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Though it is legal to sell raw milk in Calfornia, the charges against the three appear to include a conspiracy, related to what authorities insist is a lack of proper licensing and labeling - charges which seem clearly irrelevant in the case of a private buying club such as Rawesome, whose members all sign liability waivers acknowledging they understand the so-called risks involved in consuming products not 'approved' by the FDA. (For my part, I'm more suspicious of products the FDA approves. Just look at our rates of obesity, disease, and how little real nutrition is contained in most processed foods and fast-food meals... Please, can we stop pretending that "government knows best" and get back to making our own informed decisions?)
In any case, it seems the raid team involved here didn't even follow their own rules. Reports indicate the search warrant issued against Rawesome ultimately led to the confiscation of the club's on-hand cash, as well as the destruction or confiscation of [close to] its entire inventory. And now Rawesome regulars, like me, are asking why the entire inventory was destroyed if officials were in fact authorized to take only samples of product. The search warrant reportedly states that "various samples of any food products present may be taken for laboratory analysis." Did they mistake the drain for a Petri dish? And why, especially, were tens of thousands of dollars in organic fruits and vegetables hauled away in the back of a huge truck if their supposed concern was with the dairy? The answer, for me anyway, seems clear: The raid has the look and feel of outright persecution against those who choose a wholesome, nutrient dense Raw foods lifestyle.
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Whether in malice or ignorance or some more unsettling combination of the two, I believe our government has today made a monstrous and unethical and demonstrably illegal mistake. Whatever the charges - and please remember the government's alleging of a crime, doesn't inherently mean a crime was committed - I believe the more probable cause of today's events is rooted in the criminally unregulated revolving door of the USDA, the FDA, the CDC, and giant, profiteering food & pharmaceutical corporations.
Farmageddon" in which I addressed this very concern. What I'd like to know is how a government that claims to be of, by and for the people justifies the continued harrassment of small farmers and health food store owners, even as it allows the likes of McDonald's and Monsanto seemingly free reign to cause us harm. Do these reckless food giants not pose a greater threat to our health than my friends? The folks spending the night in jail tonight have risked much in this hostile climate, so that folks like me (and others I've met who have demonstrated the significant health improvements possible with a Raw foods lifestyle), can continue our journey of healing and sharing with as much ease and guidance as possible.
I owe these three individuals more thanks than I will ever be able to communicate, and I implore our government to stop targeting them, our rights and my community. Oklahoma was my home when the federal building was bombed back in 1995; so the idea of "domestic terrorism" is certainly a loaded one for me. Please trust then, that it is with great sensitivity to that memory and the images that still linger in my mind, that I confess, today, I really do feel terrorized by my own government.
I also know I won't be quiet about it until we get back those rights!
(Protest coverage by KTLA)
AUGUST 6TH UPDATE: Mike Adams of Natural News interviews Rawesome member Lela Buttery on the front lines. CLICK HERE TO READ AND LISTEN.
(2010 reason.tv YouTube video):