Michigan Forces Farmer to Dump 248 Gallons of Organic Milk and Break 1200 Free Range Eggs

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While Americans in the nearby city of Detroit face life in third world conditions, unable to even afford running water,  the state of Michigan decided to direct its resources towards cracking down on a small food co-op in Standish for having the utter audacity to provide milk, butter, cream and eggs to people who bought shares in the organic dairy.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture must be so proud of their deeds, after they forced Joe and Brenda Golimbieski, the owners of  Hill High Dairy and Jenny Samuelson, the owner of My Family Co-op, to dump out 248 gallons of milk, to break 100 dozen eggs, and to destroy an undisclosed amount of fresh cream, butter and cheese.

According to a post on the Hill High Dairy page on Facebook, the agents from the MDA stood over the family, watching as the food was destroyed.

100 dozen eggs… Each egg had to be broken. 248 gallons dumped in a sprayer that had to be witnessed by MDA being dumped and sprayed on the field.

Here are pictures of the destruction of this food from Hill High Dairy page – if you’re on Facebook, please go and give them a “like” to show your support.

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According to the owners of the dairy, the MDA threatened to arrest the co-op owner, Jenny Samuelson,  for “selling food without a license.” However, the farm is a co-op, where people must buy shares. The MDA, however, said that the co-op contracts were invalid, and therefore, instead of being shared, the food was being sold. Because co-op members had paid for their shares, technically the MDA stole food that belonged not just to the Golimbieski family, but to every single member of that co-op.

One member wrote angrily:

This is such a shame! I paid for these products and this is what happened!!!! They are all criminals!!! Government stealing all our food! I paid just so that Jenny and the farmers didn’t have to carry the burden all on their own!!!! A crying shame. Shame on Michigans Department of Agriculture! Criminals everyone on u!!!!

Looking at the website and Facebook page, all I see are happy, well-treated animals, actually roaming around in fields.  How is it that Michigan approves of the horrific conditions in its state’s factory farms, where animals are tortured, drugged, and crammed into cages for the entirety of their miserable lives, but raising animals humanely and naturally is considered “dangerous”?

What is wrong with the world when REAL farming is treated like a crime and fresh food is treated like the crystal meth?

I’ll tell you what’s wrong – big corporations do not want us to have options. They want a monopoly and they are working hard to destroy our other choices. Big Agri clearly has many good friends in the Michigan Department of Agriculture. Clearly the “Department of Agriculture” really means the “Department of Big Agri”. They aren’t there to support small farmers or people who wish to be self-sufficient. They are there to lock down the market for corporate farms. (Like Dean Foods, who also owns Horizon Organics – read more about the way this company does business – they own up to 90% of the corporate milk business in the state, according to an article on The Complete Patient )

David Gumpert, a raw milk advocate and owner of the site The Complete Patient wrote:

The government-sponsored dump of nearly $5,000 of milk, eggs, butter, and cream from Michigan’s My Family Co-Op yesterday carried a very clear and powerful political message to all Americans: We control your food and we don’t like you buying your food outside the corporate food system. Every now and then, we are going to remind you of what bad children you are being by taking your food and throwing it in the garbage. In fact, we are going to do more than remind you, we are going to completely humiliate you by preventing you from even feeding it to farm animals and instead forcing it to be disposed of in a landfill or dumpster…

…If you think I am exaggerating the intent of what is going on here, ask yourself this question: When was the last time you saw government agents seize and condemn food from a place like Foster Farms or Taco Bell or Del Monte or Kellogg’s or Trade Joe’s when their food has been found to contain pathogens, or made people sick? There’s been not even a suggestion that food at My Family Co-Op contained pathogens or made anyone sick. (Read the rest of Mr. Gumpert’s excellent essay on the subject)

The state of Michigan appears in the news again and again for infringing upon the liberty of its residents to choose what they wish to consume. Recently, they took away the “right to farm” from ordinary people, rescinding a law that had been on the books for years. Before that, Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources destroyed a farmer’s heritage pigs, calling them an “invasive species.”

This horrible visual of a farmer destroying fresh food while an “agent” stands over him to make certain that it’s inedible will stick with me. It’s like a scene from a movie, where the vanquishing enemy goes “scorched earth” on the denizens of the area they have conquered, ruining their crops, stealing their food stores, and most of all, making certain that they know they’ve been defeated.

Except it’s not a movie. It’s life in America. The barbarians are members of the government, and it is our own farms that are under siege.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor.  Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca

(Originally posted at The Organic Prepper)

16 thoughts on “Michigan Forces Farmer to Dump 248 Gallons of Organic Milk and Break 1200 Free Range Eggs”

  1. Don’t use Detroit to make stupid points about your little organic farming crusade, thanks.

    • Seriously. Detroit is looking at a 3rd World Lifestyle with no access to clean water, and these people think not having one dairy option is the same. It’s absurd and insulting. Walk into any grocery and buy your SAFE milk. When there is no milk anywhere and the remaining milk was being hoarded away from the people in-mass due to government mismanagement, then maybe they could compare it.

  2. the gov is a dangerous gang of looters, every agency that participated should be de funded, this is classic tyranny, Bolshevism 2.0, too bad the militia was nowhere in sight or they were not contacted about this incident, farmers being assaulted should be aware they can reach out and maybe get some support, how sad to have to destroy all that food that you worked so hard to produce, a very sad day.

    • But why is it illegal?

      And should they be using Gestapo tactics like this?

      • Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria. That’s why it’s illegal. Food safety is not some small concern. There’s a reason recalls due to these pathogens go international.

        And these are not “Gestapo tactics.” These are sure ways to make sure the materials that could harm someone are not secreted away and sold regardless of the danger they present.

        Raw milk is illegal because it is not safe. I honestly don’t understand what is hard to understand about this. If a restaurant gave you a half cooked chicken or a bloody piece of pork, you’d have their heads on a platter… because you KNOW, inherently and intelligently, that food safety is not a small issue.

        • It has to be considerably safer than what food safety inspectors have been overlooking in current food production. Massive listeria outbreak localized from mass produced cantaloupe in Colorado. Massive and deadly salmonella outbreak from a huge egg (factory) in Missouri. E. coli breaks out from sources all over the country. In all these occurrences the local powers had to “react” to licensed operators not following state rules…then the feds stepped in to fix what the state inspectors botched. Not safe, I can’t buy that at all. Food co-ops are self limiting enterprises that produce locally grown, non-agri business, non GMO items. What can’t be grown or produced safely doesn’t go out to shareholders. Sickening the customers defeats their purpose…unlike state sanctioned agri-businesses.

          • So, let me get this straight. Issues of contamination still occasionally happen. The regulators find out contamination happened, and issue recalls and warnings for public safety. And… this is why we need LESS food safety? Is that a joke? What are you not “buying,” exactly? The part where the regulated food safety system WORKED and warned against larger losses of life and health when a problem in the system was detected?

            Food co-ops sell food. The fact that they are cute family farms with a limited scope does not exempt them from food safety laws. “Sickening the customers” defeats the purpose of ANY food producing company, that’s the most vague of statements I think I’ve read yet.

    • They were selling share in the animals and crops. That is entirely different. Read up on it. If I own 1/10 of a dairy cow, I’m entitled to 1/10 of the milk but, I also have to pay 1/10 of its care, feed, vet and other expenses. If I own 1/10 of a hog, I’m entitled to 1/10 of its meat when butchered. But, again, I pay 1/10 of the costs involved in raising it. 1/10 of it is mine just as 1/10 of its output is mine. 1/10 of a chicken entitles me to 1/10 of the eggs. I own 1/10 of the chicken. Selling share was not illegal in Michigan until this event. Selling share is legal all over the united police states of Amerika

  3. This is part of the reason that the United States of Amerika is the #6 Police State in the world and, rapidly approaching #5. Absolute and total control by government and corporations is what the people keep voting for and, they’re getting just that. Too bad they don’t realize that once its there, it can’t be undone.

  4. This conspiracy nonsense has to stop. Raw milk and its counterparts spread disease. Raw milk families who grew up on it KNOW that. They SAW it. We’re far healthier with treated milk and other dairy products, the same as we’re safer with cooked meat. Restaurants can’t give you raw chicken to eat, raw pork, they MUST cook it properly. If people get sick from it, they can face serious state determined consequences. WHY would milk and dairy products be treated differently by the state?

    The answer is, it isn’t. These co-ops need to operate legally, or they face the consequence this farm faced. Just because it’s a friendly family run co-op doesn’t mean the Big Bad Gub’ment is being a needless bully. If raw milk is illegal to sell in Michigan, that’s the end of the story.

  5. I think educated people should be aware that their elected officials are infringing on their ability to make educated choices about their everyday lives. Then those elected officials can be replaced by representatives who will be representatives, not frantic mommies.
    Really? Protect me from bad guys with guns and machetes, not from bad eggs and milk. Good grief!

    • A ridiculous attitude. The magical solution is to elect different people? That solves everything, apparently.

      The reality is that this is about food safety standards and regulations. Electing an entirely new crop of people won’t change squat about those standards and regs. Food safety is of VITAL importance, perhaps you’re one of the types who will only understand that when you get ill from something preventable. Educated people tend to not want to take their chances with high and known risks, which is why we have food safety standards in the first place. Being educated does not mean being “free” to make whatever choice you want regardless of what it does to society. Being educated means understanding that food safety regulations keep ALL of us safer, not just the ones who avoid taking the unnecessary risk of consuming known-to-be unsafe foodstuffs.

      And if you want protection from the bad guys with guns, you need to look into the current movement against special interest groups having power to lobby congress. Because that situations been unsafe for a long while, and is far more pressing than you not being able to pick up a convenient dose of delicious, frothy, raw Salmonella, E. coli, or Listeria.

      • Oh I didn’t mean to imply I had a magical solution. I meant that, as Americans, our recourse for regulations we disagree with is to our elected officials. I think it should be illegal to misrepresent a product, and that the government should act accordingly when that happens. I don’t think the government should be telling its citizens: “You don’t know what’s best for you. You can’t properly make this decision for yourself.” That’s parenting. The government shouldn’t be parenting its citizens.

        • The government constantly tells us whats “best” for us. To wear our seatbelts when we drive. To obey traffic laws. To not eat undercooked chicken or pork. This milk issue is no different, and it isn’t about “making the decision for yourself.” It’s about us, as a whole, as a society, saying “we have enough evidence that this is harmful, and we, as our represented government, need regulations to protect against this risk.” That’s why people who are harmed by contaminated foods can sue for damages. That’s why people who DON’T know raw chicken is dangerous aren’t served raw chicken.

          Putting it shortly, it isn’t personal, and it isn’t about YOU. It’s about everyone.

          • And the eggs? Well cared for, free range chickens were producing eggs of doom and destruction were they? Those that feel they should stand up and speak for family farms who don’t drain and abuse their stock for another buck or two aren’t the devil for doing so. I notice in all your rants you didn’t once address the significant health hazards that are present in commercial dairy products of all sorts that impact everyone, not just ‘you’.

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