The Dark Agenda of S.510: Feds order destruction of wheat fed to chickens

Feds order farmer to destroy his own wheat crops: The shocking revelations of Wickard vs Filburn

By Mike Adams
Natural News

In arguing for S.510, the “Food Safety Modernization Act,” there are all sorts of attorneys, legislators and internet commentators who keep claiming, “The government won’t try to control the food production of small farms.” They say, “Your backyard garden is safe” and that the feds won’t come knocking on your door to control your seeds or foods.

As usual, these pushers of Big Government are utterly ignorant of the history in their own country. Because as you’ll learn right here, not only CAN the U.S. government control and dictate to single-family farms what they can grow in their own backyards; the government has already blatantly done so!

In this article, I’ll share with you the full and true story of how Big Government has already run rampant over the rights of individuals to grow their own food — I’ll even cite the US Supreme Court decision that “legalized” this tyranny.

How the tyrants came after a farmer named Roscoe Filburn

It all starts with a farmer named Roscoe Filburn, a modest farmer who grew wheat in his own back yard in order to feed his chickens.

One day, a U.S. government official showed up at his farm. Noting that Filburn was growing a lot of wheat, this government official determined that Filburn was growing too much wheat and ordered Filburn to destroy his wheat crops and pay a large fine to the federal government.

The year was 1940, you see. And through a highly protectionist policy, the federal government had decided to artificially drive up the prices of wheat by limiting the amount of wheat that could be grown on any given acre. This is all part of Big Government’s “infinite wisdom” of trying to somehow improve prosperity by destroying food and impairing economic productivity. (Be wary any time the government says it’s going to “solve problems” for you.)

The federal government, of course, claims authority over all commerce (even when such claims are blatantly in violation of the limitations placed upon government by the Constitution). But Roscoe Filburn wasn’t selling his wheat to anyone. Thus, he was not engaged in interstate commerce. He wasn’t growing wheat as something to use for commerce at all, in fact. He was simply growing wheat in his back yard and feeding it to his chickens. That’s not commerce. That’s just growing your own food.

But get this: The government insisted he pay a fine and destroy his wheat, so Filburn took the government to court, arguing that the federal government had no right to tell a man to destroy his food crops just because they wanted to protect some sort of artificially high prices in the wheat market.

Read the full post at Natural News

8 responses to “The Dark Agenda of S.510: Feds order destruction of wheat fed to chickens

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  2. I am a bit shocked that you would say this at this point. The court case which you mention is totally misrepresented here. Why?

    http://www.lawnix.com/cases/wickard-filburn.html

    Also, by amendment the bill was changed specifically to address what you are questioning here. The bill is currently supported by Michael Pollan. Where is he wrong?

    • Filburn is not at all being misrepresented here. The government is currently using it to say they have a legal right to make you buy health insurance.

      http://reason.com/blog/2010/12/20/no-congress-has-not-regulated

      The amendment only addresses one point of the bill, not the entire bill. So small/family farms are not exempt.

      Michael Pollan is certainly entitled to his opinion, He has mentioned on several occasions that he brings his children to McDonalds which I certainly believe he has ever right to do. But just because he takes his kids there does not mean that the food is good for you. Michael Pollan is a big government liberal, I for instance am a tiny government libertarian. Where we agree, great and where we disagree that is where he is wrong. :)

  3. The history of gov abuses goes back further, but highlighting this case in light of current FDA raids on natural food producers makes the point more obvious.

    and big kudos to you, Mike, for citing how how Filburn is being used today.

    ~ from your far left libertarian comrade also in support of a much smaller government.

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