‘Nanny State’ Agents Out to Kill Raw Food Industry (Update)

I’m not a health food nut, a vegan, a vegetarian or anything unusual, but I am an advocate of free enterprise.  From Howell County, Mo., to Ventura County, Calif., free enterprise is being threatened by agents of the “Nanny State” who seem to be on the war path, zealously striving to shut down elements of the nation’s raw food industry.

In the first video (below), you can see how government agencies have suspended operations in rural Mountain View, Mo., where raw food products have been made and shipped from Morningland Dairy for more than 30 years.

In the next video (below), you can see how ridiculously “over the top” an Oct. 30 raid on Rawesome Foods, a private members-only food cooperative in Venice, Calif., truly was.

If you think events like those highlighted above are rare and unusual, you might be right.  At the same time, however, you should be aware that a bill in the U.S. Senate, S. 510, contains 225 pages of new regulations, many of which are problematic, according to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).  While some regulations are potentially onerous, but perhaps reasonable – such as requiring every facility to have a scientifically-based, but very flexible, food safety plan—others give FDA sweeping authority with potentially significant consequences.

Read more of Senator Coburn’s concerns regarding food legislation here.

To help save the Morningland Dairy, visit the UNCHEESE PARTY web site.

UPDATE 1/12/11 at 8:10 a.m. Central: The Morningland Dairy case went to court yesterday in West Plains, Mo.  According to this post on the company’s blog, one judge for the case bowed out Friday afternoon and another judge was appointed.  In addition, the company was “denied trial by jury, and only part of the case is to be heard, which is the Missouri Milk Board’s claims and our first and second counterclaims.”  More updates to follow.

UPDATE 1/12/11 at 8:23 a.m. Central: Here’s another update about court proceedings yesterday inside the Howell County (Mo.) Courthouse.

UPDATE 1/16/11 at 1:35 p.m. Central: Bob Parker of Raymondville, Mo., reports, “I was locked out of the Morningland Dairy trial last week. They closed the door for the last two hours of the trial.”

UPDATE 1/26/2013 at 11:20 a.m. Central:  Today marks an important milestone in this case as the state shut down the Morningland Dairy after more than two years of a legal battle.  See video below:

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A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob McCarty graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism in 1984. During the next two decades, he served stints as an Air Force public affairs officer, a political campaign manager, a technology sales consultant and a public relations professional. Today, Bob spends most of his time researching topics, writing about them and publishing those writings. When he’s not writing online, he’s working as an author. Bob’s first published book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. In his second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013), Bob connects the dots between a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr. — the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — and the deaths of dozens of Americans in Afghanistan at the hands of our so-called Afghan “allies” wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security forces. Bob is married, has three sons and lives in the St. Louis area. Bob is available for media and blogger interviews. Simply drop a comment here, leaving your name, organization, phone number, e-mail address and area of interest. He’ll try to respond as soon as possible.

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