THE BUREAUCRATS COME CALLING
By Doreen Hannes
August 11, 2010
After more than five years of full time fighting and agitating for food freedom and the complete abandonment of NAIS or NAIS like things, I finally received a visit from compliance officers. What officers, you ask? They were Missouri Department of Agriculture Compliance Investigators, John Jordan and Joe Stropp.
They came past “No Trespassing” signs, had no paperwork to show me, ie. no written complaint. They were just ‘investigating’ a report that I was engaged in selling meat and poultry products. Well, even though I am not involved in selling meat, it is certainly something I am a strong advocate for, and I told them so. They said, “Do you know there are some exemptions you can apply for to sell poultry directly?”
Eeegads. I thought, “I don’t want an ‘exemption’ because that grants you authority over me anyway.” but I didn’t bother to get into that as I was a little cranky. To the agents, I said, “As you can see, we don’t have enough poultry to be selling to anyone.”
John tried to be engaging, but since I was just eating breakfast at 11:30 after milking my neighbor’s cows so they could have a vacation, I wasn’t feeling too chatty, nor too appreciative of them coming on our property with only business cards and a ‘rumor’.