How Much Freedom Do We Have If We Can’t Even Drink Unpasteurized Milk?

Date: 05/16/2011

The Milk Police

by Ron Paul

On April 20th, after a year-long undercover sting operation, armed federal agents acting on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided the business of Pennsylvanian Amish farmer Dan Allgyer to prevent him from selling his unpasteurized milk to willing, fully-informed customers in Maryland. Federal agents wasted a whole year and who knows how many of our tax dollars posing as customers in order to catch Allgyer committing the “crime” of selling his milk. He was not tricking people into buying it, he was not forcing people to purchase it, and there had been no complaints about his product. These were completely voluntary transactions, but ones that our nanny-state federal government did not approve of, and so they shut down his business. The arrogance of the FDA and so many other federal agencies is simply appalling. These types of police state raids on peaceful businessmen, so reminiscent of our tyrannical federal drug war, have no place in a free society.

The FDA claims its regulatory powers over food safety give it the authority to ban the interstate sales of raw milk, but this is an unconstitutional misapplication of the commerce clause for legislative ends. As we have seen, if the executive branch feels hamstrung by the fact that our framers placed lawmaking authority in the Legislative Branch, they simply make their own laws and call them “regulations.” We all know how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses such bogus regulation authority to harass, hinder, and shut down countless other legitimate businesses. Sadly, Congress has been far too lax for far too long as the executive branch continues to encroach on its areas of responsibility and thereby undermines our system of government.

Most Americans understand that if you don’t want to drink unpasteurized milk you simply do not buy it. But the federal government solution is pre-dawn raids which destroy the livelihoods of honest, hardworking families in this time of continued economic hardship.

I am outraged by this raid and the many others like it, and that is why last week I introduced HR 1830, a bill to allow the shipment and distribution of unpasteurized milk and milk products for human consumption across state lines. This legislation removes the unconstitutional restraint on farmers who wish to sell or otherwise distribute, and people who wish to consume, unpasteurized milk and milk products.

Many Americans have done their own research and come to the conclusion that unpasteurized milk is healthier than pasteurized milk. These Americans have the right to consume these products without having the federal government second-guess their judgment or thwart their wishes. If there are legitimate concerns about the safety of unpasteurized milk, those concerns should be addressed at the state and local level.

I am hoping my colleagues in the House will join me in promoting individual rights, the original intent of the Constitution, and federalism by cosponsoring this legislation to allow the interstate shipment of unpasteurized milk and milk products for human consumption.

If we are not even free anymore to decide something as basic as what we wish to eat or drink, how much freedom do we really have left?

  • PeoplePower

    But the fda can’t add toxic, I mean check the quality of the milk then lol.

    Go Ron Paul :-)

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  • AJSIay3rI

    There is a time honored tradition in this country of falsifying science. “Science for hire” I call it. I am not a scientist. I am a practitioner of common sense. I remember when asbestos was not harmful. I remember dentists on t.v. telling me what cigarettes to smoke. I hear dentists today warning me of the dangers of flouride, which was a godsend 30-40 years ago. I hear a debate going on today about vaccinations. Common sense tells me that I will listen to the thousands of mothers that claim their child was fine until the vaccines. Common sense tells me not to listen to the pharm company whos sole job in the world is to make money for the share holders. I will apply this same logic to the milk debate. I would first have to say that this is more about freedom, or the lack there of, than milk. This is a special product, because it would be nearly impossible for big business to control it. So they will use an arm of the gov. that should be there to protect the people. Instead it protects corporate interest.

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  • LynchByInch

    Raw milk contains a chemical that is essential to the pineal gland and enlightment, if you research this you will see this is why raw milk is not allowed.

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  • TheJustinefrompoznan

    when the people have no freedom in business the judaregiment has more money, but it is only question of time

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=ShannonThrasher Shannon Thrasher

    Watch a/k/a Tommy Chong. Same story. You can watch it on hulu

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  • ShannonThrasher

    Watch a/k/a Tommy Chong. Same story. You can watch it on hulu

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=WilliamPaxson William Paxson

    “They” just want another way of starvin our ass. “we can’t let you keep cows as you might sell/trade/share raw milk with one another which may hurt you” Once they cut our electric out. It’s better you starve to death. Well you can kiss my fukin ass you testicle and breast grabbin pedophile ass Uncle Sam Mother fuckers. “YOU HEAR ME? KISS MY MOTHER FUCKIN ASS!!!!!!!!!”

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  • casperorchids

    “They” just want another way of starvin our ass. “we can’t let you keep cows as you might sell/trade/share raw milk with one another which may hurt you” Once they cut our electric out. It’s better you starve to death. Well you can kiss my fukin ass you testicle and breast grabbin pedophile ass Uncle Sam Mother fuckers. “YOU HEAR ME? KISS MY MOTHER FUCKIN ASS!!!!!!!!!”

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    • Gramma

      Please keep this site suitable for all and refrain from using coarse, crude, stupid slang words that exhibit your lack of intelligence! I am sure the support for such a fine educated candidate like Ron Paul can happen without showing one’s lack of intelligence by displaying R-rated communication. This site may be seen by school children who are doing research and they should not be exposed to such language. Keep it clean and appropriate for all!
      Regarding the raw milk issue, as someone else stated, it is not about the product; it is about our freedom to eat and have access to whatever food we consider healthy. The FDA says we do not have the right to feed our children the way we want; the FDA wants to control what we feed our families. I do not want the government in my kitchen! And I do drink organic grassfed raw milk that I get from a farmer I know and trust. After studying the pros and cons of milk, I will NEVER again drink pasteurized, homogenized milk. It is full of things you would not want to know the names of. Sure, they are dead, but do you really want to consume LOTS of dead bacteria? I don’t, and thanks to God, Ron Paul doesn’t want me to either. I hope he wins! The drug companies (in league with the FDA) want us to drink cooked milk full of cooked manure because it makes us sicker and then we buy more of their drugs, and make them rich! Go, Ron Paul!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=WilliamPaxson William Paxson

    Next winner of the Indy 500 sucks the milk straight out the cows udder and tells the fukin stupid ass fed to kiss his/her fukin ass!!!

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  • casperorchids

    Next winner of the Indy 500 sucks the milk straight out the cows udder and tells the fukin stupid ass fed to kiss his/her fukin ass!!!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=LesPaulJr. Les Paul Jr.

    Hey Genius, The USA is bankrupt.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=LesPaulJr. Les Paul Jr.

    Hey Genius, The USA is bankrupt.

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    Hey Genius, The USA is bankrupt.

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    Hey Genius, The USA is bankrupt.

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    Hey Genius, The USA is bankrupt.

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    Hey Genius, The USA is bankrupt.

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    Hey Genius, The USA is bankrupt.

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    Hey Genius, The USA is bankrupt.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=GMOMCG GMOMCG

    actually you’re an idiot jess A) Because you’re an online shit-talker with bad manners which is a possible sign of poor upbringing. B) and less importantly, because you misread my comment possibly indicating that you can’t read well- which is indicates a possible lack of intelligence. My point was that “Gee, that makes sense. I should be able to drink whatever I want” I was agreeing with RP, idiot. Don’t try to come back with more name calling just forgive your parents and move on…

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  • 86THECRITIC

    Oh yeah, that’s gonna get him into the White House. LOL.

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