Amish Farmer arrested for peddling illegal milk...

amishfarmI really have no idea exactly how this story managed to slip past me for this long…

An Amish dairy company has been shut down for illegally selling unpasteurized milk.

After a year of deep investigation- including the use of fake identities in order to arrange for an illegal sale- a federal investigation into an illegal raw milk smuggling ring has been brought to an end.

A dramatic 5 a.m. raid on April 28th, 2011lead to the Federal Government  “… announcing this week that it has gone to court to stop Rainbow Acres Farm from selling its contraband to willing customers in the Washington area…” (The quote comes from The Washington Times. I used it because I felt it managed to suck the soul out of the idea of a Federal raid into a business in such a perfect way).

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In what seems to have been a totally underground war our Nation has declared on non-corporate foods, the Feds scored a big win by shutting down the biggest interstate transporter of raw milk in the Northeast.

“It is the FDA’s position that raw milk should never be consumed,” said Tamara N. Ward, spokeswoman for the FDA, whose investigators have been looking into Rainbow Acres for months, and who finally last week filed a 10-page complaint in federal court in Pennsylvania seeking an order to stop the farm from shipping across state lines any more raw milk or dairy products made from it.

Let’s do some good…

Raw-Milk-Outbreak(20)Everyone seems to be losing their minds over this story… So I figured I would do the same.

The right side of the aisle is in fits, screaming about how this is yet another example of an ever expansive government putting their jackboot across the neck of yet another innocent American citizen just trying to eek by in this sadistic game we call “LIFE”.

The Left side- tending to be more obsessed with organic non processed wares- is sickened that the government (being helmed by the an Administration that has come out again and again about making healthier and more natural food choices) seeming to be in the back pocket of Big Agricultural and Big Dairy all but killing the small farm’s ability to scrape by on the little it already was.

But neither side should be at all stunned to see this…

How can we get upset if the Government is seemingly being irrational by kicking in the doors of the Rainbow Acres Farm and stopping them from selling a natural product they grew in their yards following safety guidelines when we so willingly permit the Federal Government to do so regularly to marijuana growers and dispensaries in states (such as California and Colorado) that allow for the it to be grown and sold legally (never mind the rest of the whole “prohibition” argument for a nonlethal drug like marijuana yet I can go tell some quack with a fax machine about how I can’t sleep at night because of an old football injury to my back and score a fistful of Roxies to take the edge off…

But I tend to make a lot out of stories like this so what the hell do I know…

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