Farmers To Face Fines Or Prison Sentences For Selling Food Directly To Customers

(David Gumpert)   This would seem to embody the USDA’s advisory, “Know your farmer, know your food,” right? Not exactly.

For the USDA and its sister food regulator, the FDA, there’s a problem: many of the farmers are distributing the food via private contracts like herd shares and leasing arrangements, which fall outside the regulatory system of state and local retail licenses and inspections that govern public food sales.

In response, federal and state regulators are seeking legal sanctions against farmers in Maine, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and California, among others. These sanctions include injunctions, fines, and even prison sentences.

Food sold by unlicensed and uninspected farmers is potentially dangerous say the regulators, since it can carry pathogens like salmonella, campylobacter, and E.coli O157:H7, leading to mild or even serious illness.

Most recently, Wisconsin’s attorney general appointed a special prosecutor to file criminal misdemeanor charges against an Amish farmer for alleged failure to have retail and dairy licenses, and the proceedings turned into a high-profile jury trial in late May that highlighted the depth of conflict: following five days of intense proceedings, the 12-person jury acquitted the farmer, Vernon Hershberger, on all the licensing charges, while convicting him of violating a 2010 holding order on his food, which he had publicly admitted.

Why are hard-working normally law-abiding farmers aligning with urban and suburban consumers to flaunt well-established food safety regulations and statutes? Why are parents, who want only the best for their children, seeking out food that regulators say could be dangerous? And, why are regulators and prosecutors feeling so threatened by this trend?

Members of these private food groups often buy from local farmers because they want food from animals that are treated humanely, allowed to roam on pasture, and not treated with antibiotics. “I really want food that is full of nutrients and the animals to be happy and content,” says Jenny DeLoney, a Madison, WI, mother of three young children who buys from Hershberger.

To these individuals, many of whom are parents, safety means not only food free of pathogens, but food free of pesticides, antibiotic residues, and excessive processing. It means food created the old-fashioned way—from animals allowed to eat grass instead of feed made from genetically modified (GMO) grains—and sold the old-fashioned way, privately by the farmer to the consumer, who is free to visit the farm and see the animals.

Many of these consumers have viewed the secretly-made videos of downer cows being prodded into slaughterhouses and chickens so crammed into coops they can barely breathe.

These consumers are clearly interpreting “safety” differently than the regulators. Some of these consumers are going further than claiming contract rights—they are pushing their towns and cities to legitimize private farmer-consumer arrangements.

In Maine, residents of ten coastal towns have approved so-called “food sovereignty” ordinances that legalize unregulated food sales; towns in other states, including Massachusetts and Vermont, and as far away as Santa Cruz, CA, have passed similar ordinances.

The new legal offensive isn’t going over well with regulators anywhere. Aside from the Hershberger action in Wisconsin, and a similar one in Minnesota, Maine’s Department of Agriculture filed suit against a two-cow farmer, Dan Brown, in one of the food-sovereignty towns, Blue Hill, seeking fines and, in effect, to invalidate all the Maine ordinances.

In April, a state court ruled against the farmer, and in effect against the towns; sentencing is due within several weeks, and the case could well be appealed.

The jury in the criminal misdemeanor case of Minnesota farmer Alvin Schlangen last September acquitted him of all charges after several hours of deliberation. But the regulators’ push against privately-distributed food continues unabated.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has moved forward with a local prosecutor in Schlangen’s rural county, pressing similar criminal charges as the ones he was acquitted of in Minneapolis. He is scheduled to go on trial again in August. And in Wisconsin, prosecutors sought, unsuccessfully, to have Vernon Hershberger jailed for allegedly violating his jail terms since charges were filed in late 2011.

At its heart, this is a struggle over a steady erosion of confidence in the integrity of our industrial food system, which has been hit by disturbing disclosures seemingly on a weekly basis. In just the last few weeks, for example, we have seen shrimp, cookies, and veggie burgers recalled by the FDA for being sold with undeclared ingredients.

Also in recent weeks, members of Congress and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have escalated warnings about the growing danger of antibiotic resistant pathogens emerging from farm animals, which consume about 80 percent of all antibiotics in the U.S. The Atlantic reported last summer that medical specialists are seeing a spike in women with urinary tract infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, likely transmitted by chicken meat.

This erosion in the confidence of the food system carries serious implications. It financially threatens large corporations if long-established food brands come under prolonged and severe public questioning.

It threatens economic performance if foods deemed “safe” become scarcer, and thus more expensive. And it is potentially explosive politically if too many people lose confidence in the professionalism of the food regulators who are supposed to be protecting us from tainted food, and encourages folks to exit the public food system for private solutions like the consumers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maine, and elsewhere.

Just look at the vituperative corporate response to recent consumer-led campaigns to label foods with genetically-modified ingredients.

As more consumers become intent on making the final decisions on what foods they are going to feed themselves and their families, and regulators become just as intent on asserting what they see as their authority over inspecting and licensing all food, ugly scenarios of agitated citizens battling government authorities over access to food staples seem likely to proliferate.

It’s an unfortunate recipe for a new kind of rights movement centered on the most basic acts—what we choose to eat.

  • John William Holland
    • RageMojo

      that is a list of farmers who are already registered with the USDA, not those looking to sell at local farmers markets.

  • animalaura

    “Control The Food Supply, And You Control the People”
    (to paraphrase Henry Kissinger).
    far…. most of the illnesses contracted from fresh produce has been
    from federally inspected commercial industrial farms… NOT the local
    small veggie farmer!

    • Boni Biggun

      AGENDA 21, Georgia Guide stones, REX 84, Operation Paperclip, Operation Northwoods, Operation Bluebeam, the Iron Mountain Report, NDAA, Patriot Acts etc. are all the open admission of the war against us all. I say do not comply anymore with these luciferian fascists. Get armed & prepare to fight for you God given inalienable rights! Because THEY have already prepared to kill us all very soon…

      • shara70

        AMEN, brother!

      • merdenoire

        Wow! Boni is SUPER-INFORMED! KUDOS!!!

    • Ricky Ross

      Don’t forget the ultimate control/tyrannical legislation >>> Obamacare!

      • Jack

        You’re an idiot

        • Ricky Ross

          Tell me how it isn’t, Jack!

        • Dave

          No jack, you’re the idiot! I’m not only sick and tired of the government intervening in our lives and shoving THEIR agendas down our throats, I’m sick and tired of the stupid aholes, like YOU, defending them and betraying the people!

        • TryToUseYourBrain

          So Jack, it’s been over 2 months since you called people who could simply read and observe reality with a basic level of common sense and discernment, “idiots”.

          Are you awake at all now? Are you man enough to admit you were wrong and you just didn’t want to believe what you (deep down) knew to be true?

          Now is the time to repent your sin of gullibility and admit you were brain washed(we all started out, on some level, where you were 2 months ago).

          I am asking for your honest response here, not just throwing a childish fit because the Polly-Anna world you thought was real, has always been just big lie, while you backed up your own oppressors.

          OR are you still fast asleep in the poppy fields?

      • Kandy

        Yes, force it on the American public and not for the Senators, Justices or the Obamas…seems only fair right? BS….if it is good enough to make the American public use it then ALL politicians, etc should have to use it. Sick and tired of the Government intervening in our lives and shoving THEIR agendas down our throats.

        • Car

          We let them think about it..

    • Joseph Edward Bodden

      and the water supply… use fracking to pollute most of it and what remains is worth it’s weight in gold… just think about it.

    • Eileen Kuch

      That’s absolutely correct. There has been NO case whatsoever of illnesses contracted from fresh produce grown on family farms. It was produce grown on commercial industrial farms that was contaminated by pathogens such as salmonella, E. coli, etc., that caused the vast majority of illnesses and deaths from these diseases. And, guess what; these industrial commercial agribusinesses hire illegal aliens from south of our border who do not practice normal hygiene, such as washing their hands before touching any of the produce.

      Family farms normally don’t hire such strangers; they usually have children who help out on the farm(s) and are carefully instructed in personal hygiene; thus, preventing such illnesses in the first place. The produce grown on these farms belong to the farmers themselves; and, so long as this produce is free from pathogen contamination, they may sell it at the local farmers’ market, or at a well-maintained storefront.

  • The Hatchet

    “Why are parents, who want only the best for their children, seeking out food that regulators say could be dangerous?” … Because regulators are misinformed, paid off, full of s*** and trying to push an agenda that the real public is NOT INTERESTED in perhaps? Like the “regulators” know what’s best?

  • Abelli

    Prisoner Breeding Nation in World Leading Jailer Land needs but new reason to bring people to jail. Mind priorities: Big companies first.

  • linlin

    CONTROL THE FOOD AND THE WATER AND WE WILL ALL BE SLAVES. FARMERS HAVE ALWAYS HAD STANDS TO SELL WHAT THEY HAVE GROWN. What the hell it’s coming to, total control of food and now even more people will starve. America make all this crap stop.

    • Kasot

      Listen up!!! However do you expect the “”Law” to go after the bankers, the pedophiles, the murders, the other criminals when farmers are threatening all that is holy by selling pure vegies? Also, selling free range chickens etc, our jails will soon be filled with the Amish and will have no further room for the pot heads. Progress is wonderful, ain’t it?

      • Dave

        The ‘pot head’ isn’t the one that should be in jail. The pharmaceutical CEO and representative (pusher) and the idiot doctors that prescribe their poison that should be in jail!

        • Kasot

          I referred to the “pot heads” as that seems to be the main target. target of choice. Peace loving people, many who don’t care to imbibe the legal drug, alcohol. Many of my favorite people are pot heads.

        • Car

          As well as the Doctors

      • Lori Alayne Weber Miller

        Governments resent the Amish because they can not control them. No smart meters on their homes, Little involvement with the marketplace. Very little income to tax.they won’t participate in our Wars etc.They do not even watch the propaganda box.

      • Car

        Lets put the government in jail.

  • Lynn Fletcher

    Agri-business (Big Ag) will not go quietly. Mountains of paperwork, fees, insurance, inspection, all designed to put small farmers (family farms) at an extreme disadvantage, if not to make them so unprofitable they simply go under. Anyone who believes otherwise is deluded.

    • wolfendenpackleader

      Monsanto wrote the S.B.’ our congress critters never read but passed into law. It bans organic farmers, which includes anyone who grows veggies in their own yard. what’s next flowers ?

      • Whatsmyname

        Yes, if you can eat the flowers!

        • BarefootBoy1

          Folks and some flowers are edible!!!

          • Ah So

            day lilies are great.

        • wolfendenpackleader

          Thanks, I knew that, but I forgot to add it. in fact dandelion greens and many weeds are also edible along with other various trees and plants too.

      • margaret howerton

        Find books on foraging for great information on nutritious edibles growing all around us. Purslane – a weed that pops up everywhere so prolifically, now used by chefs because it tastes wonderful too. Dandelion, daylily, and so many more. Leaves, roots, flowers – all edible and nutritious!

    • mogul264

      Like the ethanol additive to gasoline which DOESN’T work to reduce smog, DOES reduce mileage, DOES increase cost, DOES rot fuel system components, and DOES cause more breathing difficulties for those with respiratory problems! A prime lobbyist-employer is Archer-Daniels-Midland, who, strangely enough, SELLS ethanol additives! The profits are enormous, hence, the need for lobbyists to ensure our government CONTINUES to require this useless addition to our fuels!

      This all comes from corn, diverted from people and animal food sources, increasing the cost of foods from vegetables, beef, pork, and fowl. The profits are enormous, but the GREED is greater!

  • Chris Dontneedtoknow

    The FDA and USDA are way out of line. If I want to sell or give away my garden produce then I will. They will have no say in it.

    • wolfendenpackleader

      well if these agencies were really concerned about the health of the people why did they let the EPA raise the allowable levels of glyphosate residue for human consumption. It was not for the health of the people. Rather it was to appease Monsanto, the makers of Round-up pesticide used on crops for animal and human consumption, without proper testing.

      Monsanto, the Agent Orange guys.

    • Car

      Thank you and we love you for it..

  • Will the next revolution be over food? Seems very possible as insane power hungry government officials seek to control people and destroy the freedom to even eat as we choose. Of course need we even suggest that there hegemony may be traced to money from industrial food giants. Has someone secretly set the clock back to Nazi Germany?

    • theUglyTruth

      Psst. TPTB were the enemies of Nazi germany. You’ll inevitably disagree and get angry at first, but think about it – you learned how bad nazi germany is from education controlled by these same people….

      • wolfendenpackleader

        Are you a Republican ? Did you vote for either of the Bush Presidents? Did you know that the father of G.H.W. Bush was a banker, he married into money. Preston Bush, funded several years of Hitler during the war until the government found out and put a stop to it. Son, G.H.W.Bush, former CIA agent, you know the guys who go into other countries and eliminate the old rulers and put into place, usually Dictators who are willing to work with the underhandedness of the PTB. Like Reagan/Bush instilled Sadam Hussein in Iraq a long time ago and far away, then suddenly he had to go and look at the mess that became.

        And in case you also are unaware, many of the Nazi criminals were given a new life in America with the blessing of the government and in fact, several of their doctors were used over here to develop vaccinations, given to our children. Look it up, it’s out there in the history and research books.

        And all of these so called enemies have been in bed with each other for close to a 100 years or more.

        • Michael Caiola

          Newsflash Barack Obama is president, has been since 2008. The comparison to Nazism is perfectly appropriate regardless of political affiliation.

      • Michael Caiola

        So 17 million humans were not exterminated by Nazi Germany? Ill be damned.

        • Slvrizgold

          No, no they weren’t. Not that many. Stalin (Jewish) killed 10 times more people than Hitler, mostly Christians. History is filled with Zionist lies and exaggerations. I’ll bet you never learned in school how evil the Bolsheviks in Russia were…

    • bobfairlane

      You sounded really smart till you got to the bullshit about “nazi Germany”. lols

  • Rosary Solimanto

    This article is a load of BS – Dan Brown (the farmer mentioned in the 1st paragraph) – can be read here:

  • kim

    They are just so worried about our health that no questions asked if we eat gmo and round up, but organic food lets lock them up.

  • Elfi Metz

    It will be a cold day in hell before I let any government tell me where I can and cannot get my food from. They want to poison us with additives and artificial crap. Let them eat it. I will get my foods from wherever I want to. It is time to get the government out of our pantry.

  • bobfairlane

    Do these creeps actually test any food, or do they just make a living attacking small-time American farmers?

  • Spook Moor

    I’m a qualified farmer so for me this makes interesting reading. In my time and my ex country there were no GMO seeds. Yes we were large scale commercial farmers and used pesticides and insecticides which are quite safe when used properly. So is a very hard question for me to answer because one needs checks and balances because in the end the farmer is like all people in that you get good and bad ones. So where does one draw the line?

    • BarefootBoy1

      Folks, We, the People, make the Rules, are The Government! WE can make the choices. FDA and USDA need to be shut down!!!

  • David Sims

    The government is trying to increase its revenue by expanding its regulatory purview. The licensing game is a very old governmental extortion racket, almost always “justified” as being for the public safety or in the public interest. What really is going on is the government wants our money, and to get that money it studies us to learn what it is we want to do. Then it sends police or soldiers to stop us from doing it, telling us that it is for our own good. But, the government says, if we pay some of our money as a license fee, that will make what we want to do healthy and safe, and the state will then tell its musclemen to step out of our way. Of course, if anyone tries to evade paying the fee and sneak past the enforcers, the enforces have orders to shoot us.

    • DeAnna Outlaw

      That is what the Mafia and other gangs have always done. It is called ‘protection’ money. The US government is no different.

  • homerbjenkins

    People you should well remember that obamy signed himself, via executive order, the right to seize any and all food supplies at any moment that he so chooses. If he can’t control it, he can’t seize it nearly as easy. Besides, if you are dependant upon stores for your food, you only have a two day supply at most on shelves.

    • wolfendenpackleader

      Homer: this is part of Martial Law. Obama did not just invent this. It has been on the government books since well before I was born in the early 1950’s. When Bush2 was President, I read through the government laws online, from the white house dot gov. long, boring stuff for the most part, but when you get to the section about Martial Law, food is included to be confiscated. Fact is Bush2 wanted to declare M.L. so bad so that he could remain in power indefinitely he even suggested arranging some major catastrophic event to make it happen, on purpose, since he exposed too much so called secret information, this did not happen during his 8 year reign. Bush2 figured that the country would be split up in zones, all from the old M.L.plans and each state into 10 zones, all vehicles the people owned would now become government property, all utilities would be cut off, water, heat, electricity to bring the people down to their knees, and that it would take at least 4-5 years before the power would be turned back on. Also, when Bush2 was reporting on this, he and Cheney made it law that all congress people would be kept from knowing anything, Only Bush and a small handful of people would be the ones controlling everything. Well I am relieved it did not happen. But these are very old plans/laws in the government that are updated and no doubt, added to all the time. It has been there for most of the people living in America today to have been covered under this type of plan if need be. They are always trying to keep their plans/fantasy? alive.

      • LibertyDwells

        That’s some nice fantasy writing you got going there. But other than the general fact this has been possible for as long as they have been enamored with EO’s it is all just that; fantasy. And, Bush has been gone five years. Focus on the problem, the first “president” who may actually be looking at claiming a throne in the US: Obama. This piece of human garbage is the problem and the regime he enables are the foot soldiers you have to worry about.

        • Kevin Rochelle

          dont be such a fucking idiot. Bob Dole is the champion of Con-Agra and ADM, republicans wholesale support big agriculture. Reagan especially got rid of EPA/FDA power over big agri, and Bush kept it strong. Dont be a lying fucktard, if you must be a fucktard.

          • Johnbraavo

            LOL bow down to your Lord Obama idiot. He will smash the small farmer just like all the rest “FUCKTARD” and it’s people like you who will help him fucktard.You are worse then any person in power you are the ones who will turn in you neighbor and friends just to get a chance to kiss you Lord Obamas ass

          • Johnbraavo

            another fucking washed out guitarist,still living with mom and dad? Or are you still in apt 21?

          • Kevin Rochelle

            That all you got? The extent of your mental ability? Like I said…idiot.

      • Johnbraavo

        LMFAO Anything to divert responsibility from your Lord and Savor right? He didn’t invent ANYTHING or own anything for that matter. Truth is he is using the strong arm of the Federal agencies just like some dictator.

  • Merri Mare

    Could the USDA and FDA be worried that consumers are starting to figure out that the factory farms and the tinkering with our food is sending us to the smaller local farmers?

  • Bob Celeste
  • Tom B

    People are going to start shooting soon because they aren’t going to take it anymore.

    • dave kenny

      this is true too

  • laura91

    omg, all the people of every town need to show up at the doorsteps of these controlling freaks and demand they get the hell out of there business and leave honest hard working Americans alone. this crap has to end. mad as hell in Michigan

    • dave kenny

      amen brother

  • Tom B

    The feds are dying to have an armed conflict with the people and all the weapons in the world won’t save a soul in DC.People are PISSED!

  • Independent Tom

    Shut up, worship Obama, and obey your superior government master.

    • Kasot

      Do you stupidly think that all of this began with Obama’s becoming the POTUS:
      Good grief you don’t have to go back beginning with the Mayflower, just the past 30 years to find out when this stuff began. Independent Tom, you should be able to handle that.

  • Mahesh Sood

    Problem is the Human Rulers mafia wants to regulate everything that common human uses right till water and air. They need to deregulate fast from the complex systems they are enforcing on humans in this era of communication revolution ….else

  • Michael Caiola
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  • Howard Treesong

    The greatest threat to the power structure in the land of the free is to have its citizens decide for themselves what they want to eat. As long as they accept eating Monsanto’s horror food-type products, there’s no problem. But own a two-cow farm, send in the department of homeland security, we’ve got a serious breach of public health safety on our hands!

    • gager

      GMO food is not the problem…it is government interference in free trade. Food mandates do not make a safer product…it makes a dumb consumer.

  • Dennis Demimonde

    …”farmers are distributing the food via private contracts [that] fall outside the regulatory system”… And there you have it. Not subject to their jurisdiction, and they will attempt to make others believe they have the authority to do so by hook or by crook.

  • Gwevt

    No one, no president is solely responsible for this the government doesn’t work that way. So extreme rants and plot speculation aside it sounds like everyone who has posted here agrees that this, if all factual is wrong. How about we get back to the issue at hand and do something other than belly ache about it. As far as I’m concerned the FDA and USDA are there to protect me from the practices of farmers I don’t know and the multitude of middle men between the farmer and the food I purchase in the grocery store. When I take it upon myself to go directly to the farmer I take on the responsibility of inspecting that farmer and food since I can see them and talk to them myself. Just as I am taking on the responsibility when I decide to purchase raw milk and products. If I’m buying direct it’s up to me to know who I’m buying from and what I’m buying and make the choice for my family, if we get sick it’s between me and the farmer it wouldn’t occur to me to blame the government at any level. It’s like accepting the overflow from my neighbors garden in that regard. If the facts are all accurate here the USDA and FDA are over stepping and frankly shouldn’t be spending the money and time taking on more when they aren’t doing the basic job as well as they should be. We need to be loud and clear about pushing back and telling them we want them to back off this track and focus their energy where it should be, the farms I can’t inspect for myself, the ones we don’t have the opportunity to see or know and the imported foods that come from other countries that don’t have the same regulations. I should feel confident that produce or meat I purchase in my supermarket meets the strict safety requirements we are supposed to have in this country and not have to worry that they are in effect overseeing themselves because these agency’s I fund don’t have enough manpower or funds or whatever the issue is to properly inspect them and know them inside and out. Not everyone has the option to choose to go direct to the farmer and we have these government agencies to be our eyes, ears and brains with the farmers when we can’t do it for ourselves. If I am willing and able to do it for myself be glad and let me!

  • Dunastes

    Hey, those police officers who make these stupid arrests, enforce those unconstitutional actions, and serve the bogus warrants, they live among us… They are our neighbors. Go and have a WORD with them…

  • Peggy

    Who is fool enough to believe that our government truly cares about our health? This is all about power and control, and nothing more. If the government wants to protect us from harmful or poisonous food, it would do a thorough investigation of what Monsanto is doing to our food supply, and how people and animals are ingesting lethal poisons thanks to those powerful, deadly insecticides. But of course it’s a whole lot easier to intimidate and destroy a small family farm business, and for no good reason.

  • Bwhhaaa hhaaa hhaaaa

    The government is just really concerned, that some of us might not be getting our recommended daily dose of GMO and chemical poisoning.

    • Kasot

      Well, the corporations that are now people are the ones financing those who give them the best opportunity to poison us. Can “we the people” afford to put another person to be in “charge” of us, then have them turn on us? Vote green! Stop joining the chorus that denigrates the good men who have our well being in mind, as Kusinich , Paul Wellston, Al Frankin, and a few others. All the rest are only interested in the benefits that they receive from their patrons.

  • Maria Jones

    This is just another way for the government to control us , now if this farmer where to say give the veggies away free nothing would be said there would be no fines or threats of jail ,,, kills me how the For the USDA and FDA, bust the farmers but yet , let all kinds of new drugs out to be tried theses drug can cause more trouble then for what your be treated for but yet thats ok,,

    Now they claim the veggies the farmers sell could have pathogens like salmonella, campylobacter, and E.coli i beg to differ unlike veggies that are shipped from one store and another , sitting in a store room for days befor the supper markets get it the freshness is breaking down rotten this is what causes sickens ,,

    The farmers are picking there crop fresh sold with in a few hrs . I have been to many farmers market or rd side stands to buy fresh off the farm veggies and you can tell the difference more firm smells is better taste is so much more delightful ,

    what it all breaks down to folks is that the government in most thing is a crock of shit,
    its all about them making money the farmers should not have to worry about a tax licence they make so little as it is now , the gov, wants to have theses big control farms with every thing all packaged veggies meat, have you seen how there meats are packed look at wal mart that meat is do full of chemicals to make the meat last longer this is what makes us sick , not the real fresh foods our farmers have ,

    or your local ma and pa stores where the meats are cut daily fresh not package with additives in them ,, so next time you shop take notice of whats fresh and what is not

    go to a farm stand then compare for your self what it is you want on tour dinner table ,, fresh or additives ,

  • Mary Brown

    corporate farming buying off the legal system is going to drive even more of this. How soon will they go after farmers markets and CSA’s

  • Here in Michigan, BigAgro has paid off it’s drones in the state legislature to force small and medium-size pig farmers out of business. They say the farmers are raising ‘feral’ swine- meaning non-standard breeds (Read: ALL breeds other than those raised in big factory farms). Funny how ‘feral’ means ‘in the wild’, so how can ANY animal being raised on a farm be considered ‘feral’?

  • Helix

    Farmers have been selling to the people directly since the dawn of mankind. Adolf Hitler would be proud, is all I am going to say about this bull malarkey.

    • Kasot

      Adolf Hitler was not a communist, whatsmyname! He was a fascist . For the love of God, stop watching Fox News and become educated.

      • Jim

        This is not communism, it is fascism and I agree…Hitler would be proud. you know…everything Hitler done was “Legal” too.

  • dannyboy71

    THe gov’t is scared. They are scared of the people. THEY realize we don’t need them. So they threaten with fines and prison. Does anyone really think the US military would shoot at the people when they over run congress!?!?!?

    • Jim

      “Does anyone really think the US military would shoot at the people when they over run congress!?!?!?”

      The police and Secret Service will.

  • Cecelia Smith

    Not too mention just how nutritionally deficient and unhealthy gmo foods are. they want us all addicted to THAT.. jmho

  • Steve Lhyne

    Who is John Galt?

    • Kasot

      I believe that John Galt is one of the many who Ayn Rand took to her bed.

  • Johannan Baptiste

    Yep! With ALL the RECALLS, I’d sure say TRUST the FDA and USDA… umm, not!

  • RattlerRider

    It’s about time they ended this ancient threat to humanity of picking organic produce and eating it. I feel so much safer now.

  • Whatsmyname

    Communism, yes you can say it!

    • Kasot

      Dictatorships are not necessarily communist, whatsmyname, try educating yourself!

      • Jim

        You are absolutely correct, it is not communism we are dealing with, it is fascism.

        • Don Duncan

          Correct. But both communism and fascism are two forms of socialism. Both are state control of production, the first directly and overtly, the second indirectly and covertly. The end result is the same: economic destruction.

          The alternative, free enterprise (capitalism), has never existed in its pure form. When America came close in the 1800’s a burst of innovation and production of wealth followed. This was new to humankind and created an explosion of wealth never seen before.

          Those who wished to profit from it immorally used govt. as their spiritual, willing partner to take over earned wealth by political means. Their paid apologists helped by denigrating capitalism. We call these conspiracists “crony capitalists” even though this is the opposite of capitalism.

  • Joseph Edward Bodden

    I just watched the movie of Atlas Shrugged… and it is alarming how this resonates with the path of destruction the government paved for the economy and the culture in that movie.

    • Kasot

      Ayn Rand’s rational for greed is in direct opposition to what Jesus taught, and her followers try to pass themselves off as being “Christians”. What a laugh that one is. Who is the wimp in congress who makes anyone who works with him read that ill written crap! And he calls himself a good Catholic. LOL LOL LoL.

      • Joseph Edward Bodden

        These days you gotta call yourself something… or nobody will vote for you. Vote for a candidate merely on merits? Character? Integrity? Nah, vote for somebody who lies while grinning with big white teeth, and it’s ok, Jesus will forgive him no matter how many he hurts or how much he hurts them. That being said, my point was totally beside your point. In fact I was referring to the handful of government bigwigs in the novel who started to game the system so their incompetent technologies could compete – by abusing government powers and protocols in ways never intended, to accomplish objectives unjustifiable… in other words, The Tea Party Fanatics.
        Here’s an offer, don’t tell me who I should pray to and I won’t tell you who to vote for… ok?

      • Don Duncan

        She warns her readers that she is challenging the ethics of the last 2000 years on the first page of “The Virtue of Selfishness”. As a life long atheist I found an ethics based on natural law in her work. She opposed superstition in all its forms. Objectivist epistemology is not compatible with any form of religion. Ayn does not give “commands” based on appeal to authority. She makes reasoned arguments based on the nature of man.

        Greed is often used to describe healthy, noble ambition. Earned wealth is often conflated with the unearned to condemn all wealth. Ayn called this fraud by employing the “fallacy of stolen concept”.

  • BarefootBoy1

    Folks, THIS IS AN INSANITY THAT MUST BE STOPPED!!!!! Just when are they going to arrest and fine GOD for making the groceries in the first place!!! The FDA and USDA are CORPORATE HACKS intent on wiping out the small farmer. For $50,000,000.00, the FDA can rule farmers produce as GRAS, like Canada did for the toxic canola oil!!! And then everything will be OK!!!

  • Yvonne Bradshaw

    The controllers,FDA are the ones that approved fluoride and aspartame. I hope people wake up real soon.

  • Mike Sandor

    I need some links to verify this assertion.

    • Mike Sandor

      Not that I don’t believe it.

  • Again a new paradigm shift is emerging in our food system… We are no longer trusting our food sources or systems; which are supposed to be regulated for our personal safety.

    The conflict lies in the trust that GMO’s aren’t being used… which they are, but not being required to be added to labels. Versus, consumers taking chances on local growers; out of distrust for government proper regulatory measures; Who seemingly tend to side with political gains rather than consumer well being… Just another thought….

  • charkee

    So many of you don’t get it. Its not the politicians, its the food cartel and wholesalers, they are paying off the politicians to get rid of all competition.

  • This is why I advocate constitutional government. The Constitution does not enumerate control of agriculture to the federal government. This is tyranny.

  • john burton

    so, i just have to bring a gun to the farmer’s market. no biggie

  • apeman2502

    “I can get it for you FRESH.” beats, ” I can get it for you wholesale.” any day.

  • nignogger

    Did you ever hear the new world order contolled by Rothschild family? These are the same people that caused nearly all the wars in past 300 years

  • I am a farmer, with a produce stand on our property, selling directly to people.I haven’t had any problems, has anyone else in Colorado had problems?

  • Jack Chapman

    I’d 10 times rather buy my food directly from a farmer than the fluoride laced, ammonia cleaned, chlorine bleached, genetically modified corpses and synthetic plants these control freaks push…

  • Nonayme

    When are people going to join together and refuse this over reach of the so called. Gov agencies?
    When we have no food, water or land rights left?
    Wake up!

    • Don Duncan

      Govt. is not over reaching. It is being govt. This is its nature. That is why it must be stopped by each of us, acting individually,

  • desertspeaks

    Threats of fines or prison, presupposes that their laws are applicable to the private person.. If you are of the opinion that the CONstitution and laws automatically apply to the private person.. PROVE IT!

    IF you ask government employees if their CONstitution and laws automatically apply to everyone, their collective opinion is that YES, their CONstitution and laws apply to everyone, automatically. BUT if you ask them what facts they rely on that PROVE their BELIEF that it is applicable to you, they have no plausible answer, they’ll hang up on you, feign as though they don’t understand the question, tell you that they aren’t going to debate with you “EVEN THOUGH ALL YOU DID WAS ASK FOR FACTUAL PROOF OF THEIR ASSERTION OF JURISDICTION” They’ll even tell you to prove it doesn’t apply to you, as though that answers your question, but they refuse to answer as to what facts they rely on to prove any of it applies to you,.. remember, they already told you it applies, so the onus to prove it applies is their responsibility, NOT YOURS!!!

    Everyone has been told that the CONstitution and law automatically apply to everyone. it’s everyones opinion that it applies, everyone feels it applies, everyone believes it applies, everyone assumes and presumes it applies. HOWEVER; hearsay, opinions, feelings, beliefs, assumptions and presumptions aren’t proof of a damn thing.

    What factual, first hand, irrefutable evidence can anyone offer that proves that their CONstitution and laws apply to the private person simply because they are physically in what we commonly refer to geographically as a state.

    Keeping in mind that slavery and involuntary servitude is illegal. Further, no private person is a party to their CONstitution nor is any private person a signatory to their CONstitution, nor has any private person sworn an oath to be bound by or to obey the CONstitution and laws.

    Do you grasp the gravity of NOT being a party to some agreement, contract, compact or constitution??
    When one is NOT a party to some agreement, contract, compact or CONstitution, then one is NOT BOUND TO OBEY IT OR ANY PROMULGATIONS ARISING FROM SAID INSTRUMENT! “those promulgations would be codes, policies, statutes and laws etc”

    Who precisely is a party to their CONstitution?? The States are parties to the CONstitution. NOT YOU, THE LIVING BREATHING FLESH AND BLOOD MAN/WOMAN!!

    Should you choose to accept the challenge to show your proof/evidence. Adhere to the following;

    Your proof/evidence MUST be factual and personal first hand information, your proof/evidence shall not be comprised of hearsay, your opinions, someone else’s opinions, your beliefs, someone else’s beliefs, your feelings, someone else’s feelings, assumptions, presumptions, hypotheticals, conjecture, sophistry, fraud, lies, scenarios or what if’s.

    Good luck!

  • WeWereBornFree

    There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part! You can’t even passively take part! And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels…upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop! And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!

    • Don Duncan

      If enough of us refuse to support the “machine” it will stop. It will always be ready to start up again. That is why “eternal vigilance” is required. Freedom must be taught at home to every generation. It is not safe to trust that education to others.

  • Don Duncan

    It’s misguided to pass laws such as “food sovereignty”. Rights don’t require legalization. If you think they do, you have already lost the fight to be free. We are under attack and most people don’t even know it. They readily give up their sovereignty without a first thought. And they support their oppressors against the minority who resist centralized control. One way this happens is by accepting the use of laws as if they were all moral, just and fair. The opposite is true. It is by law that we are controlled, oppressed and violated. It is common nowadays to dismiss complaints of govt. abuse with “It’s the law” as if the law trumps rights. Both govt. and government’s law are supposed to protect rights. That is their only justification for existing. Yet they do the opposite. It is time we start pointing out the monster in the room. It is time to abolish our mistake of giving away our power to so-called protectors who are our worst enemy.

  • Don Duncan

    Violating our right to chose the food we eat is a logical extension of violating our right to chose the drugs we use. We cannot allow one without the other. Both are done under the excuse of protection. Both are based on the principle that govt. control is better than individual choice, and therefore we should all be forced by govt. laws, even if that means some are imprisoned or killed. This is sacrificing a few for the benefit of the many, according to the collectivist philosophy that the group is of greater value.

    This always results in the destruction of the group, individual by individual, because the “group” is an abstraction, which cannot exist without the individual. What benefits the individual, benefits the group. And choice, as expressed by sovereign individuals, is necessary for the health of the individual.

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