“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson
More and more Americans are beginning to understand that the Declaration of Independence declares the God given liberties of all American farmers to raise, produce and sell their products and the American consumer to purchase such products
Declaration of Independence aside, the Federal government has no inherent, constitutional power to intervene in the private transaction between the American farmer and their customers, especially when the transaction takes place intrastate.
One example of declaring our right of food independence would be to support and defend the liberties of all American dairy farmers to produce and sell raw milk. These farmers should be able to do so without fear of prosecution, whether it be by state officials as in the case of Dan Brown in Hancock County or FDA swat teams targeting an Amish farmer from Pennsylvania for selling raw milk across state lines.
Moving forward beyond just raw milk, we should continue to find ways to help defend and protect the liberties of the American farmer as well as the American consumer who chooses to buy their products – especially the small, local farmer we all support in our own backyard.
We should therefore oppose all attempts by the Federal Government to make the lives of our farmers more costly and difficult by opposing any type of National Animal ID and/or Farm Premise ID program as well as forcing farmers to obtain a commercial driver’s license in order to drive their tractors.
Such programs have been proposed in the recent past and may yet come back again. Not only are these programs unconstitutional, but written to protect the interests of large agricultural interests while imposing an undue burden which ultimately punishes the small farmer.
We should continue to support and defend the liberties of the Americans who have promoted and adopted the local food ordinance – most recently exhibited by some of our fellow Mainers in Hancock County.
We should actively work to reduce the size, scope and influence of the FDA and USDA.
Finally, it is our duty as American citizens to protect the American farmer from an agenda that threatens their very livelihood. No liberty is more basic than the ability of free men and women to support their local farmer.
Mark Willis, Dennysville Maine