Feds succeed in destroying entire business of Amish raw milk farmer
Friday, February 17, 2012
(NaturalNews) It is with much sadness that we report the two-year war waged by
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) against Pennsylvania Amish farmer
Dan Allgyer has been a success. The Washington Times and others are now
reporting that, following a ruling last month by Judge Lawrence F. Stengel that
Allgyer could no longer ship raw milk across state lines, he is officially
shutting down his entire Rainbow Acres Farm.
Provoking Allgyer to shut down his farm appears to have been the goal of the FDA
all along, which back on February 4, 2010, conducted a gestapo-style raid on
Allgyer's Kinzers, Penn., property to search for evidence that he was shipping
raw milk across state lines. After illegally trespassing on the man's property,
the agents proceeded to harass Allgyer about his supposed involvement in
interstate commerce (http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com).
Just a few months later on April 20, 2010, the FDA again sent its
Nazi-sympathizing thugs back to Rainbow Acres Farm, this time at 4:30 a.m. while
Allgyer was still asleep, to conduct another raid. Violating the provisions of
their so-called warrant, which specified that any inspection must be conducted
during "reasonable times during ordinary business hours," the agents proceeded
to once again ransack the farm in search of evidence to back their claims that
Allgyer was engaged in illegal interstate commerce (http://www.naturalnews.com/029322_raw_milk_Amish.html).
Following this second sting, the FDA claims to have discovered the evidence it
needed, and immediately sent Allgyer a warning letter notifying him that he was
in violation of interstate commerce laws, according to their view (http://www.farmtoconsumer.org/aa/aa-26april2010.htm).
The agency also filed a civil complaint against Allgyer around the same time.
With hundreds of happy and satisfied out-of-state customers that relied on him
for fresh supplies of raw milk, Allgyer attempted to satisfy the FDA's demands
by restructuring his farm's distribution process into private cow share
agreements with customers. Such agreements allow individuals to directly
purchase shares in the cows from which they get milk, which means they
personally own them, and they are not subject to FDA jurisdiction.
Rogue judge essentially declares FDA has jurisdiction over
private property use, in this case cows
But on February 3, 2012, Judge Stengel decided that Allgyer was still in
violation of interstate commerce laws, even with the restructured cow sharing
arrangements, and ordered him to stop distributing raw milk altogether.
Private cow share agreements do not constitute interstate commerce, of course,
but Judge Stengel apparently pays no regard to individual liberty, having
declared that the FDA basically now has jurisdiction over private property use.
Likely worn down from the perpetual and never-ending harassment, Allgyer appears
to have decided to simply give up trying to fight this unprecedented tyranny,
and simply shut down his farm. Hundreds of families that relied on Allgyer for
fresh milk, butter, cheese, eggs, and other nutritious goods will now have to
find a new source for clean food, at least until the FDA shuts them down, too.
"I can't believe in 2012 the federal government is raiding Amish farmers at
gunpoint all over a basic human right to eat natural food," said one of the
farm's former customers, who wished to remain anonymous, to The Washington
Times. "In Maryland, they force taxpayers to pay for abortions, but God
forbid we want the same milk our grandparents drank."
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