SWAT Team Conducts Food Raid on Ohio Co-Op

This is just one of many frightening stories about what is becoming a war on our right to grow our own food, know what is in our food, and to choose what we eat and where it comes from.

On December 1, police raided the Stowers’ family home and the adjacent Manna Storehouse Co-Op. They came in armed without announcing that they were police before entering and wound up holding the family, including eight small children for six hours while they searched the premises.

They left with over $10,000 in food, including the family’s personal food supply for the next year, plus their personal computers used for homeschooling their children and communicating with a family member serving in Iraq, and personal cell phones.

At this point you are probably wondering why they were raided by armed officers and treated in such a manner. Meth lab? A large store of weapons and ammo? Slaughtering tourists to sell as “meat” from the co-op? No. They are under investigation for possibly running a retail business without a retail license.

Enough from me. You should read about this for yourself. Here are some links:

The Complaint
Buckeye Institute
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
YouTube video of the Stowers telling their story

In August, I wrote about Food Zoning, a completely different aspect of the problem, but still part of the big picture. I will be writing more about these issues soon.


  1. Sandra,I don\’t even know where to start. I haven\’t read all the links on this story, but I am horrified!What has happened to our country? Hard working people who want to feed their families wholesome nutritious food and do so at a reasonable price are punished and penalized. Imagine the trauma for these children! How do you explain to them that the \”jack booted\” bullies that threatened their parents and took their food are supposed to be the good guys?And what happens next to this family and the other families that depended on them?Please keep us informed on this tragedy when you know more. I hope some one in authority has the decency to do the right thing for this family and reimburse them for their loss…and soon!

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