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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