Linda and Larry Faillace dreamed of raising sheep and making cheese in rural Vermont. They followed USDA rules, and worked hard for years. Their family business began to succeed when, without warning, all their dreams turned into a nightmare. The U.S. Department of Agriculture told them the sheep they imported (with the USDA’s approval) carried BSEthe dreaded “mad cow disease.” After months of harassment and surveillance, armed federal agents seized the flock. Despite documented proof that the government agency’s claims were impossible, the animals were slaughtered. This is the unforgettable story of one family’s struggle against a bullying and corrupt government agency that long ago abandoned the family farmer to serve the needs of corporate agriculture and the industrialization of our food supply.
- Linda Faillace