Skip to comments.Feds sting Amish farmer selling raw milk locally
Posted on 04/29/2011 4:43:28 PM PDT by TigerClaws
A yearlong sting operation, including aliases, a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and surreptitious purchases from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, culminated in 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 product in question: unpasteurized milk.
Its a battle thats been going on behind the scenes for years, with natural foods advocates arguing that raw milk, as its also known, is healthier than the pasteurized product, while the Food and Drug Administration says raw milk can carry harmful bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria.
It is the FDAs position that raw milk should never be consumed, said Tamara N. Ward, spokeswoman for the FDA...
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It was the food of the gods. Even if it did taste like spring onions. I am talking about my grandparents. And they made butter and cottage cheese, hung in a cloth bag on the clothesline that dripped; the Old Tom Cat always sat beneath licking up the puddles.
and the cream rising to the top of your glass -— heaven!
My mother, for a while, insisted on drinking raw milk. That lasted maybe 2 or 3 years.
Personally, I would never choose to drink it. But I don’t see any reason why farmers who document regular veterinary testing for tuberculosis and other infectious diseases shouldn’t be able to sell the raw milk. There should probably be a warning label affixed, as well. People who want to drink it should be allowed to.
I worked at a producer of dry milk. I maintained the machines which rewet the powder, add emulsifiers and vitamins, hot-bed dry it into those little granules, and package it. I still have hundreds of pounds of dry milk, and the only way I could drink it is in a disaster emergency. It’s awful. I always found it odd that they dehydrate the milk powder base in California, then ship that by rail and truck all the way to Wisconsin, just to rewet it and dry it back down all over again?
It's a very, very goofy country, stood on it's head.
To this day I crave raw milk like crazy. Used to drink two gallons a day of it when I was a growing boy. It was no problem because Mitsy and Millie (my uncle's milk cows) kept the family swimming in 20 gallons a day. There was never a shortage of milk, even with 12 kids, adults and ranch hands to feed. And you didn't have to worry about the kids overdosing on vitamin D.
Is meat and poultry to be banned next? Quite frankly, it wouldn't surprise me.
The government has no damned business stopping food commerce between consenting adults, for the love of pete.
As can the air, water, and soil. So are we to stop breathing, swimming, and planting gardens?
Now that you mention it ... holy cow!!
Is this one of the important pieces of business that was suffering because the Birth Cert issue was distracting Obama?
The Liberal Messiah won’t go after terrorists, but He’ll protect us from those scary Amish farmers.
This thread has made me pour 2 ounces of whipping cream into my glass of milk. Oh, the mustache THAT makes! :)
Someone tied it all together, figuring out that there is a philosophy behind what the FDA is doing. It is best described as a neurotic fear of anyone consuming any form of living cells: plant, animal, or microbial.
They are strong proponents of food irradiation, pasteurization, toxic antimicrobial chemicals, preservatives and additives, and any other means to prevent or discourage the consumption of living cells of any kind.
Importantly, do not try to figure out a logical or scientific rationale to a neurotic phobia, because there is none, or it is based on reckless extrapolation of a real threat. Nor will statistics or common sense prevail over those with irrational fear.
Someone biting into a washed, but otherwise freshly picked ripe apple off a tree, will make such people hysterical and faint, because of the potential horrific diseases they imagine might be contained in a living apple. Instead, they promulgate rules so that such apples must be pressure cooked until mush, then treated with harsh chemicals to keep them from being tainted by bacteria in the air before they can be consumed.
Raw milk? Nuke it from space. It’s the only way to be sure.
I wish that the only mentally ill, neurotic and insane people in our government were limited to just this, but I’m afraid that the truth is that it is widespread. Several phobias and neuroses have their own federal agencies, solely to exercise and justify their malfunctions.
Sorry, I had to work on your sentence a bit. The people buying this man's milk know what they are getting and why. The government ought to stay out of it.
If customers want documentation and warnings, the market will take care of it. What a concept!
If you garden, tomato plants being set out love some dry milk in the soil. IIRC, it is the potassium.
Free people should be able to choose their own milk provider.
Apparently, when it comes to milk, our freedom is denied. The fed shall decide what is best for us.
Time to sting the feds with a humongous budget cut.
***I drank it as a kid. I thought it was nasty.****
You aught to try raw milk when the cow has been eating wild onions!
*** I am old enough to remember when we had to shake our milk to get the cream back in it before drinking it or skimming the cream off ourselves. Not to worry now, we dont have to shake it now, everything is already been skimmed.***
Most regular milk has not been skimmed, but homogonized to break up the cream fats and blend with the milk, then pasturized.
I still remember skimming raw Jersy cow milk with about two to three inches of cream per gallon to make home made butter.
Jersy milk beats Holstein milk by a mile!
I did that years ago. The dogs dug up my tomato plants and ate all the dirt mixed with milk. Thanks for the tip though. I had a white german shepherd years ago who used to eat all the ripe tomatoes off our plants. The next year we would have tomato plants growing all over the yards, gardens, fields, etc.....Obviously tomato seeds can survive the canine digestive system. As a matter of fact, those did better than the ones I planted. The dog was like Johnny Crapple-Seed.