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Health department tyrants raid local 'farm to fork' picnic dinner, orders all food to be destroyed
Natural News ^ | November 11, 2011 | Ethan A. Huff

Posted on 11/12/2011 9:44:37 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

(NaturalNews) It is the latest case of extreme government food tyranny, and one that is sure to have you reeling in anger and disgust. Health department officials recently conducted a raid of Quail Hollow Farm, an organic community supported agriculture (CSA) farm in southern Nevada, during its special "farm to fork" picnic dinner put on for guests -- and the agent who arrived on the scene ordered that all the fresh, local produce and pasture-based meat that was intended for the meal be destroyed with bleach.

For about five years now, Quail Hollow Farm has been growing organic produce and raising healthy, pasture-based animals which it provides to members as part of a CSA program. And it recently held its first annual "Farm to Fork Dinner Event," which offered guests an opportunity to tour the farm, meet those responsible for growing and raising the food, and of course partake in sharing a meal composed of the delicious bounty with others.

But when the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) got word of the event and decided to get involved, this simple gathering of friends and neighbors around a giant, family-style picnic table quickly became a convenient target for the heavy hand of an out-of-control government agency. And Monte and Laura Bledsoe, the owners and operators of Quail Hollow Farm, were unprepared for what would happen next.

SNHD official Mary Oaks raids picnic without cause or warrant, orders destruction of dinner food

Laura Bledsoe explains in a letter to her guests written after the fact that two days prior to the event, SNHD contacted the farm to say that, because the picnic was technically a "public" event, the couple would have to obtain a "special use permit," or else face a very steep fine. Not wanting to risk having the event disrupted, the Bledsoes agreed to jump through all the demanded legal hoops even though their gathering was really just a backyard picnic.

But the day of the event, an inspector from SNHD, Mary Oaks, showed up and declared that all the food the Bledsoes would be serving was "unfit for consumption," and that it would have to be destroyed. Though there was no logical or lawful reasoning behind this declaration, and the Bledsoes had complied with all the requirements, Oaks insisted that the food be discarded and destroyed using a bleach solution.

One of the so-called reasons for this action included the fact that some of the food packaging did not contain labels, even though labels are not necessary if the food is eaten within 72 hours. Oaks also cited the fact that some of the meat was not US Department of Agriculture (USDA) certified, that the vegetables had already been cut and were thus a "bio-hazard," and that there were no receipts for the food (which was all grown on the farm, not purchased from a grocery store).

You can view pictures of the event, as well as video footage of Inspector Oaks raiding the party, at the following link:
http://www.reallyvegasphoto.com/Eve...

Unaware of their rights, the Bledsoes initially complied with Oaks' unlawful demands and destroyed the food. But shortly thereafter, Laura's husband Monte remembered that they had an emergency contact number for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) on their refrigerator.

Shocked that they even had to resort to this desperate measure, the Bledsoes called FTCLDF for advice and spoke with General Counsel Gary Cox, who instructed them to ask Oaks for a search and arrest warrant, which of course she did not have. The Bledsoes then asked Oaks to leave the property, upon which she allegedly stormed off in anger and screamed that she was going to call the police.

Police eventually arrived, but unaware of why they had been called and what the alleged crime was, they, too, left and offered their apologies to the Bledsoes. Fortunately, the Bledsoes were able to improvise with the chef to create a whole new meal for their guests, which ended up turning out to be a type of blessing in disguise, according to Laura.

The entire shocking incident serves as a reminder to know your rights when it comes to food and health freedom. Without a proper search or arrest warrant, so-called health inspectors or law enforcement officials have no business on your property. And if they ever try to pull a stunt like what happened at Quail Hollow Farm at your gathering, you have every right to demand that they vacate your property as well.

Sources for this article include:

Be sure to read Laura's full account of the raid here:
http://www.quailhollowfarmcsa.com/3...

And check out the video footage captured at the event, including footage of SNHD inspector Mary Oaks, here:
http://www.reallyvegasphoto.com/Eve...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: bloodoftyrants; bureaucrats; corruption; farmraid; govtabuse; health; jackbootedthugs; lping; maryoaks; nannystate; porkdinner; quailhollow; raid; rapeofliberty; tyranny
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Health department tyrants raid local 'farm to fork' picnic dinner, orders all food to be destroyed with bleach

1 posted on 11/12/2011 9:44:39 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

Another take on the Quail Hollow Farm incident.


2 posted on 11/12/2011 9:45:23 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I wonder how many of these granola crunchers voted for Obama and his crop Nazis.


3 posted on 11/12/2011 9:47:52 PM PST by Gene Eric (Save a pretzel for the gas jet.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


4 posted on 11/12/2011 9:55:55 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Disgusting.

I go to a Farmer’s Market and I’d say it’s a very clean, conservative crowd (buyers and sellers), overall. One or two leftist bumper stickers (wish I knew which vendor so I could avoid him/her). Some farms that have a similar set-up to this one, where you can buy shares and they have tours.

One woman who started making goat cheese recently told me yesterday that it was easier to serve overseas, in war-time, than to get a permit to produce the cheese.


5 posted on 11/12/2011 9:59:36 PM PST by Borax Queen
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Moral of the story: Never let any government agent from any agency on your property without a valid warrant.


6 posted on 11/12/2011 10:02:58 PM PST by Altariel (`)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Asinine. I’d like to take the inspector out to the day market near our house in Thailand and then he would have something to compare with the NV dinner. In 30 some years eatin food from that day market, I haven’t been sick. We are so protected in the USA that small business is regulated beyond reason. There is more danger from produce mass produced on corporate farm and distributed far from where it is grown than there is in all the local produce sold bypassing the government inspections, etc.


7 posted on 11/12/2011 10:07:03 PM PST by JimSEA (The future ain't what it used to be.)
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To: Gene Eric

It was state agency, doubt if Obama was involved. Besides, fresh meat and veggies doesn’t sound like granola to me. ‘Course you may prefer your Big Mac and fries.


8 posted on 11/12/2011 10:17:12 PM PST by tickmeister (tickmeister)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

9 posted on 11/12/2011 10:18:43 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Gene Eric

“I wonder how many of these granola crunchers voted for Obama and his crop Nazis.”

You might be surprised how many Environmental Health Specialists are conservatives. I wonder how many people at the picnic would have hired a lawyer if they got sick.


10 posted on 11/12/2011 10:22:15 PM PST by willk
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Mary G. Oakes, PhD, REHS
Environmental Health Specialist II
(702) 759-1681 office
(702) 538-6424 cell
oakes@snhdmail.org

office phone disconnected and cell phone has disabled the voice mail


11 posted on 11/12/2011 10:24:27 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Too bad they didn’t shoot her tires out when she pulled up.


12 posted on 11/12/2011 10:26:43 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Altariel

“Never let any government agent from any agency on your property without a valid warrant.”

Agreed. Our government is out of control on all levels. Stopping nonsense like this and worse stuff that is not nonsense at all needs to really become a priority.


13 posted on 11/12/2011 10:50:13 PM PST by jocon307
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Were the bags of veggies Michelle gave the foreign leaders properly labeled?

Undoubtedly were contaminated with BS.


14 posted on 11/12/2011 10:56:16 PM PST by alpo
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

As ye sow, so shall ye reap. The moonpies in the video sound like the same ones that yammered for government to impose repressive regulations. Well...They’re here!


15 posted on 11/12/2011 11:07:29 PM PST by davius (You can roll manure in powdered sugar but that don't make it a jelly doughnut.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This is the exact type of behavior the BTK Kansas Serial Killer used to exhibit. He had a municipal job that allowed him to terrorize residents at will, and neither his co-workers nor his boss lifted a finger to stop the abuses. In his spare time he was committing some of the most grotesque crimes in the annals of serial killers. This woman, Oaks, is psychologically screwed up in a fundamental and dangerous way. I wonder what her ‘hobbies’ are.


16 posted on 11/12/2011 11:29:06 PM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
SNHD official Mary Oaks raids picnic without cause or warrant

That's just it. Too many people feed and tolerate these nuisance bears and before you know it, the bears become very aggressive, no longer fearing the humans.

17 posted on 11/12/2011 11:49:14 PM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Ezekiel

“nuisance bear”? Mmoire like: ‘Nazi criminal pig’ to be more accurate. And her superior should be arrested for criminal conspiracy as well, if he/she is involved.


18 posted on 11/13/2011 1:18:06 AM PST by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi)
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To: Fantasywriter

That should be obvious, such nasty domineering characters are just naturally attracted to inspection/enforcement/planning gummint jobs that let them push other people around. Not to mention the demanding of bribes.

Wonder how the BTK Killer tended to vote.


19 posted on 11/13/2011 3:17:14 AM PST by sinanju
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To: Ezekiel

Hilarious!


20 posted on 11/13/2011 3:27:33 AM PST by firebrand (It's almost too late.)
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To: JimSEA

Asinine. I’d like to take the inspector out to the day market near our house in Thailand
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
My first ‘WESTPAC’ cruise included a warning not to eat the local vegetables in Japan, with the reasoning being they were fertilized with human waste.
I guess our ‘systems’ supposedly weren’t able to process the food etc...
I think that ‘ban’ was followed for a few days as when one consumes enough local whiskey/alcohol into your system it kind of ‘fights off’ most fears.
Guess ‘our people’ were more worried about dysentery and/or ecoli than anything else (that is if we ‘KNEW’ about ecoli in 1957).....<: <:


21 posted on 11/13/2011 3:39:20 AM PST by xrmusn ((6/98) If govt involved, the more outlandish a scheme appears, the truer it probably is.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

But the ‘health departments’ have no problem with the nastiness of the Occupy people defecating and urinating all over the public streets? TB, drug use,lice, dead bodies....?


22 posted on 11/13/2011 3:44:24 AM PST by MagnoliaB
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To: Gene Eric
I wonder how many of these granola crunchers voted for Obama and his crop Nazis.

There is always 2012. Obama fooled a tremendous number of people thanks to a complicit lamestream media.

It was a state health department employee drunk with power attacking these farmers with the government sledgehammer. A certain percentage of people will see the connection with out of control government and who they support in elections.

23 posted on 11/13/2011 3:55:31 AM PST by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The police should have ARRESTED her on the spot for:
Grand Theft
Extortion
Deprivation of Rights
I am sure there are more FELONIES she committed but it’s early. There is NO EXCUSE whatsoever to justify the Police Departments actions in this case. The Lady Belongs in JAIL.


24 posted on 11/13/2011 4:22:47 AM PST by eyeamok
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
When the government controls access to education, travel, health care, information, and food, they control your life.

Remember: That is what socialism is! Control of one’s life.

25 posted on 11/13/2011 4:27:33 AM PST by wintertime (I am a Constitutional Restorationist!!! Yes!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
One of these days, a raiding party is not going to come back. And oddly no one will remember they're ever showing up.
26 posted on 11/13/2011 5:01:47 AM PST by BigCinBigD
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To: Gene Eric
Aside from two Ron Paulbots, most of the people at our farmer's market are conservative. I joke with one lady who accompanies her daughters that sell their homemade garlic and herb bread (soooo goood). She homeschools her kids and this is one of their many projects. I tell her shame on her for instilling economic consciousness and personal responsibility in her daughters.
27 posted on 11/13/2011 5:07:09 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Hope and change.


28 posted on 11/13/2011 5:20:57 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: sinanju

Agreed. I wish we had Oaks’ boss’s contact info. Writing to a petty tyrant such as she is is an exercise in futility. I bet w one email to her boss, though, I could scare him.her witless.

If BTK wasn’t a Dem nobody is. That’s just a guess, though. I’ve never seen his political affiliation in print. (Which is usually a dead giveaway, if you know what I mean.)


29 posted on 11/13/2011 6:29:01 AM PST by Fantasywriter
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

You have to wonder what sort of “person” called in this inspector.


30 posted on 11/13/2011 6:36:27 AM PST by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What puzzles me is why did this farm do anything without contacting a lawyer first?


31 posted on 11/13/2011 6:37:05 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Nancy Pelosi - The #1 reason we need a Constitutional amendment for Congressional drug testing.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
...the agent who arrived on the scene ordered that all the fresh, local produce and pasture-based meat that was intended for the meal be destroyed with bleach.

So, did the lemmings bow down to this bitch's request or did they tell her to go pound sand?

If they stood their ground I applaud them, if not, well...

32 posted on 11/13/2011 7:34:36 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: willk

“You might be surprised how many Environmental Health Specialists are conservatives.”

I’m ready for a surprise. So exactly how many “Environmental Health Specialists” are conservatives?


33 posted on 11/13/2011 10:50:54 AM PST by BradWesleyoftheInternet
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To: Nightshift

gnip


34 posted on 11/13/2011 10:58:19 AM PST by tutstar
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To: LucyT; BP2; rxsid; null and void; Candor7; melancholy; cyn

ping


35 posted on 11/13/2011 10:59:04 AM PST by tutstar
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To: Gene Eric
I wonder how many of these granola crunchers voted for Obama ...

My guess is 'all of them'...

Liberal vs liberal is NOT our problem - that said, if there's an 'Occupy" movement in their state, they should sue for being treated differently under the law. Occupy is setting up kitchens without permits or license... or licensed food workers.

36 posted on 11/13/2011 11:03:19 AM PST by GOPJ ( Democrats are the only reason to vote for Republicans.... Will Rogers)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They are coming after our energy and our food. We better keep the guns, we might need them.


37 posted on 11/13/2011 11:11:25 AM PST by liberateUS
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; albertp; Alexander Rubin; Allosaurs_r_us; ..
Unreal. I guess my dastardly plan for growing my own tomatoes, onions, and peppers next summer is out of the question.



Libertarian ping! Click here to get added or here to be removed or post a message here!
38 posted on 11/13/2011 4:07:57 PM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Federal government doesn’t like competition.


39 posted on 11/14/2011 8:58:05 AM PST by GSWarrior (Click HERE to read the entire post.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Would they go after a dockside seafood restaurant, where the provenance of the food is less well known? With the ‘fork to farm’ restaurant, at least they can account for what sort of fertilizer was used and the conditions all along the path from field to plate.


40 posted on 11/14/2011 5:39:03 PM PST by jmcenanly (Things will be better in 2013)
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