Protest against feds focuses on raw-milk: 100 Gallons Distributed at FDA

By Bob Unruh
World Net Daily

Protesters distributed an estimated 100 gallons of raw milk in front of the offices of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today during a rally that prompted the federal agency to issue a statement defending its crackdown on the product.

The event was organized by the Farm Food Freedom Coalition and a spokesman for the rally, Max Kane, told WND that a caravan of vehicles collected the supplies of raw milk, then traveled to Silver Springs, Md., to the FDA offices for the protest.

The distribution was in violation of federal law that prevents people from moving raw milk across state lines for delivery to others, and the rally participants were met by officers from the Department of Homeland Security and others.

But Kane said there were no conflicts, no arrests and no violence.

The FDA’s statement said that the dangers from raw milk make it necessary for the agency to impose restrictions.

“While the perceived nutritional and health benefits of raw milk consumption have not been scientifically substantiated, the health risks are clear,” the statement said. “Since 1987, there have been 143 reported outbreaks of illness – some involving miscarriages, still births, kidney failure and deaths – associated with consumption of raw milk and raw milk products that were contaminated with pathogenic bacteria such as Listeria, Campylobacter, Salmonella, and E. Coli.”

However, a report from the Weston A. Price Foundation revealed that from 1980 to 2005 there were 10 times more illnesses from pasteurized milk than from raw milk.

That’s the preferred process by the federal government.

“Pasteurization of milk was adopted decades ago as a basic public health measure to kill dangerous bacteria and largely eliminate the risk of getting sick from one of the most important staples of the American diet. In 1987, the agency issued a regulation prohibiting the interstate sale of raw milk,” said the FDA.

Today, 30 states allow the sale of raw milk and 20 forbid it, but the federal government forbids it in interstate business.

The dispute over access to raw milk and related products has grown more volatile in recent months. In California, three people are facing trial following an investigation of the Rawesome buying club.

In that case, one of the defense lawyers was stunned by the militancy of the prosecutor, declaring, “She doesn’t want raw milk. … She wants blood.”

The federal government has a long history of cracking down on those who produce raw milk and make it available to consumers – even when the consumers are the ones who own the cows and milk.

In a recent case in Wisconsin, a judge ruled that Americans do not have a right to choose their food, not even when they own the cows and the milk.

Further, a Canadian farmer cleared at trial of raw milk charges but convicted by an appellate court is in his second month of a hunger strike in which he is demanding a reasonable way for consumers who choose raw milk to obtain it without an accompanying criminal record.

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6 responses to “Protest against feds focuses on raw-milk: 100 Gallons Distributed at FDA

  1. I am not so sure “lets legalize it” is where we want to take this. Why should they think they have any right to illegalize it? They need to back off 100%.

    Our rights are bestowed by our creator… they are inherent and unalienable. The government is not in charge of our rights… they can neither grant them or take them away. We need to get clear on that.

  2. The FDA played the,”cowards, keep your head down until they leave card.” Which make them total hypocrites because the law is the law and an enforcement agency does not pick and choose when to enforce that law especially when it is violated at their own door step. They should be charged with failing to carry out their duty though they are a corporation so I guess that lets them off the hook?

    Below are the scams that they have been running against health food companies for years.

    Doc Blake

    • interesting point, Paul ~ I wondered why there were no arrests here, but there’s rumblings among dairy farmers about the entire strategy of FTCLDF, et al. Here’s one comment sent to me regarding the raid without a warrant in Nevada:

      “the owners of the farm applied and paid for a permit, and thereby converted a right into a regulated privilege. They put the heads in the state’s noose, something many do without thinking of the ramifications, too bad.”

      Another comment — actually it was an article submission — attacked the legal strategy that allowed the federal gov and now a state court (Wisconsin) to rule that we have no food rights. But since I’m not an atty, I don’t want to host a debate that is purely theoretical — I’d much prefer that the critics represent a similarly situated dairy farmer or private food club and win — then we can know their strategy is more effective.

  3. Do you have a link to the Weston A. Price Foundation report?

  4. Land of the free, what a pathetic

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