(EnviroNews California) – On a post-election weekend Environews California visited the Weston A. Price Foundation’s annual “Wise Traditions” conference near San Jose. Attended by a large crowd of organic farmers and raw-food and healthy-lifestyle enthusiasts, the mood was one of somber indignation in the wake of California’s failed Prop 37 GMO-labeling initiative, which, in spite of strong support from consumers demanding the right to know what exactly is in California’s food products, was massively out-spent by big-food industry interests.
Speaking with us candidly about the plights facing many of these independent farmers and raw-food providers was Gary Cox, General Counsel for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. Mr. Cox filled us in on the amazing details of how simple cottage-level organic-food producers across the country now have to engage in protecting their family farms from the gestapo-like tactics employed by governmental police goon-squads. These baffling raids carry a terrorism-like flavor and have become increasingly brazen towards these small-scale farmers striving to produce food from non-genetically modified seeds in a sustainable and healthy manner. It is not America’s organic-food corporations who are requiring protection from the Farm-to-Consumer Defense Fund, but rather, the “ma and pa” style farms who struggle to survive while to carrying on a long-standing American tradition of wholesome and sustainable organic food farming .
So just how has this ruthless maltreatment and prosecution of America’s family-farmers come about in the first place? Mr. Cox describes the State and Federal food protection codes in question, as being loosely worded in a fashion that renders our nation’s food-supply vulnerable, and subject to attack by governmental agencies.
And just who are the corporate interests that have fostered certain “legal interpretations” and subsequently sponsored the draconian enforcements unleashed by “men-in-black” police-squads? As Mr. Cox says, that is indeed “the 64,000 dollar question”!