Cracking Down on Vegetable Gardens

You would think the one thing the veggie-munching health Nazis who seem to dictate every picayune aspect of modern life would let people do is plant vegetable gardens in their yards. But no:

A Miami Shores couple was recently told by city ordinance officials that they had to dig up their 17-year-old vegetable garden, which supplied 80% of their family’s food, or pay $50 a day in fines. Having been rejected in appeals twice, the couple ultimately was forced to destroy their garden in order to avoid paying $1,500 a month to keep it – that’s way more than the cost of groceries.

This was hardly an isolated incident.

A woman in Michigan faced up to 93 days in jail for not wanting to dig up her front yard raised vegetable beds (that incidentally she planted because the city dug up her front yard for maintenance without reseeding). A teacher who used his garden to teach kids about compost, biodiesel, and solar power was given a citation in Tennessee. A woman in Oklahoma had her garden bulldozed by the city for having plants that were “too tall,” even though the ordinance stated you could have plants over a foot tall if they were meant for human consumption. A couple who wanted to grow tomatoes for their neighbors and local food bank in Massachusetts faced a $300 a day fine if they didn’t remove the plants. Yet another couple in Florida was threatened with a daily fine of $500 if they didn’t remove their vegetable garden because it had an “unfinished appearance.”

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Let others have the power to dictate what you can do with your own property and there is no guessing what arbitrary decrees will be imposed on you.

Wait until the federal government inevitably applies ObamaCare principles to food. Growing anything whatsoever for human consumption will be forbidden lest it fail to comply with incomprehensible nutritional requirements devised by Washington bureauweenies in consultation with lobbyists from Big Agra.

Restricted, like everything else.

On a tip from Muddypaw. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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