Let’s talk for a moment about the war on American gardeners and gardens. Did you know that growing your food is illegal in more and more places in the United States?
Consider the exclusive community of Miami Shores, Florida, which declared residential gardens off-limits to edible plants, but will allow ornamentals and fruit trees.
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, city inspectors told resident Denise Morrison to dig up her 100 edible-plant garden which she used for food and medicine. Being both unemployed and not having health insurance, Morrison invited a police citation to prove her case legally.
“But instead of waiting for their day in court, city workers showed up at Morrison’s house with a bobcat and a riding lawnmower and cut down her yard as she watched in horror. She is now suing the city in a civil rights case claiming that a home garden is a civil right.”
Finally, an Oak Park, Michigan woman named Julie Bass, with six children to feed “faced up to 93 days in jail for refusing to take out the raised beds in front of her home and plant what the city deemed ‘suitable’ ground cover.”
What evil forces are behind this manipulative move? The answer is Big Agriculture. Astute observer Christina Sarich predicted correctly, back in 2015, that various laws being passed would ensure the complete control of food production by companies that control what we can and can’t see on food labels (like, “WARNING! This food has not been tested for safety”) and engage in genetic modification of plants – with unknown long-term consequences.
Trouble began to brew in 2010 with the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2010 (S 510) which authorized the FDA:
“to dictate how farmers grow fruits and vegetables, including rules governing soil, water, hygiene, packing, temperatures, and even what animals may roam which fields and when. It would also increase inspections of food ‘facilities’ and tax them to do so. And, fulfilling the dream of a long line of agency officials, the bill grants the FDA unilateral authority to order recalls.”
Five years later, President Barack Obama signed into law the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, commonly known as the DARK Act – Denying Americans the Right to Know. This cunning piece of legislation set US standards for labeling genetically engineered (GE) foods, permitting Big Ag producers to overturn state-level decisions regarding truth in vending. Under federal law today, no state may require GE labels on food.
Some researchers, including Jeffrey Smith, suggest that GMO foods are dangerous – and protected from public scrutiny by the Federal Drug Administration.
Presidential documents, including Executive Order 13603 (March 6, 2012) state that meeting national defense requirements includes federal seizure of all forms of energy, usable water sources, and food – in fact, anything ingested.
Even in 2015, Sarich saw our future:
“The primary aim of these bills is to completely industrialize all food production in America. If these bills or future similar bills (like the DARK Act) are implemented, it would be illegal to grow food in our gardens, and even illegal to give that food away to our friends and family.”
Three years later, this is where we are today. Life in the Know reports that people who only want some degree of sustainability by growing food are “being raided by swat teams and in some cases thrown in jail” – all in the name of protective zoning. Disgruntled neighbors say those big, green vegetables are such an eye-sore, don’t you know?
Making individual food production illegal on one’s own residential property smacks of fascist control. Our ability to remain independent from Big Ag and its anti-life products is at stake, and We the People are losing. The federal government has declared war on self-sufficiency and the human instinct to survive.
How far we have come, as a nation, from World War I (“the war to end all wars”) when, following Britain’s lead, Uncle Sam urged everyone at home to plant a “Victory garden” to support the troops abroad, as well as feed the hungry at home.
Victory gardens became so important during World War II – accounting for about 8 million tons of food in 1944, “the equivalent of more than 40 percent of all the fresh fruits and vegetables consumed in the United States” – that Mrs. President Eleanor Roosevelt proudly planted her garden on the White House lawn to set an example and show support for personal autonomy as part of a national relief effort.
Even if you live in a big city and have never seen a vegetable garden, surely you sense that depriving other Just Plain Folks of the joy of gardening vegetables is wrong, plain and simple. The federal government and major corporations are the only ones who stand to benefit from controlling national food production while hiding the truth about their dangerous genetic tinkering.
Fight back! Let your elected representatives know that Victory Gardens are part of our nation’s heritage, not to mention our civil liberty. Green thumbs matter!