The Milk Police
by Ron Paul: The
Fed and the Debt
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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
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.
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?
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