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San Francisco Chronicle weighs in on the case of the FDA vs Pennsylvania Amish raw milk farmer Dan Allgyer

From Carolyn Lochhead, SF Chronicle Washington bureau:

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(05-22) 04:00 PDT Washington — Pennsylvania Amish farmer Dan Allgyer has become a cause celebre for raw milk drinkers as the target of a Food and Drug Administration campaign – using sting operations and guns-drawn raids usually reserved for terrorists and drug lords – to eliminate unpasteurized milk.

Such milk, also known as raw or fresh milk, is legal in California and considered essential to Europe’s finest cheeses, creams and butters.

But under the authority of a 1987 FDA regulation banning interstate commerce in raw milk, government agents have conducted a sting operation on a raw milk producer in Fresno, made three raids on a boutique goat cheese maker in Ventura County and descended with guns drawn on a raw milk buying club in Venice (Los Angeles County). Continue reading

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Rawsome raid conducted “by criminal elements of local, federal and state law enforcement”, says Mike Adams

Health Ranger Mike Adams of Natural News finally gives his considered critique of the raid on Rawsome Foods in Los Angeles, California:

Photo of Rawsome Foods sign in L.A. by Daniel Beaman via Flickr

“(NaturalNews) On June 30, 2010, a group of armed government agents from local, state, federal and even the Canadian government illegally trespassed on private property and raided Rawesome Foods, a private food buying club in Venice, California. With guns drawn, these agents tore through the property stealing computers, raw dairy products and honey, all while holding some of the volunteer workers hostage for several hours. When the agents finally left, they took with them thousands of dollars in private property as well as the surveillance footage of their armed rampage. Continue reading

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What’s with the unmarked helicopters and no insignias on the uniforms? — armed raid on school greenhouse

From a story by Tom Sharp for The New Mexican titled “Pot raid at school turns up tomatoes”:

Tomatoes were growing in the school greenhouse.

“….Patricia Pantano, education director of the Camino de Paz Montessori School and Farm in Cuarteles, between Española and Chimayó on N.M. 76, said the raid occurred Sept. 21 during the lunch hour.

“We were all as a group eating outside as we usually do, and this unmarked drab-green helicopter kept flying over and dropping lower,” she said. “Of course, the kids got all excited. They were telling me that they could see gun barrels outside the helicopter. I was telling them they were exaggerating.”

After 15 minutes, Pantano said, the helicopter left, then five minutes later a state police officer parked a van in the school’s driveway. Pantano said she asked the officer what was happening, but he only would say he was there as a law-enforcement representative. Continue reading

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