Why does the USDA require automatic weapons?

Earlier this year, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) filed a solicitation for its commercial acquisition of submachine guns.  Newsmax reported that specifically the USDA requested .40 caliber submachine guns complete with flashlights, optics, burst fire capability, and 30-round magazines.

Food Renegade posed the question:  Why would an agency created to regulate farmers require automatic weapons?

And I would agree with her in saying THEY WOULDN’T.

The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund posted an action alert that stated:

“If agency officials face a situation in which armed backup is truly called for, they can go through the proper procedures to have support from the Department of Justice. Having in-house SWAT teams and armed personnel makes it too easy to turn a non-hazardous situation into an armed raid that abuses the rights of our citizens. Bureaucrats aren’t hired or properly trained for dangerous law enforcement situations. Moreover, it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars to provide weapons to each individual agency.”

Do Something TodayDon’t think it could happen?  Here are just a few examples of raids that have already occurred:

TEXAS POLICE HIT ORGANIC FARM WITH MASSIVE SWAT RAID

GEORGIA POLICE RAID POTENTIAL MARIJUANA FARM ONLY TO FIND OUT ITS OKRA

FARM TO-FORK DINNER FIASCO

Our right to grow and eat food how we please is something we need to stand up for and defend.  Fortunately Congressman Stewart has introduced the Regulatory Agency Demilitarization Act.  I encourage you to check out Food Renegade’s site to learn more about the bill.  Or take action and sign the petition to Co-Sponsor HR 4934 at the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund.

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4 Comments on “Why does the USDA require automatic weapons?

  1. Hey Becca, just found your blog through MDA!

    This is really interesting stuff! I was talking to a friend about this the other day- what the response to the growing Natural/Real food/Paleo/Primal movement would be. I thought we’d see a barrage of studies heavily promoted through the media telling us (again) how bad red meat is for us, and how a whole-grain diet is the way to go. Didn’t quite expect some Call of Duty style assaults!

    I’ll be really interested to see how this develops, assuming we hear about this sort of thing when it happens!

    Great post! 🙂

    • Hey Mark, glad you like the blog!

      Pretty crazy, huh? Unfortunately I doubt we’ll be hearing much about it on mainstream news channels… but keep an eye out. Our right to grow and eat quality food is an important one to protect 🙂

      • No problem, it’s awesome!

        Definitely. If I was going to get a littlle conspiracy-ish, I’d wonder whether the USDA are acting not only to protect their big business buddies in the whole-grain and pharmaceutical industry, but also as a pawn of the American government in keeping us all crippled and subdued. But I wouldn’t say it out loud :o!

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