Civil Disobedience for Natural Food Moms in Midwest

Press Release
December 5, 2011
Contact: Liz Reitzig, Co-founder, Farm Food Freedom Coalition

Civil Disobedience for Natural Food Moms in Midwest
Mothers Plan to Risk Arrest Thursday To Provide Healthy Foods For Their Families

Chicago, IL—On Thursday, December 8, a group of mothers will risk arrest and other penalties by purchasing fresh, unprocessed milk from a small farm in Wisconsin, transporting it to Chicago’s Independence Park and distributing the milk to other mothers who need it for their families from 11:30am-2:00pm.

Why should such a seemingly innocent act risk arrest? Federal law 21 CFR § 1240.61 prohibits interstate movement and distribution of raw milk for human consumption. This U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation applies to individuals, or “agents” acting on their behalf. The mothers who purchase the milk will be acting as “agents” on behalf of other mothers who cannot make the trip.

“This is our second ‘Raw Milk Freedom Ride’,” says Liz Reitzig, an event organizer. “The Wisconsin to Chicago trip will raise the stakes over a similar November 1 event challenging the FDA’s use of force against raw milk distribution.  By having moms act as agents on behalf of other individuals, we’ll show a central problem with the ban on interstate movement of raw milk,” she added.

“I am willing to risk arrest in order to obtain the foods of my choice from the producer of my choice,” says Mary Gercke, an Illinois mother of three.  “It is abhorrent that Americans risk criminal penalties for getting healthy foods from small family farms or helping other families with the transportation of these foods.  Americans need to wake up to the reality that their tax dollars are used to enforce draconian laws on their neighbors.”

These mothers are not overreacting to some hypothetical situation.  Over the past year, the FDA and state authorities have conducted undercover sting operations on, raided and prosecuted farmers, buying clubs, and individuals who help distribute raw milk and other farm fresh foods in order to enforce the federal prohibition on transporting raw milk across state lines. Over a dozen people and businesses currently face charges, orders, and other enforcement actions; some are under federal criminal investigation and face indictment by a grand jury.

The Raw Milk Freedom Riders launched their movement with an inaugural ride on November 1, when mothers and others, determined to protect their families food supply, transported raw milk from Pennsylvania to the FDA’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, and distributed the milk to crowds gathered for a protest.  In response the FDA issued a statement saying it does not “intend” to take “enforcement action against an individual who purchased and transported raw milk across state lines solely for his or her own personal consumption.”

According to the Freedom Riders, FDA’s efforts to suppress raw milk distribution have resulted in increased consumer demand.

Info about farm raids For additional information on raw milk



9 responses to “Civil Disobedience for Natural Food Moms in Midwest

  1. Love what you guys are doing! We NEED to have a rally in Iowa now! Raw milk of any kind is banned here. I’ve had to go to Missouri and Nebraska to get it and with gas prices, I don’t make it very often.

  2. “CFR” is “Code of Federal REGULATIONS.” From their website:

    “The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation.”

    Notice it is “RULES” not “laws”. And notice it is published by the “EXECUTIVE departments” and not the legislature. And notice that it covers areas “subject to Federal regulation”, which is a very specific set of topics regarding a very specific group of entities and NOT “We the People” and our daily lives.

    Remember the 10th Amendement? “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

    Where does the constitution delegate to the Federal government power to “REGULATE” ANYTHING that the People do? Regulations are not laws, they are RULES that “govern” and the government’s only power to “govern” is that which governs itself – i.e. the government can only write rules to govern the government. Corporations are sub-entities created by the government, so most of their activity is governed by these “rules” when they apply for specific licenses, thereby creating a contractual operating agreement with the government.

    Notice how the governing regulation mentioned in this article starts off with this statement: “No person shall cause to be delivered into interstate commerce or shall sell, otherwise distribute, or hold for sale or other distribution after shipment in interstate commerce”

    This regulation is SPECIFIC to “interstate commerce”. Take the time to research that phrase. It does NOT mean the general crossing of state lines by anybody or anything, like we are often led to believe. It cannot. It is specific. For instance, compare the statements in 9 CFR 78, where it specifically restricts the “MOVEMENT of cattle” across state lines – no reference to “commerce”. When they want to restrict general crossing of state lines, they say so specifically.

    “In Commerce” is very specific, and it is exactly because of this phrase in the “milk regulation” that the following statement is made in this article:

    “the FDA issued a statement saying it does not intend to take enforcement action against an individual who purchased and transported raw milk across state lines solely for his or her own personal consumption.”

    Furthermore, this article starts off with a VERY misleading statement: “This U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation applies to individuals, or ‘agents’ acting on their behalf. The mothers who purchase the milk will be acting as ‘agents’ on behalf of other mothers who cannot make the trip.”

    First of all, I cannot find reference to “agents” or “individuals” in this particular regulation.

    Second, looking up the actual “regulation”, I found that it gets its authority from here:

    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 216, 243, 264, 271.

    Take the time to look those federal statutes up, and you will be amazed at the word games being played to trick you into thinking this whole “milk thing” applies to you and me!

    It is time that we all start thinking correctly about the government. Start with the paradigm shift in our thinking, and return to an understanding of what really is, not what things look like. I realize that all over the country, people are being beaten and arrested based on what the storm troopers “think” based on how things appear. That is because the overwhelming majority of Americans have been deceived and agree with the tyrants regarding the false interpretations and deception being pawned off on us every day, from drivers licenses to health care to milk consumption, and just about every other area of government involvement in our daily lives. Its all smoke and mirrors, deception, trickery. Start thinking right, and lets have a wholesale reevaluation of who and what “government” really is. I believe if we all start thinking right, freedom and liberty will follow.

  3. You’re obviously with Al-Qaeda. How dare you stand for you right to consume what you choose Don’t you know that exercising your health freedom only makes the terrorists win??

    • Hahaha. So true. How many mommies will be arrested over being allowed to choose what to offer to her family. Those major dairy companies must be frightened? Or the politicians worried about losing all that big dairy producers money??

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  6. Great Job Liz and company!!! I would stress the economic angle of destroying the livelyhood and survival in these difficult times for farmers & families; instead of promoting economic growth the FDA is exacerbating the decline of the economy and joblessness.

    Go Team Go, Robert Boone

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