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Swat Team conducts food raid in rural Ohio

Vector: sttony

...the beginning of the end for the freedom to eat unregulated and unmonitored food.

On Monday, December 1, a SWAT team with semi-automatic rifles entered the private home of the Stowers family in LaGrange, Ohio, herded the family onto the couches in the living room, and kept guns trained on parents, children, infants and toddlers, from approximately 11 AM to 8 PM. The team was aggressive and belligerent. The children were quite traumatized. At some point, the "bad cop" SWAT team was relieved by another team, a "good cop" team that tried to befriend the family. The Stowers family has run a very large, well-known food cooperative called Manna Storehouse on the western side of the greater Cleveland area for many years.

link: http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/08/swat-team.htm


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Dec. 8th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
It's a freaky story to be sure. This version seems to have a slant, I wonder where the truth is on this?

And this from the UK. Not as nasty as a SWAT team by far but more proof that food is being watched VERY carefully.
Do you suppose it is bartering and general inability to control people with food that is behind this? I guess so:/

A landowner who sells surplus vegetables from his garden to passers-by was amazed when his tiny roadside enterprise sparked an official letter from weights and measures inspectors.
He uses an honesty box which relies on passing drivers taking the vegetables they want and putting the required money in a piggy bank, which he empties each week. Mr Cookson labels the various types of vegetables with how much he wants for them and relies on the honesty of buyers. He says he only takes between £5 and £10 a week from the enterprise, which he set up to avoid veg such as parsnips, leeks, beetroot and cabbage grown in his walled garden from going to waste.
So he was amazed last weekend to receive a letter from Northumberland County Council informing him that a trading standards officer had visited the stall – and advising him that parsnips, spinach and leeks are required to be sold by weight.
The advice that was given in the letter was to help explain how to sell fruit and vegetables in the correct manner to meet national guidelines.
Dec. 9th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
I wonder if the guy in the UK story could just put the food out for "free," and accept "donations" to cover his farming costs, and get around the stupid laws that way...

There were tons of great farm stands on Salt Spring Island when we were there this summer; I know Canadian regs are different from UK, but it seems like maybe the UK authorities could take some, uh, good advice from their chums across the sea?
Dec. 9th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
Canada came very close to outlaying VITAMINS recently:/
Check out codex alimentarius.
I see the reasoning behind some of it, but I am generally pretty cynical of anything that reeks of control.

Yeah, I wonder if the Brit would be allowed to give his food away? There's probably a law against it, haha.
Dec. 8th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
The use of SWAT teams for nonviolent and sometimes trifling law enforcement tasks is also notable.

It demonstrates that in the minds of Our Masters, on some level, we are the enemy, they fear us, and they need to strike fear into us.
Dec. 10th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
Sent that article to a friend here in Missouri that is with a food co-op. This is what she said;

"Yes this is becoming more and more prevalent. We receive Acres magazine and it seems that every month there is a mention of a farmer being arrested and having their property, equipment and animals seized for providing food outside of commercial warehouses. It is really becoming scary and I’m not just being paranoid like some people think. Thanks (I guess) for the article, of course now I’m wound up and my stomach is in a knot.. "

Going deeper into this "recession" we're really going to need every kind of food distribution we can get our hands on. It does seem quite orchestrated, and more than a little ominous.
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