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Can taking a photo of a Farm become Illegal?


Imagine if taking photos of farms were illegal โ€” and the photographer was
subject to fines and possibly jail time. If Big Ag got its way, that's exactly
what would happen. Right now they're pushing legislators in Minnesota, Florida,
and Iowa to criminalize taking photos or videos of their facilities.[1]

I guess industrial agriculture has something to hide. Maybe it's the way factory
farms mistreat workers, animals, and the environment.

The clock is ticking โ€” Iowa's legislation could pass an important hurdle as soon
as next week. If we can raise a big enough stink, we can stop this state-based
legislation from spreading nationwide.

Sign our petition and stand up for transparency and the right to take pictures
of farms. ยป

But that's not all. We don't just want to stop Big Ag's attempt to restrict
consumers' right to know โ€” we also want to use this as an opportunity to lift up
the good, clean and fair farmers who like consumers to come and see exactly how
their food is produced.

So join the farmarazzi! In the next few days we'll be calling on you for help.
Plan a visit to a nearby farm (or just step outside, farmers) because we'll be
holding a contest for the best farm photos, and sending a flipbook of the
winning photos to the legislators in question. Can't wait to get started? Share
your favorite farm photos by uploading and posting them on our Facebook wall
here: http://www.facebook.com/SlowFoodUSA.

Thanks,

Jerusha Klemperer
Slow Food USA

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[1] Bittman, New York Times Op-Ed, 4/27/11
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