Raw milk activists protest arrest of farmer, milk cow on the Hill

The Rally for Food and Farm Freedom drew a huge crowd in support of raw milk and food choice. Photo: J. Haney

WASHINGTON, DC (May 17, 2011) – A resounding theme of yesterday’s Rally for Food and Farm Freedom on the Hill was that the FDA’s recent arrest of Amish farmer Dan Allgyer for selling raw milk was not about food safety; it was about economics and keeping control of the food supply in the hands of big business, instead of giving power to the consumer.

Organizers took power – and sustenance – into their own hands by creating an impressive showing at the rally in Upper Senate Park, and by drinking the controversial liquid, milked fresh onsite from Morgan the cow, who was trailered in from a Maryland dairy farm.

Liz Reitzig introduces Morgan the cow

Raw milk drinkers are a passionate bunch. Rally organizer Liz Reitzig, a mother of four who is pregnant with her fifth child, noted that many mothers become food activists in an effort to feed their children the best food they possibly can.

Reitzig noted that among the 450 rally participants were a considerable number of mothers, there to show “the profound impact that switching to raw milk has made for their children and families.”

Rally organizer Liz Reitzig introduces Sally Fallon Morell

Weston A. Price Foundation president Sally Fallon Morell described the health benefits of raw milk, which she called a “magic food” that she bought off the shelves for her family when living in California as a young mother. Fallon Morell declared that this century’s rallying cry is going to be about food and farm freedom.

“The USDA and the FDA present two falsehoods,” she said. One is that there is no nutritional difference between raw and pasteurized milk. A European study found raw milk to be the number one factor in preventing allergies and asthma, Fallon Morell said.

She also asserted that the second fallacy – that raw milk is dangerous – is based on “40-year-old science.” Raw milk has immune-system boosters, and “you can’t get pathogens to grow in it.”

Raw, grass-fed milk not only contains live enzymes crucial to digestion – enzymes that are killed by pasteurization – but it is free of antibiotics and hormones, and from pesticides from sprayed grain, which is often genetically-modified.

One speaker said the government is presenting consumers with a choice that is not a choice: poison ourselves with factory-farmed food or starve.

Customers who bought from farmer Allgyer had already contracted to own their food, and speakers criticized the government for standing in their way to eat the food they choose and have paid for.

Representative Ron Paul (R-Tex.) has recently introduced legislation for the interstate sales of raw milk, which is legal for sale in ten states, but illegal in some others, though, as a Washington Post article recently explained, consumers seeking the substance can find a way to get it.

Mother of two, Wendy Lubell Snyder, was among the many that turned out to support their right to consume the food they want. A personal trainer in Washington, DC, Lubell Snyder resisted drinking pasteurized milk growing up. As an adult, she researched the topic, and found that the science behind raw milk made a lot of sense.

As 16-month-old daughter Sage tasted a sample, Lubell Snyder said she feels great as a raw milk consumer now. “I’m here to support my right to choose what to eat and drink, and to uphold the Constitution,” she explained.

One sign in the swelling crowd reminded participants that the authors of the Constitution drank raw milk. Another sign read: “Junk food is legal. Don’t outlaw real food!”

Speakers urged consumers committed to eating nutrient-dense food to continue to stand up for their right to protect their health through access to live food that is free of pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics, and whose harvesting – unlike factory farmed meat and dairy – has minimal environmental impact.

Whole food chef and holistic health counselor Monica Corrado served up glasses of raw milk at the rally

See related Washington Times article by Stephan Dinan

 

Jessica Claire Haney is a freelance writer, editor and tutor. Her writing has appeared in parenting publications and poetry journals. A former high school English teacher, Jessica is mother to a five-year-old son and a baby girl. She is passionate about holistic health and well-being and is a leader of a chapter of Holistic Moms Network.

Jessica’s blog is Crunchy-Chewy Mama, crunchychewymama.com, and her writer’s site is jessicaclairehaney.com.

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This holistic mom dreams of a day when all kids -- and adults -- eat foods with only recognizable ingredients. Paying attention is not an option for me; it's a necessity.

A few years ago, my body started breaking down and let me know I wasn’t like all those other Jessicas who were still in their twenties. I began making the rounds of alternative health practitioners and nutritionists to deal with stomach problems, thyroid problems, chronic grumpiness, and infertility, issues that my doctors weren't addressing with any success. With a lot of help and a bunch of lifestyle changes, I managed to work my way back to healthy and happy. And pregnant!

Now a full-on convert to natural family living and a mom to a three-year-old, I’m on a mission to share my insights -- and my persistent questions -- about nutrition and holistic health with other moms and with anyone else looking for something that will work and feel good when other stuff doesn’t. As a leader of a local chapter of Holistic Moms Network, I've tried to build a community that supports other parents in making healthy decisions for their families.

My writing has appeared in parenting publications and poetry journals. I blog about life on the alternative/mainstream divide at Crunchy-Chewy Mama, and I'm a contributor for DC Metro Moms.

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