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.

Unfortunately, the force and violence from the FDA eventually led the farmer to shut down in order to protect his family. The actions of a few individuals at the FDA shut down a wonderful farm, put a small family farm out of business, and deprived a community of their food source.

But only for a short time. Because of the cohesiveness of the group and the action and dedication of the community this farmer created, we were able to quickly find new farmers to work with while simultaneously leaving our previous farmer feeling supported and with great hope.

This is an example of the effectiveness of community support for our food producers. It works!

Everyone reading this is in a different place right now–some might be like the chickens, some like the pigs, and some of you may have never bought food directly from a farmer before or even known where your food comes from.

But in this ballet of initiative and synergistic endeavors to secure our freedoms for future posterity, everyone has a role to play. Everyone can do something!

Wherever you are in your activism, supporting your food producers is an important step. To those who have a deeper understanding of what our producers face and have taken an active role in supporting them, I acknowledge you for that. For those who haven’t, today is your new starting place!…”

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

  1. Focusing only on food rights is like Thoreau said: hacking at the branches, when we need to be striking the root.
    Keep Reverend Martin Neimueller’s poem in mind – it applies to so many things in life:

    First they came for the Jews
    and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for the Communists
    and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists
    and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    Focus on all rights, and where rights originate. And that is certainly not with government.

  2. Beverley Viljakainen

    So well put, Liz. Thank you!

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