There was an interesting article in the Chicago Sun-Times over the weekend about the growing popularity of locally produced food. While there have been any number of such articles in recent months, this one made some important additional points that tend to be ignored by the mainstream media: namely, that people are seeking good food for the sake of good health, and that our government is aggressively fighting that notion.
The article concluded: “As the momentum builds among those looking for ways to grow closer to their families and their communities, and as more of the population turns its attention to prevention of disease and other chronic health woes, Weaver believes eating locally will grow ever more mainstream.
” ‘We don’t want to have to search out that food in extraordinary ways. We just want it to be available,’ she said. ‘We just want to be normal.'”
Yes, “normal” is a nice way to be, especially when it comes to availability of nutrient-dense foods. Convenience is the American way, after all.
In all the discussion about Rawesome, which has morphed into various tangential issues, such as outsourcing and even food safety, one fundamental reality is being overlooked: The shutdown of Rawesome involved dumping and stealing huge amounts of good food (in both the June 30, 2010, and August 3, 2011, raids) and is depriving people of real food they have come to value very highly. Food safety has not been an issue for Rawesome. There are no allegations by the authorities that anyone has become ill in at least six years Rawesome has operated from its current location.
I’m now hearing stories that Rawesome members are actually contacting suppliers of the food club, seeking to obtain favorite foods by ordering direct. I suppose that is a potential stop-gap solution, but it is only stop gap–the ultimate in inconvenience–and it doesn’t solve the fundamental problem of being able to regularly access the healthy foods of their choosing.
The problem is that people become highly dependent–shall we say addicted–to health-giving foods. That’s because good health is addictive. As Goatmaid put it in a comment following the previous post, “A good portion of my customers were ill, and are now better. I don’t particularly care whether my raw milk and other farm-raised foods actually cured them or acted as placebo.”
For government agencies to conspire to deprive people of important, difficult-to-obtain natural foods seems the utmost in cruelty. Indeed, federal and local agencies have treated the Rawesome case much as they do terrorist cases. They used documentation from their June 30, 2010, raid to call on suppliers of Rawesome, and suggest that supplying Rawesome is not a good idea.They shuttered Rawesome supplier Morningland Dairy in Missouri for the mere presence of listeria in several cheese samples, despite no illnesses.
If there are other issues among those involved in running Rawesome–the Los Angeles County D.A. has suggested money laundering and tax evasion–those issues should be handled with the individuals. The founder of Whole Foods was accused of securities law violations a few years back, yet you didn’t see Whole Foods being closed down. Cargill’s foods have killed people, yet not only is the company operating as normal, not even any officials are being accused of crimes.
I’m beginning to wonder: Is the cruelty of depriving your population of essential foods a war crime? If there were a real war going on, with guns firing, it could be. A United Nations panel has accused the Sri Lanka military of war crimes for denying food to civilians in a war zone.
We’re certainly edging closer to war here, as guns have been drawn in the war on Rawesome (see photo above). For now, the answer to government attacks on food distribution is to go underground, avoid fixed locations like the Rawesome outlet in Venice, CA. In the meantime, perhaps we should be gathering names for possible war crimes actions against those guilty of this basest of crimes–stealing the people’s food.