"Lunatic Farmer" Warns Of The Rise Of Rogue Food

Authored by Adam Taggart via PeakProsperity.com,

A 'food freedom' revolt against the government is starting...

This week, we welcome back Joel Salatin to the podcast. Labeled by The Washington Post as "the most famous farmer in America", Joel has spent his career advocating for sustainable farming practices and pioneering models that show how food can be grown and raised in ways that are regenerative to our topsoils, more humane to livestock, produce much healthier & tastier food, and contribute profitably to the local economy.

Who wouldn't want that?

Well, the government and Big Ag for starters. Joel refers to himself as a 'lunatic farmer' because so many of the changes he thinks our food system needs are either illegal under the current law or mightily resisted by the deep-pocketed corporations controlling production and distribution.

And this anti-competitive restriction and stifling of small sustainable food producers is only getting worse. While dismayed at this, Salatin finds hope in the burgeoning rebellion of the "rogue food" resistence breaking out:

I'm not optimistic at all about where the government and all its bureaucracy is headed. It is getting more and more stifling. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that Obama put through, it's absolutely stifling. It's size prejudicial. It's putting an inordinate price pressure on smaller producers. That's a fact all the way across the board. And the cost of compliance is escalating -- the amount of paperwork, the amount of licensing, the amount of testing and procedural stuff that's happening on farms -- is through the roof.

So on the federal level, I think it's getting worse. Now, I think what's happening on the local level, the other thing that's a pushback that's happened, is what's now known as the food sovereignty movement. And that started in 2015 maybe, two or three years ago in Sedgewick, Maine. And that was a township that passed a half page food sovereignty law that said, in our township if a neighbor wants to do food commerce with another neighbor it's none of the governments business and no bureaucrat has to be involved. So if you want to come to my house, look around, smell around, and operate as freedom of choice, as voluntary adults, as consenting adults – and I'm using very strong language here – to practice your freedom of choice, then two consenting adults should be able to engage in food commerce without a bureaucrat being involved. Well, very quickly six other townships in Maine took up the mantra and passed the regulation, the law, as well.

Then, of course, Maine pushed back and said, no, you can't do that. And it continued to build in Maine until finally the legislature and the governor passed it and said, okay, if a township wants to do that it's okay with us. Well, then, the USDA quickly responded and said we're going to pull all of your federally inspected slaughter houses and food processing plants. Maine, you won't be able to sell to anybody because the federal government is pulling out if you do this. Then the governor called an emergency session. They went back in, and it's still being negotiated. It's a big hoo-ha. Believe me, there are a lot of us around the country that are watching what's going on in Maine, and we're very interested in it.

And if that were duplicated around the country it would almost be like local food secession. There's a place to say, at some level, we should be able to engage in food commerce at our own risk and our own freewill. And that is definitely gaining momentum. We see it in the expansion of the Farm-to-consumer Legal Defense Fund, which is essentially a home-schooled legal defense association for food. In two years, they’ve grown from a network of collaborating attorney's in something like 5 states to collaborating attorneys in 40 states. That's phenomenal growth for a little non-profit organization.

And so as attorneys find out about how little farmers get treated by SWAT teams that come in and confiscate their food and different things like that, there's a backlash to it. And now the beauty of the internet is that these things can be documented on iPhones. People can see the bureaucrat, the SWAT teams coming in and throwing out the perfectly good food from a freezer. They can see the raid; they can see people's rights being violated. And so there is definitely a backlash. It's a food freedom backlash in the country, and I've been an advocate of this all my life. I've always said when Americans become as interested in defending their right to acquire the food of their choice as they are the gun of their choice, we're going to have a whole different food paradigm in this country.

Rogue food is on the rise. One of the most successful examples in the in country is in Louisville, Kentucky. It's a food club that operates essentially under the same kind of a charter as a golf country club. It's not public, it's completely private. If you're not a member you can't go play in that club or on that course. And so what this is is a dues paying, nonpublic, members-only food exchange model. And these guys in Louisville actually have a store front and everything in there is illegal. I mean, they got everything from raw milk to homemade pepperoni. I mean, it's all illegal. And nobody can touch them because it's a private club.

Click the play button below to listen to my interview with Joel Salatin (52m:32s).


TrajanOptimus sabaj49 Tue, 08/07/2018 - 18:45 Permalink

I raise organic grass-fed beef and sell my cattle directly to the public. They can buy a quarter to a whole cow broken into the cuts of their choice by a local slaughter butcher. They get the best beef money can buy locally, I get top $$ for my meat, and everyone is happy... Except the conventional grazier selling his beef to the feed lots for 1/5th of the price I get for my animals.

It pisses them off to no end. I tell them the solution is simple, stop raising shit cows and selling them to finishers. Take the extra time to grass feed a cow to weight.. Nope, we just want to put you out of business.

Good luck.

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beemasters skbull44 Tue, 08/07/2018 - 19:17 Permalink

"the USDA quickly responded and said we're going to pull all of your federally inspected slaughter houses and food processing plants. Maine, you won't be able to sell to anybody because the federal government is pulling out if you do this. "

Wait...that sounds like the rogue federal government threatening the people with sanctions. Why am I not surprised?

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Theosebes Goodfellow secretargentman Tue, 08/07/2018 - 21:44 Permalink

If you do not know who Joel Salatin, Diego Footer and Curtis Stone are, you're not paying attention to the local farm movement. Those three aren't the only guys (and gals), out there doing it, but they are definitely some of the most visible.

Growing your own food or personally supporting a local farmer directly is your insurance policy against hard times. Farmers don't starve.

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Adolfsteinbergovitch chumbawamba Tue, 08/07/2018 - 22:18 Permalink


And food in America is not real food. Even water is toxic. Look at the proportion of obese and sick people around. 

Everytime I get there I fast not to be poisoned by its toxicity. I usually shed around 10 pounds per week in doing so. 

The only times I eat is when I'm sure of the origin and preparation, usually by people I personally know, friends etc. 

On the other hand, every time I go to Russia I get  more weight. This country is going to become the place to be in the next decades. It's only getting better thanks to south African farmers and new laws to protect the food supply and ensure it's all natural. And don't get me started with the girls....

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lock-stick Adolfsteinbergovitch Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:00 Permalink


•• roea.rita (above)

•• Adolfsteinbergovitch (above)

•• Sanctificado (above)

•• Free This (coming soon, in all his 7th grade glory - JACKASS  as new icon!)

....and all the while, the pathetic little SPAMMER sits in his leaky, moldy, smelly single wide in Western New York, surrounded by garbage and dirty clothes, trying to find his dick amidst rolls of fat, talking to his ACTION FIGURES and wondering where his life went.



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Adolfsteinbergovitch lock-stick Wed, 08/08/2018 - 01:24 Permalink

Hey fuckstick, I would like to pay a tribute to your tenacity:

You are like the turd that wouldn't flush. 

I would also pay a tribute to your intelligence:

If you still haven't realized that I'm not the same person than the others then you're a moron.

Last, but not least, be careful in the prairie as people might mistake you for some bullshit. Not that they would be wrong but you are not because of your toxicity. People wouldn't like to see you staining their organic pastures...


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roddy6667 1 Alabama Tue, 08/07/2018 - 21:47 Permalink

If a "private group" of a few thousand individuals worked for each other, it would be nobody's business, right? Nobody would have to pay income tax, SS withholding, and all that, right? Not true. The Federal and State governments would come down like gangbusters on that. The logic, or lack of it, that is being used here will not work. Laws apply to activities inside a jurisdiction. Private or public doesn't matter.

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Michigander Take-a-Dump Wed, 08/08/2018 - 12:46 Permalink

Salatin is a moron------So are you. Irrelevant to the discussion.

A self-described "Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic" who quotes Jesus frequently - Again, irrelevant o the subject matter.

he runs chickens (which evolved as forest dwellers) on the open range, but shoots eagles that naturally try to eat them.                   Yep, as well a fox, racoons, and any other crittter of nature that goes for my hens. You stoopid or something?

He is a climate denier who rejects science. - Again irrelevant.

Total tool...Yes you are.


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QuantumEasing roddy6667 Wed, 08/08/2018 - 19:26 Permalink

Actually, completely true.

Read 26 USC. Specifically, the definitions for "trade or business" and "includes." If you have more than room temp IQ, you will quickly figure it out.

If not, you are either deliberately obtuse, or spreading FUD.

The State (it's all Federal) can only regulate fictions, i.e., dead things. Let that sink in. Fictions are dead things. The definitions of "Person" and "Individual" are particularly humerous. But Humans, for all their smarts, are quite stupid. String the letters "T_e L_w together, and the morons will fill in the blanks with their assumptions, and say, "well, it's THE LAW."

Want proof? Find me a single mention of the word "Man" or "Woman" in the entireity of the United States Code. Here's a little hint: you won't, because you can't.

If you are a dead thing, you need to be RE-presented. As the idiot that's going to pay. If you are alive, why would you want to be presented as something else? Wake. Up.

And stop spouting off about the Constitution. The first ten amendments DO NOT apply to "citizens." That title was created after the War for the Union (or the second, failed American Revolution). Find the word "citizen" in the Bill of Rights. Another hint: you won't, because you can't. The People were the signatories of the Declaration of Independence. It was a compact FOR THEMSELVES. They were the ones pledging their lives, their treasure, and their sacred honor. It's how compacts work.

I attribute this lack of knowledge to the extremely efficient Religious Schools preaching the Gospel of Gov.

Recovery can only start after realization that there's a problem, and doing the same thing over and over again is not going to change a damn thing.

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OverTheHedge Meat Bunny Tue, 08/07/2018 - 23:57 Permalink

This is bigger than just food. Over-reach by the government, to protect their donors' interests, means that it becomes uneconomic to do business for more and more people. Eventually, everyone will be faced with the choice: stop trading, or stop following the rules. The mantra to keep in mind is "I didn't vote for that".

Governments rely on the majority complying with the rules. Eventually, there are so many rules, and so many ridiculous regulations, that it is more cost-effective to pay an occasional fine than comply. Farmers are easy targets, because they are so visible in what they do, and unable to move operation easily, which is why they have born the brunt of corporatist cartel regulations, but they are just front runners in the way government tries to piss in everyone's beer, because that way it tastes better for all.

I live in a country famous for its Byzantine bureaucracy (they invented it, in fact), and most people, most of the time, completely ignore the myriad rules. Even the government only applies rules in an arbitrary, vindictive manner. It's a game of attrition: can that government stop all commerce, before the people stop the government?

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chumbawamba HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Tue, 08/07/2018 - 22:20 Permalink

Farmer's Markets are absolute horseshit.  Just another corporatized/statist control mechanism over local food distribution.  To sell at a FM you still need to fill out paperwork, jump through hoops and adhere to centralized regulations.  Fuck that.

I sell local and direct, what I want, what people will buy, to whomever wants to buy it.  I exercise my rights as protected by the US Constitution in Article I, Section 10, Clause 1, prohibiting the impairing of the obligation of contracts.  My neighbors grow produce and sell direct to the peoples from their roadside stand, as is their right to do, without asking for permission from anyone.

Greetings from the Free State of Jefferson!

When people stop seeking permission from other men to act in the capacity with which their creator already imbued them then there will be balance and harmony in this country.  As long as people keep within the Master/Subject mindset that they've allowed themselves to be programmed into via mass media over the past several generations then they will remain in servitude to other men, rather than their creator.

I am Chumbawamba.

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QuantumEasing chumbawamba Wed, 08/08/2018 - 19:57 Permalink

Chumba, you are an inspiration to many.

You are living how MEN should live. If anybody from the supposed "Gooberment" ever tried to interfere, ask them to show you their authority to EVEN SPEAK to you. And if they ask you for "YOUR NAME" simply say "I am Chumbawumba." Never, ever give them your "legal" name. They own that.

Here's hoping Jefferson comes to be. And if it does, make damn sure to get rid of ZIP codes, and go with state postal zones. That's the first step to shoving the city-state of DC back into it's little shithole swamp.

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El Vaquero Ignatius Tue, 08/07/2018 - 19:32 Permalink

Yup, and look up Gabe Brown out of North Dakota for other methods that do the same thing.  Or Geoff Lawton.  Or Sepp Holzer.  Lots of different methods, but all of them follow some of the same natural principles.  It's a matter of managing an ecosystem instead of fertilizing some dirt and outright trying to control nature.  It's brilliant simplicity in concept and it can lead to some beautiful complexity.

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