Thursday, May 5, 2011

Illegal to Take Pictures on Farms?

I received an email this morning from Slow Food USA.  Slow Food USA is an organization that supports good, clean and fair food. They stand for truth and transperacy in the production of our food.  Below is the email which was written by Joshua Klemperer, which I copied and pasted into this posting. At the end of the email I'm also adding a another link to similar article.  I hope you will excuse my lack of expertise in linking skills, but I felt this was important enough to get this out there, to do whatever I can, in whatever small way.  Please share this on Facebook, Twitter wherever.  Blessed Be.

"Imagine if taking photos of farms were illegal — and the photographer was subject to fines and possibly jail time. If Big Ag got its way, that’s exactly what would happen. Right now they’re pushing legislators in Minnesota, Florida, and Iowa to criminalize taking photos or videos of their facilities.[1]
I guess industrial agriculture has something to hide. Maybe it’s the way factory farms mistreat workers, animals, and the environment.
The clock is ticking — Iowa's legislation could pass an important hurdle as soon as next week. If we can raise a big enough stink, we can stop this state-based legislation from spreading nationwide.
Sign our petition and stand up for transparency and the right to take pictures of farms. »
Link to Petition
But that’s not all. We don't just want to stop Big Ag's attempt to restrict consumers' right to know — we also want to use this as an opportunity to lift up the good, clean and fair farmers who like consumers to come and see exactly how their food is produced.
So Join the farmarazzi! In the next few days we'll be calling on you for help. Plan a visit to a nearby farm (or just step outside, farmers) because we'll be holding a contest for the best farm photos, and sending a flipbook of the winning photos to the legislators in question. Can't wait to get started? Share your favorite farm photos by uploading and posting them on our Facebook wall here: http/

Jerusha Klemperer
Slow Food USA"


  1. Thanks for posting about this. A very important issue for all of us.