Quotes

“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.” ~Declaration of Independence, 1776

“Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.” ~ Howard Zinn

“To restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. The Constitution of this republic should make special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom.” ~Benjamin Rush, MD, signer of the Declaration of Independence

“Was the government to prescribe to us our medicine and diet, our bodies would be in such keeping as our souls are now.” (Often paraphrased as): “If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” ~Thomas Jefferson, 1781

“When Thomas Jefferson was president of the United States, almost 90% of the population was involved in agriculture. Everyone drank raw milk and the issues regarding health freedom and food sovereignty we face today were practically unheard of back in the days before the industrial revolution. As we look at the issues of food security in the 21st century, where less than 1% of our population controls what the rest of us eat, it is good to reflect back on our founding fathers’ desire to produce their own food.” Health Impact News, 2011

“There is No Right to Consume or Feed Children Any Particular Food; There is No Generalized Right to Bodily and Physical Health; There is No Fundamental Right to Freedom of Contract.” ~US Dept of Health & Human Services and US Food & Drug Administration, 2010

Wisconsin residents:

  • “Do not have a fundamental right to own and use a dairy cow or a dairy herd;”
  • “Do not have a fundamental right to consume the milk from their own cow;”
  • “Do not have a fundamental right to board their cow at the farm of a farmer;”
  • “Do not have a fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of their choice;” and
  • Cannot enter into private contracts without State police power intervention.

Judge Patrick J. Fiedler’s Decision in FTCLDF vs. Wisc. Dept of Agriculture, 9 Sept. 2011. On Sept. 30, he stepped down from the bench to work for a Monsanto law firm.

“[FDA's] bureaucratic tyranny sends a strong signal to the food industry not to innovate in a way that informs the public about foods that protect against disease. While consumers increasingly reach for healthier dietary choices, the federal government wants to deny food companies the ability to convey findings from scientific studies about their products.” Life Extension on FDA claiming walnuts are drugs, July 2011.

Congressman Berkley Bedell (Iowa 6th, 1975-1987) on the FDA: “It’s not the individuals; it’s the system that corrupts the whole thing.”

“The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being.” ~World Health Organization Constitution

“Why do I have the right to kill myself with cigarettes but have no right to kill myself with a nice cold, perfectly healthy, nutrient rich, delicious glass of RAW milk?” ~ Michael Burkhart Sept. 29, 2011

“You know, farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower, 25 Sept. 1956

“Bernard is right; the pathogen is nothing; the terrain is everything.” — Louis Pasteur’s deathbed words

“A new invention to poison people … is not a patentable invention.” ~Justice Joseph Story in Lowell v. Lewis, 1817 (Cited in Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association vs. Monsanto, 2011)

“I prefer butter to margarine, because I trust cows more than I trust chemists.” ~Joan Gussow, Prof. Emeritus Nutrition and Education, Columbia University

“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small parcel of land.” ~Abe Lincoln

“A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.” ~Thomas Jefferson

“The proper role of government, however, is that of partner with the farmer–never his master. By every possible means we must develop and promote that partnership–to the end that agriculture may continue to be a sound, enduring foundation for our economy and that farm living may be a profitable and satisfying experience.” ~Dwight D. Eisenhower, 9 Jan. 1956

“Hope has two beautiful daughters: Courage and Anger. Anger at the way things are and courage to make them the way they ought to be.” ~Augustine of Hippo

“My candle burns at both ends
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends -
It gives a lovely light.”
~ Edna St. Vincent Millay

“Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the state becomes lawless or corrupt.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

“The best way to deal with bureaucrats is with stealth and sudden violence.”
Butros Butros-Ghali

“Those who will not hear must be made to feel.” ~German Proverb

“If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” ~Samuel Adams

Also see these quotes posted at BanGMOs.org. Here’s one:

“We strongly object that the image of the poor and hungry from our countries is being used by giant multinational corporations to push a technology that is neither safe, environmentally friendly nor economically beneficial to us. On the contrary, we think it will destroy the diversity, the local knowledge and the sustainable agricultural systems that our farmers have developed for millennia and that it will thus undermine our capacity to feed ourselves.”

~Delegates from 20 African countries to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN conference on Plant Genetic Resources, 1998

“In this war, the enemy will continue to up the intimidation quotient. To the exten[t] the targets go along with the bully’s demands, they lose.”  ~David Gumpert

5 responses to “Quotes

  1. brilliant quotes!

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    You’re welcome to post some comics if you wish. Thanks! :)

  3. Love your quotes…Most of them fit our circumstances today…and are uplifting…Thanks for sharing…