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    VDW: Swat Team Conducts Food Raid in Rural Ohio By-John-Loeffler Thu, 4 Dec 2008 http://www.christianworldviewnetwork.com/article.php/4287/Brannon- Howse/ On
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      VDW: Swat Team Conducts Food Raid in Rural Ohio
      By-John-Loeffler
      Thu, 4 Dec 2008
      http://www.christianworldviewnetwork.com/article.php/4287/Brannon-
      Howse/


      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

      http://www.mannastorehouse.com

      on the western side of the greater Cleveland area for many years.

      There were agents from the Department of Agriculture present, one of
      them identified as Bill Lesho. The search warrant is reportedly
      supicious-looking <http://steveandpaul arunyan.blogspot .com/>.

      Agents began rifling through all of the family's possessions, a task
      that lasted hours and resulted in a complete upheaval of every
      private area in the home. Many items were taken that were not listed
      on the search warrant. The family was not permitted a phone call, and
      they were not told what crime they were being charged with. They were
      not read their rights. Over ten thousand dollars worth of food was
      taken, including the family's personal stock of food for the coming
      year. All of their computers, and all of their cell phones were
      taken, as well as phone and contact records. The food cooperative was
      virtually shut down. There was no rational explanation, nor
      justification, for this extreme violation of Constitutional rights.

      Presumably Manna Storehouse might eventually be charged with running
      a retail establishment without a license. Why then the Gestapo-type
      interrogation for a 3^rd degree misdemeanor charge? This incident has
      raised the ominous specter of a restrictive new era in State
      regulation and enforcement over the nation's private food supply.

      This same type of abusive search and seizure was reported by those
      innocents who fell victim to oppressive federal drug laws passed in
      the 1990s. The present circumstance raises the obvious question: is
      there some rabid new interpretation of an existing drug law that
      considers food a controlled substance worthy of a nasty SWAT
      operation? Or worse, is there a previously unrecognized provision(s)
      pertaining to food in the Homeland Security measures? Some have
      suggested that it was merely an out-of-control, hot-to-trot ODA
      agent, and, if so, this would be a best-case scenario. Anything else
      might spell the beginning of the end for the freedom to eat
      unregulated and unmonitored food http://www.westonap rice.org/.

      One blogger

      http://thebovine.wordpress.com/2008/12/03/oda-swats-manna-storehouse-
      co-op/

      familiar with the Ohio situation has reported that:

      "Interestingly, I believe they [Manna Storehouse] said a month or so
      ago, an undercover ODA official came to their little store and
      claimed to have a sick father wanting to join the co-op. Both the
      owner and her daughter-in- law had a horrible feeling about the man,
      and decided not to allow him into the co-op and notified him by
      certified mail. He came back to the co-op demanding to be part of it.
      They refused and gave him names of other businesses and health food
      stores closer to his home. Not coincidentally, this man was there
      yesterday as part of the raid."

      The same blog

      http://thebovine.wordpress.com/2008/12/03/oda-swats-manna-storehouse-
      co-op/

      also noted that the Ohio Department of Agriculture has been chastised
      by the courts in several previous instances for its aggression,
      including trying to entrap an Amish man in a raw milk "sale,"

      http://familycow.proboards32.com/index.cgi?
      board=news&action=display&thread=12013

      which backfired when it became known that the Amish believe in a
      literal interpretation of "give to him that asketh thee, and from him
      that would borrow of thee turn not thou away" (Matthew 5:42)

      The issue appears to be the discovery of a bit of non-institutional
      beef in an Oberlin College food service freezer a year ago that was
      tracked down by a county sanitation official to Manna Storehouse.
      Oberlin College's student food coop is widely known for its strident
      ideological stance about eating organic foods. It seems that the
      Oberlin student food cooperative had joined the Manna Storehouse food
      cooperative in order to buy organic foods in bulk from the national
      organic food distributor United http://www.unitedbu yingclubs. com/

      , which services buying clubs across the nation. The sanitation
      official, James Boddy, evidently contacted the Ohio Department of
      Agriculture. After the first contact by state ODA officials, Manna
      Storehouse reportedly wrote them a letter requesting assistance and
      guidelines for complying with the law. This letter was never
      answered. Rather, the ODA agent tried several times to infiltrate the
      coop, as described above. When his attempts failed, the SWAT team
      showed up!

      Food cooperatives and buying clubs have been an active part of the
      American landscape for over a generation. In the 1970s, with the rise
      of the organic food industry (a direct outgrowth of the hippie back-
      to-nature movement) food coops started up all over the country. These
      were groups of people who freely associated for the purpose of
      combining their buying power so that they could order organic food
      items in bulk and case lots. Anyone who was part of these coops in
      the early era will remember the messy breakdown of 35 pounds of
      peanut butter and 5 gallon drums of honey!

      These buying clubs have persisted and flourished over the years due
      to their ability to purchase high quality organic foods at reduced
      prices in bulk quantities. Most cooperatives have participated
      greatly in the local agrarian economies, supporting neighborhood
      organic farmers with purchases of produce, eggs, chickens, etc. The
      groups also purchase food from a number of different local, regional
      and national distributors, many of them family-based businesses who
      truck the food themselves. Some of these food cooperatives have
      become large enough to set up mini-storefront operations where
      members can drop in and purchase items leftover from case lot sales.
      Manna Storehouse had established itself in such a manner, using a
      small enclosed breezeway attached to their home. It was a folksy
      place with old wooden floors where coop members stopped by to chat
      and snack on bags of organic corn chips.

      The state of Ohio boasts the second largest Amish population in the
      country. Many of the Amish live on acreages where they raise their
      own food, not unlike Manna Storehouse, and sell off the extras to
      neighbors and church members. There is a sense of foreboding that
      this state crackdown on a longstanding, reputable food cooperative
      operation could adversely impact the peaceful agrarian way of life
      not only for the Amish, but homeschoolers and those families living
      off the land on rural acreages. It raises the disturbing possibility
      that it could become a crime to raise your own food, buy eggs from
      the farmer down the road, or butcher your own chickens for family and
      friends – bustling activities that routinely take place in backwater
      America.

      The freedom to purchase food directly form the source is increasingly
      under attack. For those who have food allergies and chemical
      intolerances, or who are on special medical diets, this is becoming a
      serious health issue. Will Americans retain the right to purchase
      food that is uncontaminated by pesticides, herbicides, allergens,
      additives, dyes, preservatives, MSG, GMOs, radiation, etc.? The
      melamine scare from China underscores the increasingly inferior and
      suspect quality of modern processed institutional foods. One blog,
      commenting on the bizarre and troubling Manna Storehouse situation,
      observed that:

      "No one is saying exactly why. At the same time the FDA says it it
      safe to eat the 40% of tainted beef found in Costco's and Sam's all
      over the nation. These farm raids are very common now. Every farmer
      needs to fully eqiped [sic] for the possibility of it happening to
      them. The Farmer To Consumer Legal Defense Fund

      http://www.ftcldf. org/

      was created just for this purpose. The USDA just released their plans
      to put a law into action that will put all small farmers out of
      business. Animals for the sale of meat or milk will only be allowed
      in commercial farms, even the organic ones." December 3, 2008


      John Loeffler
      Western Bureau Chief
      Steel on Steel Radio Program

      IRN/USA Radio News
      P.O. Box 3358
      Hayden Id 83835-3358

      Tel: 208-765-8337
      Fax: 208-765-2033

      Email: john@...
      Web: www.steelonsteel. com

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      Swat Team Conducts "Food Raid" in Rural Ohio
      Linda Hunnicut - grannywarrior@...


      The USDA just released their plans to put a law into action that will
      put all small farmers out of business. Animals for the sale of meat
      or milk will only be allowed in commercial farms. December 3, 2008

      We have been ranting and raving for years about the abuses of the
      USDA and the Federal Government against small farmers and people who
      would actually like to eat real healthy foods without all of the
      additives and commercially inflicted hormones and growth additives.
      Every piece of processed food you put into your family's body is
      allowed to be altered by the Government to make it more profitable
      for the large corporations. Most of these additives are horribly
      wrong for the human consumer . They induce more production in the
      animals, more fat, more steroids, more antibiotics and less actual
      nutrition. We are being slowly murdered and if not dying our brains
      are being affected by these additives. Our children are suffering
      from diseases that were unknown 30 years ago.

      Their intelligence is being reduced ! Allergies , ADD, ADHD, and on
      and on. We are allowing the government to make Zombies out of us.

      With the lack of healthy foods and the TV constantly keeping us
      entertained so we don't think about the very important things we
      should be thinking about we are slowly slinking into oblivion. A vast
      pit we will not be able to dig out of .

      Just take a pill you will be ok?

      Keep the Drug industry healthy !

      Watch TV for only a few minutes and you will see dozens of ads for
      all kinds of cures ( not cures but only medications which will
      alleviate the symptoms of illnesses) mostly with side effects which
      are worse than the actual illness or disability.

      Did you ever wonder why there are so many ads for Viagra? Could it be
      that the males in our world now are being sterilized and impotent on
      purpose? If a persons body has to have help to have Normal Sex then
      something is definitely wrong. From all of the ads you would think
      that Sex is the main reason to live? When did it become the most
      important factor in a relationship?

      I can guarantee you that the small farmer, organic farmer and
      gardener that raises their own food does not have this problem. You
      won't see any Viagra on their night stand. Their only problem would
      be they are bone tired from actually working all day. They also don't
      need sleep aids to fall asleep at night.

      Keep on feeding your babies formula, it is good for them and
      soooooooo easy. It also is made of mostly SOY which was prescribed
      for me during menapause to help my body make more estrogen? Now if it
      does that for my body why wouldn't it do the same in children? Males
      with low testerone means a society that is docile and easily
      controlled. Ever notice that it is the women who are actually getting
      out and fighting more so than the men now? ( I am not talking about
      the farmers who are not consuming vast amounts of Soy every day.
      Those men seem to have no problems being a male.) I am not putting
      all the blame on Soy but it could be a part of the problem. What ever
      happened to Mothers' milk? Goats milk? even the old baby formula your
      Grandmother made on the stove out of evaporated milk, water and a
      little plain Karo syrup?

      How many effeminate Farmers have you seen ?

      Google NAIS and join some of the many groups that are fighting for
      your food safety and their survival against the huge corporate
      organizations which are taking over the control of all of the food
      industry. It could mean your very life and certainly has the future
      of your family's health at stake.

      Most of the diseases that afflict us today can be cured by simply
      eating the right foods, stopping the imput of chemicals into our
      bodies, and you will find that the food grown in your back yard or on
      a small farm tastes alltogether different from the canned variety out
      of the grocery stores. You may just develop a taste for real food.
      Food that will nourish your body not tear it down.

      Find someone with a well and drink their water, people on wells will
      share it doesn't cost them a monthly bill to have chemicals put into
      their water to make it safe to drink? No Flouride, No clorox, but
      real minerals we all need every day in a form we can digest.

      Join the small farmers and ranchers, refuse to eat the products from
      the huge feed lots and commercially poisoned farms.

      And as always start storing up supplies for your family. The time
      will come and soon I am afraid that Food will be the weapon we will
      be totally controlled with.

      He who controls the food supply has the power !

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