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“Rawesome” Raw Milk Farm Raided…Again

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Rawesome Foods Co-Op

It has been reported this morning (August 3rd, 2011), that raw milk farm “Rawesome” in Venice, California has been raided once again by members of the SWAT team. With guns drawn, two of the owners arrested, and over $10,000 worth of raw milk dumped out, the freedoms of Americans are diminishing. There is, however, something we can do about it.

Rawesome Raid – Based on Public Health?

The excuse given for these absurd raids (that honestly casts embarrassment over the police force) is that raw milk is a health threat that causes listeria, e. coli disease and death. This certainly can be true for raw milk — but only if you are drinking raw milk from animals that are being raised in inhumane and poor conditions.

The actual excuse for the arrests and the raids have not yet been officially stated. Stay tuned for that news.

Clean, fresh raw milk from grass fed, free ranging animals, however, does not need to be pasteurized. Milk you purchase from a traditional grocery store does require pasteurization, as the farmers who raise these cows raise them in poor, dirty and sanitation conditions. Pasteurization is the answer for man’s dirty mistakes! Nature does not need to be cleaned, and man does not know more than nature.

Raw Milk Proven Safer than Other Commonly Sold Foods

Recent data from researcher Dr. Ted Beals, M.D., shows that between 1999 through 2010 illnesses resulting in raw milk consumption totaled to around 462, which is about 42 illnesses per year. Out of the 47.8 million food borne illnesses each year from foods such as raw meat (which is readily available at every grocery store), peanut butter and spinach, it is very curious as to why raw milk is targeted so violently.

Up to 2011, it is estimated that close to 10 million individuals drink raw milk as its popularity rises. More and more individuals are starting to realize and wake up to the fact that are rights as citizens, when it comes to what we consume or inject in our bodies, are slowly being taken away.

We are supposed to be free. We are supposed to be able to make informed decisions on our health. With the majority of the population overweight, diabetic and prediabetic, shouldn’t we focus more attention on the foods that are actually threatening the health of the American population? Shouldn’t we be performing raids on sugary cereals that surpress immune function and accelerate cancer growth, learning disorders and blood sugar instability?

Read Natural News’ article on the illegal actions of the SWAT members and the raid.

If you are living near Venice, CA, you can join in RIGHT NOW on the protest. See details over at Weston A. Price’s Facebook page OR Cheeselave.

For now, this is The Healthy Advocate.

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34 thoughts on ““Rawesome” Raw Milk Farm Raided…Again

  1. This is an important issue, may you be rewarded for blogging about it. Many of us need raw foods to repair and restore our health. To be denied the right to form private contracts with local farmers is just plain wrong.

  2. craziness! what do we need to do to stand up and make our voices heard that we want the freedom to choose what food we eat. It is not the government’s business. Spinach made people sick yet no one raids spinach farms…oh wait! That is Big Brother spinach so that is ok!

  3. Thanks for putting this together so quickly. It is a testament to the drive and determination of organizations and individuals who are just plain FED UP with this constant bullying from our government.

  4. This makes my blood boil. I simultaneously want to fight back with pickaxes and crowbars, and go hide in a cave somewhere hoping they won’t get me or my food. I am so disgusted.

  5. Great post! This is supposed to be a free country. These are not terrorists, violent criminals, or otherwise. They are private citizens conducting private transactions to access healthy food. That a SWAT team would be involved in any way makes me sick to my stomach.

  6. Thank you for posting this. These raids make me SO ANGRY. Hopefully we can spread the word far and wide and elicit a change in our country!

  7. Thank you so much for your post. We are trying to keep up with the latest updates on this- it’s just horrible. Everyone has a right to choose the food THEY want, no matter what it is. This is just about politics, money and corporate greed. We’re disgusted!!

  8. Boy does this make me hot under the collar. Raw milk is not even illegal in CA so what do these gestapo think they are doing. Arresting people for simply selling a legal, yet controversial product is insane. Are they arresting the local grocery store owner, there are thousands of products in their store that are known to be dangerous. Arresting people for simply associating with the store owner is criminal.

  9. Indefensible tactics! Lets all be determined to continue to vote for real food with our dollars–which is what this is actually all about. No one’s health is in jeopardy.

  10. Seems to me the political force here is backed by large dairy dollars and no true concern for public well being. Our communities at large are beginning to wake up to fear-mongering and realize what is the true motivation behind these tactics – the all mighty green-back. I think the people of California should make rally and demand their freedoms be returned.

    I proudly drink raw milk and sell it to my community. We are all thriving.

  11. Insanity. Please, contact the LA District’s Attorney’s office and protest. It’s interesting, isn’t it, that a food raid would be conducted by the elected officials and NOT the actual FDA of the state? The CAFDA has passed the buck and said they are not involved and will not comment on the whole shebang – instructing callers to contact the LADA’s office. Of course, that number is busy.

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  12. We can’t let this happen. I hope many many people rally to defend everyone’s rights. If I lived in CA, I’d be there in a heartbeat! Thank you to everyone who is helping to protect our freedoms.

  13. Outrageous! It is unbelievable that the government is allowed to get away with treating private citizens worse than drug dealers over MILK! This has to stop!

  14. In a capitalistic society I have the right for free commerce. I am a buyer and they supply. I can go down the street and purchase products that will KILL me from trans fats to sugar however the Government thinks they have a right to RAID wholesome food products. Welcome to corruption at its peak. We need to bond together and once again fight for our FREEDOM TO CHOICE!
    You have my support!

    St. Pete FL

  15. It’s insane. I’m not in CA but I certainly will be calling on this one! Thanks for taking the time to put this story together.

  16. The idea that nature would create foods that require being “altered” (like pasteurization) by humans in order to somehow be “better” for us is a hubris idea created by men who think their own intellect above the natural laws of science.

  17. I think we are getting to a point in history where we have to start making these tyrants pay for their acts. How much longer are we going to passively sit by while they commit genocide. These ATF/FBI/Federal agents have no idea what they are doing, but when their force is met with force, perhaps they will begin to realize that it’s just not worth it to crap on the Constitution!

  18. It’s ridiculous persecution and lack of government support that’s keeping safe and healthy alternatives like Raw Milk and organic vegetables’ price high and unobtainable for the regular person. We need to find a way to make people listen that harmful, filthy practices are not supposed to be the status quo! Seeing reports like this and things like the documentary Farmageddon make you realize how ridiculous it is that Raw Milk and other products get treated like an illegal drug trade.

  19. I do hope there is a protest rallying outside of Rawesome, it needs all the main stream media attention it can get right now. I am hoping for more information as the day goes on to hear whether this is just a tactical political strike and what the grounds for the arrest were.

  20. As much as I am wanting people to have access to health food… I’m am also wishing to not jump to conclusions until I hear from multiple sides on this issue, remain impartial, be unbiased, not make assumptions…
    My research to get to the story behind the story found the below interview with the owner.
    Based on the owners (James Stewart) own words from he interview would you say he tend to operates Rawsome more like A or B?
    A) He prefers to work with local authorities the best he can within the current guidelines of the present laws or
    B) He has a casual laissez-faire attitude and thinks he and his “private membership organization” can do as they please?
    Here is a an interview of James Stewart (, “my idea of a private membership organization” (min 3:44) “July of 2005, and that’s when I created my idea for a private membership organization. Which ment IN MY MIND [sic] (does not sound very legal to me!) that, they have no right and no juristriction to control us because I was not serving the public. The health department jury juristriction is to serve and protect the public” Fine I have no problem with that, enjoy yourself, protect the public, this is not the public. These are people who have decided that they don’t need your authorization and power in order to do something. So Their going to come in here they are going to take their health into thier own hand privately contract with each other. Were not allowing anyone who a member of the public onto the property. Presented this to them in the mail sent them letter saying we have no intention of coming to your hearing. Have a nice day. For 5 years we were left alone.”(by government)

  21. “Nature does not need to be cleaned, and man does not know more than nature.” I have to take issue with this claim, as a quick counter-example would we then be okay with eating raw chicken? You may say it’s not the same, and perhaps it isn’t, but at the least it shows that nature does sometimes need to be cleaned *shrug*

    Also something seems left out of this article… is there an original source beyond naturalnews?

    1. I actually do know of people in the raw food movement who do eat raw chicken. I don’t, only because the texture of it would be very gross. Thanks for the comment!

  22. They are getting them on the lack of permits. I equate this to the way the US government took down Capone: not on his heinous illegal acts, but for tax evasion. Now, I’m not equating the two, just noting that the government really wants its money for taxes and permits, and they’ll send in armed forces to ensure they get their money.

    We need tax reform along with reinstating our freedoms. Sheesh!


  24. The movie Soylent Green back in 1973 was based on a dystopian future: Wiki defines dystopian: is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian, as characterized in books like Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four. Dystopian societies feature different kinds of repressive social control systems, various forms of active and passive coercion. Ideas and works about dystopian societies often explore the concept of humans abusing technology and humans individually and collectively coping, or not being able to properly cope with technology that has progressed far more rapidly than humanity’s spiritual evolution. Dystopian societies are often imagined as police states, with unlimited power over the citizens.

    Folks we have to take back our freedom and remember at election time to demand our freedoms be restored not taken away by egocentric policy makers and big corporations or big pharma, and most of all that our civil liberties not be infringed on by those who chose to become police officers whose duty it is – is to protect us, not enslave us and usurp their mandates.

  25. It seems to me that for years raw milk has been targeted and there is only one reason, it is because the milk industry does not want raw to get its just
    reward as a very healthy alternative to the toxic garbage that is in the grocery stores. They will keep doing it until they can’t. They have a lot of money behind
    them and they feel if they hurt the raw milk industry financially by destroying
    their inventory they may stop making the good milk and people will use the
    poor quality milk. Sad that this country is built on money without quality and
    they try to keep the public ignorant to the evil doings of big business.

  26. Apply for judicial review of the police procedures. Get an honest judge and it may not be able to happen again. 10 m people can’t be wrong. Fight corporatism.

  27. I’m sure if “the milk industry” could they would forgo getting permits and licenses making sure their facilities met basic health standards as well. Why the double-standard? If you’re going to sell to the public, meet health codes, don’t make yourself a media martyr when you get caught for not doing so. Get your act together and do your due diligence.

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