WASHINGTON — May 4 2011- via Liz Reitzig- A group of more than 1000 DC and Maryland consumers are irate at the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) attempt to shut down their food supply by conducting a sting operation of their private buying club.
Members of the private group contract with an Amish farmer in Pennsylvania to obtain fresh milk and other products from his farm. The FDA planted a spy in the group in October of 2009 to gather evidence against the farmer, for alleged illegal interstate commerce of raw milk.
Claiming that transportation of raw milk across state lines constitutes illegal interstate commerce, the FDA conducted many sting operations and raids against US farmers, providing consumers with fresh milk or fresh milk products.
The most recent is this year-and-a–half long sting on the DC metro area group. FDA’s “investigation” into the activities of the group and farmer culminated in the FDA filing a civil suit against Allgyer for introducing interstate commerce raw milk intended for human consumption. The FDA served Allgyer notice of a pending request for permanent injunction.
‘We have the right to obtain the foods of our choice.’
“We have every right to obtain the foods of our choice from the producer of our choice based on our values,” says the group’s founder, Karine Bouis-Towe. “There is trust that is created and built between the farmer and consumer in this relationship. The FDA and other federal government agencies should not interfere in private, direct relationships between farmers and consumers.”
‘Stings on Amish farms and armed raids against our country’s farmers are not an appropriate use of our tax dollars.’
Raw milk has been consumed safely for thousands of years, and is mentioned in the Ayurveda (5000 year old health science) as a ‘SuperFood’. It’s important to note that real (grassfed, raw) milk has no inherent dangers, if obtained from healthy cows (consuming their natural diet), and sanitary conditions. There is much greater risk of contamination and food borne illness in conventional dairy and food products.
Members of the buying club note various health benefits related to real milk consumption that were not present in conventional, processed milk.
The buying club and their supporters intend to fight the FDA’s claimed jurisdiction over private transactions.
Peaceful Demonstration to be held
A rally is being held in Washington D.C. in Upper Senate Park on Monday May 16th 10am to 1pm.
Speakers will include: Jonathan Emord, Esq. • Sally Fallon,Weston A. Price Foundation • David Gumpart, Food Blogger • Mark McAfee, Founder and Owner, Organic Pastures Dairy • Baylen Linnekin, Executive Director, Keep Food Legal
Please visit ‘Farmageddon’ – an upcoming documentary exposing the assault on Americas small farms and organic buying clubs.
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