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Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United St...

Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States.

In 1906 Upton Sinclair published “The Jungle”. The book was supposed to be about  “the inferno of exploitation [of the typical American factory worker at the turn of the 20th Century]”. It was best known however for its scathing exposé on the Chicago meatpacking industry and their practices. The book and the disgusting practices it brought to light was one of the reasons that President Theodore Roosevelt (who received an advanced copy of the book) pushed through the Pure Food and Drug Act that same year.

The Pure Food and Drug act provided “For preventing the manufacture, sale, or transportation of adulterated or misbranded or poisonous or deleterious foods, drugs, medicines, and liquors, and for regulating traffic therein, and for other purposes.”  This act led to the Federal Drug Administration’s (FDA) founding. (more…)

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Raw Milk Fresh from the Farm

Image by Chiot's Run via Flickr

On November 1st, a group of mothers will drive from Maryland to Pennsylvania, where they will legally purchase raw milk from Dan Allgyer (the Amish farmer who was raided by the FDA last year for selling Raw Milk). They will then cross the Pennsylvania/Maryland border and will drive to the FDA headquarters in Silver Spring Maryland where they will then distribute the raw milk to their families and to others waiting there.

The Raw Milk Riders Freedom Rally is being done in response to the raids on Dan’s farm last year as well as the Rawesome raid in California. They have notified the FDA of their intent and it will be *interesting* to see what the FDA’s response will be.

Speakers at the event will include:

  • Joel Salatin – Poly Face Farm
  • Mark McAfee
  • David Gumphart
  • Max Kane
  • Michael Schmidt
  • Liz Reitzig – Raw Milk Activist – Food Freedom Coalition

You can join the Facebook page at: Raw Milk Freedom Riders – Mom Caravan and Rally for more information (including times and location).

I’ve asked for an interview from the Food Freedom Coalition, which is sponsoring the event. I’m hopeful that I’ll have another post this week with that interview and more information.

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