Just after the documentary Farmageddon was shown to a sold-out crowd in Grass Valley, the movie’s theme of governmental attacks on family farms played out again in a raid on a food buying club in Venice, California.
An organic farmer and the Rawsome food club manager were arrested—both appeared in Farmageddon: The Unseen War on Family Farms. Another food club organizer was also arrested, personal locks were changed, a computer was seized. Boy, these people must have been up to dangerous stuff!
The charges? Criminal conspiracy. California allows retail sale of raw milk. In this case the issue seems to be the club’s use of a herdshare or boarding agreement for its dairy goats. A farmer was boarding dairy goats for their owners. No law against that. Does an individual goat owner need a dairy license to raise and milk a goat? That’s what the state seems to be saying.
Arraignment is scheduled for this morning, and so is a rally on the courthouse steps.
Here are links with the latest news and action items:
Concerned citizens are asked to donate to the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, an organization that works to protect and expand consumer access to whole, unprocessed foods of their choice, and to pave the way for unregulated, direct trade between farmer and consumer. Visit their website for more details on food freedom and raw milk issues: http://farmtoconsumer.org.
Video footage at the scene of the raid, club members expressing outrage: http://youtu.be/lI1gvPmA_c8
The District Attorney’s press release about the one-year undercover investigation and the arrests: http://da.co.la.ca.us/mr/080311a.htm
To keep up to date on what’s happening with the proceedings watch news from Chris Kerston of Oroville’s Chaffin Orchards on Facebook and also a Los Angeles Weston Price organizer at http://www.facebook.com/cheeseslave.
Facebook page for Farmageddon The Movie.
johnny burton Says:
Aug 29th, 2011 at 6:06 pm
Looks like we will all have to go organic and opt out of the system that Big Government has set up.
Charlotte from Peaceful Valley Says:
Oct 4th, 2011 at 12:34 pm
Johnny, We all need to stand up for our food rights, with this, and for labeling GMO food.