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Farmer Faces $700,000 Fine for Owning Healthy Hogs – Podcast 20

boar-baker_vert-66b97dc5a838444ff3b66f787a55010ff2b7c229-s6-c30Brad chats with Mark Baker from Baker’s Green Acres about the $700,000 fine the State of Michigan levied against him last week for “harboring” 70 heritage hogs on his property.

In late 2011, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources sent out a declaration stating that domestically raised hogs – with the exception of the ones used by the big pork industry – are an invasive species of wild boar “wreaking havoc” on wildlife and neighboring farms and ordering that they be destroyed. This Invasive Species Order, as it is called, lists

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because they’re supposedly breaking out and running amok in Michigan.

Baker is currently fighting the DNR’s rule in court. His pigs have never escaped and are under his watchful eye, but the state still sees them as a threat, and they are – not to the wilderness or other people’s private property, but to members of big agra-business, and they aim to destroy it.


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Robert J Gargasz
Robert J Gargasz

42 U.S.C. Section 1983

5th Amendment to the United States Constitution

These laws should be brought to bear against Michigan and all of its agents for their constitutional violations of this farmer citizen's guaranteed natural and constitutional rights to grow food and husband animals! The new world order needs to be stopped now in Michigan ! Govenor where the hell are you? Is the attorney general of Michigan a sell out to the new world order? If not why hasn't he ruled the behavior of the DNR unconstitutional? Where is the legislature? No oversight condemnations! Pass laws required to enforce the right and freedom to farm! Michigan Patriots and Farmers arise! First your pigs, next your guns, then your wife's and daughters.

concerned citizen
concerned citizen

Mark Baker needs to call his local Sheriff for help.  The 'powers that be' want him to pursue it in court where they can win.  The Sheriff can defend Mark his constitutional rights.  Please read the book:  They Fired the First Shot 2012 by: A Friend of Medjugorjie. 

ChrisBrown2
ChrisBrown2

We don't own land in the U.S. This is NOT a free country.

mikeymileos
mikeymileos

The DNR needs to be put down after signing a DNR of their own. #DoNotResuscitate 

SirGalahad
SirGalahad

The criminal corporate state out of control


Again

Cindy
Cindy

When is our government going to grow a brain??????  Geez....

AdamR
AdamR

What breed of pig?  The state need to list specific allowed and disallowed breeds (and a way to add to the lists). Because if it is similar to the Russian bore then the state is justified in doing this. That specific breed when it gets into the wild does significant damage (ask Florida or worse Australia).  All it takes is one time for a couple or a pregnant female to escape.

That said if his pigs are not a destructive type like this the state leave a private land owner alone and stop bowing to big agra!

Brooke Z Erdman
Brooke Z Erdman

if you eat bacon, if you like bacon, if you like fresh food, if you like the family farm, if you just like good food, or if you just eat food, this story is a concern to you.

Food Riot Radio
Food Riot Radio

Mark Barer, from Baker's Green Acres, could be fined $700,000 for having pigs on his property. Does the state not respect property rights anymore? Well, I'm not sure it ever did!

RuthDilgerWilliams
RuthDilgerWilliams

It is evidently clear that fear rules the day when it comes to the dollar and protecting it. So, how about offering the chance to sell them, butcher them, or in other ways ensure they are appropriately handled. Better yet, fine him if they do escape. I am saddened that this man will now face huge court battles. If the State wins, I am fearful they will destroy and waste them by throwing them in a dump site. Which makes everything worse in my opinion. How can we help him other than spreading the news?


scooter01922
scooter01922

@AdamR Its not russian wild boars that are an a issue really. 99% of the genetics of FERAL pigs all over the county come from domestic swine. yes wild boars are better adapted to live in the wild, and thats certainly an issue but these heritage hog breeds have nothing to do with it. They are merely closer to a wild boar and less to a domestic pig, something i see as a virtue.


RuthDilgerWilliams
RuthDilgerWilliams

@Brooke Z Erdman If you eat you are invested in agriculture. Wendell Berry

RuthDilgerWilliams
RuthDilgerWilliams

@Food Riot Radio this is not about property rights. If you peel back the layers to this issue it really is about big ag fear and crushing the little farmers. It smells to high heaven of misuse of power. And, well, stupidity. I talked to my brother about this also who is a lawyer from Illinois who said the very same thing before I told him the whole story. Big ag = money = power = control = certain disruption of civil liberties. It's everything I hate about our American Dream and I'll do anything I can to speak out.

FoodRiotRadio
FoodRiotRadio moderator

@RuthDilgerWilliams It is about property rights.  Yes, it is about big fear, big ag and the like but they're "crushing" Mark by taking away his "right" to own pigs. That's property rights. 


RuthDilgerWilliams
RuthDilgerWilliams

@Cathy123 @RuthDilgerWilliams The political structure of selling gmo's is far more cancerous and complicated. This is just one piece of a power over system. But I totally get your point. It's because Monsanto, Syrgenta, Dow, etc have plotted, taken over, and now own the systems that are meant to protect us. Time to take back our food supply.