Saturday, July 24, 2010

"Fairness" used as rationale for raid on buying club

Some people balk at restrictions on selling unprocessed milk and other foods. 'How can we not have the freedom to choose what we eat?' one says. Regulators say the rules exist for safety and fairness.

With no warning one weekday morning, investigators entered an organic grocery with a search warrant and ordered the hemp-clad workers to put down their buckets of mashed coconut cream and to step away from the nuts.

Then, guns drawn, four officers fanned out across Rawesome Foods in Venice. Skirting past the arugula and peering under crates of zucchini, they found the raid's target inside a walk-in refrigerator: unmarked jugs of raw milk.

"I still can't believe they took our yogurt," said Rawesome volunteer Sea J. Jones, a few days after the raid. "There's a medical marijuana shop a couple miles away, and they're raiding us because we're selling raw dairy products?"

Cartons of raw goat and cow milk and blocks of unpasteurized goat cheese were among the groceries seized in the June 30 raid by federal, state and local authorities — the latest salvo in the heated food fight over what people can put in their mouths.
full article at the LA Times

Officials have always used "public health" and "safety" as excuses for cracking down on raw food consumers. I think they've let the cat out of the bag on this one. It's all about protecting Big Ag. There is a chilling video at the link (embed is disabled) of cops with guns drawn searching for raw milk and other contraband. Gotta watch those hemp-clad people!

Added: The food fight continues to be in the news

2 comments:

Barry said...

Fairness.....this has me puzzled more or less that they could attempt to even use such a word

Charles said...

I guess it isn't fair to industrial food producers, who expect results when they blanket the legislature with lobbyists and $$$.