Why Is The Federal Government Raiding Organic Farmers With SWAT Teams?

And who knew the FDA/USDA had SWAT teams?

Jeffrey Carter attended a screening of Farmageddon, a documentary about the fight of organic dairy farmers against big government who doesn’t think their product is safe for the public.

This documentary illustrates the plight of the organic farmer, specifically the organic dairy farmer. If a dairy farmer wants to sell raw milk, they will be run out of business and many times imprisoned by the federal bureaucracy. The USDA actively tries to run Raw Milk Producers out of the business. They work closely with agents from state agricultural agencies.

The documentary shows film of agents descending on various organic farms and outlets, guns drawn, SWAT teams present. It’s straight out of science fiction and something that you can’t believe happens in America. I can understand a huge police presence when going after a drug lord, but a family farmer? Sure, farmers keep guns but in my experience they aren’t violent people.

There is a controversy raging over raw milk. The FDA says it’s bad for you and is using the long arm of the government to put them out of business and keep you from getting it. Combine the FDA/USDA brutality with the typical bureaucratic revolving door, and you have the seeds planted for a conspiracy theory.

Keep in mind that the federal government’s position, per filings by Obama’s Justice Department in a case against organic dairy farmers, is that Americans “do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish.” It doesn’t matter if you raw milk producers are marketing their product transparently, it doesn’t matter if raw milk customers know the risks associated with the food and choose it any way, the government can stop you from obtaining that food if they wish.

It doesn’t even take an act of congress. Your elected representatives need not pass a law. It can all be done by regulatory fiat, and enforced at the point of a gun.

Which kind of makes you wonder if we’re living in a democratic republic or a monarchy.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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