Daily Archives: August 21, 2012

Thoughts on how to stay positive in the food rights struggle — Liz Reitzig

By Liz Reitzig, on the Complete Patient blog:

“One of the things I do to help people access real foods in my area is I help run a buying club that makes local deliveries of real, non-GMO foods. About two and a half years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration began an undercover investigation and sting operation on my buying club and on one of the farmers supplying fresh, healthy food to the members.

As the FDA brought charges against our beloved Amish farmer and as the case made its way through the courts, I watched in amazement as the wonderful beneficiaries of this farmer rallied to support him! People bought extra food, sent letters of encouragement and acknowledgement, paid into a legal fund for him, rallied on his behalf, alerted local news media, and generally got active about the use of force against a peaceful farmer who supplied food for his community. Continue reading

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Canadians jailed over unpaid fines

From Karen Selick on The Justice Report:

“Canadian news sources reported today that the federal government is seeking a collection agency to handle the task of collecting some $129 million in unpaid fines.  See, for instance, this story in The Globe and Mail.

The part that interested me is that approximately 150 people were sent to jail from April 2010 to March 2011 for refusing to pay federally imposed fines that the government says they have the ability to pay.  (See page 14 of the Annual Report of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (PPSC), here.)  In fiscal 2009-2010, that number was 265 people.  In 2008-2009, it was 165. Continue reading

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