Jackie Stowers of Manna Storehouse Coop urges Ohio residents to vote “NO” on upcoming “Issue 2 referendum”

The story of the raid on the Manna Storehouse Coop in Ohio by an armed SWAT team nearly a year ago was the most heavily trafficked post ever on the Bovine. Since then, the Stowers are still awaiting their day in court. But meanwhile, steps have been set in motion on the legislative front to mount an agribusiness takeover of  the state’s farming sector. That’s the innocuous-sounding “Issue 2” referred to in the title. Here’s what Jackie Stowers has to say about it (from Kimberly Hartke’s blog):

Manna Storehouse sheep may safely graze.. but for how much longer? -- as "Issue 2" threat looms

Small Farmer and Food Coop Owner Begs Ohioans to Vote No on Issue 2
by Jackie Stowers, Manna Storehouse

Issue 2 on our ballot is a sign of how dangerous and serious things are getting not only for farmers, but everyone who cherishes the good in nature and desires to live according to God’s natural laws and harmony in His creation. Taking an “issue” and making it an amendment to the constitution is bringing more opposition to standing firm in our beliefs.

Our freedom of choice is a gift from God, and any man that thinks they can take that away or any government or organization that thinks they can take that away are taking God’s place and His authority in our lives. We need to rise above that and be willing to stand firm and cherish our choices and be responsible for how we use them.

Now, practically, for any farmer, small or large, this is going to either open the way for or replace NAIS. If this is passes and is a part of our constitution, laws can be passed defining what a farmer can and cannot do according to a group of appointed persons who may or may not have anything to do with farming. There was a town meeting in Columbus about this issue, and a woman on the panel said her husband is a farmer and that farmers do not know how to manage their farms; thus this is to “help” the farmers in their management. I disagree (and am offended) with this.

Sustainable farmers are responsible, skilled, and knowledgeable about their farming practices and management. This is just ONE example of how one-sided this issue is and how those behind implementing it are coming from a biased, planned agenda and perspective. The rhetoric they are using does not go along with what this is actually going to do and everything right now is so general and abstract that as usual, it allows for any type of implementation once it is put in place. This is what makes this very dangerous.

Small farmers will become extinct because they will not be able to meet the “standards” the board will lay out.

Please join me in voting no on Issue 2.

Jackie Stowers and her family run an organic food buying coop called Manna Storehouse in Ohio. She also raises livestock on her small farm. She is currently suing the state of Ohio for a SWAT raid on her farm that lasted for hours. She and her children were held hostage by armed men while her home was ransacked and the family’s food, as well as, coop food belonging to her members was seized.”

For more related material see Kimberly Hartke’s blog.

Here’s the first of about ten posts on the Bovine about Manna Storehouse and what went down there beginning nearly a year ago.

A listing of all The Bovine’s posts on the Manna Storehouse story, part 1…. and part 2

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3 responses to “Jackie Stowers of Manna Storehouse Coop urges Ohio residents to vote “NO” on upcoming “Issue 2 referendum”

  1. Sue Diederich

    BRAVO Jackie!!!

    NAIS, in any guise, in any phase, under any name – is a program to drive small, independent, responsible farmers out of business. Its a program designed to assure 100% consumer cooperation with BigAg’s agenda, while also filling the pockets of Big Pharma once they get ill from eating the fake foods provided by the monied few.

    People who value their ability to purchase food of their choosing, at the venue of their choice, and raised in a manner in keeping with their conscience, should be in full-scale verbal revolt!!

    Issue 2 will not only impact coops, but also all small-to-middling sized conventional, organic and natural producers across your state, backyard food raisers, religious groups (Amish, etc) – and this can and will spread easily to other states as well.

    No one will be safe from its effect, especially not people who tend to shy away from big chain and big box stores when purchasing food for their families.

    ALL consumers who value their ability to choose – their RIGHT to choose – should be on the phone and in the offices of their state legislators.

    The fax paper in every office should be run out, the voicemail box full to overflowing daily, the email servers should overload constantly, the mail slots be stuffed to the point of a virtual paper explosion, and their ears should be ringing at the end of every day until this is defeated.

    I do wish you all the best in defeating this BigAg booster bill, and will do everything I can to help you.

    Blessings to you all as you fight this insanity –

    Sue Diederich
    Palatine, IL
    suediederich@comcast.net

  2. thebovine

    More background on Issue 2 (just in via Kimberly Hartke):

    and pay attention to who is paying to shove this through. BIG ag. BIG ag OUTSIDE Ohio. To the tune of $100,000 donations each from some.

    There is NO WAY that any group can get Ohio to go vegan. Not any more likely than getting Texas to go vegan.

    Here is the letter from Mr. Taylor–

    Hello Friends,

    I am making this email so that it can go viral. I sent it to almost all the people in my gmail contact list. Please send it to anyone who can vote in Ohio or anyone who knows someone who can It is late in coming because Issue 2 is a sly, quickly advanced piece of legislation that is set to give the forces of Big Agriculture (Big Ag) a powerful foothold in Ohio (& a model for the rest of the country) for advancing their policies and squashing their competition or non-conformists, like me and the farmers from whom I buy my food. We want freedom to raise our animals for food in the healthiest of ways, not more Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). Become a Flee The Matrix Google Group member here.

    This video that I made is not addressing as much as I would like to deal with, but there are others listed below & I must get it out, as we have a vote on this issue on Nov. 3rd, 2009. And I tha.nk farmers Tim Wightman, Joel Salatin and others for their contributions to the cause. Even so, the issue will continue to arise. So, there are principles herein for us to understand and further investigate and expound upon to re-establish and retain our liberties. Please check out http://www.FleeTheMatrix.com for a few enlightening YouTube playlists.

    The people in the Big Ag system are being told that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) wants to make everyone vegetarians. Well, they may, but their opposition to Issue 2 is far from making us all vegetarians, it is along the same lines as mine is–the intelligent, profitable, healthy treatment of animals by allowing them to be employed on the farm to form a system of diverse agriculture that solves the problems of disease, pests, crop failure, decreasing fertility, economic loss, etc. Do you understand? Big Ag is pushing us into further sickness and disease, financial loss, less choices in foods, foods with less nutrients, etc. while telling us that further regulations will help us, when they serve to further disempower us, making us sicker, poorer, and more depressed in every way! We NEED to reform agriculture and throw off the yolk of the “Get Big or Get Out!” mantra of USDA’s Earl Butz that has been forming the farm policies and Ag power brokers for the last 40 years.

    This Agriculture Standards Board is supported by the Big Ag people and opposed by the people who want to flee the grip of Big Ag by providing local consumers with nutrient dense foods from healthy animals which play a role in a diverse farm ecosystem. The Big Ag people have infiltrated our universities and Departments of Agriculture around the country. These are the people who now do research and make agricultural regulations that favor the use of Big Ag products like genetically modified foods, terminator seeds, Round-up Ready seeds, and so on. The next step in the tightening grip of Big Ag is to further solidify their strangle hold on agricultural freedom by incorporating themselves into the very constitution of the body politic to establish their own sovereignty!

    A Great Link to lots of videos from a Townhall Meeting on Oct. 19th–the videos are divided into the responses to specific questions from a group that is not telling you which way to vote. I think that from learning from their information, and understanding the mindset and attitudes of the people who would be on this proposed agriculture board, it is obvious to those interested in liberating small farmers to pursue means of farming that produce more nutrient dense foods that a vote of “NO” to Issue 2 is the better way to achieve this goal of health.

    Michael Taylor

    RealFoodDude.com

  3. thebovine

    WAPF on Issue 2:

    Here is the Ohio Action Alert: OHIOANS: DON’T BE DECEIVED – ISSUE 2 NOT AS GOOD AS IT SOUNDS By, now you’ve heard about Ohio Constitution Issue 2. You’ve gotten the robo calls, received the glossy postcard, and heard the radio ads, all telling you that Issue 2 is about “safe, local food.” On the surface, Issue 2 sounds great-creating a Livestock Care Standards Board that will oversee and livestock care in Ohio and protect local foods. However, Issue 2 will have the opposite effect. Here are the real facts: – Issue 2 AMENDS the state constitution to create a Livestock Care Standards Board, stacked with Big Ag and factory farm supporters, which would have sweeping authority to make decisions related to farms and food in Ohio that would have the force of law. The Board would have largely unchecked power to override any act by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Assembly. – While Issue 2 requires the membership of several “family farmers” on the Board, this is not a safeguard to prevent the panel from being overtaken by corporate agribusiness and factory farming interests. While there is no legal definition for a family farmer in the U.S., the USDA has stated that 98% of all factory farms are operated through what would be considered “family farms.” – Issue 2 serves the economic interests of factory farms, opening the door for the proliferation of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in Ohio. – Issue 2 emphasizes the need of the livestock industry to provide “affordable food,” yet ignores its hidden costs, including environmental contamination, human health impacts, and the loss of rural communities. This is an abuse of Ohio’s constitution and our liberty. The issue is backed by major agri-business interests seeking protection from national animal welfare groups working to phase out problematic animal production practices like battery cages for chickens. The newly proposed board would give 13 political appointees absolute power to decide rules on animal welfare, potentially reshaping regulations on how animals are raised, tracked and traced. Currently, animal agriculture is regulated by the Ohio Dept of Agriculture, which makes rules through a formal process that requires public input. This new board would make decisions independent of public input, with no review, no forum for public comment, and no avenue for appeal. The board’s decision is final!! They will be the ones to determine proper and “humane” animal care – we do not want a board that supports CAFOs being able to dictate their version of animal care (confinement, hormones, antibiotics, genetically modified feed, expensive animal ID systems) to the local farmers we know and trust. We fear that passage of issue 2 would eventually put small local farmers out of business due to expensive regulations imposed on them by the Livestock Care board. The argument most commonly used in support of Issue 2 is California’s 2007 passage of Proposition 2, Standards for Confining Farm Animals, which requires by January 2015 that certain farm animals be confined only in ways that allow them to lie down, stand up, fully extend their limbs, and turn around freely. Florida, Arizona, Oregon and Colorado have passed similar legislation. Issue 2 supporters are using this as a scare tactic, claiming that if Ohio doesn’t pass Issue 2, the Humane Society of the United States will “come in and attempt to outlaw meat production and make everyone vegans.” The people of Ohio would not tolerate that. Ohio already has an alarming number of factory farms-and that number will increase if this Board eases regulations on animal production. According to the Ohio EPA, the state has close to 200 factory farms, including four beef operations with more than 3000 animals, 29 dairy operations with more than 1000 animals, and a staggering 98 poultry and egg-laying operations with more than 100,000 birds each, including 9 with more than a million birds. Consumers are discovering the real costs of cheap food (Time Magazine Aug 31, 2009) and it is dangerous to use government to silence “WE THE PEOPLE.” A vote for issue to is a vote to silence the people! Abusing the Ohio Constitution to include the board would set a dangerous precedent by creating a permanent place for special interests in the constitution. Agricultural policy should be determined through an open, democratic process, not through a politically appointed board heavily influenced by big industry. The editorial boards of Ohio’s major newspapers-including the Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal, and Dayton Daily News-all oppose this effort to enshrine the agribusiness lobby’s favored oversight system in the state’s constitution. Ohioans should reject this proposal to safeguard Ohio’s constitution and keep Agri-business accountable. If we abuse the Constitution, we become part of our nation’s problem, not the solution. For more info http://www.ohioact.org (Ohio Against Constitutional Takeover) and http://www.oeffa.org/alerts.php (Ohio Ecological Farm and Food Association). To help defeat Issue 2, please take a few minutes to forward this email to all your contacts in Ohio, and urge them to VOTE NO on 2!

    Thank you,

    Linda Woods South Dayton Chapter Leader, WAPF

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