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Utah Garden Challenge Actually Government Registration In Disguise
Alt-Market.com ^ | 7/6/2012 | Cassandra Anderson

Posted on 07/07/2012 11:31:23 AM PDT by JohnKinAK

This article was written by Cassandra Anderson and originally published at MorphCity.com

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is promoting the Utah Garden Challenge in order to collect information about independent food production for the USDA.

The Utah Garden Challenge is a voluntary contest to register 10,000 gardens. The data mining project has a broad interest in any "resource" who is growing food:

Whether you grow a tomato in a pot, a row in a community garden, have backyard gardens, a CSA or working fruit and vegetable farm, we want to hear from you because you are an important resource as a food producer.

While the contest paints a proud face on independent food production, it is important to remember that registering with the government sets up a system to track, tax, permit or confiscate the registered item. Gun ownership is a good example of this scheme.

According to a pop-up window on the official website, participants' gardens will be registered with the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS):

We need to know how much food is being produced in Utah. The Census of Agriculture is done every 5 years. Every agricultural operation in Utah, regardless of size, is vital to this question. If you produce $1000 of agricultural products, you can influence economic development and decision making by filling out a NASS survey. We will only share your information with NASS by your permission. Your response to the census of agriculture is protected by law. For more information, you can go to www.agcensus.gov.

In other words, people who produce $1000 or more worth of food have an impact on the food market, and the USDA wants to know about what you are doing in your backyard.

Victory gardens in America produced up to 40% of all vegetables consumed during World War II, with over 20 millon home gardens and community plots that produced over 9 million tons of food.

The USDA is notorious for its corrupt partnerships and revolving door business relationships with big commercial agriculture.

Government Crackdowns & Food Control

Food is under attack because if you can grow your own food, have access to water and shelter, then what use do you have for a government master?

The federal government has profoundly overstepped its constitutional authority on all fronts, and there are a number of examples of the USDA's outrageous control over food that include SWAT team raids on raw milk sellers and fruit tree confiscation.

The Food Safety Modernization Act expanded the power of the FDA and its sister agency, the USDA. The law is bad for many reasons and is an overwhelming burden on small and independent farmers due to over-regulation and increase in paperwork and reporting.

Additionally, the FBI identifies people who store food as potential terrorists!

Why Is Utah A Threat?

1. A few months ago Utah voted down a Food Freedom Bill that would have made it a crime for anyone, including Utah state agents, to enforce the Food Safety Modernization Act's unconstitutional mandates. It would have made farmers who trade only inside of state lines exempt. The bill was a direct constitutional challenge to federal overreach.

2. Highland City, Utah passed a Food Freedom ordinance that exempts residents from federal regulations on food that is produced, exchanged and consumed within city limits (state laws still apply).

3. Utah has the largest concentration of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as Mormons) who have an official policy of food storage, currently set at a 1-year minimum supply. This may be construed as a threat by the FBI, especially since a 1-year supply of food can cost as little as $225.

Conclusion

Survivalist.com points out that the Utah Garden Challenge is linked to the United Nations Agenda 21 Sustainable Development plan for totalitarian control.

The Utah Garden Challenge is enticing Utahans with meager prizes (a 1-in-1000 chance of winning a giftcard or free restaurant dinner) to register their gardens and subject themselves to invasive government data mining. But is your food independence worth it?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: fascism; food; foodie; garden; gardening; gardenping; socializedgardens; usda; utah

1 posted on 07/07/2012 11:31:30 AM PDT by JohnKinAK
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To: JohnKinAK

FU USDA


2 posted on 07/07/2012 11:34:52 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: JohnKinAK
The only information that I'm willing to provide to the government can be delivered with a simple hand gesture.

/johnny

3 posted on 07/07/2012 11:40:37 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JohnKinAK

Unbelievable..... No, strike that. It’s believable. This country has really gone down the crapper. I’d usually say, “God help us” but it seems he’s leaving us to rot.


4 posted on 07/07/2012 11:45:28 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: JohnKinAK

This is a problem. Shall we see it illegal to grow food even for your own consumption, since it hurts the sales of grocery stores and government give-aways with SNAP/food stamps?


5 posted on 07/07/2012 11:46:49 AM PDT by tbw2
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To: JohnKinAK
My family has been farming in Utah for 168 years, most dislike the feds, this ain't going nowhere.
6 posted on 07/07/2012 11:48:59 AM PDT by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: JohnKinAK

What garden? No, that’s a weed patch out back.


7 posted on 07/07/2012 11:49:57 AM PDT by bgill
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To: tbw2
"Shall we see it illegal to grow food even for your own consumption"

It is already retty much, if you believe, along with the US Judiciary, that Wilkard v. Filburn rulz.

"Filburn was ordered to destroy his crops and pay a fine, even though he was producing the excess wheat for his own use and had no intention of selling it."

8 posted on 07/07/2012 11:57:44 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: tbw2
"Shall we see it illegal to grow food even for your own consumption"

It is already pretty much, if you believe along with the US Judiciary, that Wilkard v. Filburn rulz.

"Filburn was ordered to destroy his crops and pay a fine, even though he was producing the excess wheat for his own use and had no intention of selling it."

9 posted on 07/07/2012 11:58:47 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: JohnKinAK

I thought the Food Safety Modernization Act was dead.


10 posted on 07/07/2012 12:28:01 PM PDT by squarebarb
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To: squarebarb
Signed into law January 4, 2011
11 posted on 07/07/2012 12:35:17 PM PDT by JohnKinAK
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To: JohnKinAK

Joseph Stalin: Control the food and you control the population”


12 posted on 07/07/2012 12:39:57 PM PDT by DeweyShootem
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To: JohnKinAK

Passively refusing to cooperate is not enough. What is needed to defeat a data mining operation is garbage data.

If enough people submit bad and conflicting data, not about themselves, but about other places, the data mining will be ruined.

So for example, list plants that do not grow there, like bananas and mangos in vacant lots, federal and state lands, inside buildings, etc. Imagine the statistic that shows Utah as being the biggest banana producing state.

Lots of plants already have intrusive regulation, so they would be a hoot to list as being grown as backyard crops. Like noxious giant hogweed, tobacco, or just ordinary wheat would make USDA inspectors jump in their cars and speed to where it is supposedly being grown.

And who says you can’t grow 5 acres of tomatoes in an apartment? Because you make your own sauce and you really like spaghetti.

If 10 or 15 people, using different computers hither and yon, inputted data like that, it would monkey wrench the whole corrupt machine.


13 posted on 07/07/2012 12:44:40 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Ellendra; JustaDumbBlonde
Ping

They're coming for the gardeners now!

14 posted on 07/07/2012 1:21:40 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: DeweyShootem

“Control the oil, you control the nation.”

“Control the food, you control the people”

.........................Henry Kissinger


15 posted on 07/07/2012 4:15:42 PM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: Graybeard58

First they came for the flower gardeners, and I said nothing.

Next they came for the vegetable gardeners.....


16 posted on 07/07/2012 4:18:30 PM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: JohnKinAK

Don’t forget the drones and the Hi-Res satellite shots. Googleearth, anyone?


17 posted on 07/07/2012 7:29:03 PM PDT by redhead (C'mon, Inner Peace...I don't have all day...)
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To: fromscratchmom; AuntB; what_not2007; Red_Devil 232; La Enchiladita; maggief; Just mythoughts; ...

Gardening ping!


18 posted on 07/07/2012 8:24:51 PM PDT by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

What is needed to defeat a data mining operation is garbage data.

Ha! I’m safe. Govmunt will never believe anything will grow on the rock pile I live on.
I’ve been raking rocks and turning them into fence posts.


19 posted on 07/07/2012 9:03:23 PM PDT by WestwardHo
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To: Ellendra

I saw this earlier and added some keywords. Thank you so much for sending out the ping. Living here, I’d never comply. This is truly ridiculous, but then again ammo is getting banned by Herbert, and, after all it IS ILLEGAL to gather rainwater in Utah.*

(*You are now, as of last year, permitted to get a legal permit, allowing one to gather a few hundred gallons of rainwater, our benefactor’s gift to us peasants, just a small token of the government’s benevolence.)


20 posted on 07/07/2012 9:14:33 PM PDT by JDW11235 (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/ AND "The fat, spoiled, complacent kid is going on a diet." -Unkus)
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To: maine yankee

“First they came for the flower gardeners, and I said nothing.

Next they came for the vegetable gardeners.....”
___________________________________________________________
This was from about 3 weeks ago, but the story is a little bit older:

“Gov Criminalizes Self Reliance: Woman’s Survival Garden Seized and Destroyed by Authorities”

http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/gov-criminalizes-self-reliance-womans-survival-garden-seized-and-destroyed-by-authorities_06192012


21 posted on 07/07/2012 9:17:45 PM PDT by JDW11235 (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/ AND "The fat, spoiled, complacent kid is going on a diet." -Unkus)
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To: JohnKinAK
Yep! Just more of the "essential" information that will be utilized by the fascists who now rule us under the EO the WH POS issued last year.

At a minimum, our benevolent ruler will have absolute control over all resources including food, energy, transportation, communication, and labor. He will decide who eats, sleeps, drives, keeps warm in the winter, has lights for the night time, and will decide where & when we will work voluntarily without compensation.

A situation more or less similar to the that experience by prisoners of war during WWII.

Those of us who saw, when they were first published in the newspapers, the pictures of thousands of Jews lining up and shuffling into gas chambers, wondered at the time why they didn't at least die fighting. Now we know.

The historical beginnings of an equivalent march into "a thousand years of darkest tyranny" are underway and now it U.S. citizens shuffling mindlessly along as if nothing was amiss.

For those who aren't disposed to shuffle for anyone, least of all a marxist megalomaniac, the purge-to-come guidelines to quickly identify and remove them are already being openly published and adopted by governments at all levels. Key identifiers/characteristics include:

Yep...No jumping line out there...It's not nice...
22 posted on 07/07/2012 9:24:42 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: JohnKinAK

Here is who voted this POS Legislation in:

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 690 (HR2751 Food Safety Bill/FDA Food Takeover Bill)

U.S. House of Representatives Website ^ | 1 Aug 2011 | House Clerk

Posted on 08/03/2011 11:53:02 AM PDT by Texas Fossil

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2758143/posts


23 posted on 07/07/2012 9:44:44 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: JohnKinAK

Sorry, I messed up. Wrong bill was referenced. Same tactic reading into existing bill.


24 posted on 07/07/2012 9:46:56 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: JohnKinAK

Here is the roll call for the correct bill:

FOOD SAFETY WINS ONLY BECAUSE OF DIRTY TRICKS (HR2751)
National Health Federation ^ | 12-21-2010 | news release

Posted on 01/05/2011 9:39:43 PM PST by Texas Fossil

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2652160/posts


25 posted on 07/07/2012 9:49:05 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Ellendra

Our daughter and her family stopped at a roadside stand that has set up south of Eureka for years to sample the fruit to buy some and they told her the health department had stopped sampling because they do not have a certified kitchen.


26 posted on 07/07/2012 10:06:59 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: redhead; Ellendra; Red_Devil 232
Don’t forget the drones and the Hi-Res satellite shots. Googleearth, anyone?
It has a great view of my garden, as well as what that space looked like a couple of years before it was started. High enough resolution that I can even see the fence lines & posts, the individual wires of the power lines, and the rototiller parked. Same for the new roof on the house, and other improvements & changes to the property, such as brush clearing.

Truth is, such activities are not able to be hidden, as there are even higher resolution "earth resources" satellites that can even identify which types of crops are growing, and somewhat of their condition/stress levels.

27 posted on 07/07/2012 11:31:09 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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To: Texas Fossil

Thanks for that. Oddly enough this particularly egregious lame duck Pelosi POS got little attention at the time. This atrocity, along with Øbamacare needs to get the slash and burn treatment in the new congress. I can dream...


28 posted on 07/07/2012 11:38:07 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have only two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!!!)
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To: tbw2

You guessed it. They now have control of the medical. now they are working on controlling the food supply.


29 posted on 07/08/2012 4:22:02 AM PDT by sport
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To: ForGod'sSake
I had been watching the original bill in the house for a long time before that post. They did everything they could to prevent a recorded vote being public.

It passed in the middle of the night at the end of the lame duck session. The vote was a voice vote. When they realized since it was an appropriations bill it had to originate in the House. They read the body of the bill into an existing bill that died. Making actual tracking nearly impossible.

Then when they passed the law there was no wording on House.gov or Thomas Register. I was only able to find the actual bill when it was sent to the General Printing Office, from the Public law number.

They were sold on voting for the bill by some real or perceived threat by foreign agents to our food supply.

The original bill was a horror. This one is not as bad, but still is horrible.

30 posted on 07/08/2012 5:23:50 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: dragonblustar; Kartographer
Unbelievable..... No, strike that. It’s believable. This country has really gone down the crapper. I’d usually say, “God help us” but it seems he’s leaving us to rot.

Well, since we turned our backs on Him and kicked Him out of our schools and public life, He's just giving us what we want: a world without Him.

And this is the reault.

31 posted on 07/08/2012 5:54:06 AM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slav)
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To: bamahead

ping


32 posted on 07/08/2012 5:55:23 AM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slav)
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To: metmom

Well, those who wanted God are being punished for those who did not.


33 posted on 07/08/2012 9:36:29 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: dragonblustar

Only in this life.

And all we’re really doing is catching some of the fallout. We’re not really being punished.


34 posted on 07/08/2012 12:06:44 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slav)
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To: bgill
What garden? No, that’s a weed patch out back.


Purty sure that's what the Feds are really looking for.
35 posted on 07/09/2012 6:07:20 AM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: Idaho_Cowboy

Ack, I’d be rich if I had those kind of weeds.

“All good things got come to an end,
it’s the same with our wildwood weeds,
One day this feller from Washington came by
and spied ‘em, and turned white as a sheet.
Well they dug and burned and they burned dug
and they killed all of our cute little weeds,
Then they drove away.
We just smiled and waved,
Sittin’ on that sack of seeds.”


36 posted on 07/09/2012 8:59:56 AM PDT by bgill
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