Lanark Landowners Association (LLA) in Perth - September 11, 2004

LLA invited to Perth - Farmers Market
to defend democratic rights of farmers


Pearl Ward was back in business at the Perth Farmers Market, last Saturday, backed by the LLA.

Mock Trial:
In the LLA's mock trial, on Saturday, the LLA judge charged Pearl with being "guilty" of taking bureaucratic jobs away, by selling her farm-fresh UNGRADED eggs ...without giving the government workers the opportunity to tell the ignorant masses what a "Large" egg, a "Medium" egg, and a "Small" egg looks like!

The crowd present (the jury) judged her "Not Guilty", and she was released.
 

 

Pearl Ward: "The Egg Lady of Perth"
...as mentioned on the Lowell Green show, (CFRA -Sept 10th)

 

 
   

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 EDITORIAL:                                                  September 16, 2004

When farmers
become criminals

   There was a joke going around the Farmers’ Market in Perth on Saturday, among the thousand or so people who stood in line to defy the law and buy uninspected beef. It went something like this: “What are you in for?” asked one convict to another as they shuffled along. “I was caught scrambling some illegal eggs and my buddy here pickled ungraded beets,” replied the inmate.
   Sure, there was laughter. But it was the sarcastic kind. The type of deep guffaw that’s often accompanied by shaking one’s head, and then followed by a stern pursing of the lips.  Because, judging by the political banter that was being shared, the silliness of the truth was just too much for these average folk to handle.

 

 
The two recent “food strikes”, organized by the Lanark Landowners Association (LLA), seem to have struck a cord with these otherwise law-abiding citizens who are just plain fed up with being told what is good for them. They have lost their patience with over regulation.


 

  They don’t feel they need to be protected from themselves when they choose to buy a carton of eggs from the source, rather than from a stack at a grocery store chain. They aren’t afraid of a cucumber or beet that may not be exactly perfect in shape, because they trust the local  producers  who they have  come   to

  know and respect. For them selling apple cider made fresh from the orchard, free of preservatives and added sugars, is the furthest thing from a crime. And they won’t be persuaded otherwise.
   To them meat from local cattle is a treat to be thankful for. It’s not an illegal commodity, as some layers of government would have us believe.
   The two recent “food strikes”, organized by the Lanark Landowners Association (LLA), seem to have struck a cord with these otherwise law-abiding citizens who are just plain fed up with being told what is good for them. They have lost their patience with over regulation. And the LLA has provided them with a venue to vent their frustrations.
   When Randy Hillier, the feisty president of the LLA, calls the movement a “rural revolution” he means it. This is one group that won’t tire and shrink away, tail between their legs, when the big boys at Queens’ Park, or City Hall, or on Parliament Hill start wielding their power.
   Support for the family farm, and other rural small businesses that rely on the land to prosper, is growing. Next up, the LLA is looking towards a food cooperative model of purchasing farm fresh products.
   Eventually the bureaucrats will step in. Hillier and his well-organized army of pro-farm supporters, know this. And they will be ready. Not with threats or unsubstantiated accusations, but with clear and reasoned arguments.
   If there is one thing the LLA has proven that they are good at it is standing tall in the face of adversity and welcoming all input from all sides.
                 
                    
                     Viva la revolte!
 
 

LLA Website:  Sept.11, 2004 - Food Strike 2nd step goes to Perth - FLYER  -  PHOTOS

In the same vein: Mad as hell and not going to take it any more? -(The Globe and Mail -041019)

 

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