Recently, the fight for food freedom and local food control took the offensive in a public act of civil disobedience (see the video below). A brave group of “Raw Milk Freedom Riders” purchased raw milk, “illegally” caravanned it across state lines (interstate commerce), and distributed it in a “raw milk and cookies” rally—right on the front lawn of the FDA headquarters!
The FDA did nothing but watch, although police did secure the FDA building area. One of the ladies involved emailed me saying, “Although the FDA acknowleged our presence by issuing a statement saying they did not intend to arrest us, they did not address our main concern. They blatantly failed to mention the violence, force, and theft that they have perpetrated against our farmers, club operators, and their families under the guise of food safety.”
Bob Unruh of WorldNetDaily reported the irony:
The FDA’s statement said that the dangers from raw milk make it necessary for the agency to impose restrictions.
“…[T]he health risks are clear,” the statement said. “Since 1987, there have been 143 reported outbreaks of illness – some involving miscarriages, still births, kidney failure and deaths – associated with consumption of raw milk and raw milk products. . . .”
However, a report from the Weston A. Price Foundation revealed that from 1980 to 2005 there were 10 times more illnesses from pasteurized milk than from raw milk.
That’s the preferred process by the federal government.
In some cases, local governments have interposed to nullify federal food laws in their jurisdictions. In cases such as the Raw Milk Freedom Ride, average individuals are raising awareness, and courage, through civil disobedience.