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.
RAW FOOD RAID CHALLENGES CONSUMER FREEDOM
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.
Come back here and leave a comment about some solutions to these matters and what can be done about it.–Augie