To be sure, milk has been the topic of many conversations in Washington, DC, over the past week. Yesterday, passers-by on the Hill were treated to the sight of a cow grazing in Upper Senate Park, across the street from the Senate. They watched it being milked by hand on site, and got to enjoy a sample of the warm liquid right there and then, if they were so willing. “Those who wrote the Constitution drank raw milk,” read a sign.
Charming as it may have been, the unusual, bucolic scene was a protest organized by the Grassfed on the Hill Buying Club in the name of a serious cause: the perceived persecution of Daniel Allgyer, a Pennsylvania Amish dairy farmer, at the hands of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). After 18 months of harassment, including a sting operation, the agency recently filed a civil suit against him for introducing into interstate commerce raw milk intended for human consumption, and gave him notice of a pending request for permanent injunction. It should be noted that no health incident was ever identified in connection with Rainbow Acres Farmís raw milk. The farmer’s crime was to sell milk to residents of Maryland, Virginia and D.C.: transporting uncured milk across state lines is illegal, according to the Justice Department. In response, Grassfed on the Hill has sued the FDA, challenging the agency’s jurisdiction on ALL private clubs providing raw dairy.
“Despite the fact that there is no actual proof that anyone has ever been injured by milk from Dan’s cows, he is being treated as if he were a drug lord by our federal government,” said Jonathan Emord, a D.C.-based lawyer and author of “The Rise of Tyranny” and “Global Censorship of Health Information.” “He is being treated as if what he sells is contraband that will cause injury to anyone who gets near the substance. And this is fresh milk.”
Jonathan Emord was among several speakers invited to support the Food and Farm Freedom Rally. Other speakers included Sally Fallon Morell of Weston A. Price Foundation, author David Gumpert, and Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures Dairy.
The event was given national momentum by the introduction, last week in Congress, of a bill (H.R.1830) designed to “allow the shipment and distribution of unpasteurized milk and milk products for human consumption across state lines.”