In a recent video on Yanasa TV, hosted by Charlie Rankin, the issue of government overreach in regulating private dairy due to pandemic concerns was brought to light. Rankin highlighted a disturbing trend of increased government control over private dairy operations, citing a specific incident at Hidden Creek Farm in Michigan. This development has raised significant concerns about the future of private dairy rights in the United States.

The Incident at Hidden Creek Farm

The Incident at Hidden Creek Farm
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Rankin detailed an unannounced visit by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) to Hidden Creek Farm, which operates a cow-share program. In a cow share, individuals buy into the ownership of dairy cows, giving them rights to the milk produced. This arrangement allows people to obtain raw milk directly from the farm. The visit by MDARD was particularly troubling because officials sprayed an unidentified chemical on their vehicle before entering the farm, raising biosecurity concerns.

Lack of Disclosure and Biosecurity Risks

Lack of Disclosure and Biosecurity Risks
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The lack of disclosure about the chemicals sprayed and the manner in which MDARD officials conducted their visit raised serious biosecurity concerns for the farmers at Hidden Creek Farm. Rankin emphasized the importance of biosecurity on farms, especially when dealing with raw dairy products. The introduction of unknown chemicals without proper disclosure poses a potential risk to the health and safety of the farm’s operations and its herd share members.

Regulatory Overreach and Raw Milk Access

Regulatory Overreach and Raw Milk Access
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Rankin expressed concerns about the broader implications of such regulatory overreach. He pointed out that while MDARD typically does not have jurisdiction over private herd share agreements, their actions suggested an attempt to expand their control. This has significant implications for access to raw milk, which many people rely on for its perceived health benefits. Rankin emphasized that properly structured herd share agreements are crucial in protecting both farmers and consumers from such regulatory overreach.

Potential Impact of Foot and Mouth Disease Protocols

Potential Impact of Foot and Mouth Disease Protocols
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Another major concern raised by Rankin was the potential implementation of full foot and mouth disease (FMD) protocols in response to pandemic threats. Such protocols could lead to a nationwide disruption of the beef and dairy industry, severely impacting cattle farmers. Rankin warned that the government might use these protocols as a pretext to ban raw milk entirely, affecting not only consumers but also farmers who rely on herd share programs.

Government Proposal to Purchase Farmland

Government Proposal to Purchase Farmland
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Rankin also discussed a government proposal to purchase farmland, modeled after initiatives seen in states like Maine. This proposal raises concerns about food freedom and individual rights. The fear is that government control over farmland could lead to further restrictions on what individuals can grow and consume, eroding personal freedoms.

The Threat to Food Freedom

The Threat to Food Freedom
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Throughout his video, Rankin emphasized the importance of maintaining food freedom and the right to choose what we put into our bodies. He argued that the government’s actions against private dairy farms are a significant step towards losing these rights. By targeting herd shares and private ownership groups, the government is effectively challenging the autonomy of individuals over their food choices.

Unconstitutional Actions and Public Reaction

Unconstitutional Actions and Public Reaction
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Rankin strongly criticized the actions of MDARD as unconstitutional, arguing that they are trespassing and gaining access to private information without proper warrants or jurisdiction. He urged the public to pay close attention to these developments and to speak out against such overreach. According to Rankin, these actions set a dangerous precedent that could lead to further erosion of individual rights and freedoms.

“100% About Monopoly”

100 About Monopoly
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People in the comments shared their thoughts: “Ironic. They won’t protect our border, our currency, or our rights. But protecting me from myself seems to be a big priority. Resistance is Fertile!”

Another person added: “If I want raw milk I should have raw milk. I don’t want my government making choices for me.”

One commenter concluded: “Its not about health and its not about safety its 100% about Monopoly”

A Call for Vigilance

A Call for Vigilance
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The situation at Hidden Creek Farm serves as a stark reminder of the potential for government overreach in the name of public health and safety. Rankin’s report highlights the need for vigilance and advocacy to protect private dairy rights and food freedom. As the government continues to navigate pandemic responses and biosecurity measures, it is crucial to ensure that individual rights and freedoms are not unduly compromised.

Working Together

Working Together
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What do you think? What role should transparency and disclosure play in government inspections of private farms? How might the introduction of full foot and mouth disease protocols impact the overall agricultural industry in the United States? In what ways can consumers and farmers work together to protect food freedom and resist unnecessary regulatory overreach?

See the full video on Yanasa TV’s YouTube channel for more details here.