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.

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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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_M7MONYFRR7BSS2255HF7TIM3EE DerekG

    Yet another glaring example of a government that is out of control and further proof that the US media is not reporting the news.  If they were, Americans would be up in arms over these ludicrous, heavy handed tactics.

  • Bat One

    The use of heavily armed SWAT teams is probably meant to get the public accustomed to such tactics, so that when they come for our IRAs and 401-Ks and other investment accounts, instead of for raw milk and kiddie lemonade, the public will be less startled, less outraged, and most importantly, less likely to resist.

  • mikemc1970

    The SWAT teams are necessary, because every Liberal knows the majority of farms are run by white men and according to Homeland Security commercials all terrorists are white men. Especially the ultra violent Amish dairy farmers.

  • Camsaure

    Drank a lot of raw milk while growing up, didn’t ever hurt me one bit. I always thought the left was all for organic.

    • VocalYokel

      I drank more raw than ‘store-bought’ milk growing up courtesy of my Grandpa’s Holsteins.
      And the cream !

      I remember eating cream and (my Grandma’s homemade) bread and thinking, “I wonder what the poor folks are having for supper tonight?”

  • JustRuss

    Conspiracy Theory!!!  (tinfoil hat)

    the federal government has been lacing brainwashing/mind control drugs into milk for years, especially what the kids are drinking in school. They want to put a stop to organic milk they can’t control for fear the populace will wake up

    (/tinfoil hat)

    :)

  • 2hotel9

    “Why Is The Federal Government Raiding Organic Farmers With SWAT Teams?”  Because they know they wont get shot, unlike with real criminals. USDA is filled with incompetent cowards, same as EPA and IRS.

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    - 2001, March 23. Forty armed federal agents and USDA officials storm
    Three Shepherd’s Farm (Vermont), and confiscate and destroy the farm’s
    entire flock of sheep for supposedly having mad cow disease.
    Government laboratories verify previously that the sheep are healthy,
    and that sheep cannot even contract the disease, but the USDA persists
    in eliminating them anyway, destroying evidence and breaking various
    other laws along the way (http://www.threeshepherdscheese.com…).

    – 2004, Spring. Upon being prompted by the FDA, state officials show
    up unannounced at Organic Pastures Dairy (California) and pretend to be
    evaluating cheese production. However OPD workers see Special Agent
    Jennifer King secretly taking pictures of private customer files, and
    they tell her to leave (http://grassfedonthehill.com/govern…).

    – 2006, March 6. Ohio police, Ohio Department of Agriculture
    officials, FDA agents, and agents from unmarked vehicles intercept a
    raw milk pickup in the Cincinnati area. They confiscate milk and harass
    customers, and leave farm owner Gary Oakes so shaken up that he is
    hospitalized three times for post-traumatic stress disorder (http://www.businessweek.com/smallbi…).

    – 2006, October 13. Michigan Department of Agriculture agents and
    police officers stop Richard Hebron on the way to deliver raw milk to
    cow share owners. Agents seize his cell phone and wallet, and proceed
    to unload 453 gallons of fresh milk from his truck. A six-month
    investigation finds Hebron innocent, but he gets stuck paying a $1,000
    “administrative” fee (http://www.thecompletepatient.com/j…).

    – 2006, November 21. Dozens of armed agents storm Glencolton Farms
    (Ontario), a farm that produces dairy among other things, poring through
    every building and structure on the property. They steal records,
    computers, and milk processing equipment. Farm owner Michael Schmidt,
    who provides raw milk to cow share owners, as well as other farm-fresh
    food, is fined $3,500 and placed on two years probation (http://www.glencoltonfarms.com/inde…).

    – 2007, August. Pennsylvania Mennonite farmer Mark Nolt declares his
    God-given right to sell fresh milk and has his farm raided by federal
    and state agents, who seize $25,000 worth of milk, milk products, and
    other equipment. (http://www.farmfoodvoicesdc.com/201…small.html).

    – 2007, October 11. New York Department of Agriculture officials raid
    Meadowsweet Dairy (New York) and seize 260 pounds of raw milk products
    (http://ftcldf.org/meadowsweet%20dai…).

    – 2008, April 28. Agents again raid Mennonite farmer Mark Nolt’s
    (Pennsylvania) property, and steal more milk, milk products, and
    equipment. This time, agents charge and take him into custody (http://www.ftcldf.org/aa/aa-26apr20…).

    – 2008, December 18. Agents pose as customers trying to buy goat
    cheese from Sharon Palmer’s Healthy Family Farms (California). She is
    then arrested and thrown in jail, and her businesses temporarily shut
    down (http://www.thecompletepatient.com/j…).

  • 11B40

    Greetings:

    Well, this story kind of fits in with my current assessment of SWAT teams having been largely de-fanged by various levels of our bureaucratic and political rulers. 

    To wit, last week in San Rafael, California, across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, the local authorities called out the local SWAT team because some goofball criminal barricaded himself in a motel room with his purported girlfriend and then fired one shot at a nearby highway which was a main feeder route to a cross-bay bridge. The authorities, in what, no doubt, was good thinking to them, closed down the highway for a day and a half while they “negotiated” with the idiot. 

    So, for all the taxpayers’ investments in the SWAT bureaucracy, what they get is the added benefit of having their rights to travel and to do their commerce suspended while the SWAT team practices it’s ability to establish a perimeter and not hurt themselves or anyway else. Priceless.

    Maybe those Weapons and Tactics just ain’t all that Special anymore. 

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