Amish raw milk dairyman Dan Allgyer shuts down his farm in the face of FDA harassment and a court injunction

From David E. Gumpert on the Complete Patient blog:

Pennsylvania Amish farmer Dan Allgyer has decided to shutter his farm, ending his ordeal with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Justice Department.

He made his decision after Judge Lawrence Stengler went along with the agencies, and imposed a permanent injunction on Allgyer last week for supplying the private Grassfed on the Hill food club with raw milk. I wasn’t able to reach Allgyer, but he told those who run the food club that the decision was a personal one, based in significant measure on the family stress created by the two years of federal government harassment, beginning in February 2010, when FDA agents sought to inspect his farm without a warrant.

Karine Bouis-Towe, who launched the club in 2006, said in a statement to members: “Dan and Rachel Allgyer have determined that they will discontinue service to our group and close down the farm. Dan has served many of us for more than six years and he is very saddened to have to make this decision but the stress and strain that his family has been under for the past few years due to the case and now the decision has given them no other choice.”

Club members reacted with understandable anguish in comments on the club’s listserve. It’s never easy being deprived of good healthy food, especially when you’ve become used to having it regularly, and the deprivation isn’t the result of war or pestilence, but rather the result of the devious intimidation tactics of your own supposedly representative government.

Exclaimed one: “NO! NO! NO! I am deeply anguished. I truly wish that those wicked people whose combined efforts led to this horrible outcome could have a share in our suffering.”

Said a second member: “This made me cry as I do drink the milk for medical reasons. If anyone finds another source please call me at the number below. Thank you.”

And a third: “I understand and am very sorry that this is happening. I have had such a great improvement in my delicate health from the nutritious products that Dan and his family have provided.”…”

Read it all on The Complete Patient blog.

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9 responses to “Amish raw milk dairyman Dan Allgyer shuts down his farm in the face of FDA harassment and a court injunction

  1. Carol {Baldy's wife}

    I wonder how many members of this co-op stood with Dan and got involved. From what I have followed they have done little to sacrifice themselves to the cause but will just move on to the next person as soon as they find one. People “YOU” have to “STAND UP” also. Until then your freedom will continue to erode.Maybe it is time you started to hear what Ron Paul is saying,your freedom is going down the tubes folks!

  2. If you were a co-op member where would you go from here?

  3. Carol {Baldy's wife}

    Joe, I am from Ontario and am unfamiliar with your system but here are some questions, Did all these members go to court, give money to Dan or even pay for a lawyer.Did the members continually talk with their Governor and local elected people to come to a resolution. Change takes letters and office meetings and yes working on the campaign trail to get those that do not listen out of office. Change can only happen if we come out from behind our Mothers skirt and be counted not just say we are angry and let me know if there is someone else has milk.
    Buy a cow or two deliver it to the farm and pay Dan to look after it and you can get your milk etc. For goodness sacks do not leave him and his family suffering all the loss for something you want.” Be the Change you want”

  4. Sib

    This is one of the saddest and most unjust things I’ve ever read. I live in Ontario and am very lucky to have access to raw milk (for now). I never take it for granted and if push comes to shove, it is WE who will have to be on the front lines to protect our farmers because it’s OUR food and their livelihood and the future of nutrient-dense food and the animals and the land that are being threatened. Anything that’s healthy or natural is now at stake. We can’t leave our farmers to fight on their own. Those days are gone. They need our support. I thought we lived in a democracy where people had the freedom to choose what they eat and drink. This is obviously not the case, and it’s so very wrong on every level. We are living in an absurd and surreal world — where governments and the laws dictate that farmers cannot give nutritious milk to fully informed people who go out of their way to seek this specific food. Milk laws across North America need to be changed. That’s the only way this issue will be solved in the long term. In the short term, we have to keep proving that raw milk from healthy grassfed cows on pasture is safe and nutritious, and we have to keep supporting our raw milk farmers through this regulatory and judicial nightmare. Governments are supposed to represent and work on behalf of the people who elected them, and protect them from tyrants. They’re not supposed to BE the tyrants. As Edward R. Murrow said: “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” Our freedoms are being devoured. We can no longer afford to be sheeple.

  5. Sib I do not know the details of government in Canada, but I thank God that I do not live in a democracy but rather a Constitutional Republic both at the Federal level and at the state level.

    It is always a mistake to give any more power over your life than necessary to anyone. Government is the most corrupt and dangerous entity that you will most likely encounter in your life.

    • “I do not live in a democracy but rather a Constitutional Republic…”

      Joe, I’m sure you can recite all the paper reasons that you feel there is a difference, but really, is there any practical difference? Either one can be taken over by corporate thieves, no?

      The Harper Government continually looks to the US for examples of ways to further entrench fascism in Canada, to the extent of hiring Carl Rove to teach him how to obtain absolute power with 6 out of 10 Canadians voting against him, al the while whining that Canadian environmentalists are backed by “foreign interests.”

  6. David William

    Mr. Allgyer should be able to have this overturned.
    It appears this case was heard in a UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT.
    That court lacks jurisdiction. This is fraud. Allgyer needs to move the case to the ‘district court of the United States’, which is legit, while the other is NOT. He must STAND FIRM on that. They did not have jurisdiction!

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