Assault on Raw Foods in U.S.

An excep­tional arti­cle on the assault on raw foods in the U.S. appeared in a Cal­i­for­nia Inde­pen­dent paper (this is a repost since I am moving some articles from the old blog). I see now that raw foods are also being adul­ter­ated nutri­tion­ally in a major way: pas­teur­iza­tion of honey, fumigated/pasteurization of almonds and even veg­eta­bles to some extent. Other food items may go the way of real apple cider. This piece is not just about Cal­i­for­nia or about raw milk. It is really about all foods and the free­dom to choose healthy foods for our fam­i­lies. I have some sim­ple strate­gies to share about the new rules being imple­mented and enforced now and the new ones in the pipeline that I will post as we get comments.

by Chris Hinyub
Sat, Aug 07th 2010

A guns-drawn raid on a Venice food pantry late last month was the lat­est salvo by gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tors in their war on health free­dom and con­sumer sov­er­eignty. No less than four state agen­cies and two fed­eral ones par­tic­i­pated in the early morn­ing raid of Rawe­some Foods, a farm-to-consumer dis­tri­b­u­tion center.

The only dis­cernible crime of the pri­vate, members-only buy­ing club was their fail­ure to oper­ate a food facil­ity with­out a license. Rawe­some imme­di­ately restocked and resumed nor­mal oper­a­tions after the state-sanctioned intru­sion, con­tend­ing that it never oper­ated in a retail capac­ity and does not fall under the com­mer­cial juris­dic­tion of the reg­u­la­tory agen­cies. The LA Times debriefed its read­ers on the baf­fling Op:

Agen­cies that par­tic­i­pated in the raid on Rawe­some included the Los Ange­les County Depart­ment of Pub­lic Health, the Los Ange­les County dis­trict attorney’s office, the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Food and Agri­cul­ture, the FDA and the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture. Inves­ti­ga­tors con­fis­cated the club’s com­puter and 17 cool­ers packed with, among other things, 24 bot­tles of organic honey, 10 gal­lons of raw whole milk and two bot­tles of raw cane syrup.

In all, police absconded with close to $10,000 worth of food belong­ing to club mem­bers. But who or what, exactly, are these offi­cials pro­tect­ing and serv­ing by harass­ing raw food dis­trib­u­tors? Farm-to-consumer and health free­dom advo­cates argue it’s most def­i­nitely not the public.

“This is about con­trol and profit, not our health,” said Aajonus Von­der­planitz, co-founder of Rawe­some Foods. “How can we not have the free­dom to choose what we eat?”

George Hem­minger, founder of Sur­vive and Thrive TV stated to Rus­sia Today that the strong arm police tac­tics so fre­quently used against raw food buy­ing clubs is not about pub­lic safety. He says raids like the one on Rawe­some Foods are con­ducted to pro­tect the prof­its of large food and drug cor­po­ra­tions. Accord­ing to Hem­minger, these are the same com­pa­nies who own the reg­u­la­tory agen­cies which enact poli­cies designed to sti­fle entre­pre­neur­ial com­pe­ti­tion and local food economies.

Though the Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion says its con­cerned for pub­lic health, raw food advo­cates don’t believe con­sumer health and well­ness is the top pri­or­ity of the agency. The FDA does have a ques­tion­able track record. It con­tin­ues to approve drugs whose adverse reac­tions are among the lead­ing causes of pre­ventable death in this country.

Along with the US Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, they habit­u­ally refuse to enforce their own safety stan­dards on large food proces­sors. This is a divi­sion of the gov­ern­ment whose lead­er­ship shares a revolv­ing door with biotech firms such as Mon­santo (mak­ers of the rBGH injected into most indus­trial dairy cows to arti­fi­cially stim­u­late lac­ta­tion) and with phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal interests.

Read the rest of this story at the Cal­i­for­nia Inde­pen­dent Voter Network.

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2 responses to “Assault on Raw Foods in U.S.

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  2. I don’t have much experience, and have no idea what solutions might make big change. BUT, as an extention of “eat local and know your food producers,” I think being involved in local politics, and being acquainted with local policy makers is essential. Make pleasant correspondence; be a voice of reason. Be memorable in your kindness and persistence. Can’t hurt…

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