On December 1, 2008, Lorain County Sherriff’s deputies stormed the home of John and Jacqueline Stowers of LaGrange, Ohio, where they run a natural foods co-op called the Manna Storehouse, which distributes locally produced food, including grass-fed beef and lamb, free-range chicken, organically grown grains and produce, and raw milk and cheeses. The Manna Storehouse website promises food that is “...all natural, as God intended it to be.”
In a video statement on youtube, the Stowerses claim that the police rounded up their children, who were being homeschooled, and held them captive for more than six hours while they ransacked their home, seizing not just co-op supplies but also a year’s personal supply of food for the Stowers, as well as their cell phones and computers. The Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions and the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund have joined forces to represent the Stowerses in a civil suit against the State of Ohio and Lorain County.
According to a statement by the Buckeye Institute, there has never been a complaint filed against the Stowerses or Manna Storehouse related to the quality or healthfulness of the food distributed through the co-op. The Manna Storehouse Rules, Regulations, & Policies clearly states that Manna Storehouse is a “members-only private business that does not sell to the public,” and that “members agree to take responsibility for their own health, health choices, food choices, and food quality.”
Assistant County Prosecutor Scott Serazin defended the raid, telling a reporter, “Protection of health is one of the important roles of the government.” You need only take a stroll through any supermarket or Wal-Mart and view the row upon row of edible food-like garbage to know how much credence to give that statement.
In a previous post, I argued that it is no coincidence that we are caught in the middle of an incredibly destructive War On Drugs at the same time we are all the targets of a multibillion dollar propaganda machine to get us all addicted to as many kinds drugs as possible. Are those who seek to control the food supply now going to foist upon us a War On Food? Stay tuned.
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