[VIDEO] ~ "Raw Foods Raid - The Fight For the Right To Eat What You Want"

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Reasoning, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. Reasoning

    Reasoning Active Member

    Apr 15, 2010
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    This summer armed government agents raided Rawesome Foods, a Venice, California health food co-op. What were the agents after? Unpasteurized milk, it turns out.

    Raw milk raids are happening all over the United States. The Food and Drug Administration warns that raw milk consumption can cause health problems, but a growing community of raw foods enthusiasts are ignoring government recommendations and claiming that they are getting tastier, more nutritious food by going raw.

    Reason.tv visited Rawesome to examine the circumstances of the raid and discovered that this particular raw foods case stretches across county lines and involves at least five separate government agencies, despite the fact that not a single member of Rawesome has complained or been harmed by the raw foods. In fact, members have to sign a contract stating that they understand and accept the risks of consuming raw foods before they are allowed to step inside.

    If members of a private club sign a waiver stating that they want to drink a certain type of milk, why is the government getting involved? As Jarel Winterhawk, a manager at Rawesome, puts it, "This is America. How are you going to tell me what I can and cannot eat?"

    Though no charges have yet resulted from the raid, Rawesome is threated with shutdown due to the involvement of yet another government agency, Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, and the club's raw goat milk supplier, Healthy Family Farms, has had its dairy license suspended.

    "Raw Foods Raid" is written and produced by Zach Weissmueller. Camera by Alex Manning and Weissmueller. Senior Producer is Ted Balaker. Music by Jami Sieber, Five Star Fall, and Kammen and Swan (Magnatune Records).

  2. Mr. Peepers

    Mr. Peepers Senior Member

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    Big agra is responsible for 90% of food safety legislation in this country and they stack the regulatory agencies with corporate cronies. This is why the beef industry doesn't have to (and will not unless absolutely necessary) publically recall tainted meat and do not have to tell you what store they shipped it to. This is why Monsanto is trying to outlaw organic small farms and farmer's markets and why they are trying to buy up all seed stocks in order to make farmers dependent (their seeds are genetically modified to self-destruct and you have to buy a whole new stock next year instead of saving from the previous crop and re-planting - more $$$ for Monsanto and even more hardship for farmers). If a corporation doesn't have a way to make money from it, they don't want you doing it. Milk is a commodity, and they certainly don't want to lose control by having small farmers create a new market without them.
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