Peach Farm Crushed by Tyrannical EPA


The innocuously named Environmental Protection Agency rivals the IRS itself as the most tyrannical tool of the hypertrophied federal leviathan. To its growing list of victims we can add Mitcham Farms:

The peach orchards at Mitcham Farms, near the north Louisiana city of Ruston, have survived winter freezes, droughts and dangerous hail storms, but they evidently will not survive the Environmental Protection Agency and its regulations.

The family-owned business, established in 1946 and featured in tourism magazines, is Louisiana’s largest peach orchard, according to its website, but owner Joe Mitcham expects he’ll close up shop in only a few years.

The federal government’s banning of a chemical in 2005 known as methyl bromide, used to treat diseased peach trees, has really given him no choice, as most of his trees won’t survive without it.

Many of Mitcham’s trees have already died. He’s just one of many producers across the country affected by the ban, which the Competitive Enterprise Institute estimates is costing the agriculture industry in southern states up to $1.5 billion a year. The American Farm Bureau Federation also has told Congress the restrictions on the chemical will hurt crop production.

The EPA claims using this chemical threatens the earth’s ozone layer.

Remember the hole in the ozone layer? That was several hysterical environmental hoaxes ago. But our rulers still use it to destroy businesses on behalf of their anticapitalist ideology.

You can eat peaches. You can’t eat liberal lies or environmentalist sanctimony. If we don’t stand up to liberalism soon, we will be going hungry.

Already Mitcham has been forced down from 60 employees to 20 by federal regulations. Soon he will reach zero. Funny how everything the Obama Regime does just happens to reduce employment.

Now the EPA has claimed the power to garnish the wages of those it arbitrarily chooses to accuse of harming the planet or of having puddles (“wetlands”) on their property, without so much as approval from a judge, much less conviction in a court of law. No convictions are required, because envirocriminals are guilty until proven innocent of violating laws that are not passed by Congress but imposed unilaterally by faceless, unaccountable, and ideologically deranged bureaucrats. If that doesn’t finally spark resistance to the naked tyranny embodied by this agency, nothing will.

On tips from Henry and Mr. Mentalo. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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