Imagine going to pick up your weekly gallon of milk, only to be met by a group of county health inspectors and sheriff’s deputies who threaten arrest if you take the milk. Sound far-fetched? Perhaps. But that’s exactly what happened
Swarms of Officers
“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.” – Declaration of Independence
Farming is difficult enough without being subjected to burdensome regulations, excessive licensing requirements and fees, inconsistent interpretations of the laws, and heavy-handed enforcement tactics by government agencies. This space features accounts from around the country of government roadblocks to the small farmer’s ability to make a living.
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When it comes to the alternative food movement, it is usually the farmer against whom the government takes enforcement action. However, there are many examples where a person allows their driveway, front door stoop, or back porch to be used
Cameron, TX—June 10, 2016—Health departments have stepped up their attacks on your right to purchase food directly from farmers, resorting to bringing the police to harass and intimidate local raw milk customers. That’s what happened to one group of raw milk customers in
San Juan County in Washington state did the indefensible. They closed a farm stand that had been in operation for more than two and a half years because the county recently decided that since the farm stand was “open to the public,” it had to meet commercial building requirements.
When an inspector from the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness showed up with a ‘cease and desist’ order and slapped a quarantine order from the Kentucky Department of Health Services on 76 half gallons of raw milk about to be picked up by members of a local buying club, the club members’ defied the orders. John Moody spoke on how to be prepared for a government raid over food.
By Monte & Laura Bledsoe | November 18, 2011 On the evening of October 21, 2011 as guests were arriving for the first ever “Farm to Fork Dinner” at Quail Hollow Farm, Southern Nevada Health Inspector Mary Oakes under orders from Supervisor Susan LeBay, formerly a pool inspector in 2005, showed up as well and
When an over-zealous regulator shows up at a farm dinner demanding that food be destroyed as hungry guests await, who do you call? Here’s Laura’s account written as a letter to her guests who had come to Quail Hollow Farm expecting a meal of foods harvested from local small family farms. This incident shows the
On December 10 Rae Lynn Sandvig, a Bloomington raw milk and local food consumer, received a letter from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) informing her that MDA had “scheduled an administrative meeting concerning your sales of food, your actions assisting in the sale of raw milk from your home in Bloomington, Minnesota, and the sale of food from the Traditional Foods Warehouse (TFW)….” TFW is a private buyers club located in Minneapolis.
So a department that discourages the consumption of raw milk is trying to extract money from those it would put out of business.
Since the United States Congress enacted the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) into law in 1946, the American people have been bombarded by regulations issued by the federal bureaucracy. Federal agencies are only supposed to implement laws contained in the CFR (Code of Federal Regulations). As the following account illustrates, they have been known to make up and implement regulations that are not found in the CFR in violation of the APA.