April 18, 2014

Bakers Green Acres vs Michigan DNR – Family Farm Under Attack

A family farm in rural Michigan may be shut down by a Government Entity who has passed a law stating that the heritage breed of hogs they are raising are a threat to neighboring croplands. In truth, the Big Pork Industry has been planning this campaign to take down all family farms with hopes to eventually siege complete control of the American Food Supply.

On July 12, 2 pm at the courthouse in Lake City (111 Canal Street) we will be facing off with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Michigan Attorney General (AG) in court for the first time.  Both sides are asking for Summary Disposition, meaning that the judge will say that there isn’t a legitimate case and therefore one side wins by default.  We are also asking for a Jury for the trial in August.  This means the DNR and AG would have to present their case to a panel of citizens who would advise the judge.  The DNR has no desire to make their case to a panel of our peers and is fighting this motion strongly.  Come and show your support for small family farms and the right to procure the foods of your choice from the producer of your choice!  Let’s fill the courtroom and respectfully show the judge that the people care about their rights and are supporting Mark Baker.

More info: http://bakersgreenacres.com/?p=2332

UPDATE July 2, 2013

Mark shares the DNR’s latest request to the judge–worth $700k. He also introduces you to his heroes.

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Russia Bans Import of GMO Products – Promotes Organic Food

Russia Bans Import of GMO Products – Promotes Organic Food

Russia will not import GMO products, the country’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, adding that the nation has enough space and resources to produce organic food.

Moscow has no reason to encourage the production of genetically modified products or import them into the country, Medvedev told a congress of deputies from rural settlements on Saturday.

“If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then. We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food,” he said.

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Study: Roundup Herbicide 125 Times More Toxic Than Regulators Say

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Food Security: Why Congress Should Care About the Beepocalypse

Food Security: Why Congress Should Care About the Beepocalypse

This year, food security is set to suffer another big setback, and the culprit could not be cuter: honeybees. Last winter, America’s beekeeping industry lost nearly half of all its bee colonies. And the numbers keep falling. Last summer, in the largest bee kill on record, more than 50,000 bumblebees were killed in Oregon as a direct result of exposure to an insecticide applied to trees for cosmetic purposes.

The killing has gotten so bad that people are calling it a beepocalypse. This is a serious situation. One-third of the food produced in North America depends on pollination by our honeybees. Nearly 100 varieties of fruits depend on honeybee pollination, from almonds (which are California’s third-largest export) to avocados to apples to cranberries.

America, then, must act fast if we want to save our bees, our food and our economic productivity.

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