Morgan the cow munches grass in front of admirers at a rally in support of Amish farmer Dan Allgyer, who is the target of a federal court action. For a short time, I thought there might be some opponents to raw milk at today’s rally in Washington to support Amish farmer Dan Allgyer. But alas, it was three people from PETA, the animal rights organization, including one dressed as a cow. No one volunteered to come assert opposition to raw milk.

So the rally included nearly 400 supporters of Allgyer, along with Morgan, a cow who was, of course, the center of attention. A close second was a table where supporters passed out samples of raw milk from about 30 gallons imported for the occasion, with the U.S. Capital in the background…along with signs that insistently warned, “Drink at your own risk.”

Among a half dozen speakers who railed against the FDA was Jonathan Emord, a Washington lawyer who specializes in representing individuals and business hit on by the the FDA. He may become involved in the Allgyer case, in which the FDA has sought a permanent injunction against the farmer for shipping raw milk to the food club outside Pennsylvania. Emord gave a pretty fiery speech for a lawyer.

“When a major pharmaceutical company commits fraud in a new drug application, or markets a drug that causes heart attacks and strokes in tens of thousands of people, far from stopping the company, the FDA stands in defense of it.

“But when a humble Amish farmer dares sell unpasteurized milk, the FDA gets down to business…FDA spent a year investigating Dan and entrapping him…They should be ashamed of themselves! This nation was built by yeoman farmers just like Dan Allgyer.”

Sally Fallon referred to the FDA bureaucrats as “the nondairy creamer people” who repeatedly communicate “the lie…that raw milk is inherently dangerous.” Mark McAfee, owner of Organic Pastures Dairy Co., criticized the FDA’s refusal to take account of potential benefits of raw milk.

I portrayed the current case against Allgyer as part of a broad-based offensive to deprive his food club members of important foods.  I encouraged food club members “to do more of what we are doing. More clubs. Larger clubs. More farmers. Expanding sales. Eventually, the FDA, and the Obama Justice Department, which is backing this entire adventure, will have to decide whether to more seriously confront their own people over their food choices.”

One disturbing new twist to the entire case that Emord, the lawyer, pointed out to me is that the FDA has, as part of its case, sought to make Allgyer pay for the undercover investigation against the food club. That, said Emort, could be $100,000 to $150,000 or more. “This is especially mean spirited,” he said.

Congratulations to Liz Reitzig and Karine Bouis-Towe, who organized the rally for the food club…and to Morgan, for attracting as many as a dozen media people to cover it. ?


You don’t think the government was taking note of today’s demonstration? It has one of its law firm affiliates publish an article from the U.S. Centers for Disease Contol about raw milk “myths,” and the firm publishes this assessment of data regarding illnesses from raw dairy.