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Texas Sheriffs Raid Raw Milk Exchanges… Real Country FOOD From a Cow is Now Illegal in Texas

by Ethan A. Huff, Intellihub:

Buying milk about as close to nature as it gets – directly from the cow – is still a punishable offense in many areas of the U.S., and residents of the Houston, Texas, suburb of Katy were reminded of this recently, after being paid a visit by police officers for the “crime” of buying and selling raw dairy products on private property.

According to reports, county health inspectors in cahoots with a police entourage raided a raw milk exchange taking place in the parking lot of Holy Apostles Church, a drop-off point where area residents come to pick up raw milk they’ve legally purchased from nearby farms. Sheriff’s deputies broke up the gathering, despite the fact that it in no way violates the law concerning raw milk sales in Texas.

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) admits that buying raw milk directly from the farm is perfectly legal, as is having one person go to pick up that milk for a larger group of buyers in order to distribute it more efficiently. But, because the practice has gotten so popular – retail raw milk sales are illegal in Texas, increasing demand for exchange clubs – the DSHS is intervening.

“I know there are two sides and we’ve got rules, but you feel like a criminal,” raw milk lover Greg White told The Houston Chronicle following the raid.

Responding to requests for a statement as to why it decided to interfere with this perfectly harmless activity of buying fresh milk and distributing it to buyers, DSHS stated that it received an anonymous tip and decided to pounce. The operation has gotten “larger now,” DSHS spokesman Chris Van Deusen told the media, and the scale has suddenly become a “source of concern” for the department.

But the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FRFA), which advocates for the independent farmers that sell raw milk from their private property, insists that milk exchanges like the one that takes place at Holy Apostles Church are completely legal and within the scope of Texas state law.

“The ability to designate someone to act on your behalf, as your agent, is a fundamental principle of law that goes back centuries,” Judith McGeary, executive director of FRFA, stated. “There is no basis for the government to say that my agent can’t do something that would be legal for me to do myself – such as pick up milk from a licensed dairy and bring it back to town.”

Police deserve our respect, but not when they interfere with constitutionally-guarded liberties

Even so, the Texas government continues to interfere with raw milk sales all across the state, with earlier reports from back in May indicating that this isn’t the first time that milk exchanges have been raided. On May 26, an unmarked police car appeared in the driveway of a private home in Austin where milk is distributed, and the officer driving it decided to block those picking up their milk from pulling out to go home.

The officer reportedly demanded that one of the women who organizes the exchange furnish her driver’s license, even though he had no reasonable suspicion of a crime or probable cause to warrant the request. When she hesitated, the officer called another officer over, who began to intimidate the woman by taking pictures of her vehicle with her children in it, at which she began to cry.

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6 comments to Texas Sheriffs Raid Raw Milk Exchanges… Real Country FOOD From a Cow is Now Illegal in Texas

  • Trespass Unwanted

    There is no deprivation of rights until someone really goes into an FBI office and file a complaint for deprivation of rights.

    The system of control will not police itself.

    The people are not real to them, the people are all codified as statutory persons to them; where there code is merely a series of letters, numbers, words, phrases, definitions, those only identify things, fictions, businesses, associations, and such that need licenses and privileges to operate.

    Everything in the code, operates.
    People live.
    But when they force us into the code, they claim we ‘operate’ something against the provisions of the code.

    The DOJ and FBI go to great lengths to tell us of our rights. It seems they have brought to justice people under the things they investigate. But they have not identified that if they prosecuted 72 people whether that was from 72 complaints or 1000 complaints.

    How do you determine a pattern of behavior with anyone? You keep track of the things they do and then you see the pattern.

    Until each thing that is done against us is made public with a real complaint to those departments, they will not investigate a single thing.

    This is only news, or only opinions, or only contract disputes.
    Why else would someone allow another who is their equal to harm them, and not make the information public under penalty of perjury to an agency with the power to investigate?

    I have heard people don’t like going into those places, but if you look online, that’s they only way they take complaint. Face to face at a local office, or in writing.
    Anything online is a tip or maybe some suggestion, but how can they tell we are real and not fiction unless they see us?

    I wish that farmer would pass the city, the municipal, the county, and go straight to the state AG office and then the FBI at their Federal office and lodge the complaint, and give the name of all the people who showed up ‘claiming to be doing their job’, and caused him harm.

    Even Nuremberg trials found the soldiers who were ‘identified’ by the imprisoned people, guilty of their crimes while doing their jobs.

    Why? Because to report a crime, there has to be a witness.
    Who will stand up and be the witness so we can clean up this mess?

    I know. Someone will say it’s worthless, we should not do anything, because no one will do anything.

    To that, I’ll answer in advance. That may be true, but how do we know if we don’t make the first move that is required to be made in order to really, really, know what the result is.

    No complaint means no investigation.
    So maybe someone starts with a complaint and find out if there is no investigation or what is it they need to know in order to investigate, and go out there and get them that information so they’ll investigate.

    The system makes us half responsible for everything that happens to us.
    That’s not fair, we don’t want to be harm and then have to be inconvenienced to make complaints about how we suffered from their injury to us.
    But that’s how it works. It doesn’t move until moved.

    There is no energy given to it unless there is a charge to give it that energy.

    I’ll end this with, this is only opinion.
    Will name calling me for anything I write undo what I wrote? Does my opinion hurt anyone’s feelings; to the point they need to attack me for hurting their feelings with my opinion?
    We have enough attacks against people who are not fighting anyone in this world already.
    This is only an opinion. Drop it; when it doesn’t match your own.

  • Paul Prichard

    It is long past time for Americans to take out restraining orders against outlaw bodies of government like this one.

    • Ed_B

      Indeed it is, Paul, and we can all start by suing individual cops, their supervisors, and their departments for participating in illegal activities such as this. What we really need, of course, are for state legislatures to clarify a lot of the laws we have such that the loopholes and interpretations that bureaucrats are allowed to make are reduced to the absolute minimum. What these people fail to understand is that very often the loss of liberty is not an event. It is a process that works slowly over time. This path leads directly to tyranny, not liberty. That it takes time to get their does not change the end result. Those passing and enforcing such laws need to consider this aspect of all their “regulations”.

      But the real impetus behind such idiotic laws is likely to be the purveyors of the milk factory products that have a vested interest in stomping on their competition. Millions of Americans grew up drinking raw milk and did so safely and with considerable nutritional benefit. This is NOT a health issue, regardless of how it is dressed up. Raw milk is no more hazardous than are raw fruits and veggies at the local salad bar. Yes, one CAN get sick from either of these, as many former Chipotle customers well know. In spite of this, however, we do not see a huge rush to ban fresh fruits and veggies or the salad bars that serve them. What we do see are restaurants and grocery stores that handle their food products with more care such that these things CAN be consumed safely and their customers not driven away by the threat of getting sick there. Raw milk *should* be treated the same way.

  • Troy

    So let me get this straight….I can’t buy raw milk, but I can smoke and drink myself to death legally? I think we just entered the Twilight Zone.

  • d

    If this is happening in Texas…is there any hope for the rest of US..A …Better get er done Texas…Remember the Alamo…..start at the local level and support your local police….with a visit to HQ and those in charge…bring em some RAW MILK and honey….and maybe a donut or two…and discuss the police state as it applies to RAW MILK on PRIVATE PROPERTY….imho

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