How many times have you heard that local governments are fining and even arresting people for growing their own food in their own yards? I never thought I’d see the day when growing your own food is seen as being illegal and the government can come in and order you to destroy your garden, or face arrest.
It’s happening more and more all across our country.
The latest example of this took place in Miami Shores where, as reported by The Associated Press, local government officials forced a South Florida couple to dig up an organic vegetable garden that they had grown in their front yard for 17 years.
Why? Because city council members passed a new ordinance banishing all gardens to back yards. And now the couple is suing, asking a judge to rule that the front yard ban is a violation of their constitutional rights.
As AP noted:
Tom Carroll and Hermine Ricketts say they dug up the garden in front of their Miami Shores home in August 2013 when town officials threatened to fine them $50 a day if they didn’t. The threatened fine came a few months after the Miami Shores Village Council adopted a new zoning plan for the town of about 10,500 north of Miami.
The couple sued, and at a hearing [recently] their attorney said the ban violates the Florida Constitution in several ways, including improper limits on their private property rights and violation of the equal protection clause by singling out vegetables over other plants.
“We’re not saying you can do anything you want on your property,” attorney Ari Bargil told Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Monica Gordo. “We are simply saying you can grow vegetables on your property and that is protected by the Constitution.”
‘It’s just a garden’
The city argued otherwise. Attorney Richard Sarafan told the court that the new zoning rule was not an irrational decision, and that all homeowners were being treated the same – they had to grow grass, sod or “living ground cover” in their front yards, though the ordinance did not further define that last part. Anyone, he said, can grow a veggie garden in the back yard.
“There certainly is not fundamental right to grow vegetables in your front yard,” Sarafan said. “Aesthetics and uniformity are legitimate government purposes. Not every property can lawfully be used for every purpose.”
Source: Natural News
What does the government have to gain from keeping us from growing our food? Do you think it’s a tax issue? If we grow our own food then the government doesn’t get to tax it, which in many areas food isn’t taxed anyway. So what it is? Why is the government so against people growing gardens, collecting rain water and milking their own cows?