The FDA has warned us raw milk is dangerous to you and your family.
They even took the time to put together a video about the dangers of unpasteurized milk.
To be honest, if that's as far as it went, I wouldn't care. However, it's one thing to issue a warning — and another thing to tell people what they can and cannot drink.
And this is where the government oversteps its bounds.
You see, the retail sale of raw milk is a state issue. But the FDA actually bans the interstate transportation of raw milk, because it's trying to protect you from the dangers of raw milk.
How generous of them!
And of course, like most unconstitutional laws coming out of Washington, the stench of hypocrisy is overwhelming...
We the People
Right now, it is illegal for me to go to a farm and purchase raw milk from a farmer I know and trust, yet it's perfectly legal for me to go into any grocery store and buy milk from an industrial farm 1,000 miles away, which is filthy and closed off from visitors.
Folks, you know something is wrong when you can't easily see where your milk comes from or meet the farmer who takes care of those cows... but that's how it is these days.
And that's exactly how the politicians — and all the folks who fund their campaigns — like it: It keeps the riffraff out and allows them to make their own rules that benefit their own personal interests, and not the interests of “the people.”
The U.S. Constitution states in very clear terms that, We the People, in order to form a more perfect Union, secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.
My friends, there's nothing further from securing the blessings of liberty than the government telling you what kind of milk you can drink.
Of course, the thugs in DC have no interest in liberty. Their only interest is making sure their pimps are properly compensated.
How else would you explain Monsanto's drones dictating policy behind closed doors at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? And how else could we explain the FDA's interest in a new proposal that would allow industrial milk producers to dose milk with a potentially lethal substance?
The Devil is in the Details
According to the Office of the Federal Register, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) have filed a petition requesting the FDA amend the standard for identity for milk and 17 other dairy products to provide for the use of any safe and suitable sweetener as an optional ingredient.
Allow me to translate: Right now, the FDA allows the dairy industry to include sugar and high-fructose corn syrup in a number of its products. But these two very powerful organizations want the FDA to include aspartame as an official “nutritive sweetener,” claiming that by doing so, it would benefit school children.
Here's a snippet from the actual register:
IDFA and NMPF request their proposed amendments to the milk standard of identity to allow optional characterizing flavoring ingredients used in milk (e.g., chocolate flavoring added to milk) to be sweetened with any safe and suitable sweetener — including non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame. IDFA and NMPF state that the proposed amendments would promote more healthful eating practices and reduce childhood obesity by providing for lower-calorie flavored milk products. They state that lower-calorie flavored milk would particularly benefit school children who, according to IDFA and NMPF, are more inclined to drink flavored milk than unflavored milk at school.
As further support for the petition, IDFA and NMPF state that the proposed amendments would assist in meeting several initiatives aimed at improving the nutrition and health profile of food served in the nation's schools. Those initiatives include state-level programs designed to limit the quantity of sugar served to children during the school day. Finally, IDFA and NMPF argue that the proposed amendments to the milk standard of identity would promote honesty and fair dealing in the marketplace and are therefore appropriate under section 401 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
There's so much wrong with this argument, I don't know where to begin...
The proposed amendments would promote more healthful eating practices and reduce childhood obesity by providing for lower-calorie flavored milk products? Heaven forbid they put the kibosh on sugar milk and offer only local, unflavored milk...
The proposed amendments would assist in meeting several initiatives aimed at improving the nutrition and health profile of food served in the nation's schools? As opposed to, I don't know, just serving fresh, local foods with plenty of healthy options? How about instead of chicken nuggets and tater tots, we try some real baked chicken and real mashed potatoes?
The IDFA and NMPF argue the proposed amendments to the milk standard of identity would promote honesty and fair dealing in the marketplace, and are therefore appropriate under section 401 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
Here's the problem with that whole “honesty” claim...
While the IDFA and NMPF want to put aspartame in your milk, they don't want you to know about it.
In the second to the last paragraph of the petition, you will find the following:
... the petitioners assert that consumers do not recognize milk — including flavored milk — as necessarily containing sugar. Accordingly, the petitioners state that milk flavored with non-nutritive sweeteners should be labeled as milk without further claims so that consumers can “more easily identify its overall nutritional value."
In other words, we don't want people to know that we're putting poison in their milk.
These guys are unreal.
And yet there's a very good chance this will get approved with little to no push back.
And for the record, more than 90 different health-related side effects have been associated with aspartame consumption — from anxiety and depression to seizures and, believe it or not, weight gain! According to a recent Yale study, products artificially sweetened with aspartame could increase the risk of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Brilliant!
Bottom line: The government says you can't drink milk in its purest form, the way God created it, but you can drink a toxic cocktail of chemicals that a bunch of lobbyists and politicians have decided is in your best interest.
The fact that I even have to write an article like this speaks volumes about how out of control our government has become.
Live honorably, live free...
Jeff Siegel for Freedom Watch