Ohio authorities stormed a farm house in LaGange Monday, December 1, to execute a search warrant, holding the Jacqueline and John Stowers and their son and young grandchildren at gunpoint for nine hours. During the raid the Ohio Department of Agriculture and police confiscated over ten thousand dollars worth of food, computers and cell phones. The Stowers’ crime? They run a private, members-only food co-op. While state authorities were looking for evidence of illegal activities, the family was not informed what crime they were suspected of, they were not read their rights or allowed to make a phone call. The children, some as young as toddlers, were traumatized by armed officers interrogating the adults with guns drawn.

The Morning Journal, a newspaper serving northern Ohio, reported that the Stowers were believed to be operating without a license. However, the Stowers claim that the food co-op they run does not engage in any activities that would require state licensing. Friends of the Stowers openly question why such aggressive tactics were necessary to investigate a licensing complaint. The Ohio Department of Agriculture has apparently been chastised by the courts in previous cases for over-reach, including entrapment of an Amish man to sell raw milk, which backfired, when it became known that the man gave milk instead of selling it to a state undercover agent, refusing to take money for what he believed to be a charitable act. The Amish literally interpret the Gospel of Matthew (5:42) to “give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.”

This is all about the government not getting their “cut”, kinda like the mob thugs who shake down the liquor store owner on the corner. What is happening to our country?

  1. Mr. Fusion says:

    #40, ama ama ding dong,

    Hey Mr. Fusion, do you know any farmers?

    Several. This is a farming community.

    How many pie holes do you have to fill?

    It appears just yours.

    What do you know about Monsanto?

    A little. It is a huge agibusiness company. They patent much of their seed and there is quite the discussion (but not here) about genetically altered foods.

    I guess anything that smells like a conspiracy theory to you goes straight to the nutcase files.

    Only when the evidence doesn’t match up. As in this case. People that believe right off the bat are usually gullible and naive.

    Better living through technology, right?

    Yup. My computer is faster and better than what I had 10 years ago. The same can be said for my car, TV, cell phone, …

    It’s ok, I respect your opinion and your choice.

    No you won’t. Because you want to believe this is a conspiracy led by Monsanto instead of just a couple of dissidents who don’t want to follow some government laws.

  2. Mrhuh says:

    Last I checked the Law of the Land was the Constitution and the Constitution clearly doesn’t call for food inspections and licensing by government (which are largely just attempts by big business to secure monopolies by themselves by stamping out small business).