Decades of Suppressing and Now Criminalizing of Raw Milk Sales

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 Decades of Suppressing and Now Criminalizing of Raw Milk Sales

 

Decades of Suppressing

Raw Milk Sales

Leading to Criminalization

First they came after the raw milk producers
and I didn’t speak out because I drank no raw milk.

Then they came after the non-GMO farmers
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a farmer.

When they came for natural food supplement manufacturers and health food retailers I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a manufacturer or store owner.

When they arrested naturopaths and natural healers, I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a doctor or healer.

When they hauled away organic home gardeners
I didn’t speak out because I grew no gardens.

When they handcuffed and jailed breast-feeding women who refused to pasteurize their own milk, I didn’t speak out because I had no children

Finally when they came for me there was no one left to speak for me.

A rephrasing of the “First they came for the communists...” statement about Germans refusing to take a stand against the Nazis. Inspired by a recent variation of this posted on RealFoodRights.com

(Healingtalks) Back in April of 2010 the FDA conducted an armed pre-dawn raid on a gentle Amish farmer selling his raw milk from a couple dozen cows and to a few faithful customers. This, and dozens of similar incidences, have set the stage for a more recent and second armed raid of Rawesome Foods in Venice California where, for the first time, the  government upped the ante. Not only did the FDA, in a joint raid with other corrupt government agencies,  thwart the sale of raw milk and confiscate the proprietors’ inventory and cash, they now want to criminalize the sale of raw milk with multiple pending felony charges – and in a state where raw milk is legal to sell!

This is a critical turning point in the whole establishment of a food police state, sending a very frightening, chilling message to all other raw milk farms, distributors and retailers in our entire nation and all along our food chain supply channels.

All the while the government is becoming ever more militant in its campaign and armed raids on small local farmers. According to Gary Cox of the Farm-To-Consumer Legal Defense Fund: “I’ve seen numerous search warrants being carried out; I’ve even seen it where a SWAT team would come into a family’s home in Northern Ohio and hold the family including the children at gunpoint for six hours while the agents searched the home for food,” says Gary.

The incident with the gentle Amish farmer in Pennsylvania, and actually dozens of others, have long set the stage for the creation of a heinous “food police state” and this has been brewing  for over two decades – at least since the FDA regulatory ban of raw milk interstate sales in the late 1980′s

Every reader should be informed, alerted and rightly alarmed that this  process is now accelerating.

The sample Amish incident, preceded by a year and a half sting operation, ended in a lawsuit  in 2011 attempting to prevent the Amish farmer from selling his raw milk to his small faithful cadre of customers across state lines.

PA Undercover Raw Milk Sting

The agency began its investigation of Mr. Daniel Allgyer’s farm (Rainbow Acres Farm in  Kinzers, PA) in  2009. This was when an undercover FDA agent in Baltimore  placed an order under an assumed name to sign up for the Yahoo user group tied to Allgyer’s Rainbow Acres.

His milk orders went to a residence in Maryland where the milk could be picked up.

By crossing state lines the milk became part of “interstate commerce” and thus presumably subject to the FDA’s regulatory ban on the sales of raw milk. The court papers noted that the jugs of milk were not labeled – forming a second violation of FDA regulations. FDA investigators then came to the farm in February 2010, when Mr. Allgyer turned them away from his farm.

The armed encounter and harassment was documented by Ellen Marie, also privately interviewing the Allgyer’s family about the trespassing involved.  She reported that other dairy farms and their families in the area had similarly been subjected to FDA intimidation. In April the FDA sent a warning letter from the Philadelphia district, signed by Kirk Sooter, the director, telling Allgyer to essentially cease and desist or they might face an injunction as well as the seizure of his property.  This warning letter can be found on the FDA website.

How FDA Got Such Orwellian/Nazi Police State Powers

The FDA now has immensely expanded new powers due to the so-called Food Safety and Modernization Act approved by Congress last year and signed by President Obama in January, 2011.

Starting July 3, 2011 the agency gained the ability to confiscate any food at any farm that it deems s0-called “unsafe or mislabeled.”

This is what has tipped the scale for far more aggressive and unconstitutional FDA actions – in the spirit of Bush’s Patriot Act. It essentially treats farmers in the same way terrorists might be treated in the Patriot Act, and with no rights at detention centers across the world.

The Saga Continues

FDA agents thus returned in April of 2010 to Allgyer’s farm with a warrant  submitted by Joshua Schafer, the FDA investigator) and then U.S. marshals and a state police trooper made a pre-dawn raw milk raid (at 5 am) but which the FDA called a “lawful inspection.”

The FDA claimed they spotted coolers labeled with Maryland town names, and with dairy products. The inspection again led to a letter dated 04/20/2010 from FDA informing Mr. Allgyer that he had to stop selling across state lines.

Mr, Allgyer instead formed a private club where members could be shareholders in the farm’s produce, paying only for the farmer’s labor. This was to avoid the FDA’s regulation of “commerce.” The FDA investigators continued to take shipments and in April of 2011 week filed suit in Federal Court to stop Allgyer’s sale of raw milk.

Allgyer has refused official media requests for interviews and is said to be reluctant even to hire a lawyer to defend himself – all out of a religious belief in nonviolence.

Latest Development

The FDA this year filed for a legal  injunction against Allgyer and accused him of “contributing to the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases” at his farm where he tends just three dozen cows and sells their raw milk to a very small buyers’ club in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.

For decades there has never been any real evidence whatsoever that raw-milk forms a health hazard.

Not an Isolated Incidence and Prelude to Criminalizing

There is a list available on the Web of 20 small farms and enterprises, especially dairy farms and their  distributors,  who have been raided by federal agents since 2004 and in eight different states in US.  This includes a previous gunpoint raid on Rawesome Foods in 2010. likewise confiscating their property. The list also gives ample details of many other unconstitutional, horrific and intimidating actions of the FDA.

Interestingly the initial seller of raw milk on that list is Organic Pastures Dairy, raided in the spring of 2004. At the time the agents even illegally went through customer files and photographed them.

Organic pastures is no small operation to be targeted. In fact, it is the largest dairy operation subject to FDA intimidation. Mark McAfee, owner of Organic Pastures Dairy in Fresno, sells raw milk to 50,000 customers a week and through 400 stores in the Bay Area and the rest of the state. He endured a long undercover investigation. All the while  “they refuse to acknowledge raw milk can be done in a safe manner,” McAfee stated. “The state of California is very effectively doing that… There is no recorded evidence anywhere, any place – the Centers for Disease Control, the Food and Drug Administration, anybody – that shows anybody has ever died from raw milk in California.”

What’s Really Behind the Raw Milk Suppression – $$$

Despite raw milk’s tiny market share, McAfee (owner of Organic Pastures Dairies) stated that  milk processors are behind efforts to ban raw milk because they see the product as a competitive threat. He said demand for pasteurized milk is falling about 1 percent a year, and farmers can earn as much as 10 times more for raw milk than they do selling to processors. The processors then denature the milk via pasteurization and in order to extend shelf-life. They don’t want the public to know they are denaturing the milk to create an inferior product because it would be a death-knoll and financial disaster.

Furthermore when milk is in the raw state, not all the milk is the same, pooled from different farms. Some of the milk will lose its fresh taste more quickly than others – sometimes in as little as a week. Unlike eggs, meat and fish, dairy milk can’t be refrigerated or frozen for months without adulterating its taste. Without pasteurization of pooled milk, there is a loss of control of shelf-life.  This equates to a loss of control of the market as such.

Pasteurization is critically necessary and must be justified at all costs, and through all possible info-wars or mind-deceits of the public – even if it means fabricating health scares or all kinds of fear-mongering about raw milk… all of which is scientifically indefensible. The very survival of large dairies depends on maintaining this consumer infowar deceit.  Thus they solicit corrupt government and scientific support.

A careful study of pasteurization shows it truly denatures the milk.

See my article on Pasteurization – http://www.healingtalks.com/health/the-truth-about-pasteurization-it-kills/.

It makes milk significantly deficient. Pasteurized dairy consumption leads to long-term arteriosclerosis, osteoporosis and arthritis, all of which are among the most common diseases in aging dairy farmers who drink pasteurized milk for decades. Among farming populations, dairy farmers have the highest rates of arthritis.

There is also short-term allergenic or lactose-intolerance reactions to pasteurized milk. This is because the pasteurized milk simply becomes heat-harmed and dead food. Our bodies require living foods for optimal health. Like chemically-preserved staples deadened to increase shelf-life, the end result is the true health-hazard at the altar of making more money.

If the public knew all of this, it would fatally threaten billions of dollars of conventional dairy sales. These are maintained only via this huge market deceptions. In the meantime, illnesses like arteriosclerosis, osteoporosis and arthritis are pandemic. Statistics show these three ailments affect literally hundreds of millions of people over the age of 50, which then helps allopathic medical and pharmaceutical industries thrive.

Dairy Industry’s Thrust Toward Total Market Control

“The fluid milk markets are already dying on the vine because people can’t digest , it’s too allergenic and it’s got lactose intolerance,” McAfee continued by saying “Raw milk is an out-of-control milk. It’s by the farmer directly to the consumer, so all the dairy industry people are upset that they are losing control of the market.”

Reactions to the Raw Milk Sting

Coming back to our example of the Pennsylvania-Amish dairy sting operation by the FDA, one of the customers, Liz Reitzig, president of the Maryland Independent Consumers and Farmers Association, said she started looking into raw milk because her oldest daughter showed signs of not tolerating pasteurized milk. Thus she sought out what they call  “cow sharing” or where a group of people buy shares in owning a cow, and pay a farmer to board and milk the cow.

But Maryland outlawed that practice and so she turned to Mr. Allgyer’s farm.

“We like the way they farm, we love their product, it’s super-high-quality, they’re wonderful. It’s just a wonderful arrangement,” she said. ” The FDA really has no idea what they’re talking about when they’re talking about fresh milk. They have no concept – they really don’t understand what it’s like for people like me who have friends and family who can’t drink conventional milk,” Ms. Reitzig said.

Other customers were likewise furious, especially those from the District of Columbia and Maryland.

“I look at this as the FDA is in cahoots with the large milk producers,” said Karin Edgett, a D.C. resident who buys directly from Rainbow Acres. “I don’t want the FDA and my tax dollars to go to shut down a farm that hasn’t had any complaints against it. They’re producing good food, and the consumers are extremely happy with it.”

Members of the Grassfed on the Hill  group reacted by planning a rally in Washington DC, raw-milking a cow as pictured below with the Capitol building in the background.

mik cow on the Capitol Hill Washington DCtry raw milk 

Former Sen. Fred Thompson,Tennessee Republican, took to Twitter to blast the raid, calling it a waste of time and resources and mockingly saying the FDA would do better to shut down “unlicensed lemonade stands” at gunpoint around the country.

Author David Gumpert, writing for the website Grist, wondered whether those who took part in the raid felt “remorse or shame” in an “official effort to deprive people of food.”

Action Center:

What Readers Can Do

Bill to Stop the FDA from Banning Raw Milk

On May 11, Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican, introduced H.R. 1830, the Unpasteurized Milk Bill, which would end the FDA’s ban and permit the sale of raw milk across state lines. This would reverse the mandate given in 1987 FDA regulation to ban interstate commerce in raw milk.

Suit Against FDA  in Iowa

Pete Kennedy, president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, said undercover stings are a matter of course. “It happens quite a bit. It’s almost like they treat raw milk as crack. It happened in a number of states, and at the federal level,” he said. His organization has now sued to try to halt FDA enforcement, and the case is pending in federal court in Iowa.

Getting Raw Milk Locally

One way support raw milk for real optimal health is to seek out a local raw dairy. A new resource called Finding Your Safe Local Raw Milk  offers an instantly downloadable $7 ePaper to help you find such dairies in your area quickly. Read more about the $7 ePaper

Helping Friends and Allies

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Make contributions to Rawesome’s Legal Defense Fund

Take back control of your health and well-being. Don’t let our government  destroy your collective health rights through fear-mongering mind-control efforts and food police state tactics – all pursued to serve profit interests of consolidated corporate behemoths.

Today the issue is the sale of raw milk.

Tomorrow the issue is the sale of all the rest of our food supply, and ever more artificially processed, bio-engineered and thus denatured for profit.

First they came after the raw milk producers
and I didn’t speak out because I drank no raw milk.

Then they came after the non-GMO farmers
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a farmer.

When they came for natural food supplement manufacturers and health food retailers I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a manufacturer or store owner.

When they arrested naturopaths and natural healers, I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a doctor or healer.

When they hauled away organic home gardeners
I didn’t speak out because I grew no gardens.

When they handcuffed and jailed breast-feeding women who refused to pasteurize their own milk, I didn’t speak out because I had no children

Finally when they came for me there was no one left to speak for me.

A rephrasing of the “First they came for the communists…” statement about Germans refusing to take a stand against the Nazis. Inspired by a recent variation of this posted on RealFoodRights.com

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  1. Great article. The link to my Raw Milk Locator you refer to is http://livingfood.us/iShop/rawmilk.htm

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