Sunday, October 2, 2011

In Defense of Food Rights

Los Angeles Superior Court
210 W Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Dear Honorable Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court:

I'm guessing you don't want the responsibility of holding my health in your hands any more than I want you to have it. Nonetheless to some degree, that is the situation in which we now find ourselves regarding the August 3rd government raid of the Rawesome Foods private co-op of Venice, California. As the case unfolds, I ask that you consider these very important points:

First, the folks who will stand trial before you - James Stewart, Sharon Palmer and Victoria Bloch - are nothing short of heroes to their community, their friends and family, and especially, to people like me who suffer from chronic or degenerative illness. Each one of the defendants has been directly and profoundly instrumental in my own journey of recovery from Type 1 diabetes. Without their passion, strength and commitment to the
work they do, I would likely still be on the ignorant, complacent road to further health complications and premature death. That is the traditional path of diabetics anyway, by conventional medicine's own admission.

I became a member of Rawesome back in January of this year, as part of a new path I'd begun - one of self-education and alternative healing. When my own medical doctors insisted I would be diabetic for the rest of my life and that my condition would only get worse, I went looking for answers elsewhere. What I found at Rawesome was much more than just nurturing, nutrient-dense, enzyme-rich, living foods. I also found an amazingly vibrant family of influential leaders, thoughtful entrepreneurs and involved citizens - all concerned about personal health and environmental sustainability, and many determined to help change both for the better.

In just 8 months, the healing foods available at Rawesome had played a direct role in the reduction of my insulin intake by roughly 75%, as well as in the continued restoration of my own pancreas function. Instead of continuing to decline as conventional medical doctors said it would, my body's own natural insulin production had actually increased to a lower-normal range since I had begun eating Raw foods. This is the healing miracle of Raw, organic, unprocessed whole foods. This is the healing miracle of Raw, unpasteurized dairy and unwashed, non-refrigerated eggs. And this is the healing miracle to which the government has recently denied me access, by forcing the Rawesome Foods private co-op to close.

The next point I ask you to consider is that I am not alone in my situation. There are many, many others like me who have come to depend on this kind of high quality food in order to treat or heal problematic medical conditions, or simply to achieve and maintain optimal health - many whose health is now suffering because they have no access to it. The unfortunate truth of the matter is that foods of this caliber are not always easy to find. Rawesome Foods has been a kind of oasis for those of us who have learned better than simply to swallow whatever food or drugs the government tells us is healthy, just because the government tells us it's healthy. What we've come to see is that, in many cases, these government-approved foods and medications are only making us sicker and poorer, even as they make big food and pharmaceutical corporations wealthier and more powerful.

Despite my own family's assertions that politics has no place at the dinner table, this greedy, corporate-run  government has for too long made what We the People choose to consume its business. And when you consider the many levels of that corruption - from corn subsidies leading to the unbridled and unethical distribution and marketing of corn syrup and other corn products, to deceptive labeling practices, to genetically modified organisms (GMO) bioengineered to withstand the use of pesticides by the very same chemical companies who mass produce those pesticides, to cross-contamination of organic crops by these same GMOs, to merciless legal attacks citing patent violations against unsuspecting farmers who've not yet learned to harness the wind, to systematic raids against small organic dairy farmers who feel terrorized or are intimidated out of business, to revolving door conflicts of interests high up the ladder in government offices - it's no wonder that many of us have begun to mistrust the government officials who would like us to believe they're only looking out for our best interests... or for our health.

As we in the Raw foods community have come to learn - and as others outside the community are now beginning to see - conventional, processed foods only trigger and perpetuate sickness, disease and death. Forcing the closure of Rawesome Foods, therefore, denies our access to a powerfully healing alternative. The government's current position between us and the Raw foods we have privately, contractually chosen to consume - yes, label-free and FDA-unapproved - is therefore an outright denial of our rights to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness as American citizens.

The final matter I'd like you to consider is that - with a courtroom docket likely full of cases involving accused murderers, rapists and pedophiles - you probably have more important things to do with your time and energy... and our tax dollars. Please, therefore, busy yourself dealing out the best justice you can to those who may have caused real harm to others, instead of facilitating unwarranted government attacks on heroes like James Stewart, Sharon Palmer and Victoria Bloch, who are true pillars of our community. No one has been harmed by what they do. No one has become sick from consuming any of the unpasteurized or unlabeled milk, dairy or eggs made available at Rawesome.

Instead, I invite you to see that quite the opposite is true. Many of us are actually healthier and happier as a result of their work. And no stamp of approval from the FDA or formal complaint by the USDA will make that any more or less true. Your Honor, I implore you to see this case for the frivolous attack on liberty that it clearly is.

In the words of Thomas Jefferson, "Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories."

Many thanks for your kind attention.

Angela Doss
Los Angeles, CA

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." - Thomas Jefferson

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