Twenty nine years ago I found myself on a remote West Coast island with an infant and no access to the soy milk which she required; a child of South Pacific origin, she did not have the enzymes for cows' milk. I was, however, fortunate to get access to free range goats who shared fields with the local deer. My daughter thrived on this raw milk. Sadly, summer ended and we returned to the city where my only access to goat milk was pasteurized. The reaction was horrific. First diaper rash, diarrhea, and we were back on soy again. I don't know what made the difference but I believe something was removed during the pasteurizing.
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.
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.
Ebrahim Rafatjah stands in the walk-in cooler full of unpasteurized dairy products. On the other side are Ziploc bags of raw chicken, beef and pork, many without expiration dates.
"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.
On one side are government regulators, who say they are enforcing rules designed to protect consumers from unsafe foods and to provide a level playing field for producers. On the other side are " healthy food" consumers ~ a faction of foodies who challenge government science and seek food in its most pure form.
Rawesome Foods members pick up groceries. The private club in Venice is an outlet for raw and unprocessed foods, including unpasteurized dairy products.
They want almonds cracked fresh from the shell, not those run through a federally mandated pasteurization process that uses either heat or a chemical to kill off salmonella and other possible contaminants. They hunger for meat slaughtered on the farm. And they're willing to pay a premium ~ $6, $8 or more ~ for a gallon of milk straight from the cow.
So despite research outlining the dangers of consuming raw milk and other unprocessed foods, they're finding ways to circumnavigate federal, state and local laws that seek to control what they can serve at the dinner table.
Such defiance, they said, comes from growing distrust of a food sector that has become more industrialized and consolidated ~ and whose products have been at the root of some of the country's deadliest food contamination cases.
"This is about control and profit, not our health," said Aajonus Vonderplanitz, co-founder of Rawesome Foods.
"How can we not have
the freedom to choose
what we eat?"
Scientists and regulators point to epidemiological evidence linking disease outbreaks to raw milk: The milk can transmit bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7, salmonella, campylobacter and listeria, which can result in diarrhea, kidney failure or death.
ABSOLUTE CONTROL OVER FOOD
By Devinder Sharma
September 20, 2010
Ever since I was a child I have been drinking milk bought directly from a small dairy in my neighbourhood. When I moved to New Delhi, for some months I managed to get my direct supply of milk from a neighbourhood supplier. But soon, the buffalo-keeper moved out his animals under pressure from builders. This was almost two decades back, and since then I am left with little option but to buy processed milk.
However, there are millions in India who can afford to avoid intake of processed milk and I think they are the lucky ones. I wish I could still buy my daily requirement of milk from the small neighbourhood dairies that dot the outskirts of New Delhi, and elsewhere.
I was therefore shocked when I viewed the accompanying video on YouTube.
Police raiding an organic grocery shop in California.
This is certainly outrageous. But this is a grim pointer to where the next battles would be fought. It is not water, as many people believe, but food that will be putting nations at war. You can clearly see, if you want to, where it is coming from. Multinational food giants have been slowly but steadily gaining control over food.
is the road to absolute power.
Lela Buttery, left, a Rawesome volunteer and professional biologist, checks in members and hands out legal waivers to sign.
The process of takeover of food simultaneously began on several fronts.
It began with Green Revolution in the late 1960s, which was essentially to provide controlled technology to increase farm production in developing countries.
This was followed with Structural Adjustment Programme that the World Bank/IMF pushed seeking policy changes through the 150-odd conditionality's that came with every loan.
To provide more teeth to the process, the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and the Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) have been brought in.
A Hobson's choice is a free choice in which only one option is offered. As a person may refuse to take that option, the choice is therefore between taking the option or not; "take it or leave it". The phrase is said to originate from Thomas Hobson (1544–1631), a livery stable owner at Cambridge, England. To rotate the use of his horses he offered customers the choice of either taking the horse in the stall nearest the door or taking none at all.
America is the country where civil liberties have been mortgaged to the multinationals.
People live in virtual tyranny. I am in complete agreement.
I can only feel sorry for fellow Americans.
But I can assure you the world outside is waiting to help you, to pull you out of the police rule.
Come, let us join hands.
Let us try to regain our control over what we eat.
LURKING IN OUR FOOD SUPPLY
These can stay in our environment years after they've been banned, such as DDT.
These are unnatural compounds.
MSG is a neurotoxic flavor enhancer that's hidden in many foods.
Gives baked goods and snacks longer shelf life but contains high levels of trans fat.
Unlike traditional breeding, genetic engineering can create life forms that would normally never exist in nature.
Artificial colors are chemical compounds made mainly from coal-tar; artificial flavors are cheaply produced chemical mixtures that mimic natural flavors.
Despite claims that these are "safe" food additives, remember they are not natural. For example, aspartame is made up of three chemicals.
50 percent less calcium in broccoli and carrots...
88 percent less iron in watercress...
45.09 percent less vitamin C in spinach...
51.5 percent less potassium in collard greens...
66 percent less iron in apples, oranges and apricots
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