Government Abrogation of Farming & Commerce Rights: a Family’s Raw Dairy Farm Destroyed

Article at Gulag Bound originally published on Kimberly Hartke’s blog

Family Farm Ordered to Destroy 50,000 Pounds of Cheese

by Doreen Hannes

Morningland Dairy is the latest attempt by the FDA to fulfill the Healthy People 2020 objective to kill raw dairy. Morningland is owned by Joseph and Denise Dixon, who operate the cheese plant and make raw cheese from cows kept right on the property and managed by one of their eldest daughters. They have 12 children, 4 who still live at home, and they have been actively engaged in real food for decades.  They were caught up in the Rawesome Raid dragnet and many believe the questionable California Dept of Food and Agriculture tests on their cheese are the legal justification for the multi-agency guns drawn raid at Rawesome.


Is it really the duty of the federal government to decide what foods you and your family will eat?  Is it necessary to ban a form of good, wholesome food that has never caused anyone an ill affect?  I know that there is a presumed power of imminent domain, but this is the wanton destruction of the life’s work of an entire family and the source of income for nine families.  These are not the actions of a government based upon either law or the common good, but rather one based on unwarranted takings and the unreasonable, arbitrary exertion of power.

The only parallel I can think of is Soylent Green.  I know that was reprocessed humans, but if you can not visit a farm, if you have no idea where your food comes from, if the government’s stamp of approval is on every package are you sure that you are eating real, fresh food?  The memory of 2 million contaminated eggs processed in supposedly government inspected plants is still fresh in my mind.  Where in the Constitution does the government find the right to close a family farm… why it’s in “case law” defining the commerce clause,  right next to healthcare.


  1. As countless families of the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s our family of 8 lived on a dairy farm. We knew nothing of store bought milk, cheese, fruits and vegetables and meats. From these my mother canned, preserved, and made bread, cakes, pies, and much of what we ate every day.
    As my father sold milk to the local cheers processor, our barn was inspected, white washed, the milking utensils we used were scrubbed and sterilized chemically after every milking. We used registered Holsteins with an occasional Brown Swiss calf thrown in, father read “The Ohio Farmer”, had graduated from Kent State University and though it was a hard life, we thrived on chores, farm fun, and watching the seasons past with calving, spreading manure, cultivating and harvesting crops, etc.
    Nothing like the government to “kill the golden goose”; family farms are almost a thing of the past – and so are the values of hard work, enjoying working with God on the soil, watching things born and growing – yes, and dying, and the cycle of the seasons along with the value of ownership.

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