Women Faces 93 Days in Jail For Planting a Veggie Garden

By Julie Sews - 10:24:00 AM

Bass Family's Criminal Veggie Garden
I thought I'd post this news story just in case you haven't heard about it yet.  This is one of those news stories everybody needs to hear about.  

So here's the synopsis:  The Bass family of Oak Park, MI had their front yard torn up due to sewer line work, so instead of planting grass again they decided to put in raised beds and grow veggies.  One of their neighbors complained about the appearance of their yard and the city warned them to move the veggies to their backyard claiming veggies in the front yard because it is not "suitable" front yard plants.  Meaning it is not typical for people to grow veggies in their front yard therefore they cannot.  They refused (I would have too), and when they didn't they we're ticketed and now they are charged with a misdemeanor and if found guilty face up to 93 days in jail.  

Oak Park Woman Faces 93-Days in Jail For Planting Vegetable Garden, Detriot Fox News
Julie Bass may face jail time for planting vegetables, Washington Post
Detroit mom follows Michelle Obama’s example, plants garden, now faces jail time, BeliefNet

We Turned our Front Lawn Into A Garden 2011
Our front lawn, I guess ours is criminal?  How ridiculous is this?  Is so crazy that when I tell people I fear they won't believe me.  When you buy a home you think of the possibilities of what you can do with your land and create your dream list for landscaping never thinking," I better check with the city code first and make sure the city officials approve of my garden plans first."  All I keep thinking of is how free are we really if you can go to jail for planting a veggie garden in your own front yard?  What is your definition of freedom?  And even more concerning for me is the fact that the more I learn about health the more I realize that the conventional diet and food sources (non-organic and big agriculture system) is devoid of nutrition necessary to be healthy and full of chemicals and hormones that wreck havoc on our bodies.  The only antidote to this unhealthy diet is to buy organic or grow your own food.  While buying organic is a good option for many people, their are 3 problems I can see with relaying only on purchasing organic produce versus growing it yourself.

Reason 1: Inflation.  With inflation likely to start to soar (when the Federal Reserve keeps printing money to pay our debts, which it is, the result is higher inflation. Many experts in economics believe we are in a state of perpetual QE (quantitive easing)), and many families struggling due to the economy many people will not be able to afford organic vegetables.   

Reason 2: Control of quality of your vegetables.  Now that crops like corn, soy, and canola are almost all GMO their is a high likely hood that they can cross bread with local organic heirloom seed crops.  Some people believe that we are being sprayed with chemicals by airplanes.  It is called geo-engineering and the thought by spraying chemicals into the atmosphere via airplanes we can help stop global warming.  Is this really happening?  I don't know.  But I have found some interesting reports and workshops on the CFR (council of foreign relations) website that I urge you to read.  All I know is that if it is happening it would be sprayed on your organic veggies.    At least if you are growing it yourself you know if you often see chem trails in the air, or can test what is in your soil that you are using to grow your veggies, or grow it in a greenhouse.

Reason 3: Can't get more local then your yard!  Benefits of going local, less gas used to transport (in this case none! plus no gas used going to the grocery store), freshness (can't get more fresh then just picked!).

Fellow blogger April Alexander quoted Thomas Jefferson in her post about this story and I found it quite fitting,
"If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny."  This is the government controlling what we eat.  And unfortunately this is only one example of many ways that I have heard recently.  Some examples include: raiding the Amish for selling raw milk, and the FDA is currently considering regulating vitamins (but only natural vitamins not chemically formed synthetic vitamins).  I'll write a more in depth post on this soon, but basically it will most likely will prevent most people from being able to have natural supplements.  I also just recently read an article about a child facing fines for having lemonade stand. Where does it end?  Will we lose our right to chose we eat?  I hope not.  But I think we need to be aware of what is going on and inform others and let our voices be heard in hopes that we will not lose our god given right to chose what we eat.  

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Vist the family's blog for more info http://oakparkhatesveggies.wordpress.com/

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