My problem with government regulation of Farmers is…
Cottage laws. Now I’m lucky to be from a state that is a bit more lenient on these sorts of things. On my state, you may legally sell food items that do not require freezing…. Here’s my problem. If I were to raise a cow and butcher that cow myself, as many people are capable of doing, and I wanted to sell my neighbor a steak for $6, I am breaking the law. To do this legally, I would have to haul the cow to a state licensed facility, allow someone else to butcher the cow, undergo an inspection, receive my meat back labeled, and walk over to my neighbor’s house. Why the heck can we not operate on a system that allows people to have the liberty to make their own educated decisions and be responsible for themselves? If you drive to a farm, and you ask for a bottle of whole milk or a steak, you are taking a risk. No one HAS to do that. Everyone has the freedom to choose state inspected milk and meat and eggs. However, why can’t we have the right to choose to buy produce from people we know and trust? Purchase meat from farms we trust? People will say, ” You could make people sick or they could die.” That is true but also true for any food being consumed anywhere! A state inspected restaurant can make people sick because their employee didn’t wash their hands or they didn’t freeze their meat properly, or even because the stinking city water is contaminated, but they are gonna pick on people who homestead? Homesteads shouldn’t have to ship their produce all around the state and pay extra money to the government to be able to make a neighborly deal with someone 6 miles down the road. People should have the liberty to make educated decisions on the risks they take. We take risks everyday and the government should not feel like they have to Shepard us like a flock of sheep on our own property. That’s my problem with cottage laws. When you lose the homestead, you freaking lose America. The more they step in, the more power they have. One day it could all be gone and we’ll have state-owned super farms where everyone who is scared can sleep peacefully knowing their meat was triple inspected and stamped by the USDA because on the people who could afford to send their meat in is selling it and the family farms are either now extinct or having to rely on the auction market. Farmers deserve more liberty and consumers deserve more liberty. Be an adult and educate yourself on what you’re consuming. The government doesn’t need to hold your hands. Rant over.
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