Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Rehashing Michigan's lost "Right to Farm"

This is an older article (from May) but it caught my eye all over again as it was being passed around on the homesteading sub-Reddit. 

It's always about control, isn't it?

There is no other skill that is half so intimating to a control freak than the ability to feed oneself.

Three hens being let out of their Eglu.
Barbaric governments use food control, just ask Mike Tyson's tattoo. Your mother-in-law probably does too. You know the thing where she offers to loan you money right when you're at your lowest. And you accept and suddenly she's telling you how to discipline your kids and now you feel all powerless to tell her to fuck off because you're still late on paying her? 

Ya, that thing.

I'm just speaking in general terms here, of course.

And the crappier the location (made so by other outrageous laws) the more likely this is to go on and Michigan is the crème de la crème of crappy locations due to bullshit laws. 

I really think everyone should grow a mother fucking corn field on their front lawn. It would cost almost nothing and if they really wanted to protest, let a few chickens go and have their merry chicken way with it all.


Michigan residents lost their “right to farm” this week thanks to a new ruling by the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development. Gail Philburn of the Michigan Sierra Club told Michigan Live, the new changes “effectively remove Right to Farm Act protection for many urban and suburban backyard farmers raising small numbers of animals.” Backyard and urban farming were previously protected by Michigan’s Right to Farm Act. The Commission ruled that the Right to Farm Act protections no longer apply to many homeowners who keep small numbers of livestock.
Kim White, who raises chickens and rabbits, said, “They don’t want us little guys feeding ourselves. They want us to go all to the big farms. They want to do away with small farms and I believe that is what’s motivating it.” The ruling will allow local governments to arbitrarily ban goats, chickens and beehives on any property where there are 13 homes within one eighth mile or a residence within 250 feet of the property, according to Michigan Public Radio. The Right to Farm Act was created in 1981 to protect farmers from the complaints of people from the city who moved to the country and then attempted to make it more urban with anti-farming ordinances. The new changes affect residents of rural Michigan too. It is not simply an urban or suburban concern.
English: Chickens at Daubies Farm
English: Chickens at Daubies Farm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Shady Grove Farm in Gwinn, Michigan is the six and a half acre home to 150 egg-laying hens that provide eggs to a local co-op and a local restaurant. The small Michigan farm also homes sheep for wool and a few turkeys and meat chickens to provide fresh healthy, local poultry. “We produce food with integrity,” Randy Buchler told The Blaze


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