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The Face of Soulless Bureaucracy
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Byan Hyde talks about bureaucracy using this event as an example.
On October 21st, 2011 the Southern Nevada Health District raided a co-operative farm called the Quail Hollow Farm, started by the Bledsoe family, for "health code violations." because of a gathering for a meal. The Bledsoe's went to every effort prior to this "raid" to ensure that the food served was in accordance to health codes going so far as to hire a profession chef who prepared the food in a certified kitchen and then served it out of a certified food service trailer.
Despite these steps taken, an over zelious and rude agent of the Southern Nevada Health District stormed into the gather and force the farmers to throw out hundreds of dollars of wholesome food because it was not USDA certified. The meat in question was farm raised with no exposure to artificial hormones. This food is some that I have had the pleasure to enjoy on several occasions as I was roommates with the Bledsoe's son as well as having married a neighbor and friend of theirs, my lovely wife Ann.
Being law abiding citizens, the Bledsoes complied with the forceful demands and would not serve the food. They ask if they could save it to be served to their family. The response was a resounding no. So they asked if they could feed it to their pigs so it would not go to waste. The response was again no. In fact, they were ordered to dump the food and pour bleach over it. This would result in food that was once good becoming toxic. This same food would be sent to a land fill where the toxic chemicals would leach into water supplies and scavengers would each the now poisonous food causing further environmental harm.
During several occasions with the interaction with this agent of the Southern Nevada Health District the farmers were threatened with calls to law enforcement if they did not comply despite the fact that their appeals to reason and requests for alternative actions were presented in a calm and reasoning manner. Fortunately, this rabid agent of the Southern Nevada Health District was caught on video as well as having many witnesses to this farce of law and justice.
What country do we live in were we cannot raise our own food and consume it? Is this a dictatorship? Is this the communist block? Must we eat food that is force fed chemicals and processed to the nth degree? Well, this is my call to action. If you are outraged by this please flood the Southern Nevada Health District with letter, emails and phone calls. Please support the Farm-to-Consumer Defense Fund, which is working to help the Quail Hollow Farm.
Southern Nevada Health District
P.O. Box 3902
Las Vegas, NV 89127
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. (702) 759-1000
- Home - Quail Hollow Farm CSA
- Farm-to-Fork Farm Dinner Fiasco
This is a perfect example of over regulation by the Federal government. I say a law suite should be filed against the agency responsible for this. Welcome to the United States of America, the land of the pion and the home of the slave.
- CSA Farm Inspection Videos - Las Vegas Event Photographer Mark Bowers
Southern Nevada Health Inspector Mary Oakes under orders from Supervisor Susan LeBay a pool inspector in 2005 visits Quail Hollow Farm on night of Farm To Fork Dinner October 21, 2011.