As activist groups increasingly attack modern agriculture and food production, several groups recently have formed to fight back. One of the latest of these is Protect the Harvest, a group that plans to work within state governments and in the public arena to combat activist assaults on agriculture.

One of the groups founders and board members, Iowa State Representative Erik Helland, spoke this week with AgriTalk radio host Mike Adams.

Helland says the group formed a couple years ago in response to Missouri’s Proposition B, the 2010 “Puppy Mill Initiative” that narrowly passed following an aggressive campaign funded largely by out-of-state activist groups such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Helland says Protect the Harvest helped close the gap during the weeks leading up to the election, and nearly stopped the initiative.