience/Biotechnology, youth learned concepts such as Agricultural Literacy, Global Food Security, Sustainability, and about the variety of career paths associated with the field. A total of 82 teenagers were extensively trained, and in turn, reached 620 youth in afterschool and summer programs during 2012. Each of the sites involved biotechnology partners from agribusinesses, commodity groups, and universities. (source)
For those who couldn’t attend and be brainwashed in person, power point presentations are available on PDF.
But it gets even worse. Dr. Mercola’s article also points out that Public Enemy Number 1, Monsanto, is actually training 4-H volunteers!
Pro-GMO propaganda would be easy to weave into 4-H’s program since they already occupy the role of teaching children the art of farming, and in their position of authority, children would never question it. Monsanto is now also training tens of thousands of 4-H volunteers, according to an article in 4-Traders:
“In 2007, Monsanto expanded its 4-H volunteerism support by funding state and regional development. More than 52,600 volunteers have attended Monsanto-supported forums and training events in 50 states, three US territories and four Extension regional forums.” (source)
Monsanto also boasts of the connection on their website. Read between the lines and you’ll find this to be a rather chilling message.
The motto of the world’s largest youth organization is “To Make the Best Better.” This is honored by Monsanto as we are proud to share and support the motto of 6.8 million youth, aged 5-21, who are involved in 4-H programs annually. 4-H can be found in every county in every U.S. state, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and more than 80 countries around the world.
As 4-H programs continue to develop youth to reach their fullest potential through developing life skills, learning by doing, and utilizing the knowledge of the land-grand university system, we at Monsanto directly support the program in many ways, including the 4-H Volunteer Initiative, which attracts volunteers who coordinate local community clubs and help to plan and conduct local, regional, state and national 4-H events. (source)
That’s right…Monsanto is directly influencing the developing minds of 6.8 million kids per year. Let that terrifying figure sink in.
If your kids are already involved in 4-H, please take a close look at what they’re being taught, because damage control may well be in order.
Biotech will stop at nothing to dominate American agriculture. From their website called GMOAnswers, which is nothing but a compendium of disinformation, to the use of cartoons to make their ways of farming seem normal and acceptable, this is just another terrifying effort to control the minds of the future farmers of this country so that they believe the benefits of toxic farming methods outweigh the horrific damage caused by it, as was tragically seen on the island petri dish of Molokai, Hawaii.
The corporate sponsorship of 4-H is a match made in hell. A once-positive organization for kids has sold its soul to corporate sponsors, and the insidious brainwashing may well put GMO-tainted food on every plate in America within the next 20 years. If you think that the cancer epidemic is outrageously high now, just wait. The USDA keeps approving the use of ever-more-toxic chemicals, and through 4-H propaganda, an entire generation of future farmers is being taught that this is the best way to feed the world.
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Have you noticed that there has been an absolute explosion in the number of people developing chronic illnesses, heart disease, diabetes and cancer? If you are like most Americans, you probably have quite a few family members and friends that are seriously ill right now. Sadly, most Americans have absolutely no idea why this is happening. Most of them just assume that all of this sickness is just “normal”. But that is not the case at all. The truth is that we are slowly killing ourselves by what we eat, by what we drink and by what we allow to be injected into our bodies.
The vast majority of people out there have never even heard about the dangers posed by aspartame, fluoride, genetically-modified food, pesticides, high fructose corn syrup, pharmaceutical drugs, cell phones and toxic vaccines. Most of them have no idea that our food is toxic, our water is toxic and our vaccines are toxic. Right now, it is estimated that approximately 70,000 chemicals are being used for commercial purposes, and as a result of our “modern lifestyles” we are literally being endlessly bombarded with toxins. This has resulted in a massive tsunami of death, disease and chronic illness in America. But very few people actually understand what is being done to all of us. The following are just a few of the ways that the “soft killing” of the American people is taking place…
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By: Andrew Mastrocola
As a pivotal year for food freedom, 2013, comes to an end, another one is sure to follow. The war on for your food took a big hit when a few brave farmers stood up, with success, to the regulators in Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin, just to name a few. The growing resistance to foolish government demands was very inspiring, yet much cowardice showed forth with food activists cries of being peaceful. Really? Do you think the government fears you? Doubt it. When you fear the government that is tyranny; when the government fears the people there is Liberty. Do you like to live in fear and be a slave? If you're a farmer do you like having a Monsanto controlled government telling you how to farm your land? What if America's greatest farmer, Thomas Jefferson, only resisted with peaceful means? Would we have ever had an America that was not subject to a foreign power? What these peace only activists are doing is actually empowering the controllers and leading the sheep towards mass extinction. Cowards always turn tail and run in the face of adversity and are laughed at by the jack-booted thugs who enforce these un-Constitutional regulations. Are you going to be like the sheep, or will you become a shepherd in 2014? Prepare now to become that shepherd, study all 10 amendments, and be prepared to use all 10, period.
Most often heard in 2013 were cries by the Marxists and collectivists for peaceful and passive resistance to the food tyranny we have grown accustomed to seeing all across our nation. What does that mean this peaceful and passive resistance? Think about it. It means you will resist with your tongue but never stand your ground when called upon to do so. Don't take my food source away but if you do I will not stand in your way. Cowardice! Why are so many food rights activists afraid to stand and resist with every possible tool our Constitution gives them? It is because they want to be their own little Ghandi's and spread the lies of peaceful non-compliance. Let us look at what was really going on in the mind of Ghandi, he was not the pacifist many want you to believe.
Between Cowardice And Violence
This is the land of the free and the home of the brave, not the land of the controlled masses and submissive cowards. Remind your public servants that they are public servants, refuse to be a slave to the Food World Order global agenda.
So for 2014 when the jackboots come for your food will you be the happy little collectivist and yell at the top of your voice, but allow them to take control and defeat you anyway? Or will you stop being that coward and be ready to stand, just as our forefathers did during the birth of our Republic? As long as you buy into the lies and you go along to get along you are allowing yourself to be an unwitting tool of the Marxists and Collectivists. The powers that be just laugh when they know that they have instilled in you the fear to be anything other than peaceful. Yea, you may put a speed bump in the road for their Food World Order Agenda, but you will never stop the tyranny unless you show "No Fear".
Published on Dec 5, 2013
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By: Andrew Mastrocola
We live in an ever changing world, full of economic uncertainty and social unrest. How well are you prepared to sustain your family during uncertain times? What if your local food source is 'regulated' out of business by government mandate or 'shutdown' by an FDA Swat team? Will the food police be shutting down your source of life giving food and force you, who are hungry and desolate, into FEMA camps where the government has the only food that is readily available? What if disaster strikes your region and you can not get to your local food source for weeks or months? What if Executive Orders are activated that take control of all food resources? What if your garden fails because of drought or some other unforeseen natural disaster?
What if the Agricultural Industrial Complex decides to raid your local food source and destroy the food that was stored for you at your food 'buyers club'? What are you prepared to do to feed your family during uncertain times? Do you have a plan and food stores in your home for those times ahead? There is a war on for your food. Many patriot farmers have been continually raided, jailed, and dragged into court over the last decade. From the East coast to the West coast, and even in the Midwest and deep South we have witnessed acts of government tyranny against those who buck the system and supply real food to thousands of American families. Are you prepared to withstand, manufactured chaos, the coming Dictatorship, natural and man made disasters, and still feed your family while not relying on big government to feed them for you?
The signing of the National Defense Resources Preparedness executive order grants the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Labor, the Department of Defense and other agencies complete control of all US resources, including the ability to seize, confiscate or re-delegate resources, materials, services, and facilities as deemed necessary or appropriate to promote the national defense as delegated by the following agencies:
Sec. 201. Priorities and Allocations Authorities. (a)
(1) the Secretary of Agriculture with respect to food resources, food resource facilities, livestock resources, veterinary resources, plant health resources, and the domestic distribution of farm equipment and commercial fertilizer;
(2) the Secretary of Energy with respect to all forms of energy;
(3) the Secretary of Health and Human Services with respect to health resources;
(4) the Secretary of Transportation with respect to all forms of civil transportation;
(5) the Secretary of Defense with respect to water resources; and
(6) the Secretary of Commerce with respect to all other materials, services, and facilities, including construction materials.
(b) The Secretary of each agency delegated authority under subsection (a) of this section (resource departments) shall plan for and issue regulations to prioritize and allocate resources and establish standards and procedures by which the authority shall be used to promote the national defense, under both emergency and non-emergency conditions.
The new order provides specific definitions for each of these essential infrastructure elements, indicating that all resources, not just those owned by large farms and businesses, are to be directly controlled by the government.
“True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and are out of a job are the stuff of which dictators are made.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt
With your independence you have the freedom to think there is no need for emergency preparedness because the government will always provide for you. You have the freedom to deny the need for disaster preparedness. You can think you can wait until the day before an act of terrorism or civil unrest occurs, even though you don’t have a crystal ball.
You have the freedom to think there is no need for earthquake preparedness. “Earthquakes don’t happen every day you know.”
You have the freedom to think hurricane preparedness and tornado preparedness are only for the other guy, not you. “I’ll take my chances. After all, it’s not going to happen to me.”
Yet with your independence, you also have the freedom to take action. You have the freedom to express yourself when you witness the government getting caught with its hands in the taxpayer cookie jar time and time again.
The definition of Independence: 1. The state or quality of being independent. 2. Freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.
By its very definition in black and white, independence states you are free from the “support, aid or the like, of others.” You are ultimately on your own.
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The US ranks with Cuba and North Korea for coming down on its smallest farms harshly for following the centuries-old tradition of selling food privately to friends and neighbors.
Quick, name three countries that crack down on small farmers who follow the centuries-old tradition of selling food privately to friends and neighbors.
If you guessed North Korea and Cuba, you are correct. If you are still trying to figure out the third country, here’s a hint: it’s the land of the free and home of private enterprise. Aside from North Korea and Cuba, the United States has come down on its smallest farms as harshly as any for following the centuries-old tradition of selling food privately to friends and neighbors.
• In just the last two years, America’s government apparatus has sought severe criminal penalties against three farmers (in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and California) for allegedly selling food without a license.
• Two other farmers (in Pennsylvania and Maine) have been hit with government demands for injunctions to prevent them from farming if they continue to distribute food to private groups of customers.
• A third farmer (in Michigan) has been notified, in the last few weeks, that he is being fined $700,000 for raising free-range pigs that he sells privately, and will be fined more if he continues the practice.
These three examples don’t include food clubs and private citizens in locales ranging from Kentucky to Missouri to Maryland hit with court-ordered searches, undercover operations, quarantines, and criminal charges by local, state, and federal authorities.
If these actions were taking place in Europe, Latin America, or Asia, the scenario of a big government backed by big corporations bullying small farmers would likely have American liberals enraged. But, since it’s happening so close to home, it has been virtually ignored by most of the so-called liberal media—except to chide and belittle those who seek out privately available food as people unconcerned with food safety, rabid meat eaters, politically wacko, or a combination of all three.
What’s especially unfortunate about the alienation of liberals over food rights is that much of it appears to be emotional in nature, rather than based on politics, or even ideology. Here are a few of the most commonly perceived reasons I have gleaned during my research into my latest book--Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights—as well as from covering several high-profile court cases involving farmers and food clubs.
Food rights is about undoing food safety regulation. The notion that small farms, because they sell directly to small private groups, should have some kind of regulatory exemption rubs many liberals the wrong way. Regulation, after all, has been the liberal answer to many problems in our society, with generally positive results. In this view, there’s no reason to think that more regulation isn’t the answer to upsetting reports of pathogens infesting seemingly safe foods like cantaloupe, peanut butter or ground beef, and leaving serious illness and even death, behind.
Yet food rights advocates aren’t pushing to undo regulation as much as allow farmers selling directly to small private groups of customers, outside the public network of distributors, wholesalers, and retailers, to avoid having to obtain costly licenses and permits requiring special facilities appropriate to large retail and food production operations. So far, juries in Minnesota and Wisconsin have agreed, and within the last year have acquitted two of the farmers charged criminally with failure to have retail and food handler licenses.
Food rights is mainly promoted by raw-milk and Ron-Paul-loving “kooks.”It’s true, former Congressman Ron Paul, a libertarian, is a supporter of raw milk. Before he retired earlier this year, he led a legislative effort in the U.S. House that never really got off the ground, to lift a 25-year federal ban on interstate sales and shipments of raw milk. His son, Sen. Rand Paul, has similarly become associated with the libertarian agenda and has been highly critical of the FDA’s crackdown on raw milk and other food producers around the country.
However, outside the U.S., in Europe and Latin America, support for food rights, as exemplified by the Slow Food and food sovereignty movements, had its origins among liberals and socialists. All that being said, much of the enforcement in the U.S. going on against small farms extends beyond raw milk, involving also the private sale of eggs and meat slaughtered on the farm, among other items. Indeed, the judge in the Wisconsin case, involving farmer Vernon Hershberger, ruled in pretrial motions that raw milk was not to be discussed before the jury so it shouldn’t distract from the real issue of whether the farmer required various permits.
The farmers being pursued by the government are religious fundamentalists; as in, they’re not “one of us.” A good number of the farmers being targeted are Amish—definitely not liberal groupies–but who are sought out by many food clubs because the farms generally adhere to traditional food-raising practices, avoiding antibiotics, and hormones for animals, and genetically-modified feed.
Which, of course, is ironic since most liberal locavores seek out just that kind of local food. Mother Jones, which published an article last year expressing reservations about raw milk’s safety, noted snidely that, “fans of raw milk … tend to defend the stuff with near-religious fervor… .” It’s difficult to respond to religious biases except to say that our Constitution separates church from state for very good reasons.
Food rights supporters are promoting an animal-based diet during a time when we should be moving toward a vegan, or vegetarian, diet. Well-known food author Michael Pollan probably captured the attitude most memorably in his 2007 New York Times Magazine article that began: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” The most popular privately-accessed foods are mostly animal-based— raw milk, butter and kefir, eggs, and farm-slaughtered beef, pork, and chicken. Now that raising cattle and pigs has become associated, incorrectly, with heightened levels of methane gas, it’s easy to associate food rights and the desire of many advocates to obtain meat and dairy outside normal regulatory strictures as a peripheral issue at best, and one that condones bad-for-the-planet practices at worst.
Food rights skeptics should understand that small and local vegetable producers will soon face an onslaught of rules not unlike those for dairy and meat producers. New rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act begin to take effect next year, which gives the FDA huge new powers to inspect farms and enforce standards regarding compost, soil, and, water quality.
Despite this widespread resistance, however, there are encouraging signs that some liberals are beginning to feel a growing level of comfort with the idea of food rights.
An especially strong signal is coming from Maine, one of the nation’s hotbeds of food rights activity. It all started in 2011, when small towns along Maine’s coast began passing “food sovereignty” ordinances, allowing farmers to sell any foods they produced directly to consumers, without state or federal regulatory oversight. Within two years, ten towns had passed similar ordinances.
The state’s Department of Agriculture challenged what was perceived as an assault on state authority by filing suit against two-cow farmer Dan Brown in one of the towns that had passed a food sovereignty ordinance. When a state judge found for the state earlier this spring, food rights activists moved the food rights agenda to the state legislature. There, a proposed law to extend the food sovereignty concept (apart from any specific connection to raw milk) state wide attracted considerable support before being voted down in the legislature.
According to Heather Retberg, one of the original food sovereignty organizers, the votes for food sovereignty in the legislature came from politicians with varied backgrounds and leanings. “In Maine, we have thus far been able to cross all political boundaries and keep food and community as common ground across the political spectrum,” she said. “The divide that has shown up is along Establishment or large farm versus small farm lines.”
The struggle to retain freedom of choice about the foods we put into our bodies should be a fundamental civil right, with sensibly scaled food safety protections in place. What it shouldn’t be is another in a long list of ideological issues between liberals and conservatives. As Retberg suggests it is, at its heart, about community rather than politics and corporate protectionism.
David E. Gumpert is author of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Food Rights: The Escalating Battle Over Who Decides What We Eat. He writes for Modern Farmer, Food Safety News, and other publications. His blog is www.thecompletepatient.com.
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