|Journal, Fall 2011, Wisdom of Primitive Peoples|
|Monday, 10 October 2011 20:07|
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by Sally Fallon Morell
It's easy to get discouraged these days with what seems to be implacable and relentless opposition to real, whole foods, small farms, raw milk and holistic therapies. USDA has not given up on draconian animal identification regulations and FDA now has new authority to regulate food safety, authority that can easily be misused to target small farms (see page 76). The Rawesome raid in Los Angeles last month came as a wake up call to many. Most serious are new revelations about FDA's campaign against raw milk, involving monthly Raw Milk Meetings and undercover agents skilled at entrapment (see page 79). And the push to mandate lowfat, plant-based diets has not relented. What are defenseless citizens to do in the path of such onslaught?
First and foremost: do not be discouraged. We have a powerful yet peaceful weapon to use against those who would impose the agenda of industrial agriculture and industrial food on the entire population; that weapon is public sentiment. Said Abraham Lincoln: â€śHe who molds the public sentiment. . . makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to be executed.â€ť Our strategy must be to create such a climate of opinion that lawmakers and bureaucrats find it impossible to impede the civil rights of small farmers, raw milk drinkers, consumers of farm fresh foods, parents who oppose vaccinations and citizens who opt out of the current medical paradigm. The number one goal of our educational efforts at the Weston A. Price Foundation is to create a climate of opinion such that no one questions the health benefits of raw milk, the need for animal fats in the diet, and the dangers of pharmaceutical interventions like antibiotics and vaccinations.
Everything we doâ€”from our journal and educational materials to the non-stop efforts of our bloggers, consultants and publicist Kimberly Hartkeâ€”is aimed at molding public sentiment. The successful showings of the film Farmageddon that Kimberly has orchestrated indicate that public opinion against government aggression has been stirred.
The eighteenth century was the century for political rights, for the victory against what seemed implaccable forces against the right to self governance. The nineteenth century saw the struggle for women's rightsâ€”for the seemingly impossible goal of giving the vote to women. The twentieth century saw the uphill but ultimately successful battle for civil rights, which today we almost take for granted. The twenty-first century will see the struggle for farmer and consumer rights, and as long as we can mold public opinion in our favor, these rights will be secured.
Our yearly conference plays an important role in our efforts to mold public sentiment. If you plan to attend, we suggest you register soon. Bookings are way ahead of last year and we don't want to turn any members away. For details on Wise Traditions 2011, see Conference 2011.
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