Can the government really prohibit you from using your own property to feed your family? In the face of encroachments across the country, the Institute for Justice has begun an initiative to defend your food-related freedoms.
The court affirmed the bedrock principle that the state cannot insert itself into a private transaction between consenting adults to buy a natural product, or interfere with the type of foods that a parent might choose to nourish their family with.
We strongly object that the image of the poor and hungry from our countries is being used by giant multinational corporations to push a technology that is neither safe, environmentally friendly nor economically beneficial to us. We do not believe that such companies or gene technologies will help our farmers to produce the food that is needed in the 21st century. On the contrary, we think it will destroy the diversity, the local knowledge and the sustainable agricultural systems that our farmers have developed for millennia, and that it will thus undermine our capacity to feed ourselves.
24 delegates from 18 African countries to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, 1998
A brief list of “campaigns of terror the FDA has initiated against natural healers, nutritional supplement companies and other organizations. Many were conducted using armed agents wielding assault rifles and automatic weapons, dressed in body armor. All of them were intended to destroy natural medicine, thereby protecting the profits of drug companies and conventional medicine practitioners." learn more
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said today she will introduce a bill later this week that includes provisions that would significantly change the nation’s food policy. The Local Farm, Food, and Jobs Act would expand opportunities for local and regional farmers and make it easier for consumers to have access to healthy foods.
Amidst all the destructive activities taking place in our world today that deserve attention, the FDA has decided instead to make it a personal mission to destroy the businesses and livelihoods of those trying to help people through natural medicine.
On Thursday, April 14, 2011, dozens of agents from the FDA, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted an unprovoked, full-scale raid on Hood River, Ore.-based Maxam Nutraceutics, a company that produces and sells nutritional supplements primarily for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and Alzheimer’s disease.
Back in October 12, 2010, the FDA sent a warning letter to Jim Cole, Founder and CEO of Maxam, notifying him that several of his company’s products were not labeled in accordance with the US Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The letter also stated that Maxam had fifteen days from the receipt of the letter to notify the FDA compliance officer of the specific steps it planned to take in order to correct the violations.
You can view a copy of the FDA warning letter here, complete with the name of the FDA compliance officer to whom Jim and his company were instructed to respond, and the FDA district director who sent the letter: http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/Enforcemen…
Oddly enough, the vast majority of the “unapproved labels” in question were not actually labels at all. They were merely customer testimonials about the products that had been accumulated over the years from satisfied customers, and posted online alongside product descriptions on Maxam’s website. Nevertheless, the FDA considered the testimonials to be marketing violations that automatically rendered the products as drugs.
According to Jim, his company immediately responded to the FDA letter by calling the compliance officer and telling her “it was [the company’s] intention to come into full compliance as quickly as possible.” This included removing all the offending testimonials from the company website after being told by the FDA compliance officer that they were not permitted.
“I contacted a patent and copyright attorney, and he had written [the compliance officer] a letter that it was our intention to come into full compliance,” said Jim, noting that his company responded within two days of receiving the FDA warning letter, long before the 15-day deadline period. “So we took down the testimonials, and we thought that was good. And I hired an FDA copyright person [who] went over all the offending verbiage through the website.”
Jim cooperated with every demand that the FDA made of him, and was convinced that all was well. But apparently the FDA had different ideas when out of nowhere, the agency, along with the IRS and the FBI, sent as many as 80 armed, SWAT-style agents to both Maxam headquarters, the company’s “Big Gym” training center, and even Jim’s daughter’s house, to confiscate all the products, company documents, and even personal files and computers.
“They took all our products, all our paperwork, all our files — we’ve been doing this since 1992 and they pulled everything,” said Jim. “They brought in three big moving vans, they had their guns on, their bullet-proof vests — they came prepared for war.”
The armed agents also stole 27 TurboSonic machines, which is a sound-actuated vibration plate device that Jim invented to stimulate growth plates in the body, improve circulation, energize the lymphatic system, and improve muscle strength. The TurboSonic machines were not even mentioned in the FDA warning letter.
“We also have a big Olympic training center up here called the ‘Big Gym’ — they went into the gym, they took all the paperwork, all the computer, hard drives, downloaded all of our servers, and trashed a couple of our servers going out,” added Jim. “They took products that were not on the list. I had an old bodybuilding line that went back to 1992, they took all of that. They pretty much just had a free-for-all.”
According to Jim, the agents stole “hundreds of thousands of dollars in products” as part of the raid, as well as personal files, insurance policies, non-printed checks, and even unopened packages of manila filing folders from an office supply store. Clearly, the FDA’s intent was to terrorize and intimidate this small company that, from all available accounts, did absolutely nothing wrong.
Maxam is currently “waiting for the dust to settle” as it pursues legal action against the offending agencies. Until then, the world must know about this terrible injustice and crime against humanity. The FDA has clearly shown itself to be a terrorist organization that has no respect for the rule of law, or for common decency. To perform a SWAT-style raid against a company that was doing everything it could to follow the law and conduct business honestly and legally is a travesty in this supposed “land of the free.”
The ability to choose what food we consume is a fundamental right.Hundreds of millions of people around the world have been drinking raw milk for thousands of years, yet today, it is illegal to sell it in Canada. However, raw milk is legal to sell in every other G8 country as they have a second set of dairy production standards of sufficiently high caliber to ensure the raw milk comes from healthy animals and is safe to consume.
The USDA tyrannical attack on the Dollarhite family is a story that is creating outrage across the country.
Numerous blogs and newsletters have picked up the story about massive fines for the backyard rabbit raising project. I have received more than 100 messages asking ‘what can I do?’
Read on to find out what you can do next.
The Dollarhite battle is much bigger than one family vs the USDA.
It involves jurisdiction of the USDA, state sovereignty and the 8th amendment of the US Constitution. The 8th amendment states in essence that a punishment should fit the crime. “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”A 93,000 fine (with 3.9 million penalty) for not having a federal paper license to raise rabbits, would be equivalent to you losing your house because you drove to the store in a car with expired license plates. I am not implying that the Dollarhites are guilty of anything, but clearly the fine imposed by USDA is not in line with the charges.
The 8th amendment was adopted in 1791 and came directly from English law dating back into the 1600’s. Will it be abandoned in 2011?
How often is the USDA using this intimidating strategy of excessive fines on other Americans?
Senators Blunt and McCaskill have already become involved. Their response was in direct proportion to so many of you calling and asking them to stand up for the Dollarhite family.
One mystery to me is why the Dollarhite’s own congressman has not yet publicly commented on the USDA tyranny. I personally called his Washington office Tuesday. I was told that the congressman is aware of the situation but will not make a public statement because it is a private matter. Ok, I can accept his policy of not discussing this individual case, but as a matter of policy, the congressman needs to go on record. Congressman Billy Long and his congressional colleagues fund the USDA bureaucrats who created this policy.
Does newly elected Congressman Billy Long think federal tyranny is OK?
Does he respect the sovereignty of the state of Missouri and understand the original intent of the interstate commerce clause?
Does he believe the 8th amendment no longer applies to the constitution he took an oath to defend?
Is he just another big government Republican?
Here are 2 things you can do to make a difference for the Dollarhite family and to protect the liberty of all Americans;
1. Call Congressman Billy Long’s office at 202.225.6536 and ask him to interpose on behalf of the Dollarhite family. Ask the congressman to force USDA to stop intimidating Missourians.
2. Attend a rally on Thursday June 2, asking Congressman Billy Long to stop the USDA power trip.
Congressman, silence is implied consent of federal tyranny!
For details on the rally read this message from the local patriot group;
From: We Are Change Branson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Protests Resume Thursday as Dollarhite Family Faces USDA Fine for Selling Bunny Rabbits
BRANSON, Missouri (May 31, 2011) - This Thursday protesters will again gather to protest this unconstitutional action by the United State Department of Agriculture. Last Wednesday 50 protesters rallied outside the USDA Service Center in Ozark MO in a courageous show of strength, resolve and support of the Dollarhites. This Thursday protesters will gather outside of United States Congressman Billy Long’s Springfield office.
We Are Change Branson has moved their protest from the USDA office to Billy Long’s congressional office because it has become clear that action from our elected representatives will be necessary to push the USDA to drop all fines and allegations against the Dollarhite family.
The protest will include speakers from the Feed Missouri First Coalition.
Despite Senator McCaskill joining the protesters by phone last Wednesday to assure them that this matter would be resolved and the Springfield News-Leader report that “McCaskill intervention yields deal for offender”, the USDA has not dropped the fines and allegations against the Dollarhite family, and this issue is not over. It has not been resolved.
We Are Change Branson organizer, Sam Garner said “The USDA has no jurisdiction and thus no right to fine or terrorize citizens of our great state of Missouri for sales that are completed legally within the borders and laws of the state of Missouri. We will not allow the Dollarhite family to be targeted by federal invaders who violate Missouri’s state sovereignty. As proud citizens of the United States of America and the Sovereign State of Missouri, we are fierce in defense of our sovereignty, and we will not be tread upon.”
Protest Time and Location:
Thursday June 2nd 4:30 to 6:00 PM
Congressman Billy Long’s Springfield Office
3232 E. Ridgeview St.
Springfield, MO 65804
Please call your elected representatives and let them know that you will be there on Thursday, if you can’t make it, let them know that you are upset about this situation!!
Billy Long: (202) 225-6536
Roy Blunt: (202) 224-5721
Clair McCaskil: (202)-224-6154
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Food freedom – now that’s a loaded statement. Is there such a thing? How many of you go to the store every week to get produce and meat? I would venture to guess almost all of us. Over the last several years, a substantial amount of our wealth has gone into purchasing food staples like meat, eggs and dairy. Even though we were “technically” making our way out of the recession of 2008, prices…
Contamination: The totalitarian strategy of the GMO crop industry
May 22, 2011
by Kurt Cobb
Certainly, many of us know people who say (wrongly) that nowadays everything causes cancer. This view becomes a justification for making no effort to avoid carcinogens, especially in food. It is a case of learned helplessness that becomes a major public relations weapon for creating and maintaining docile populations. Make people feel powerless. Then, even if they disagree with you, they won’t oppose you.
This fact has not stopped aggressive enforcement of the GMO industry’s intellectual property rights which involves threats and lawsuits designed to intimidate not just those supposedly in violation of crop patents, but the entire farming community even when the cases involve contamination by adjacent farms and passing vehicles containing GMO seeds. Here’s the message: To avoid lawsuits that threaten to take away your farming livelihood, you might as well sign up to buy our seeds because contamination by us or our farmer customers will be no defense in court.
In fact, Canadian courts found that contamination is not a permissible legal defense! Lest you think that I am making this up, here is the relevant portion of a trial court finding which was upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada in Monsanto Canada Inc. and Monsanto Company vs Percy Schmeiser and Schmeiser Enterprises Ltd.:
Thus a farmer whose field contains seed or plants originating from seed spilled into them, or blown as seed, in swaths from a neighbour’s land or even growing from germination by pollen carried into his field from elsewhere by insects, birds, or by the wind, may own the seed or plants on his land even if he did not set about to plant them. He does not, however, own the right to the use of the patented gene, or of the seed or plant containing the patented gene or cell.
This precedent and the aggressive enforcement behavior by the industry has led organic growers and seed distributors to file a pre-emptive lawsuit to protect themselves from the industry’s legal tactics which are designed to force farmers to pay the company penaltieseven when the farmer is organic and must avoid all genetic contamination to market his or her crops. (Organic standards prohibit genetically engineered crops.)
I am reminded of King Henry’s conversation with his counterpart King Philip of France in the play Lion in Winter. Philip is insisting that his sister, Alais, be wedded to Henry’s son, as previously agreed by Henry and Philip’s father, the now deceased King Louis. It’s that or the return of the Vexin, a key county north of Paris given to England in exchange for the betrothal.
Philip: It’s their wedding or the Vexin back. Those are the terms you made with Louis.
Henry: True, but academic, lad. The Vexin’s mine.
Philip: By what authority?
Henry: It’s got my troops all over it. That makes it mine.
Just substitute “crops” for “troops,” and you’ll see an age-old strategy at work. I am also reminded of Hitler’s remilitarization of theRhineland and the Anschluss, his occupation of Austria. Once his troops were on the ground, nobody wanted to challenge him.
The contamination strategy solves two perceived problems for the industry. First, the industry attempted to include GMO plants as acceptable in the original National Organic Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But the outcry was so great from activists that GMOs were taken out of the standards. One way, however, to overcome this resistance is through contamination. By forcing food regulators to accept GMO contamination in organic food as inevitable, the GMO industry is paving the way for eventual capitulation by the organic community and conventional growers as well. The industry wants to propagate the attitude that nothing can be done to stop it.
What would change the calculus of the GMO industry? Perhaps it would change if some of the contamination suits (mostly outside the United States) were to result in huge verdicts, ones large enough to be financially ruinous to the industry. Nothing like that, however, is on the horizon. In the meantime, we can all look forward to the involuntary consumption of genetically modified food ingredients against our will. The GMO industry tells us that they want consumers to have a choice, that GMO foods should “coexist” with conventional and organic foods. Yet, they oppose labeling.
Meanwhile, the equivalent of the GMO industry’s panzer corps is moving into our farm fields and from there into our kitchens. We may soon regret this creeping annexation of our dinner tables. Once the invasion of GMO genes around the world is complete, we may find it harder to roll back than Hitler’s armies.