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Legislation to ban photos of farms?

May 5, 2011

New legislation is being proposed in Iowa, Minnesota, and Florida that would make taking photos or videos of farms a criminal act.

“We live in a time when we’re not always aware of where our food comes from and how it grows. The bipartisan legislators in Iowa, Florida, and Minnesota who’ve proposed these laws charge that unapproved photos and videos misrepresent the realities of farming and damage the public perception of our nation’s food producers. But pictures don’t lie.  Inhumane and unhealthy conditions are present in our food system, and keeping that information from the public won’t make them go away.”

Check out the link below to get the full scoop on the legislation, how to sign the petition, and join the farmarazzi:

http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/slow_food/blog_post/goats_pigs_cows_farm_dogs_ready_for_their_close-ups/
Thanks to Kristin Van Busum for submitting the link and raising this issue.

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  1. May 31, 2011 10:36 am

    An update from Slow Food:
    Nearly 33,000 people signed our petition to stand up for transparency and the right to take pictures of farms. Over 400 people — many of them farmers — took it one step further and uploaded pictures of farms to our Facebook wall.

    Since then, the bill has failed in Florida and will hopefully fail in Minnesota and Iowa in the coming weeks. We’ve been using these petition signatures and this gorgeous gallery of farm photos to pressure key legislators in Iowa and Minnesota to stop these “ag-gag” bills from passing. Who can resist these two pigs in a bucket?

    Click here to see a slideshow of some of the farmarazzi photos we received. There are dancing goats, mud-bathing pigs, newborn chicks, and much more: http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/slow_food/blog_post/farmarazzi_slideshow

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