No More Mr. Nice Guy: Food Club Members Seek to Uphold Food Rights

rfcc-logoFor years now, farmers have borne the brunt of government efforts to interfere with food rights and consumer access to the foods of their choice.

That may be about to change, as consumers launch actions to take the burden of government harassment off farmers’ backs.

A case in point, and apparently the first consumer to launch a food rights legal action, is Michigan businessman and herdshare member Mike Lobsinger, who a few months ago sued the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) over its seizure of his cream in a June raid of the farm that fulfills his herdshare agreement.  As reported by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, he argues in his suit that the cream is his private property and that the seizure violates the due process clause of both the Michigan and United States constitutions. A hearing on his case is scheduled next month in state court.

In a second food rights case growing out of the federal assault on Miller’s Organic Farm, members of Amos Miller’s food clubs are preparing legal action to prevent the U.S. Department of Agriculture from gaining access to their individual purchase records; I recently described the organizing of their coalition.  The owners of food clubs in Maryland and Florida, Liz Reitzig and Niki Adamkova, have launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance legal expenses.

They state in part: “We as consumers of real food, healthy nutrient-dense food from producers we know and trust, have come to realize that the only way to save our hard-working farmers and OUR HEALTHY FOODS is to legally challenge the government.

“Any interference with production of our nutrient-dense food, especially gathering private information about our food purchases will not be met without challenge. We can not expect Amish farmers who are forbidden by their religious teachings from hiring lawyers or taking the legal offensive to effectively protect themselves or our private information.”

Their action is expected in advance of farmer Amos Miller’s next court appearance Oct. 11, to answer a contempt-of-court proceeding launched by the USDA when Miller refused to turn over the individual food purchase records of his members to government agents. The USDA wants to use those records to make a case that Miller is illegally selling meat products across state lines.

The USDA has proposed that the records be turned over in “redacted” form, without member names visible to agents, but food club members fear the precedent that will be set via the confiscation of private food purchase information, and that USDA demands for information on member food purchases could well expand.

The members have organized the Real Food Consumer Coalition (RFCC) and are asking consumers to support the new group’s crowdfunding campaign.

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Sue
Sue
September 25, 2016 12:12 pm

Just a word: BRAVO!!!!!!!
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Margaret Auld-Louie
Margaret Auld-Louie
September 25, 2016 3:07 pm

It’s difficult to view your blog on a mobile device (either my iPad Mini or Android phone) because the bar on the left that shows the Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. icons covers up the text on a mobile device. Perhaps you could check with your webmaster and correct this?

brad
brad
September 25, 2016 3:48 pm
This gets tricky. Statutory law is muddled with common and constitutional law. In statutory law – if you hire a lawyer you are determined by the courts to be incompetent and become a ward of the court. In the “legal” system – you are tricked into giving your name as _____ _ ____ ALL CAPS. This “legally” makes you a corporation (all caps = corporation) When you admit to being the name they call out (“is ????? ? ???? here”?) and “are you ????? ? ????”? If you admit that is you, then you turn your cestui que vie trust over to their control, the judge becomes the beneficiary and you become the trustee – you know like in jail if they so choose, because the trustee MUST do (legally) what the beneficiary tells them. To state that you REPRESENT (hold up birth certificate) _____ _ _____ as the beneficiary AFTER asking (make sure you’re on record) if they are referring to (full name) ALL CAPS – then you become the beneficiary and executor of the will. The Judge becomes the trustee who must administer it according to your desires, the clerk or sheriff become the administrator of the CQV… Read more »
Gordon Watson
Gordon Watson
September 25, 2016 5:47 pm
Brad … I know first hand that ‘birth certificate stuff’, at Easter 1998, when the DeTax circus rode in to town in New Westminster. If you can find a scintilla of hard evidence in the entire archive of the Republic of the united states of America, to support it, you’d do us a big favour. But 18 years’ investigation of that theme, convinces me it’s poppycock ; worse! … it’s a menace to an authentic political movement. The minute you start chatting that shit, the Powers-that-Be draw a target on you ; bag you as a “domestic terrorist’. Here in smug Canada, in 2001, the RCMP put out a press release associating us with all the usual epithets of bad company. On July 21 2016, the leading proponent of that school of prophetic statute interpretation, namely Russel A Porisky, appeared in the Supreme Court of BC, via telecast = from prison. Where he’s doing his 4 1/2 year sentence. Big Daddy Russ had handled a few million $$, and got away with spouting that crapola until the income tax racketeers had what they wanted. His hide now one more trophy on the RevScam wall of shame. His accomplice, Keith Lawson,… Read more »
Shana Milkie
Shana Milkie
September 28, 2016 9:44 am

Michigan supporters of raw dairy: the court date for the MDARD case is Friday, October 14 at 2:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Courthouse in Lansing, on the third floor in the chambers of Judge James Jamo. Please attend if you can! We are fortunate that one of our herd share members is going to bat for all of us.

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