Food Policy

Cabbage 'Spills,' Hog-Hunting, and Farm Aid Vetoes: Three Food Policy Stories from the States

A trio of interesting stories aren't making national headlines.

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I often write about pressing national food-policy issues like farm subsidies, the FDA's war on added ingredients, and dietary guidelines; key state stories pertaining to food freedom, cottage food laws, and GMO labeling; and local stories like food truck regulations, soda taxes, and restrictions on gardening.

But plenty of interesting stories fly far enough under the radar that I never get a chance to comment on them. That's why I decided this week to focus on a handful of quirky state food-law stories.

Let's start in Hawaii, where, reports West Hawaii Today, the state's Supreme Court just ruled in a case that centered on whether it was proper to fine a farmer for failing to retrieve a handful of cabbage leaves that flew out the back of his truck.

The case began in 2013, when a police officer saw several cabbage leaves fall from a truck owned by farmer Max Bowman. The ticket meant a $250 fine for Bowman. "Vehicles carrying agricultural produce from fields during harvesting shall be exempt from the requirements of this section[,] but the owner of the vehicle must provide for the reasonable removal of all such produce spilled or dropped on the highway," reads the Hawaii statute at issue in the case.

Ultimately, the case hinged on whether Bowman's refusal to risk his life to pick up a few cabbage leaves was "reasonable."

"I feel risk of life and limb, running onto the road, grabbing three or four leaves of cabbage as opposed to letting it decompose naturally does not sound reasonable to me," Bowman had testified before a lower court.

That court—and an appellate court—ruled against Bowman, who represented himself in court. But the state's highest court overturned those decisions, ruling "that it was unreasonable for Bowman to risk 'life and limb' on a busy highway in order to pick up cabbage trimmings, especially if the trimmings posed no threat to the safety of other motorists and would naturally decompose on their own."

Moving on to the issue of wild hogs, we travel to Oklahoma, where a bill would allow a resident to use a spotlight at night to hunt wild pigs without a hunting license. Critics fear the bill would promote poaching of other species. But proponents suggest expanded hunting opportunities will help rein in the state's wild hogs, a huge problem in parts of the American interior.

Much of the problem with the pervasion of wild hogs—Oklahoma estimates there are at least 1.6 million in the state—centers on their ravenous destruction and consumption of crops that were intended to be eaten by people. If wild hogs are eating our food, why not hunt and eat them? In fact, eating invasive species is a popular strategy for limiting or eliminating their numbers.

"We can eat the shit out of [invasive species] because they eat everything in their path and it's a real problem," says chef, author, and television host Ben Sargent, whose alter ego I profiled in a Reason piece in 2011, in comments that appear in my forthcoming book, Biting the Hands that Feed Us. Sargent singled out snakehead fish, an invasive species in the mid-Atlantic states, and one I've eaten and enjoyed thoroughly, noting that it tastes fantastic. He told me we should "fish the crap out of" the snakehead.

While I agree with Sargent, that solution could pose its own challenges. Josh Galperin from Yale Law School has pointed out to me (and, more broadly, in a variety of lectures and publications) that promoting the eating of invasive species can, at least theoretically, have the unintended consequence of creating a self-perpetuating market for those species. That, in turn, can create commercial interest in propagating the species—which runs counter to efforts to eradicate the species via consumption.

He's right. But it's illegal to sell hunted wild game, including wild hogs, in Oklahoma or elsewhere. So the prospect of a market encourage wild hogs to further multiply seems unlikely. One solution to the issues raised by Galperin and the prohibition on sales would be to permit sales of meat from wild hogs but to prohibit them from being captured and raised on farms for sale.

From Oklahoma, we end our journey in South Carolina, where this week Gov. Nikki Haley vetoed a bill that would shovel $40 million in state aid to farmers who've been hit hard by recent floods. Gov. Haley's fantastic veto message scolds farmers for asking the state to bail them out.

"By any measure the current financial support we give to farmers is extraordinary," she writes, "but a vocal industry has asked for more taxpayer dollars to bail them out."

It's rare for a governor—or any federal or state elected official, for that matter—to push back against farmers who demand a taxpayer bailout. While Haley's message passes the buck, noting that federal funds (in the form of taxpayer-subsidized crop insurance, along with other measures) are available to help them deal with flooding, it's heartening to see any politician draw a line in the dirt and to tell farmers that she won't use taxpayer funds to cross that line.

I've no doubt that I'll focus on national issues (say, this one) next week. But a week away from the headlines provided me (and, hopefully, you too) some food for thought.

NEXT: Pennsylvania Cop Criminally Charged After Punching Woman in the Face—Still On the PD Payroll

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  1. Ultimately, the case hinged on whether Bowman’s refusal to risk his life to pick up a few cabbage leaves was “reasonable.”


    “I feel risk of life and limb, running onto the road, grabbing three or four leaves of cabbage as opposed to letting it decompose naturally does not sound reasonable to me,” Bowman had testified before a lower court.


    That court?and an appellate court?ruled against Bowman, who represented himself in court.

    What in the everloving fuck?

    1. We can’t have anarchy. There would be cabbage everywhere.

      1. + egg rolls and cole slaw

        1. Besides horseradish, cabbage is the best part of corned beef.

        2. + increased methane production = more climate change

      2. Then again, just as libertarians are urged to move to Vermont (ugh), maybe anarchists will move to Hawaii, repeal laws against cannibalism and end up like the hawgs in the article. Everybody wins!

    2. OT Post:
      GOOD news for once! A (Texas) state-wide prescription for a drug for ALL state residents by-passes petty tyrants at the FDA!!!
      Yeah!!!

      Dr. Alicia Kowalchuk Narcan
      http://www.houstonchronicle.co…..885034.php

      Now we need ALL of ye Reasonoids to write letters to yer state reps, along the lines of the below letter to the editor, asking them to pass new state laws enabling this?

      Freedom From FDA Over-Reach, Please, For Everyone, Not Just Drug Addicts

      Dear Editor:

      Thanks for the 21 May 2016 articles about how a lone doctor in Texas, Dr. Alicia Kowalchuk, wrote a Texas-wide prescription for any Texan who wants to, so that they can show up at any Walgreens pharmacy, and obtain Narcan, to save their lives (or the lives of loved ones) in case of opiate overdoses. Ideologues will argue that this is objectionable because “it saves the sinners from the effects of their sins”, or similar nonsense, but I for one disagree? It simply saves lives. But also note this: This is simply a step that corrects over-weaning, power-hungry bureaucrats at the FDA, who should clearly have made Narcan be OTC (Over The Counter, non-prescription) in the first place.

      1. As it stands today, there is a LONG, long list of medicines and “medical devices” that are “by prescription only”, by the dictates of the FDA, in the USA, and in the USA only, planet-wide. To name just two, there is the “lung flute”, which is a cheap plastic flute which supposedly uses sound waves to knock mucus loose from your lungs and bronchial tubes? The same as assisted “coughing”, basically. If the FDA thought it could get away with saying that we can “cough”, only if we get a prescription for coughing, then apparently they’d do just that. Then there is an “earpopper” a small battery-powered device that assists you as you do the equivalent of pinching your nose, and blowing on it, to clear your Eustachian (ear canal) tube. Again, prescription required, in the Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave. No device is too trivial to resist over-regulation by the FDA!

        1. I disagree with this characterization of opiate addicts, but I can see how some would argue that Narcan is “saving the sinners from their sins”? Yet I can see how the addicts can be faulted for making bad choices. Here is my central question: If a single Texan Doctor can free all the addicts from the petty tyrants at the FDA, why can they not also free me (a total innocent) from the FDA, when the FDA wants to prevent me (minus a physician’s approval) from getting some mechanical assistance when I want to cough, or pinch my nose and blow on it? As a veteran, who offered to fight and die for my nation’s freedoms, and who has lost friends who died performing their military duties, I deeply resent these FDA bureaucrats who kill the freedoms that others fight and die for. Time for a Texan doctor to write a Texas-wise prescription for obviously harmless “medical devices”!
          Thanks! -Lover of Freedom

      2. Whatever happened to ipecac?

  2. I’m pretty sure the GA overrode Gov. Haley’s veto.

  3. That cabbage leaf case in Hawaii is certainly troubling – the law clearly says you have to make “reasonable” efforts to clean up stuff that gets spilled and the idea that the individual rather than the state gets to decide what’s “reasonable” is just asking for trouble. You need to make the laws clear and uncompromising lest the little people start questioning the reasonableness and the necessity of laws and maybe even lawmakers.

    1. If Bowman had been a cop, his fear would have been deemed reasonable.

      1. He would have shot the cabbage leaves?

  4. If wild hogs are eating our food, why not hunt and eat them?

    Because Yahweh has commanded us to avoid the flesh of treyf animals. Don’t be fucking with Yahweh.

    1. A guy I hunt with has gone to Texas to hunt pigs with just a big fucking knife. I think he’s crazy, but he said it was a fun hunt.

      Basically, he was in a blind and when the pig walked by, he leapt out and stabbed it.

      1. That’s brass balls, straight up.

        1. That’s insane. I worked at a meat market that only accepted wild game for processing. The market had a picture of one customer’s feral boar kill – it was bigger than his Jeep.

          If that guy’s wife is hot, Pope Jimbo should ask for dibs.

      2. That’s how they hunt in Argentina.

        1. Yeah they’ll actually hang out in trees with knives and drop down on top of them. I read about that in sof decades ago.

          1. Argentinian Drop Bears.

          2. I saw that in a Rambo movie, but real pigs are different from Hollywood rubber alligators.

      3. Next door in Alabama, they have a spear season if you want to work your way up from killing pigs with a (high-speed) rock to killing them with a stick.

      4. That’s crazy.

        What I’ve seen is dogs, used to run down and corner hogs, which the cowboys then kill with a knife. They use a knife because the dogs usually get a pack of hogs, and if you shoot one the rest scatter. With a knife, you can get several.

    2. Yahweh has commanded only his “chosen people” to avoid the bacon; it’s fine for his other followers.

      (And, of course, if you don’t want to spend all eternity with that psychopath, you don’t have to pay attention to what he says anyway.)

  5. If wild hogs are eating our food

    LOL. As if I care what my food is eating.

    1. If you’re going to “eat the shit out of them” like that chef in the article, you might.

      1. I think this is another case of getting too high and watching a movie over and over… in this case the Japanese movie “Tampopo”
        There was a recipe in it for… nevermind.

  6. Ethics and the Eye of the BeholderThomas Pogge, one of the world’s most prominent ethicists, stands accused of manipulating students to gain sexual advantage. Did the fierce champion of the world’s disempowered abuse his own power?

    When Buzzfeed substitutes words for gifs! In the story there is this charming line:

    He acknowledged that they watched a movie together on a bed and he slept in her lap during the flight home, but said both activities were Lopez Aguilar’s suggestion.

    Don’t be sleeping in anyone’s lap, dude.

    1. He was role-playing an ethical scenario.

      And some of these Reason articles have a paywall now?

        1. I meant this.

          Click the comments button to see what I mean.

          1. All I wanted to do was post a comment on the Secretary of the Future article saying “the future is where you will be spending the rest of your lives,” but I got a notice that I had to be a digital subscriber.

            1. So you want me to be a digital subscriber? Yo, I got my digits right here, take a good look.

              1. It’s $15 for a year, bro.

                1. Please, I add at least that much value with my witty and perspicacious comments.

                  1. They could just have their correspondents skip the buffet lunches at the Paris climate conference or the Vegas porn conference, and they’ve already saved much more than $15 right there.

                    Why should I pay for their writers to stuff their face with truffles or play with a virtual porn machine?

                    I love them to death, but that stuff is what the Koch money is for.

                    1. You are a frugal man, and that is nothing to be ashamed of.

                  2. You left out consecutive.

                2. Well, nobody’s paying for the Liquid Opinion comments.

            2. I saw that, but I’ve gotten that notice before on articles that then disappear – I assumed that’s where they accidentally posted an older item they forgot to take the block off of or posted in the coach section a new article the first class section was only supposed to have early access to.

              Of course, I only wanted to post an OT comment about how if you didn’t want to be Secretary of the Future, you might want to be CoP in San Francisco – that job opened up after the CoP resigned following another isolated incident where one of his brave heroes popped a motorist for not getting out of the car like she was told to. Too bad for him there were already protests calling for his resignation because of the several immediately previous isolated incidents where his boys seemed to be a little unseemingly over-zealous in popping perps.

              (Not that I blame the cops – there’s a war on cops and every single person out there is a potential armed assailant so you have to shoot first and ask questions later. From the moment you get up in the morning to the moment you go to bed at night in your fortified underground bunker, if you aren’t mowing down every single living thing you see, you’re going to wind up dead. Or so I’ve been led to believe by such people as the police psychologist with the opinion piece in the NYT who wote that we really need to see things from the cops’ point of view and stop being such whiny crybabies about how many people they kill.)

          2. Isn’t it the same story?

    2. Don’t be sleeping in anyone’s lap, dude.

      What if it’s lap83?

        1. Yeah, who wants to be #84?

          1. ME! ME! She has Shiksappeal.

            1. If she looks like Elaine she has my vote.

              1. Light hair, pale, freckles. Ohhh… I’ll be in my bunk.

        1. Renegade Jew: Creeping out women for 5,776 years.

    3. His provocative argument that wealthy countries, and their citizens, are morally responsible for correcting the global economic order that keeps other countries poor revolutionized debates about global justice.

      Yawn.

      Yes, its ‘revolutionary’ to have opinions about what Other People should do with their money. Call me back when Professor Gropestudents has volunteered half his own income to sponsoring poorer countries.

      This whole social-justice bullshit is all about having opinions with Positive Social Currency, but Zero Material Cost.

      Why are re-distributive economics so popular with college kiddies? they have no income to redistribute. Or so little it hardly matters. 99% of the impact avoids them.

      Why are they so supportive of artificial impositions to make society ‘more equal’? because they’ve lived in environments like college campuses which are designed to cater to these social fantasies. Its a controlled environment with *no cost to them*.

      And these sorts of views persist as they enter the wider world, where they continue to have currency with their peers; they still get social benefits from holding these views, but zero actual cost to themselves.

      The author seems convinced that the Philosopher’s mere ‘having right opinions’ is tantamount to actually “changing the world” – as though Justice-Talk Goodthink produces ‘material results’ rather than mere ‘approval’ of peers. They don’t distinguish social value from ‘real’ value

      1. Why are re-distributive economics so popular with college kiddies? they have no income to redistribute.

        Exactly.

        1. Yo, commode, I watched the rest of Spectre last night – conclusion = Utter Shitshow.

          It was good enough for the first 2/3 when it seemed like it was “going somewhere”, but then they tried to both introduce and then ‘tie up’ an entire narrative around “Blofeldt” within the last 1/3, while abandoning everything else.

          Christoph Waltz does his entire character arc in like… 2-3 scenes. Oh, he used to be Bond’s “step-brother”? You don’t say.

          The romance between the girl and bond is similar – they go from utter strangers to “in love’ in 2 scenes, then she shuts up and says nothing for the rest of the firm (except to “break up” with bond at the end, then get kidnapped & rescued about 30 seconds later)

          The “Thumbs” character they wasted so much time introducing just vanishes in the last third.

          It basically spends 2 hours pacing everything really slow, then the last 20 mins rushing everything to a very-hokey artificial “yay” ending. And 80% of the stuff they foreshadow as expecting to be resolved *isn’t* really, its just “Oh, see it was Blofeld” and he’s like your brother kaythnxbai.

          Far worse than Skyfall, which at least takes a little time to give Bond a “background”, gives him a real friend who dies, etc.

          1. Boo. I’ll give it a miss, then. Is there at least ample Black Moneypenny? I like her.

            1. 1(.5) throwaway scene in the first act. Bond decides he’s going “off the grid” and tells her she’s the only person he trusts. He then never speaks to her again making that expression of trust useless/pointless.

              its like the “showing the gun in the drawer” (but then never using it) sin in storytelling. Don’t waste time telling people shit that doesn’t have any significance later on.

            2. This guy’s review here pretty much nails all my complaints. I like this summary =

              Spectre bluffs for two hours and then throws down a pair of fours and screams “Yahtzee!”

          2. hen she shuts up and says nothing for the rest of the film

            That does sound too good to be true.

      2. the global economic order that keeps other countries poor

        From what I can tell, what keeps other countries poor is their own governments.

        1. Yeah, another flaw in the whole social justice hot-mess is their presumption that all “inequity” is the consequence of some one-dimensional mechanistic force which can simply be “adjusted” to produce Good Outcomes.

          e.g. Poor countries are always poor because of something *someone else* is doing TO them, not because of things they’re doing to themselves…

          Its like their dumbass idea of “Just Teach Men Not to Rape!” As though putting all the non-rapist males in sensitivity training will actually have any impact on the .05% of sociopaths who are going to rape whether they’re “trained” or not. It is just riddled with idiotic presumptions.

          1. Not all men are rapists, but they enable rapists when they gather around an ongoing rape and cheer.

            1. “”Which, like, totally happens. like in the movie. the one with Jodie Foster. And “I Spit on Your Grave

              1. YES they deserve that poon, and I hope they burn it up!

    4. “Don’t be sleeping in anyone’s lap, dude.”

      Why? ‘Cause that’s how accidental babies get started? I thought it was by eating watermelon seeds…

    5. Thomas Pogge, one of the world’s most prominent ethicists, stands accused of manipulating students to gain sexual advantage.

      It’s OK: (1) he is from Europe, so his sexual mores are more sophisticated and less puritan than ours, and (2) he is doing so much good by voicing his opinions that a few minor transgressions like sexually harassing his students should be forgiven!

  7. Sure, I could get used to it.
    Hey! Look at a ma balls!

    Yes, the thought of male genitalia in girls’ locker rooms ? and vice versa ? might be distressing to some. But the battle for equality has always been in part about overcoming discomfort ? with blacks sharing facilities, with gays sharing marriage ? then realizing that it was not nearly so awful as some people imagined.

    1. One crucial step closer to the Starship Troopers co-ed shower scene.

      +2 Dina Meyer titties

      1. Per wikipedia,

        The cast agreed to do the co-ed shower scene only if Verhoeven agreed to direct the scene naked, which he did.[7]

    2. Comments have been disabled for this story.

      Bravery! Its always ‘other people’ that want to avoid social discomfort.

    3. “..non-transgender men wouldn’t have been allowed in women’s bathrooms under the Charlotte ordinance that HB2 killed..”

      Meh. A little mascara & lipstick, problem solved. I mean, that’s what I’d.. Never mind.

      *wonders where wife leaves makeup bag*

    4. Yes, the thought of male genitalia in girls’ locker rooms

      What, in a jar or something?

      Its not “male genitalia” in women’s locker rooms that people object to. Its men in women’s locker rooms.

      1. Its not “male genitalia” in women’s locker rooms that people object to. Its men in women’s locker rooms.

        Ugh, ok, here’s the uberpendatic redefinition of terms response:

        Well, if xe identifies as a woman, then it IS a problem with xer’s genetalia, because xe’s a Woman. Just with male genitalia.

        Sure, I define a “man” as somebody with a dick. They don’t, so your argument isn’t as effective there.

        1. Only if you are anti-Science

  8. McAfee has won me over with this campaign video

    Firefly, the Simpsons, shitting on terrible politicians, and horrible music is like libertarian porn.

    1. My jeans are filled with creme.

    2. That was fucking awesome.

    3. We need an ex-Republican governor, with a 30% federal consumption tax plan, who knows the real issue threatening our liberty is bakers who think they have some sort of “right” not to bake a cake.

      Besides, marijuana isn’t gonna regulate itself!

    4. +100,000 Epileptic Seizures

    5. “Our schools, our media, our politicians. They’re hiding a virus. The virus in our system – force. Every four years Americans come together to bully their neighbors.”

      I’m fucking sold. He had me at the Simpsons.

      McAfee – He’s So Crazy, It Might Just Work

      1. I’m with you. I hadn’t given him much thought, but after I finished watching that, and wiped a tear from my eye, my exact thought was, “Fucking. Sold.”

        I’m on board the McAfee train now!

        1. Is he good or bad for the Jews?

          1. I get nervous when some goy tells us to get on the train.

            1. No no no, I’m on board the train myself.

              Then again, I am a homosexual and a communist…oh shit!

    6. Fucking awesome. This Machine needs new pants.

  9. “But plenty of interesting stories fly far enough under the radar that he never gets a chance to comment on them.”

    But, of course. The country is going to hell in a hand basket, but at least we have the Megan Kelly interview with Trump, or stories about the Trump – Ryan meeting, or non-stories about Trump’s former girlfriend splashed all over cable and the networks.

  10. Die in starts with a little bullying of course.

    http://hotair.com/archives/201…..pists-too/

    1. Why can’t both the SJWs and the cops die?

      1. Thunderdome PPV to help pay off national debt

        1. [pushes all the moneys across the table]

      2. Cuz the cops die, the SJWs, 1) won’t be safe while protesting cops, and, 2) won’t have any cops to protest against.

        They need each other.

        1. ^Wow so true. Mind freaking blown.

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    A market for pork? I don’t know… I’m not sure I can picture people liking this “bay-kon” you speak of so much that they’d actually PAY people to raise these things…

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