The food police have increased the heat on private providers of nutrient-dense foods, raiding and shutting down Rawesome Foods, a Venice, CA, buying club run by raw-food advocate Aajonus Vonderplanitz.
In addition, the authorities have gone after a nearby goat dairy Vonderplanitz has a herdshare arrangement with–one they raided a year-and-a-half ago, run by Sharon Palmer.
Vonderplanitz is a celebrity of sorts in the emerging raw-food movement, which encourages consumption of not only raw dairy, but raw meat, fish, and vegetables as a means of ensuring good health and countering disease. He travels the world running workshops on the raw food diet, and is understood to have been out of the country yesterday when the raid was conducted by a collection of agents; he reported to several associates Friday afternoon that the raiding party included agents from the Los Angeles Police, city and county health departments, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Involvement of the FBI in a food buying club assault would be a first.
The raiding party confiscated dairy products and honey. By Friday afternoon, he had ordered his staff to open the buying club, and ignore the red tag placed on the property to signify its shutdown.
Most immediately, the legal reason behind the shutdown was the absence of a permit from the Los Angeles Department of Public Health to operate the buying club, according to the text of the shutdown order reproduced on a Yelp.com site.
It’s difficult not to think that the raid on Vonderplanitz’s buying club isn’t an intensification of the pressure on private food groups nationally, including the case against Max Kane in Wisconsin, the four buying clubs in Massachusetts, and more recently the shutdown of the Traditional Foods Warehouse in Minneapolis.
Vonderplanitz is one of the earliest supporters of raw milk, having fought crackdowns in California during the 1980s in Los Angeles. He was an early investor in Organic Pastures Dairy Co., and has provided legal and research documents supporting raw milk to farmers fighting regulators in various parts of the country. He says he used a raw diet to help him recover from terminal cancer when he was in his 20s. Max Kane credits the Vonderplanitz diet with helping him recover from Crohn’s disease.?
If they will crack down on Mercola as well you won’t believe the firestorm that will erupt.
Agree with them or not, Vonderplanitz and Mercola have a HUGE following, and concurrent crackdowns in a close timeframe might be the best thing that could happen to benefit nutritional choice.
Bob BUBBABOZO Hayles
Whatever Mr. Vonderplanitz is doing, he is obviously doing it right.
We have John "Jelly Belly" Sheehan from the FDA and Tom "Tub O’ Lard" Vilsack from USDA telling everyone what they should eat. Then we see Mark McAfee and Aajonus Vonderplanitz, two of the studliest men in America, telling us what they eat to stay healthy. And surprise, surprise…their advice is different than what Jelly Belly and Tubby are recommending.
Gee, such contradictory advice. Whose recommendations should I follow?
There is a campaign against raw milk by the authorities, and it sure seems that tptb are trying real hard to create a problem here. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what is really going on….
I anxiously await the next creative story.
From an epidemiological point-of-view, it is odd that there are 24 illnesses among 43 households/herdshare members (using preliminary numbers reported). Nothing is impossible in biology, but coincidence seems pretty unlikely if the only thing these sick people have in common is being a member of the herdshare and drinking raw milk from that farm. Does the bowling league or the Elk Lodge in Boulder have a similar attack rate among their members? No…
Whats the FBI doing in my milk?
HMM Since the FBI was unable to find and gave up on the search for the missing $50 billion dollars that Bernie Madoff hid somewhere and now has turned their attention to fighting the real criminals in America those that dare to drink raw milk shall they be anymore successfull?
Will the FBI be involved in the future coming raw milk farm raids and surely there will be more.
Maybe the CIA and the National Guard will be called in to protect us raw milk fools from ingesting a bad germ since we have rejected the "good stuff" provided by the kings table via the CAFOs?
IS THIS INSANE OR IS IT NOT???
That comment about contradictory advice was awesome. Mind if I quote it elsewhere?