Back on May 1, 2011 a year long sting operation, including aliases, a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and surreptitious purchases from an Amish farm in Pennsylvania, culminated in the federal government announcing this week that it has gone to court to stop Rainbow Acres Farm from selling its contraband to willing customers in the Washington area.

The product in question: unpasteurized milk.

It's a battle that's been going on behind the scenes for years, with natural foods advocates arguing that raw milk, as it's also known, is healthier than the pasteurized product, while the Food and Drug Administration says raw milk can carry harmful bacteria such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria.

"It is the FDA's position that raw milk should never be consumed," said Tamara N. Ward, spokeswoman for the FDA, whose investigators have been looking into Rainbow Acres for months, and who finally last week filed a 10-page complaint in federal court in Pennsylvania seeking an order to stop the farm from shipping across state lines any more raw milk or dairy products made from it.

The farm's owner, Dan Allgyer, didn't respond to a message seeking comment, but his customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland were furious at what they said was government overreach.

"I look at this as the FDA is in cahoots with the large milk producers," said Karin Edgett, a D.C. resident who buys directly from Rainbow Acres. "I don't want the FDA and my tax dollars to go to shut down a farm that hasn't had any complaints against it. They're producing good food, and the consumers are extremely happy with it."

The FDA's actions stand in contrast to other areas where the Obama administration has said it will take a hands-off approach to violations of the law, including the use of medical marijuana in states that have approved it, and illegal-immigrant students and youths, whom the administration said recently will not be targets of their enforcement efforts.

Raw-milk devotees say pasteurization, the process of heating food to kill harmful organisms, eliminates good bacteria as well, and changes the taste and health benefits of the milk. Many raw-milk drinkers say they feel much healthier after changing over to it, and insist they should have the freedom of choice regarding their food.

One defense group says there are as many as 10 million raw-milk consumers in the country. Sales are perfectly legal in 10 states but illegal in 11 states and the District, with the other states having varying restrictions on purchase or consumption.

For the past several years organic foods have received an increase of attention due to the lack of pesticides and not being genetically altered. Many people are demanding that their food be untouched. Recently a SWAT team arrested farmers for selling raw milk to customers. Is it a crime to drink raw milk or does the government feel left out? Mike Adams, health ranger, first broke the story any tells us why the FDA doesn't approve of this. The government appears to think that raw milk is such a big public risk, that they are using some very strong arm tactics to arrest a group of organic food providers. Raw food enthusiasts feel like they are under attack and they are ready to fight back. Do’nt common people have the right to choose real food?

Then on August 4, 2011 raw Food Club Rawsome gets raided by what appears to be Federal, State and local police agencies for allegedly selling unpasteurized goat milk. For the second time in about 13 months James Stewart's Health Freedom club gets bushwacked. The cops took money and about $30,000-$40,000 worth of food! NaturalNews publishes Rawesome Foods raid search warrant; reveals government agents violated search guidelines.

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Massive public protest announced against government-sponsored terrorism of Rawesome Foods in California.

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I grew up on farm raised beef/pork/chicken. Unlike many I actually watched some of the animals get killed and prepped for freezing. My dad milked the cow every morning and we sold fresh eggs and milk to our neighbors. Nobody ever got ill from it. In fact while other kids were sick with colds the kids that ate the raw foods were fine.

This is uncalled for and should never happen in this great country of ours. It seems like that this country is turning into a socialistic nanny state day by day; WE THE PEOPLE should stand up and say enough is enough. The government is spending our hard earned money on this while WE THE PEOPLE work hard to keep our heads above water! People they’re taking your freedom away a little at a time!! Take a stand against this socialist administration; get out and let your voice be heard.

Patriot Ken