From David E. Gumpert, on The Complete Patient blog:
Aajonus with owls. Click image for source.
“Food rights activist Aajonus Vonderplanitz died in Thailand yesterday, and the circumstances of his demise reflect the way he lived–colorful and shrouded in mystery and controversy.
The 66-year-old nutritionist was, in some ways, the father of the food rights movement, having fought, often nearly alone, on various fronts over the last 15 years–in Los Angeles, in Washington DC, and in states around the country for legalization of raw milk sales and the rights of farmers to sell nutrient-dense food privately. Continue reading
Here’s the message Rawsome foods co-founder Aajonus Vonderplanitz sent out to people on his email list recently in connection with the Hershberger trial. Presumably, this represents his own views on the case, and the issues around it:
“Hi, healthy-food lovers,
I am in Baraboo, Wisconsin immersed in a real-life satirical trial, droning with irony. The trial is the persecution of our dedicated and brave farmer Vernon Hershberger. This jury trial is about food-safety but the judge ruled that food-safety cannot be discussed in the trial. The charges are about contaminated RAW MILK but the judge ruled that raw milk cannot be discussed in the trial.
Governments do not want a true and factual hearing on raw milk in this Hershberger-case because their raw-milk junk-science would not hold to rational jurors minds. Thankfully, we have four very good attorneys representing Vernon that are working diligently for him/us in the midst of outrageous and incoherent courtroom injustices. Of the first 2 days of trial, I estimate that the judge has illogically ruled 65% for the irrational requests of the State and 35% for rational requests of Vernon. Fair trial? Continue reading
From David E. Gumpert, on the Complete Patient blog:
Is this really farmer Dan Allgyer? The photo filename implies it is. Click for source.
“The federal judge hearing the government case to prevent Amish farmer Daniel Allgyer from shipping raw milk to members of a Maryland food club has issued his first ruling, and initial thoughts on the case. Continue reading
David E. Gumpert on the Complete Patient blog,
Aajonus Vonderplanitz, speaking in Los Angeles in the autumn of 2010. Photo by Jennifer Sharpe, via The Complete Patient blog.
From an email from Aajonus Vonderplanitz to his supporters: “”On August 4, 2011, I attended the rally and court proceedings. About 80 people attended the protest/rally at the Los Angeles County courthouse regarding the Rawesome Club food-raid.
It was a good turnout but no one knew how to organize it or knew what to do to take advantage of the press exposure. About 5 TV networks were there to cover the story.
Approximately 25 people remained outside picketing and about 55 people inside. I offered the 4 network TV stations present my comments as President of Right To Choose Healthy Food, since I had built Rawesome. They began to move for taping but when I gave them my name, they refused to receive my comments. Who blacklisted me? Rawesome members or government-controlled media?” Continue reading
Latest thoughts from David E. Gumpert at the Complete Patient blog:
“What tends to get overlooked is that the media buy into the regulator shtick…hook, line, and sinker. For corroboration, all you have to do is look at two recent news stories—first, the case of Morningland Dairy, the Missouri raw cheese maker being singled out for the equivalent of State-sponsored torture by the Missouri Milk Board, and its overseer, the FDA…and second, the fate of S 510, the U.S. Senate bill designed to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration vast new powers over the food system.
Morningland Dairy’s only “crime” was selling cheese to Rawesome Food Club, the Los Angeles private food club that’s been targeted by The State apparatus because of its vendetta against the club’s co-founder, Aajonus Vonderplanitz. Plain and simple. Continue reading
So that’s why we’re suddenly getting massive traffic from searches for “Rawsome Raid”. From David E. Gumpert’s The Complete Patient blog:
Stephen Colbert. Photo via Photoshelter
“There was a very cute “report” on the Rawesome Food Club raid and raw milk on The Colbert Report. It’s a comedy show, so they had to make it sound funny–out-of-control government, chuckle-chuckle on the “Raw”–but the seriousness did come through when they showed the actual footage of the raiders with their guns drawn June 30. Hard to escape reality.
I’ll give David Acheson, the former head of food safety at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, credit for being the straight man in allowing himself to be interviewed, and skewered. Continue reading