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Tyranny = Raw Milk Producers Being Arrested

11 Sep

Tyranny is all around us – including our food supply and our choice to use natural foods and medicines in our bodies.

Rawsome Foods – a private members-only (co-op) market in Venice, California, is home to place where local community members can purchase raw milk, cheese, yogurt, and kefir.  Apparently the federal government does not have enough to be worried about with the upcoming collapse of the economic system, they have to “protect” consumers from purchasing raw food products that humans have consumed for thousands of years.

The owner, James Stewart, along with two others (Sharon Palmer (of Healthy Family Farms), and Victoria Bloch (local L.A. co-chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation)), were taken away in handcuffs. “The raid was carried out by gun carrying officers of the LA County Sheriff’s Office, the FDA, the Dept. of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control“.

The charge?  Conspiracy to sell unpasteurized milk products.  

THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A SECOND.

First of all, it cannot be a conspiracy if it is a private group of knowing citizens deciding for themselves to purchase and consume these products.  Secondly, I cannot believe that our tax-payer money goes towards arresting innocent people who are actually doing good things for their local communities and economies.

I have consumed raw milk (both cow and goat) for over 4 years, and know for a fact that it is actually healthier and more beneficial to our bodies than pasteurized milk.  It really doesn’t matter what I think though, because each of us should have the right to CHOOSE FOR OURSELVES – that is what liberty is – and that is why the government should get its nose out of our choice to consume raw milk.

RESOURCES:

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/omkara/2011/aug/6/rawsome-foods-raided-sad-day-america/

http://www.foodrenegade.com/rawsome-foods-raided-again-by-swat/


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/03/rawsome-raid-_n_917540.html

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Does Anyone Really Think that Banning Bad Food Creates Health?

11 Apr

Really?

A Chicago school banned home-lunches because the school’s choices are healthier. It is a crime that we even call most of the food that we eat “food”, however, who is to judge? The principal of the school? I think not.

 

It is up to the parents and the students WHAT THEY PUT INTO THEIR BODIES. Healthy or not – it is their individual responsibility and personal choice and natural-born right. Let them consume what they want for their lunches. Let’s ponder the things that we have banned and the effect of the ban…

1.) Alcohol = Prohibition = The Mob (at leas an increase thereof)

2.) Marijuana = Drug War on the Border = Dangerous Drug Lords and Crimes

Both of these ALSO created a black market – do we think that food will be any different? If we really wanted make our kids and students healthier, we would work on supply-based solutions (e.g. providing nutritious, truly “natural” and organic produce, meats, and other treats). Food with nutrients would be a great place to create a positive difference – let the free market help to satisfy this need. There are plenty of farmers and producers (including the upcoming “urban farmers”) who would like to help satisfy this demand for our nation’s kids and students. Our unhealthy choices are a social problem – and it will take something much different than a ban on twinkies to make a difference.

We Americans are stubborn and resilient – people have to change themselves, and it all starts with education and knowledge. Not banning lunches packed at home.

Farm-Grown Vegetables?

11 Mar

I just heard that Campbell’s soup uses farm-grown ingredients.

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This was a huge relief since I had thought that the vegetables were grown using some other method. Of course, with the advent of genetically-modified foods, I suppose that my fear is warranted and may well be on its way anyway.

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However, please note, that “fresh and farm-grown ingredients” are and have been a part of nutrition for thousands of years. And are not a new phenomena. If fresh and farm-ground is what you really want – don’t watch a commercial – go and find your farmer. And look into growing your own food – it is possible, less expensive, a true stance of freedom, and healthier.

RAW MILK – Let ME Decide What Is Dangerous or Not

30 Jan

In Minnesota, several lawmakers are trying to make it easier to purchase raw or unpasteurized milk (yay for representatives making laws to re-create a free market).  Big Dairy (large conglomerates of the food machine that seeks to not allow people to make free choices about what they eat or do not eat) is apparently fighting this.

Believe it or not, modern pasteurization as a process is relatively new in the scheme of human existence (late 1800’s).  That means that for THOUSANDS of years people were consuming raw milk.  Hmmm…

So, if I decide that I like raw milk – I should be able to consume it.  Just like if I would like to consume chocolate, or beer, or lawn clippings for that matter.  I, being an independent and “free” American should be able to make choices about what I do or do not put into my body.  And, I don’t want anyone protecting me from that OR forcing me to be protected.  That is simply wrong.

I believe in the powers of raw milk because I have consumed it for over three years.  I am not afraid of it because I KNOW the people who produce it, that is the best type of check and balance one can have with food – KNOW WHO GREW IT, RAISED IT, OR MADE IT.  Simple.

So, in a perfect world (which I create in my head every morning), people would learn about what they are eating and government would stay out of the process.  Yes, some regulations are absolutely necessary, however, even with all of the protections we already have, there are slip-ups and mistakes and people who get sick and die.  That is a process of life, and we need to understand that – we are human.

And, as a human being exercising a free will to as I like with my body, brain, and soul – I can tell you that raw milk should be able to be bought and sold where we the people demand it.

Access to Local Food

26 Jun

In an AP article, a phenomena and trend which has been taking shape for quite awhile, is highlighted.

That trend is the limited access to food in rural areas (e.g. grocery stores), and the reason has to do with economics.  Smaller operations are generally more costly to run, and larger operations who can utilize the benefits of economies of scale to offer products and services for a lower price – will be able to attract more customers who are looking for cost-savings (especially if facing bad economic conditions).

Government proposals will include spending initiatives, and there are grants and other opportunities for these small grocery stores to try and stay in business.  What is truly sustainable, though, would be for consumers to change their purchasing patterns.  Because if the demand is not there, you cannot subsidize it – it will simply not work in a free market (and we are assuming that we are keeping the free market that we have).

So, if you are reading this and are a consumer and want to make a difference – find local farmers, ranchers, and producers to support, and be willing to spend some extra money to keep them in business.  If we keep our local guys open, and help their businesses to thrive, then eventually we will actually see local food prices decrease, and the wonder and beauty of economics in a free market can once again be realized.

It will take time, it is not easy, and we must all work together.  But it is possible.

– Tisha Casida

Raw Milk – Let the Consumer to Decide

28 Apr

– Tisha Casida

I have been involved with several raw milk producers, and for a period of time owned my own share of raw milk in Southern Colorado.  Because of the growing awareness about the potential benefits of raw milk consumption, there is another unfortunate issue that is coming up in the echelons of Congress and the FDA.

The issues are the following: regulation [21 CFR 1240.61(a)] and statute [42 USC 264(a)].

Regulation 21 CFR 1240.61(a) states “no person shall cause to be delivered into interstate commerce or shall sell, otherwise distribute, or hold for sale or other distribution after shipment in interstate commerce any milk or milk product in final package form for direct human consumption unless the product has been pasteurized.”

Statute 42 USC 264(a) states, “The Surgeon General, with the approval of the Secretary, is authorized to make and enforce such regulations as in his judgment are necessary to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases…from one state or possession into any other state or possession.”

These (in theory) are supposed to protect consumers from sickness and disease.  The problem is that the heavy hand of government, with such regulations, can stifle consumer choice and actually hurt the health of consumers who have experienced benefits (not to mention the effect on local economies).

At the end of the day, we need our free markets back, where consumers can make their own purchasing decisions – buyer beware.  I am an adult, and I would like the responsibility of deciding both what to purchase and to ingest.  In the case of raw milk, it has been tremendously beneficial to my health and well-being, and therefore, I want to be able to purchase this from local producers who I know and trust.

Be cognizant of what they are doing with your choices!

Another Reason to KNOW YOUR FARMER

14 Apr

More evidence is coming forward about the potential chemicals that can be found in our food.  First of all, it is the centralized food system and dangerous choices made by people, that has resulted in this action.  The USDA has rules and guidelines, and attempts to enforce them as best that they can, however it would be impossible (economically) for an inspection to occur on every piece of meat that hits store grocery shelves.

What to do?  Safety resides in knowing your farmer.  The customer does the inspecting.  Generally, small farmers have less need for dangerous chemicals and antibiotics (at least in large quantities).  Knowing who your farmer is and their farming practices is a sure bet to ensuring the quality of your beef and the health of those who will consume it.

Become responsible for your purchasing decisions.  As our good friend Paul Alhadef has said, “We need a consumption revolution”.  It is up to us to make better choices, support and purchase from local vendors, and take control of the decisions that affect our food.

Read the whole story HERE.

– Tisha Casida