I’m running an occasional series of posts concerning the “nursing home-ification” of American culture. This is also the theme of a novel I have just finished. The use of automatic weapons to prevent people from drinking unpasteurized milk represents a dramatic expansion of the very kind of paternalism which has long marked life inside nursing homes. No– there are no machine guns in the dining room– but there has long been a deeply controlling approach to what nursing home residents’ can and can not eat.
One of the strangest and most disempowering things about entering into the sick role here in the United States is that the person largely loses control over his or her diet.
Hospital food anyone?
I was looking over the news and this headline jumped out at me:
Raw-food raid highlights a hunger
Raw food is, or can be, good. So why is the LAPD, in full SWAT regalia, crashing into this grocery store?
Personal control over the food we eat. This seems like a basic right, a fundamental freedom.
By the way, our family drank raw milk (cow and goat) when we were on the farm.
LOS ANGELES — With no warning one weekday morning, investigators entered an organic grocery with a search warrant and ordered the hemp-clad workers to put down their buckets of mashed coconut cream and to step away from the nuts.
Then, guns drawn, four officers fanned out across Rawesome Foods in Venice. Skirting past the arugula and peering under crates of zucchini, they found the raid’s target inside a walk-in refrigerator: unmarked jugs of raw milk.
“I still can’t believe they took our yogurt,” said Rawesome volunteer Sea J. Jones, a few days after the raid. “There’s a medical marijuana shop a couple miles away, and they’re raiding us because we’re selling raw dairy products?”
Cartons of raw goat and cow milk and blocks of unpasteurized goat cheese were among the groceries seized in the June 30 raid by federal, state and local authorities — the latest salvo in the heated food fight over what people can put in their mouths.
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