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John Stossel on Food Police and Rawesome Raid

John Stossel thinks the Rawesome Raid is an example of a government too big, too intrusive. Watch his Perspective and tell us, what do you think?

Kimberly Hartke is the publicist for Weston A. Price Foundation and the Campaign for Real Milk.

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  1. Although I certainly support everything Rawsome is about and I condemn the raid, I don’t agree with his right wing filter on the issue. I always find it interesting what strange bedfellows the left and right make when it comes to food regulation issues.

    • well, regardless of what side of the fence you sit on, we all have to eat, including  conservatives and conservatives are the ones that generally would like to keep the govt out of our business. It isn’t the conservatives  who want to dictate how much salt you can eat. it is not them who are forcing McDonalds  to get rid  of their toys in the kids meals or not allowing  parents to send a lunch with their kids to school.  It is called freedom- freedom to choose what and how and where and when we would like to eat and the left in Washington pretty much would like to take that freedom from you- see since the believe none of us are capable of making those decisions for ourselves

  2. I am so glad he did it, and I don’t care if he calls himself a conservative. He has a big audience, and while I don’t particularly like being called a nut, at least he supports our right to be left alone to eat the food we choose.

    I think this is an issue that trancends the so called liberal conservative struggle.

    If we are not able to eat and purchase the food our bodies need to function properly, we have lost everything, and are worse than slaves.

  3. It really is as much about corporate control and agri-bussiness interests as it is about “big government.” The government is merely doing the bidding of the milk processing monopolies, so that they can maintain their market share and control of milk prices.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again — The dairy industry is quite possibly the most corrupt sector in agriculture today. Follow the money, and you will know why the government does what it does.

  4. The issues of food safety and regulation are actually one of those very important issues that liberals and conservatives are coming together on. Why? Because it’s absolutely ludicrous that anyone would go to jail for selling unpasteurized milk or being told what they can and can’t consume. I have liberal friends and I have conservative friends, and whenever I tell any of them about this story and they have previously not heard about it, the answer has been a universal, “WHAAAATTT????”

    I think it’s a knee-jerk reaction to apply a conservative bent to this issue because it grapples with government control being a problem for our society (and I’m not a party-affiliated citizen). It’s a wonder people don’t see that this is an issue that will gravely affect every man, woman, and child if it is allowed to continue on in this manner.

  5. He’s absolutely right and this is not an isolated incident. They are always attacking natural foods or alternative medicines or natural supplements. The FDA is a completely corrupt agency that is little more than a government sponsored arm of corrupt big pharma and food nazis like Monsanto.

  6. I’m fine with being called a nut as long as I remain free to eat as I please. Considering most of the people who think I’m wrong to feed my family raw milk, milk I drink while pregnant, watch and respect Mr. Stossel I will take support where I can get it.

  7. Melissa Browning says:

    A Government big enough to give you everything you want is a Government big enough to take it all away! When the Government can regulate it and tax it you may have it. Until then we will waste taxpayer money on these raids instead of raiding maybe a meth lab. Don’t always agree with Stossel and his libertarian views but hats off to him for this.

  8. Raine, thank you for the common sense.This does effect every one of us. Nobody has the right to dictate what we eat, what we drink, what we choose to put in our bodies. It is a personal choice for each and every one of us.It is the most basic and fundamental of human rights. If we do not have freedom of choice over what we put into our own bodies, what freedom do we have?

  9. Interesting the way politics come into the arena… I don’t mind at all being called a nut but I do mind being placed under a specific political label and even more so I mind the systematic stripping of my personal liberties. I am a conservative. I am a liberal. Very much a libertarian too.
    Here’s a quote from my current read, “Shop Class as Soul Craft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work” by Matthew B. Crawford: “Standardized tests remove a teacher’s discretion in the curriculum; strict sentencing guidelines prevent a judge from judging. It seems to be our liberal political instincts that push us in this direction of centralizing authority; we distrust authority in the hands of individuals. With its reverence for neutral process, liberalism is, by design, a politics of irresponsibility.”
    When you hand over to an agency the authority that rightly belongs in the hands of individuals you end up with a nanny state such as we are experiencing with regard to our food freedoms (and more…).
    We have become an irresponsible and litigious nation, always wanting someone to take the blame rather than being someone who accepts their responsibility.
    So… how do we disengage the tentacles of an agency-turned-monster such as the FDA?
    I have written to my congressman and senators. I am now a constant disseminator of information. I have also become very careful of what I let my money say, meaning I support local agriculture and industry and am in the midst of a divorce with consumerism.
    Now I am shopping for fresh ideas and action points. Anyone have any?

  10. J.L. Moulton says:

    When did the US become a communist country? Were we sleeping when this happened? Is this a carry over from the Bush administration? This is positively INSANE!!! This is the U.S. of America – I can eat and DRINK whatever I chose – it’s none of the G. D. Government’s business!!! It’s ALL about government GREED and the U.S. dairy industry.
    THE GOVERNMENT WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO CONTROL THIS – If we have to drive in the middle of the night to hook-up with our source of raw dairy we will!

  11. Stanley, I agree with you entirely. Nobody has the right to tell an individual what they can put in their body, and I don’t think the line ends with food, but that’s another conversation.
    J.L., sadly I don’t think this is carryover from the Bush administration. That said I don’t think you can blame the president, whoever he is, for such an incident. It would seem more the responsibility of the commissioner of the FDA.
    In short though I think one of the greatest dangers facing this country at the moment is the stark dichotomy between political parties and apparent need for left/right affiliation. No political party is ever going to nail every issue straight across the board. There are 300,000,000 (three hundred million) people in this country and just about as many different ideas on how the country should be run. Unfortunately people vote more according to a party, whether they actually agree with it or not, because they were taught that way or have been doing it for so long, instead of actually taking a closer look at the issues being dealt with and formulating their own opinions on them.
    That and fear of being “politically incorrect” are running this country into the ground. DON’T BE AFRAID TO SPEAK YOUR MIND, EVEN IF IT MIGHT UPSET YOUR NEIGHBOR. People fought for your right to do so and it would be irresponsible for you to waive that right.

  12. The food police should go after Cargill, the company that just recalled 36 million pounds of factory farmed ground turkey.  One person has died and many more have salmonella poisoning.

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