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Growing Food Without Farming

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A California man wanted to plant wheat in a field where previous owners had always grown wheat. So he began plowing, but government agents swooped in, declared his field a wetland, and took him to court. They claimed the furrows in his field were small mountains that resulted in discharging water, without a federal permit. Instead of looking through the Lens of Liberty, federal judges sided with the government, and sought to impose $45 million in fines. The farmer was forced to settle the case, and ultimately paid over $1 million in fines – even though federal wetlands laws supposedly exempt agricultural practices, including plowing. Needless to say, the field never got planted, and no wheat grows there now. Perhaps those bureaucrats and judges think food just magically appears in grocery stores.

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