Moms rally to defend raw food after Rawesome raid; Nevada gets busy

By David Gumpert
Grist

[Excerpts]  Last week’s multi-agency assault on Rawesome Food Club in Venice, Calif., marked the first time individuals associated with a food club or a small farm had actually been thrown into jail, in this case charged with 13 felonies and misdemeanors, and held on high bail (requested between $60,000 and $130,000).

Many of the 2,000-plus members of Rawesome are extremely upset. Now, they have joined forces with members of a Maryland food club, Grassfed on the Hill, to form a new national association of food clubs, the Farm Food Freedom Coalition, intended to fight the federal and state crackdowns on private food groups and farmers.

Grassfed on the Hill was hit with a 13-month undercover investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that resulted in an Amish farmer in Pennsylvania being sued in U.S. District Court in May, with the U.S. Justice Department seeking a permanent injunction preventing him from supplying the Maryland club.

The new Farm Food Freedom Coalition organized by the California and Maryland food clubs is noteworthy because it is heavily represented by mothers among its organizers. Liz Reitzig, mother of four, says that while there are a number of organizations focused on food rights, “most are geared toward farmers. We want to give consumers more of a voice.”

The fact that it’s mothers leading the charge should give the bureaucrats and lawyers at the FDA and Los Angeles County district attorney cause for concern, says Mark McAfee, owner of Organic Pastures Dairy Co., the largest raw milk producer in the country.

“Moms from the east and west coast and everywhere in between are uniting,” he says. “If a coalition of moms take on the behemoth FDA over food rights … oh Jesus.”

Read the full post at Grist.

Related:  Government raids set local foodies on edge
By Laura Brown
The Union (serving Western Nevada)

Nerves are raw among local food advocates one week after a packed Grass Valley showing of the film, “Farmageddon” and a swat team-style government raid on Rawesome Foods, a private health food club selling raw milk in Southern California.

Already a new local committee has loosely formed calling themselves, “Nevada County Local Food Freedom” made up of physicians, farmers, businessmen and Weston A. Price Foundation leaders who, despite political differences, agree that everyone deserves the right to choose what they eat.

A draft resolution is in the works, outlining a community desire for freedom to purchase food for health and keep government intervention out of the local food system.

After creating a “buzz,” a second showing of “Farmaggedon,” a film documenting government raids and harassment of small farms across the country, is already tentatively scheduled for August 24 at a bigger venue, the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium in Grass Valley with room enough to seat 1,000 people.

Read the full post at The Union.

5 responses to “Moms rally to defend raw food after Rawesome raid; Nevada gets busy

  1. vaccineshurtbabies

    The FDA is out of control and derelict in its duty to serve the American public and is now serving corporate interests insread. In fact, the government has been taken over and is being run by a crime syndicate which has covered up what really happened on 9/11, which has started illegal wars, bailed out the banksters and runs the vaccine child poisoning programmes designed to ruin whole generations of children. If these psychopaths are not dealt with, the will destroy America from within. It is only a question of time before we will reach the point of no return. These FDA thugs need to be taken to court and put in jail, along with the banksters and the war criminals who are gutting our health and wealth, to keep the rest of us safe. .

  2. Amen. Moms organizing to fight organized crime against wholesome food. Nothing can be more powerful. Finally! A mom knows when food is wholesome and nurturing for her children and family. Good, nurturing food is the desire and right of every human being.

  3. I think the FDA just did a full gainer out into space without a parachute and they just don’t know it yet, this should be entertaining. Their fascist storm trooper posing manner has been asking for an attitude adjustment for a long time now; lets see if the major media can avoid reporting what’s about to happen.

    Doc Blake

  4. I sure would like to see this addressed during the next presidential campaign, oh but wait, most people in politics are the same ones running companies like Monsanto! What’s next? Are they going to take away our rights to milk our own goats and cows for our own private consumption?!

  5. Organic pastures used to be the largest distributor of clean wholesome, 100% grass fed raw milk. THEY HAVE RECENTLY CHANGED THIS FACT. Without their customers knowledge or approval, they started feeding their cows CORN! They’re also using so called “organic mineral supplement”. As most health advocates know, corn is horribly unhealthy and will in turn make the milk an unhealthy source of sugar (weight gain). This company has turned against it’s customers and is hoping that the customers won’t notice. Check out their website for verification that this product is now poisoned with CORN and artificial supplements. Their products are no longer clean, their cows are no longer 100% grass fed. Please post something warning their customers that Organic Pastures has gone to the dark side. Thank you.

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