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Rawesome Foods Raid: The Insanity of the U.S. Legal System

For the last several years, there’s been a big stir in the news about raids on raw dairy farmers.  On August 3rd, 2011 the latest raid at gunpoint conducted by the L.A. Sheriff’s office, the CDC, and the FDA occurred on the premises of Rawesome Foods, a buyer’s club in Venice, CA.

The picture at the left is a still from a video taken showing an FBI agent raiding Rawesome Foods in Venice, CA from June of 2010. This is the second time this business has been raided by federal agents.

This is just another brick in the wall of our loss of rights to purchase clean, healthy foods that are not adulterated by the industrial food industry.

The raids and arrests of private citizens that occurred this past week on the Rawesome premises – and also on farms all over the country – are above and beyond the jurisdiction of the law.  These types of maneuvers are commonly associated with the production and selling of dangerous controlled substances, not organic food.  The choice we have as citizens to purchase and eat the foods we want to put in our bodies should be our right, and no government agency should be allowed to take that choice away from us.

Rawesome is a private buyer’s club and has legally binding, contractual agreements permitting them to sell to buyers who have chosen to buy organic food and raw milk. One of the main issues surrounding this case is the herdshare or boarding contracts for dairy goats, and this is not the first time dairy goat farmers in the state of CA have experienced this issue.

Federal agents confiscated $10,000 worth of raw milk and $30-40K of produce. They also destroyed property and buildings in the process. And yet, this business is a private entity which sells shares to members, so these individuals who are purchasing food from Rawesome are all owners. Yes, owners. They don’t need permits to pick up their own food that they have contracted and paid to take away. It is ridiculous and unacceptable that business owners should be jailed and have their private property and products confiscated and destroyed.

Watch this video showing the loss Rawesome incurred during this raid:

The FBI also took all the cash on the premises, which totalled over $9,000:

The fact that the buyer’s contract, which was legally binding, has suddenly been declared void by the very government which approved it in the first place is a big issue. According to the law, lacking permits is a misdemeanor, not a felony. When wrongful prosecution and miscarriage of justice happens, it puts the entire foundation of our legal and economic system in jeopardy, and this is something all citizens should be up in arms about. The way our government, which is supposed to be following laws created by the people for the people,  has been conducting itself over these matters has got to stop.

It’s also important to note that no one in this incident has become sick or died from eating foods sold from Rawesome Foods.  This year, Cargill, a multi-national conglomerate company recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey from store shelves. 76 people were sickened back in March of this year (2011) and one person died, and yet the recalls didn’t occur until July. So far, the only thing happening is a “lengthy” investigation, but no government raids.

How is it that any company selling a product proven to contain Salmonella is allowed to continue selling it for any length of time and not have their doors closed? This kind of thing has been occurring over, and over, and over again in the industrial food sector. Yet, none of these companies are out of business nor facing prosecution in court.  Ironically, mainstream health sources and supporters of the U.S.  food system proudly proclaim that our food supply is one of the safest in the world.

Please watch this interview on MSNBC with Organic Pastures Mark McAfee. Mark McAfee has operated the largest raw, organic, grass-fed dairy in the nation for 10 years, and has never had a pathogenic issue during that span of time. Thousands and thousands of willing and satisfied customers have supported his business and provided their families with wholesome, clean food because Mark cares about delivering a safe and nutritious product to his customers.

If you would like to take action and do something about this situation, please check out the following links:

Real Food Rights

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund
Farmageddon – director/producer Kristy Canty is a sustainable farm advocate and a mother who wants to make a difference in the future of sustainable family farms

Send your letters of complaints to these entities, a list complied on Sandrine Hahn’s Nourishing Our Children Facebook page.
Join the social media revolt over the government raids and make your voice heard!
Government data proves raw milk is safe – The Healthy Home Economist
Why our family chooses raw over pasteurized milk – Agriculture Society

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Why Our Family Chooses Raw Over Pasteurized Milk

If you are still wondering about raw milk, now’s the time to give it a try! It is one of the most complete, healthy foods you can consume and provides many critical nutrients we are missing in our modern diets.

Our family has been drinking it for 4 years and it’s been one of the best investments we’ve made in our health. For years, my husband had respiratory allergies and took medications. Before I knew about raw milk, I heard that dairy can cause a lot of allergies in many people, so I suggested he stop eating dairy. This was very hard for him and he wasn’t able to completely avoid it.

Then we discovered raw milk. I started ordering milk from Organic Pastures Dairy in 2007 before the laws changed and CA disallowed raw dairy to go beyond state borders. It was so fabulous and creamy, we were all impressed. My son had recently been told by a practitioner that he had an allergy to dairy as well. Both my husband and son did just fine with the milk and cream we were buying.

When CA laws changed and we could no longer order it, raw milk started to become available in our area – Boise, ID. Now I’m on the GAPS diet and I make kefir and yogurt weekly. It’s been instrumental in getting my health back on track, as I experienced some sort of a crash in the beginning of this year due to stress and depletion in my body, and started having severe anxiety and panic symptoms. I was not sleeping for nearly 3 months and I thought I was going to lose my mind.

I had been eating a very healthy, traditional diet for 6 years and have done many different detox strategies. But what I found out was that I had not fully addressed healing my digestive tract and detoxification. Plus, I’ll never underestimate the power of stress to destroy health again, as the financial stress our family has been under for the last 2 years has been oppressive and stifling. I was desperate and tried many different things to end my anxiety episodes, but what worked the best was to eliminate most of my supplements, eat a nutrient-dense diet, and go on the Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride’s GAPS protocol, which includes regular consumption of cultured dairy products if they are tolerated in the beginning, and adding more in as digestion heals.

What’s the difference between pasteurized and raw milk?

A lot.  Most pasteurized milk comes from cows in confinement operations (including a great deal of “organic” dairies), where they cannot graze on green pastures and stand around in their own excrement all day. Those cows sole purpose in life is to produce milk, and lots of it. Cattle are administered a lot of cheap feed like grain, soy, and corn which are not their natural diet and create an acidic environment in their digestive tracts, which is capable of producing pathogenic strains of bacteria such as E. coli. Cattle are also given preventative doses of antibiotics to counteract these conditions. Some dairies administer hormones (rBGH) to artificially increase the milk production of lactating cows.

Clean, healthy, raw milk comes from happy cows grazing on green grass, without hormones, antibiotics, exposure to pesticides, grain or other artificial feed, and spend time roaming and moving around in the sunshine.

What if I am allergic to dairy or have lactose intolerance?

There are far fewer “lactose intolerant” people than the medical establishment would have us believe. You may be reacting to the casein in milk, which can cause digestive symptoms and other issues. When milk is pasteurized, the fragile enzymes and proteins that are necessary for digestion are destroyed. You may also have a compromised digestive tract from eating a lot of processed foods, which makes digesting most foods properly difficult (which is the case for many people). In any case, you won’t know until you try it to find out. Everyone in our family was either diagnosed as “dairy intolerant” or had noticeable issues to pasteurized dairy when we were consuming it. Those issues all went away when we started drinking raw milk.

I don’t like milk or drink it. Why would I want to start drinking raw milk?

You might change your mind if you had clean, healthy raw milk from cows grazing on green pastures.  But, if you try it and still find you don’t care for it, put it in a smoothie with some fruit, a bit of raw honey, a raw egg yolk, coconut oil, and an avocado and you’ll have a nutrient-dense, delicious, “fast food” breakfast that will blow any breakfast you’ve eaten out of the water. You can also make yogurt, kefir, sour cream, buttermilk, cream cheese, and many other dairy foods that are delicious and healthy.

Watch this informative video interview with Mark McAfee from Organic Pastures Dairy in Fresno, CA. Mark’s dairy is the largest raw dairy in the country and they go the extra mile to make sure you are getting a fresh, clean, and wholesome product from healthy cows on organic green pasture. This interview was done last year, but it’s one of the most well-done and comprehensive videos on the subject.

Want more information about raw milk and the health benefits? Check out these posts:

The Truth About Raw Milk, Part I
The Truth About Raw Milk, Part II


I drink real milk, fresh, raw, local and full of fat- Nourished Kitchen

I don’t drink raw milk…but if you took it away from me, I’d be pissed – Kat’s Food Blog

Why we drink raw milk – Life As A Plate

Top ten reasons to drink raw milk – Cheeseslave

Three facts you should know about raw milk – Real Food Digest

Fresh milk: Part 1: Why raw milk is better than pasteurized – Health, Home, Happiness

My kids health depends on raw milk – Divine Health

Why drink raw milk?Dr. Joseph Mercola