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        As I said in an earlier post, Clear-Channel brodcasting owns much of the media. Fortunately there are still some pockets of privately owned or shall I say Public-Owned in PA to find information out on the things going on in your local area. One of the great references I found is Allegheny Front. Please check out what they have been doing for the betterment of PA and it’s citizens.

My Time on the Farm… (This Post Has Sound)

Will PA be next state to pass “ag gag” law?

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POSTED: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2012, 4:05 PM

Pennsylvania’s General Assembly may be wrapping up for the year, but some lawmakers are looking ahead to the coming session. Among them, apparently, is Lancaster County-based Republican Sen. Mike Brubaker, who this fall introduced Pennsylvania’s own version of the “ag gag” laws that have been proposed in some 10 states across the country, and passed in Iowa, Utah and Missouri. The legislation would make it a third-degree misdemeanor to videotape or photograph without permission on a farm, and is plainly a response to an investgation by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) into Kreider Egg Farms in Manheim, Pa., released this past April. The investigation had documented “extreme animal abuse,” including severe overcrowding, the finding of dead and mummified bird carcasses inside cages with living hens, hens left without water for days and other gory details.

Brubaker, in a statement, said the farm had been “unfairly targeted by activists,” and that “this case serves as a startling example of the kind of damage that unfounded accusations can create.”

Matt Dominguez, an HSUS spokesman, says that he’s “very worried” that Brubaker, who is not up for re-election, will re-introduce the bill next session. He’s been trying to get the Senator to consider at least consulting with HSUS on any new version of the bill, particularly since he says that the bill, as written, would also make it illegal for whistleblowers to document unsafe working conditions on farms. “While it may not be the intent of the legislation, unfortunately the language is very broad and sweeping.” He says that language makes the bill more extreme than “ag gag” laws passed elsewhere, and warns that it may run up against constitutional free-speech protections.

Dominguez also points out that farms are already legally protected against trespassers, and against staged or falsified videos. “The vides being shown by groups like [HSUS] are 100 percent accurate, and the farmers don’t like it — which is why farms like Kreider Farms are pushing their legislators” to ban such activities.

CP contacted Sen. Brubaker’s office to inquire about his plans to re-introduce the legislation in January. If we hear back, we’ll update here.Posted by Samantha Melamed @ 4:05 PM  Permalink

                                     This will probably be another post that will get me in trouble with some of my farming friends and supporters. This article by Samantha Melamed is a great piece of insight into some of the large scale, Big-Ag Farms that deserve to be taken down.Often some practices of small family farms may be seen as “in-human” but animals are NOT humans, in order to produce the needed output for a “small-farm” to survive it has to entertain some practices that we have as modern consumers don’t seem “loving”. If you have ever butchered a steer or hog or killed chickens, it is not a pretty sight. That though is why everyone can’t be a farmer. A small family-farm can put you as close to that animal’s soul as possible. Once you cut the head off something and watch it die and then utilize every part of that animal it is NOT, frozen,crated, and shipped a few hundred or perhaps thousands of miles from it’s origin and then processed  in the hundeds. In my opinion though, most can’t have a personal flock of chickens or small herd of Grass-fed Beef  in the back yard of their .35 acre plot of paradise they paid $195,000 for (pre recession) or make a run to the Farmer’s Market on a weekly basis. There is an answer here though that may be simpler then you think. Buy Local. Stay Local. The need for community gardens is at an all time high and if you would donate a bit of time to a CSA the cost would drop even more,  The neighbor down the street with little stand that sells cucumbers, squash, tomatoes and peppers is not only personable, they are often cheaper, fresher and often times more likely to barter with. You would be suprised what a small -micro farm is in need of. Often times we forget that the reason why they are farming is not only their love of the land but also because they are eldrly, disabled or literally tied to thier land for one reason or another._______→sweet corn on a country road, it may not be GMO-Free yet but it’s probably because they don’t have an internet connection or they are out picking peppers.—htttp://noharmtothefarm.com