Hey folks, just a quick one today, I’ve got some actual “writing” in queue and will have that out soon.
But today I want to share a story of folks doing the right thing, growing food in a sustainable manner, creating community and a hedge against economic ups and downs. And these folks are fighting for their existence. Their assailant?
Our very own government.
Please read this post Amber put over at her blog, I’ll wait for ya. Farm-to-table dinner raids and government attacks on small farmers – AKA why we need the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund
If you are like me, you took a long time to read the blog post, and digest the video. Much, much longer than it should have taken. The reason it took me so long is because I was: at the edge of tears, angered enough to cause a bar fight, and scared enough to wrap it all up and head to some country where it’s more wild-west than USDA regulations.
But the time to run is not at hand. Yet. We still have a chance in all this. What we are facing is a governmental structure that says it is here to “protect us” (in this case the USDA inspection of food) but is in fact concerned only with expanding it’s power and cutting us off from any hope of self sufficiency or a food network that is not under the thumb of the FDA, USDA and affiliated stooges. This is not conspiracy theory, tin-foil hat stuff. This is federal agents with body-armor and weaponry appropriate for room clearing in Afghanistan, taking down family farms offering raw milk and fresh vegetables.
Luckily we are not alone in all this, forward thinking people enacted a legal protection fund, the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. These folks have been fighting for things like raw milk and traditionally cured meats for a long time. Their work is gearing up because we are actually WINNING. We are making CSAs and other non-traditional food distribution networks a viable option and the government is not happy.
We will be working closely with these folks and other people in this fight in the months and years to come. I just wanted to make this story better known, and to begin drawing a line in the sand. The only way we will win this, and protect our right to clean, safe food, is if we fight together.
What you can do to help
Right now, they’re holding their annual fundraiser. Today is the final day that donors can receive select gifts – a Weston A Price Foundation Tee-shirt, a copy of the book Folks, This Ain’t Normal, the film Farmageddon, and a limited edition lithograph of Early Haymaking in the Ozarks.
For a donation of $250, you can attend a farm-to-table event at Joel Salatin’s legendary Polyface Farm. Joel is a dynamite guy, and doing tons to promote the local food and sustainable agriculture movement. We interviewed Joel about responsible farming and clean eating in a five-part interview series here, if you want to learn more about him.
Consider joining the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund as a consumer member, or please donate during this fundraiser. Even a small donation can go a long way into making sure our rights to clean food are protected.