Setbacks and Bizarre Turns in the Raw Milk Saga

Got raw milk? Increasingly that question
appears difficult to answer in the affirmative.

For fans of raw milk and those who, like me—a non-consumer of
either raw or pasteurized dairy milk—fight for food freedom in all
its forms, the past year or two have been notable for several
setbacks on the unpasteurized dairy front.

The FDA has increased pressure on
states to crack down on raw milk within their own borders. And the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently
stepped up its efforts
against raw milk after the agency
claimed its
recent analysis
“found that the incidence of dairy-associated
disease outbreaks caused by nonpasteurized dairy products was 150
times greater per unit consumed than that from pasteurized

Farmers and others across the country who provide raw milk to
consumers—from the Mid-Atlantic to the Midwest, the Northeast to
the West Coast—have been hauled into federal and state courts and
charged with illegally selling raw milk.

In one instance last year, Pennsylvania Amish farmer Dan
Allgyer, whose farm was raided by armed sheriffs, U.S. Marshals,
and FDA agents—something I
wrote about
last year—was forced by court order to stop
providing raw milk to consumers in Maryland and the District of

In another well-known instance, federal and state agents carried
out two
on the Rawesome cooperative in Venice, California. After
the latter raid, the owner of Rawesome, James Stewart, was jailed
and his bail set at more than $100,000.

(Article continues below video “Raw Foods Raid: The Fight
for the Right to Eat What You Want”)

While S.W.A.T.

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