| Feds succeed in destroying entire business of Amish raw milk farmer
(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
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 Allgyerís Kinzers, Penn., property to
search for evidence that he was shipping raw milk across state lines.
After illegally trespassing on the manís property, the agents proceeded
to harass Allgyer about his supposed involvement in interstate commerce (http://foodfreedom.wordpress.com).
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).
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.
hundreds of happy and satisfied out-of-state customers that relied on
him for fresh supplies of raw milk, Allgyer attempted to satisfy the
FDAís demands by restructuring his farmís 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
Rogue judge essentially declares FDA has jurisdiction over private property use, in this case cowsBut 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
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.
canít 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 farmís 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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