I first met John Moody in Dallas last fall at the Wise Traditions conference. He's the manager of a Kentucky food buyers club that was raided in May of 2011. (Read more about that in this post, Be Ready for the Men with Guns — How to Prepare for a Raid“.) In today's guest post, John urges you to sit up and take notice of what's happening to our local food sources, and PLEASE, if you live near Wisconsin, come show your support — one of our beloved farmers, *really* may be going to jail. Here's John…
In a nation trillions of dollars in debt, where hardened criminals can barely be kept behind bars because of budget problems, bridges collapse under passerby vehicles, and basic public services have to be cut in whole sectors of decaying cities, what do you think state and federal government are using precious tax money on and for?
Persecuting and prosecuting small farmers.
Fines. Arrests. Undercover sting operations. Covert infiltration of “herd shares,” those dastardly bastions of subversive non-establishment eating habits. Guns drawn on innocent cabbage.
Ensuring that those trying to maintain a semblance of health and wellness, both for their families and local farms, have the hardest time possible doing just that simple, time honored tradition, while cheap convenience foods stay that way, subsidized with the very same tax dollars that simultaneously seek to destroy big-ag's only remaining competition – free, small farms.
Funny? Not at all.
Dan Allyger lost his farm, and hundreds of families lost their access to real food. Vernon Hershberger faces possible jail time.
My question is where are the people – the average citizens who should be outraged that their basic rights and needs are being trodden into the mire by an all-encompassing corporate agenda to use government to deny rather than protect our basic liberties?
I have three small children. Every day I wake up and look at them, and then look outside at a nation in decay and a populous who, while aware of the problem, seem little inclined to get involved with the solution of resisting the corporate-government tyranny being pressed upon us day after day.
I plead with you readers, it is not too late…
But if we continue to do nothing, if we continue to allow innocent farmers in other states or in our home states to be trodden into the mire, there will be no food, no freedom left in our nation worth defending or passing on to our precious children.
This is your opportunity. One day, we will regret having let others fight the good fight, while we sat on the sidelines.
This is the time to realize that you would “trade all the days from this one to that” to protect your farmers and your freedom, to look at your children in your old age knowing that you didn't just speak about the importance of real food, small farmers, fairness, justice, mercy… but you actually lived it.
Come to the Wisconsin rally for Vernon Hershberger. Let others know about what is happening as well! Educate a neighbor, family member or friend today.
Because if you don't, if we don't, we may soon have no small farmers or freedoms to support… or defend.
- More details on the event here: Food Freedom Rally in Support of Vernon Hershberger
- Read the press release
- Have you seen the movie, Farmageddon yet?
- Read more on the story at The Complete Patient
- More food movies
Is there a follow-up on the WI case? I’m really frustrated with our nation. We seem to have fallen into complacency about so many issues. Personal liberty, folks! We are losing it rapidly.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I don’t think any of these things (the war against small farmers and real food) are an accident, or just well-intentioned bureaucrats getting a little too enthusiastic, or just a blip. I think this is an intentional war on the 99% by some of the 1% or whoever is giving them orders. I know that sounds paranoid, but just look at what’s going on. I just think we have to wake up and realize the situation is serious and that we must all become radicalized in defense of our freedoms and basic rights. This is not about partisan politics, it doesn’t matter whether you vote Democratic or Republican, both parties are thoroughly corrupt. Ever notice how the big corporations and Wall Street money flow to politicians of all stripes? They just want to be sure they control whoever gets elected, and it looks like it’s working.
Brenda Scott says
GREAT post Kelly! Thank you for sharing this and moving everyone to action!
Kelly, this issue is of great concern to me, thanks for tackling it. I think about this every day, wondering when it will get so bad that someone will come after me for selling my extra pastured eggs to friends and neighbors… it’s sad. Makes me mad!
Debbie Thompson says
This is scary-this is UnAmerican-this should not be happening! This, along with NDAA and the HHS mandate-can you see our freedoms slipping away, while we merrily roll along?
Scary. I wish I could go, but I live in NYC. It gets overwhelming sometimes the amount of things we need to be protesting, but I’m trying to do my part. You are right, we do need to stand up and make statements.
This is just getting to be surreal. It doesn’t even seem like it could be real, does it? This is America. This kind of thing isn’t supposed to happen here. But it does. It does and it’s happening more and more.
I can’t go to Wisconsin, but I can write letters and e-mails. I can donate money. I can make phone calls. I can post on FB to let more people know that this is going on in our country. This is insane, and it’s criminal, and it must be stopped.
It’s so frustrating every time I read articles like this. The breaking point must come soon. We HAVE to push back. Our govt is becoming tyrannical.
Naomi Williams says
If I lived anywhere near Wisconsin, I’d be there. This is so totally outrageous; I’m sitting here in California with clenched jaw.
I’ll have extra appreciation for the folks at the farmer’s market this Saturday, who are fighting their own battle against local law makers this month who are raising the rent a ridiculous amount on the parking lot where they hold the market.