By Woody Tasch
I’ve been watching the protests on Wall Street for the past few weeks with some interest. I’m all for speaking out and, on occasion, for putting your feet to the pavement and taking to the streets in peaceful demonstration. There is more than a little to demonstrate about today on Wall Street and in Washington. [Image by Will Etling]
But when it comes to anger, scapegoating, and class-warfare-baiting, I say: Put a fork in it. No, better: Put your hands in it. Put your hands in the soil — literally and metaphorically: the dirt from whence your dinner comes, and the soil of the economy, as in the small, local businesses that are vital to the economy.
Mali McGee, at her ranch in Bonny Doon (KEVIN JOHNSON/SENTINEL)
By Rady Ananda
On Sept. 13, California’s Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a “Resolution Recognizing the Rights of Individuals to Grow and Consume Their Own Food and to Enter into Private Contracts with Other Individuals to Board Animals for Food.” [pdf]
Though only symbolic, the Resolution memorializes public assertion of the right to grow and eat food of their own choosing, and to collectively share in private herds, free from government interference.
This was done in response to armed raids on private food clubs and herd shares, as well as “cease and desist” letters sent by the state’s Dept. of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to small farmers and herd share owners.
Posted in CAFOs, CSA, FDA, Food Criminalization, Food Legislation, Gardening, Health Foods, Survival Skills
Tagged california, CDFA, Ellen Pirie, herd shares, hyper-regulation, Mali McGee, milk mama goat farm, Neal Coonerty, raw dairy, raw milk, right to contract, santa cruz county, Sustainable Economies Law Center