Anyone who receives any of the Natural News mailings will know that they have been involved in a major campaign to support raw milk producers in California who have been targeted by local and federal officials. The latter have not only closed down the the raw milk operations but trashed their products and their premises and imprisoned their operatives.
Motivation seems to be a combination of the official view that raw or unpasteurised milk and milk products are inherently unsafe (not a view that we or Natural News share) and a desire to collect sales taxes. The particular organisation that has been targeted, Rawsome Foods, is not a retail store but a private members club, therefore not subject to local or federal taxes. Members of the club own a percentage of the animals that produce their raw milk; Rawsome Foods merely acts as a distribution point for the foods so cannot therefore be classed as a retail outlet.
As they do, Natural News has got extremely exercised about what has been going on –you can read posts here and here and here and here and all over the Natural News site – and although their purple prose does need to be taken with a certain number of grains of salt, the raw milk battle is yet another illustration of the serious divide between some arms of so-called democratic government and the people they are meant to govern. A divide which is certainly not exclusive to the US!