Raw Milk Freedom Riders to Declare Food Independence in Chicago

Raw Milk Freedom Riders

Liz Reitzig, Mom of 5, Wants Raw Milk for her Children

Moms Become Milk Distributors for a Day, in Defense of Small Farms

by Kimberly Hartke

The only defense against unjust laws seems to be a good offense. Moms who prefer raw milk over the processed kind, have found themselves tangling with the federal government over what goes in their fridge, and in their child’s tummies. This year, the FDA has led a high priority operation, trying to rout out the private raw milk clubs, and cow share operations that have increased availability of this in-demand food stuff.

Raw dairy farmers are being threatened with Grand Juries, injunctions, shut downs, and are living in fear of the next wave of trouble. A group of fed-up moms, under the auspices of the newly formed Farm Food Freedom Coalition has decided it is time to take the law and break it. Tomorrow, December 8, 2011 from 11:30am-2:00pm in Chicago’s Independence Park, moms acting as agents and distributors for other families, will be having a raw milk and cookies party. This event will take place after the moms transgress the Federal law 21 CFR § 1240.61 which bans interstate transport of raw milk for human consumption.


Moms and their Children Reclaim their Rights at Raw Milk Freedom Ride in DC

Max Kane, a raw milk activist in Wisconsin is an organizer of the event, and says he expects around 200 participants in the civil disobedience act. Liz Reitzig, a Maryland activist and mom of 5, whose farmer is facing a federal injunction, is also a key organizer of the Raw Milk Freedom Riders. Speakers at the rally will be Michael Badnarik, author of The Good King–The Foundation of our Constitutional Freedom, David Gumpert, author of The Raw Milk Revolution–Behind Americ a’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights, Kathryn Pirtle, author of Performance without Pain, Jim Marlowe, nutritionist, and farmer, Michael Schmidt, a Canadian raw milk freedom fighter. Sheriff Brad Rogers of Indiana, who is on the Board of the County Sheriff’s Project has also been invited to speak.

Many raw milk drinkers may have qualms about risking arrest to defend food choice. It may actually be the best and quickest way to get such laws repealed. Author Richard Walbaum contacted me yesterday. He is a legal researcher and his new book called, The LAWFUL Remedy to Tyranny–How You Lost Your Rights, and How You Can Get Them Back, addresses this issue. He has developed a  new legal theory and wants to apply it to the raw milk issue.

Recently he blogged about his theory, saying citizens waiving the protection of the government is one strategy that can be used to address unjust laws.

He opines:

” We can contract with a milk producer by waiving government’s protection. If we contract with a farmer to buy his raw milk, there is no consideration of public safety, and the state cannot prohibit such use.”

“In asserting the right, I would not want to put a dairy at risk, so in a state that prohibits the sale of raw milk, I would have a farmer with a cow that knows how to produce, transport, and store raw milk safely, provide raw milk and bring it to the farmers market or town square, and sell cups of it to the community for, say, 50 cents a cup. Each person must first sign a contract with the farmer to waive his right to the protection of government thereby removing the police power, and any remedy for harm done from the milk will be by natural law, which being the law of cause and effect will provide its own remedy in its own time. The event would be publicized. The idea here is: We are breaking the law; what are you going to do about it? We want to set a precedent that the prohibition of raw milk is void and no law at all, and we will not obey it. In order to preserve the possibility of an appeal to the Supreme Court, this must not be a friendly dispute; the Court will not review friendly disputes (see Ashwander v. TVA, 297 U.S. 288, 346-348 (1936) for their rules).”

I think Walbaum has a good point. It is natural to chafe under an unjust, intrusive law. Particularly when it comes to the most wholesome and basic nutrition there is, milk. Milk is a complete food. It alone can sustain human life indefinitely. It is a long standing, traditional food in the mammalian diet. Those in civil disobedience are following a higher law. Read more of Walbaum’s blog.

Here is a link to the RawMilkFreedomRiders.com. The organizers ask for your support for this event. Please  publicize, attend or even donate to help defray costs. Tweet and Facebook this post! Just like Paul Revere’s ride signaled the coming British Army, these brave moms are sounding the alarm of threats to basic freedoms presented by the raw milk issue.


Raw Milk Moms Fire Up Your Engines!

Kimberly Hartke is the publicist for the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit that promotes safe raw milk from humanely raised cows, goats, sheep. See the group’s Campaign for Real Milk website.


  1. I’ll post to my friends in Chicago now!


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