Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under siege by local and federal government agents.
In Fauquier County, Va., a farmer was threatened with thousands of dollars in fines for – gasp! -- selling produce she grew on her own property. Watchdog.org reported that her paperwork and permits were not in order.
Across the country, family farms are being crushed out of existence by draconian regulations. The number of family-owned dairy farms has plummeted by 88 percent. Corporatism and statism rule the day, as the recent documentary, “Farmageddon” The Unseen War on Family Farms,” painfully portrays.
Big Agriculture took an unprecedented global turn in September when the Chinese conglomerate Shuanghui International took over Virginia-based Smithfield Foods for $7.1 billion.
The buyout of the world’s largest pork producer puts the formerly publicly traded firm behind a Chinese Wall to do the bidding of Beijing’s militaristic government.
“Napoleon said armies run on their stomachs,” said state Delegate Bob Marshall, R-Manassas. “This is an issue of food security and national security.”
But instead of sounding an alarm over national sovereignty, the U.S. government waved the deal through. American ag companies applauded the buyout, clearly are hoping more Chinese cash comes their way.
The prospects of a Chinese-run Smithfield are less cheery for consumers. The communist regime is notorious for cutting corners on food safety. Dead hogs routinely float down rivers, and health regulations are simply skirted with political connections.
To mobilize Virginia's independent farmers and consumers on the issues ahead, the Farm-to-Consumer Defense Fund will host a showing of "Farmageddon" at 6 p.m. Saturday in Williamsburg.
State Delegate Brenda Pogge, R-Williamsburg, will lead a discussion on her Farm Freedom Bill, which would strengthen the rights of small farmers throughout the commonwealth.
The free event is co-hosted by Virginia Farm Freedom, Concerned Citizens of the Historic Triangle and the Williamsburg Historic Triangle Tea Party.
"America's average farmer is 60 years old," notes Joel Salatin, author of "Field of Farmers."
"When young people can't get in, old people can't get out. Approaching a watershed moment, our culture desperately needs a generational transfer of millions of farm acres facing abandonment, development or amalgamation into ever-larger holdings."