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So why don’t folks just cooperate with the food police? — a case in point

Some sobering reflections from a recent post on David E. Gumpert’s “The Complete Patient” blog:

“Warren Burgess has a difficult decision to make.

Burgess is a partner in Traditional Foods Minnesota , which was raided by state agriculture authorities in mid-June, and has been shuttered since. Its crime, like that of Rawesome Foods in Venice, CA, and Manna Storehouse in 2008, seems to be that it makes nutrient-dense food available to a private membership.

Basically, Burgess’ decision is this: Does he cool his heels indefinitely while local licensing officials jerk him around, or does he do what Aajonus Vonderplanitz, a founder of Rawesome, did in California, and defy the ordered shutdown by independently re-opening

Until now, Burgess has taken the approach of being super cooperative with the authorities. He says the half-dozen agents who appeared at the club’s warehouse from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, accompanied by a local cop, didn’t have a search warrant. Nearly all the food is locally produced by small producers, and not available via commercial outlets–things like home-made kombucha and pickled quail eggs. Continue reading


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