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  • Santa Cruz man files lawsuit after drinking tainted raw milk

    04/24/2015 7:20:11 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 17 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 04/24/15 | Calvin Men
    A Santa Cruz man filed a civil lawsuit against a raw milk company after the man drank tainted raw milk that left him in the hospital with severe stomach issues.
  • Want To Consume Cow Feces? Have Some Raw Milk

    02/20/2015 6:35:30 AM PST · by C19fan · 116 replies
    Real Science ^ | February 19, 2015 | Hank Campbell
    Would you like some Campylobacter or E. Coli today? Raw milk in 26 U.S. states is now the best place to get it, since most readers of Science 2.0 are not going to have the opportunity to buy chicken from a street vendor in China. That raw milk is risky and has no benefit is not news. In 2012 the CDC showed it again but clamoring for raw milk got even louder. It is in the news again, as part of the naturalistic fallacy that infects mostly the anti-science hippie left and a minority of people on the libertarian 'government...
  • Amish Farmers Are Milking Camels for Your Health

    05/31/2014 4:35:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    Munchies ^ | May, 2014 | Laren Rothman
    It seems like every other week someone gets ill from raw milk. The most recent incident occurred last month in West Michigan, when a 31-year-old woman and a six-year-old girl from different counties fell ill after drinking raw milk from a farm called Green Pastures. The Centers for Disease Control have released updated information on the link between raw milk and outbreaks of E. Coli infections, warning that a record number of such outbreaks were reported between 2010 and 2012. We have a fraught relationship with raw milk in the US, but elsewhere the routine consumption of raw milk is...
  • Raw milk movement grows amid push to ease regulation

    05/02/2014 12:33:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 01, 2014 | Hannah Sentenac
    Jessie Grinnan, a stay-at-home mom from Palm Beach County, Fla., pays $13 a gallon for milk—and she couldn’t be happier about it. Grinnan drinks raw, unpasteurized cow's milk that she buys at a local farm. “It’s a full milk,” she says, “so it’s not watery and it’s not bland. It’s delicious, actually, and I’m not a huge milk drinker.” Grinnan believes raw milk has health benefits. She says her husband couldn’t tolerate pasteurized milk and has found relief from his allergies since they switched to raw milk. She says she also doesn’t want her 23-month-old son drinking anything whose origins...
  • The War on Raw Milk

    04/07/2014 10:45:55 AM PDT · by Nelson Hultberg · 32 replies
    Americans for a Free Republic ^ | April 7, 2014 | Nelson Hultberg
    Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers have recently introduced legislation to allow for the sale of raw milk, i.e., unpasteurized milk. Their Milk Freedom Act of 2014 would make it legal for “certified dairy farmers” to sell unpasteurized milk products without harassment and criminal prosecution on the part of the FDA. If enacted, this would be a major victory for those who are health conscious and understand the grievous misperception by our medical establishment regarding the safety of raw milk. The distribution of raw milk has been banned in the U.S. since inception of the pasteurization...
  • Raw Milk Could Become Available Under Proposed Legislation

    03/28/2014 7:30:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    BenSwann.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Joshua Cook
    Congressman Thomas Massie (Republican–KY), Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (Democrat –ME) and a bipartisan coalition of 18 other lawmakers have introduced legislation to improve consumer food choices, including access to raw milk, and to protect local farmers from federal interference. The two bills – the Milk Freedom of Act of 2014 and the Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2014 – are the first in Massie’s series of “food freedom” bills he plans to introduce. Massie has a unique perspective: “As a producer of grass-fed beef, I am familiar with some of the difficulties small farmers face when marketing fresh food directly to...
  • Raw Milk Could Be Legal in Maryland… Again

    01/22/2014 5:04:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 22, 2014 | Joshua Cook
    A proposed Maryland bill would restore the right of the states’ citizens to participate in cow shares, or cow boarding, to obtain raw milk. Maryland citizens lost the right to raw milk via cow shares in 2006, when the appointed director of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene redefined the word “sale” to include agistments. A hearing on the bill is scheduled for January 28 at 1:00pm at the Lowe House Office Building in Annapolis. Cow shares or cow boarding refers to a practice in which people buy shares in individual animals for a portion of the milk...
  • Portion control -- how the government plans to dictate what's on your dinner table in 2014

    01/04/2014 7:49:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 3, 2014 | Baylen Linnekin
    Would you rather sip on unpasteurized milk or a cold glass of soda? Do you prefer Saturday lunch at a fast food joint or a farmers market? Regardless of your choices, your food freedom -- your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods you want -- is under attack. Here are ten food freedom issues to keep an eye on in 2014. 1: FDA May Ban or Restrict a Growing Number of Food Ingredients. The FDA has proposed banning oils containing trans fats, an ingredient found in foods like coffee creamers and muffins....
  • Pediatricians advise pregnant women, children against drinking raw milk

    12/22/2013 8:27:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 16, 2013, 1:28 p.m. | Mary MacVean
    The American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday warned that pregnant women and children should not drink raw milk and said it supports a nationwide ban on the sale of raw milk because of the danger of bacterial illnesses. The group’s statement said it supports federal health authorities “in endorsing the consumption of only pasteurized milk and milk products for pregnant women, infants and children.” The academy also “endorses a ban on the sale of raw or unpasteurized milk and milk products throughout the United States, including the sale of certain raw milk cheeses, such as fresh cheese, soft cheeses and...
  • Oregon Farmers May Go to Prison for Raw Milk Ads

    11/22/2013 9:11:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | November 22, 2013 | Joshua Cook
    There is no free speech when it comes to advertising raw milk products in Oregon. In fact, those who violate this law may face possible jail time. Most states in the country have significant restrictions on the sale of raw milk, and at first glance, Oregon's seem like some of the less extreme ones.  Sales are outright illegal in 20 states, and though Oregon does not allow the retail sale of raw milk, it does allow small organic dairies – with three cows or fewer, only two of which can be lactating at any given time – to sell their product...
  • Raw Milk Comes Under Attack in South Dakota – Smaller Farms Get Hurt

    10/12/2013 7:18:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | October 12, 2013 | Joshua Cook
    Proposed South Dakota raw milk regulations will make it difficult for smaller operations to continue selling the substance in the state.  Department of Agriculture officials finished a third public hearing on the issue on Wednesday, saying the rules are necessary to ensure safety.  A legislative committee last August had rejected the rules until it had more information on their financial impact for farmers. The State of South Dakota currently allows the sale of raw milk, though not from retail stores.  Farms are allowed to sell the popular substance directly to consumers. Raw milk must also be clearly labeled as raw, but no...
  • The US milk payment system...How do they control the moooovements?

    08/15/2013 2:07:01 PM PDT · by Sopater · 18 replies
    Dairy Reporter ^ | 8/9/13 | John Geuss
    Do you know your advanced pricing from your component pricing? In this, the first installment of a four-part special on the US milk payment system, MilkPrice blogger John Geuss explains the huge role played by the US government in controlling the country's supply of fresh milk.
  • The menace of moo-shine - Saving America from raw milk

    06/23/2013 8:03:38 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 78 replies
    The Economist ^ | June 1, 2013
    DAIRY is a way of life in Wisconsin. Milk is the official state beverage. Locals proudly refer to themselves as “cheeseheads”. Hats in the shape of slices of Swiss are popular. A heart-stopping treat called “fried curds” is a staple bar snack. Local licence-plates read “America’s Dairyland”. All of which perhaps explains why the state authorities took the conduct of Vernon Hershberger so seriously. Mr Hershberger runs a traditional dairy with 40 cows. State law prohibits selling milk to the public without pasteurising it first. But Mr Hershberger tried to get around this stricture by setting up a “club” which...
  • The Inside Story of a “Juror Revolt” in Amish Raw Milk Trial

    06/15/2013 8:59:38 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 27 replies
    modernfarmer.com ^ | 06/13/2013 | David Gumpert
    As a result of her reading, she also became deeply troubled by what she now feels was the unnecessary withholding of relevant information from the jury—information that she says would likely have led the jury to acquit Hershberger of the single criminal count of which he was convicted. Hershberger faced a sentencing hearing Thursday at the Baraboo courthouse where he was tried, with a maximum penalty of a year in jail and a $10,000 fine. The members of the Hershberger jury were only allowed by the judge to see a redacted version of the hold order issued to Hershberger during...
  • State (WI) looks to jail dairy farmer after raw milk talk

    06/04/2013 7:50:10 AM PDT · by Sopater · 28 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | June 3, 2013 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON – The state Department of Justice wants dairy farmer and raw milk provider Vernon Hershberger behind bars.Now.Two weeks after a jury acquitted [1] Hershberger of three licensing violation charges, the state’s prosecuting attorney Eric Defort on Friday moved to [2] revoke [2] Hershberger’s bail for violating the court’s terms of release. The state had demanded the Loganville dairy farmer stop selling raw milk to members of his farm’s buyer’s club without licenses from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection – precisely the charges he was cleared of.That hearing is scheduled for next Thursday at 1 p.m., the...
  • One Small Win for Raw Milk

    05/29/2013 5:38:03 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 28, 2013 | Kelsey Gee
    Raw-milk proponents celebrated a Wisconsin farmer's acquittal on three of four counts related to selling unpasteurized milk and cheese, bolstering their hopes of legalizing the products in America's Dairyland. Jurors found Vernon Hershberger, a 41-year-old Loganville, Wis., farmer, innocent of producing milk without a license, selling milk and cheese products without a license, and operating a retail establishment without a license. He was found guilty of one count of breaking a holding order issued by the state in June 2010, which barred him from moving any of the food he produced without a license. The verdict means Mr. Hershberger can...
  • Holy Cow! Tyranny at The Dairy

    01/26/2013 8:22:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 26, 2013 | Rhett Kelley
    This morning I watched yet another video of something that disturbs me greatly: the events leading up to the “legal” theft of several tons of cheese produced on a small family farm in Missouri. This, after the cheese had been embargoed for over 2 years and thus was no longer fit for consumption anyway. All of this was done in the name and at the expense of the taxpayers of Missouri, under the guise of “food safety.”
  • Morningland Dairy - The Final Solution

    01/23/2013 5:46:59 AM PST · by blackpacific · 5 replies
    The Morningland Dairy Uncheese Party web blog ^ | Jan 18th, 2013 | Doreen Hannes
    On August 26th, 2010 the destruction of Morningland Dairy began. Having lost a two and half year battle with cancer of the State, the interment will take place on January 25th, 2013.
  • Minnesota farmer cleared in milk case

    09/22/2012 12:41:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | September 20, 2012 | Abby Simons
    A soft-spoken Minnesota farmer was cleared of violating state laws for distributing raw milk Thursday, a verdict advocates for such foods called their first major legal victory. After a three-day trial and more than four hours of deliberation, a Hennepin County jury found Alvin Schlangen not guilty of three misdemeanor counts of selling unpasteurized milk, operating without a food license and handling adulterated or misbranded food. The trial highlighted a deep national divide between raw milk advocates who contend unpasteurized dairy products can relieve allergies and prevent illness and public health officials who warn that raw milk can cause serious...
  • Farmer's raw milk sales trial is on hold

    09/17/2012 8:18:48 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 16 replies
    jsonline.com ^ | 17 Sept 2012 | Rick Barrett
    The trial of a Sauk County dairy farmer accused of crimes stemming from the sale of raw milk has been postponed until January. Previously scheduled to begin next week, Vernon Hershberger's trial will be closely watched by raw-milk advocates who have argued for the right to buy unpasteurized dairy products straight from the farm. Hershberger, an Amish farmer near Loganville, has become the poster child for a controversy that's pitted farmers against state government and has boiled over to other states where raw milk sales are illegal or restricted. "It is a shame to see him prosecuted as a criminal,"...
  • Anger as US inspectors target Swiss chocolate

    09/08/2012 3:00:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 64 replies
    The Local Europe AB ^ | 07 Sep 2012 | Malcolm Curtis
    Because of the importance of the US market, chocolate manufacturers in Switzerland are submitting to Uncle Sam’s intrusion in their factories but they are not happy about it. “The fact that a foreign authority is involved in our Swiss businesses is unseemly,” Daniel Bloch, of Chocolats Camille Bloch, told Handelszeitung, the German-language business journal. The newspaper has discovered that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to inspect 21 chocolate factories and 18 dairies in Switzerland. The move is part of the implementation of America’s Food Safety Modernization Act, new legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama last...
  • 2 consenting adults and a cow ... Farmer's raw deal over raw milk scheduled for trial

    09/02/2012 4:47:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    WND.com ^ | September 1, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    A trial that has become a symbol, in Wisconsin and across the U.S., of government criminalization of farmers for providing food directly to consumers has been rescheduled for January. But the delay from the previously scheduled September court date is expected to focus even more attention on the dispute that has dragged Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger to the court’s defendant’s table in the Sauk County Circuit Court, presided over by Judge Guy Reynolds. The state’s case against the Loganville farmer has him accused of four misdemeanor counts of violating Wisconsin’s food and dairy code. Officials with the Farm to...
  • Activists to take on Capitol Hill: Lay off our milk, lemonade

    08/18/2012 2:23:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 16, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Milk and lemonade may seem like the staples of youthful innocence, but on Saturday a group of activists hope to turn them into the tools of protests when they take to the Capitol to demand the government stop interfering in sales of fresh milk and stop shutting down kids’ lemonade stands. The Raw Milk freedom Riders and Lemonade Freedom Day, two separate groups that each want the government out of their transactions, are unifying their voices, saying that together they can drive home a message that the government should butt out. “This issue is not just about raw milk and...
  • Udder nonsense: Raw-milk confiscations begin

    05/22/2012 8:47:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies
    WND.com ^ | May 20, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    The founder of the Organic Pastures business in California is reporting that government health officials have begun tracking down the names and addresses of natural-foods customers and showing up at their homes, demanding to confiscate any raw milk they might have. The dispute over raw milk has reached a fever pitch in recent weeks, with a judge ruling that owners of cows have no right to the milk their herds produce, and protests being staged by mad moms whose access to such foods is being threatened. The latest report is at NaturalNews.com, which interviewed McAfee. The report said Los Angeles...
  • Questions about Raw Milk

    05/18/2012 3:34:42 PM PDT · by Libertynotfree · 36 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | May18,2012 | Libertynotfree
    Most questions you have about raw whole milk, it was answered in this video. More..
  • Mad moms to food police: We'll eat what we want

    05/13/2012 8:38:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    WND.com ^ | May 12, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    Moms in Minnesota are preparing to defy state dictates over when and how they can access food supplies for their families, with a rally scheduled Monday to coincide with the beginning of the trial of the manager of a farm buying club, according to the Farm Food Freedom Coalition. WND previously has reported on disputes between farmers and consumers on one side and federal regulators on the other. They have involved the purchase by consumers of raw milk, the rights of consumers to access milk from their own cows, a radio program that offered natural products and a blogger who...
  • HURT: Federal war on hair dryers, fresh milk

    02/22/2012 10:07:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 21, 2012 | Charles Hurt
    All praise be to Allah! The federal government apparently has eradicated the illegal immigration that cripples America. It has eliminated the staggering unemployment that has brought so much misery to so many families. And, apparently, it has erased the suffocating debt and added enough spunk to the economy that it no longer needs all of those little tax dollars that small businesses provide. That is why the federal government has so much time these days for fine-tuning our society in ways that might seem frivolous if we didn’t have so much patience and extra money lying around. Just last week,...
  • CDC: Raw Milk Much More Likely to Cause Illness

    02/22/2012 7:18:04 AM PST · by iowamark · 29 replies · 1+ views
    FoodSafetyNews.com ^ | Feb. 22, 2012 | James Andrews
    Raw milk and raw milk products are 150 times more likely than their pasteurized counterparts to sicken those who consume them, according to a 13-year review published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday. States that permit raw milk sales also have more than twice as many illness outbreaks as states where raw milk is not sold. The CDC study, published online in Emerging Infectious Diseases, reviewed dairy-related outbreaks between 1993 and 2006 in all 50 states, during which time the authors counted 121 dairy-related illness outbreaks resulting in 4,413 illnesses, 239 hospitalizations and three deaths. Despite...
  • Raw milk supporters rally around 'criminal' moms

    11/07/2011 6:53:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 195 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 2, 2011 | Jessica Claire Haney
    SILVER SPRING, Maryland, November 2, 2011 – They escaped arrest. The “raw milk freedom riders” who illegally transported raw milk from a farm in Pennsylvania to FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland and then drank it and distributed it to a crowd rallied in support of their efforts got away with their crime.As reported yesterday in this column, this group of raw milk activists planned the ride and rally to protest government restrictions on the sale of raw milk and the spending of taxpayer money to raid and bankrupt small family farms.The rally began at noon as the swelling crowd...
  • No "Fundamental Right" to Own a Cow, or Consume Its Milk...Am I Making Myself Clear?

    09/16/2011 1:08:38 PM PDT · by Sopater · 20 replies · 1+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 09:11AM
    Those raw milk proponents advocating "teach, teach, teach" may want to enroll Wisconsin Judge Patrick J. Fiedler in their first class--in the kindergarten section. In response to a request from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, the judge issued a clarification of his decision last week regarding his assessment of the constitutionality of food rights. The judge expanded on his original statement that such constitutional issues are "wholly without merit." He explained that the FTCLDF arguments were "extremely underdeveloped." As an example, he said the plaintiffs' use of the Roe v Wade abortion rights case as a precedent does "not explain...
  • Raw Food Co-op Is Raided in California

    08/11/2011 6:57:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/4/11 | Ian Lovett
    Raw food enthusiasts fit right in here, in the earthy, health-conscious beach communities of Venice and Santa Monica, along with the farmers’ markets, health food stores and vegan restaurants. But this week, the police cleared the shelves of Rawesome, an establishment in Venice Beach, loading $70,000 of raw, organic produce and dairy products on the back of a flatbed truck. And then, on Thursday, James Stewart, the proprietor, was arraigned on charges of illegally making, improperly labeling and illegally selling raw milk products, as well as other charges related to Rawesome’s operations. Two farmers who work with Rawesome were also...
  • Armed Agents Swoop Down on Sellers of Raw Milk and Cheese

    08/04/2011 11:03:33 AM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Health Report.com ^ | 8/4/11 | BHR
    Multiple sources have confirmed the fact that all three individuals arrested – James Stewart, Victoria Bloch and Sharon Palmer – are being charged with ‘conspiracy’ related to the sell of unpasteurized raw milk products. This reportedly includes sections of the California Penal Code Section 182a. Additional charges may also be pending, including a charge of ‘mislabeling cheese’ for Sharon Palmer, was arrested during a raid of Healthy Family Farms. As video of the raid on Rawesome Foods (also raided in 2010) demonstrates, Feds not only seized cash and raw milk supplies (much of which was also dumped out) but also...
  • 3 arrested on raw-milk charges

    08/03/2011 6:11:37 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 71 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 4, 2011 | Stuart Pfeifer and P.J. Huffstutter
    The owner of a Venice health food market and two other people were arrested on charges related to the allegedly unlawful production and sale of unpasteurized dairy products, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. The arrests of James Cecil Stewart, Sharon Ann Palmer and Eugenie Bloch on Wednesday marked the latest effort in a government crackdown on the sale of so-called raw dairy products.
  • Amish Milk: The Latest Target of the Obama Regulatory State

    05/01/2011 11:36:53 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Foundry (Heritage Foundation Blog) ^ | April 30, 2011 | The Heritage Foundation
    Milk might do a body good, but if it’s unpasteurized milk sold by an Amish farmer across state lines, it’s a whole other story… or at least according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Washington Times reports: A yearlong 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...
  • Feds sting Amish farmer selling raw milk locally

    A yearlong 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...
  • Feds Take Down Amish Farmer... Over Milk

    04/29/2011 8:46:52 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 47 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/29/11 | Aurelius
    Our government at work. A year-long sting operation came to an end this week. In that time, the government used fake names and surprise inspections all to nab the people at Rainbow Acres Farm in the D.C. area. The reason: they were selling milk. Unpasteurized milk, to be exact. Asked for comment, the government released this statement: “It is the FDA’s position that raw milk should never be consumed.” Therefore, the Amish farmers at Rainbow Acres had to be brought down. Asked for comment, one Washington resident stated, “I look at this as the FDA is in cahoots with the...
  • Pasteurized Milk Mustache

    08/05/2010 7:54:43 AM PDT · by Sopater · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund ^ | August 2, 2010 | Pete Kennedy
    Most people have heard of the "Got Milk?" and milk mustache advertising campaigns that are designed to promote the sale and consumption of milk and milk products in the United States.  The advertising and promotion of dairy products is overseen by the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (National Dairy Board - NDB), an organization that is a part of the Agricultural Marketing Services (AMS); AMS is a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administers programs that help market U.S. agricultural products.  According to AMS's website, "The Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983" (Dairy Act) authorized...
  • Gun-toting investigators raid Venice raw foods grocery

    07/28/2010 1:10:18 AM PDT · by Chet 99 · 35 replies · 2+ views
    Investigators recently 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...
  • Raids are increasing on farms and private food-supply clubs

    07/14/2010 12:49:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 285 replies · 2+ views
    Grist ^ | 14 July 2010 | David Gumpert
    When the 20 agents arrived bearing a search warrant at her Ventura County farmhouse door at 7 a.m. on a Wednesday a couple weeks back, Sharon Palmer didn't know what to say. This was the third time she was being raided in 18 months, and she had thought she was on her way to resolving the problem over labeling of her goat cheese that prompted the other two raids. (In addition to producing goat's milk, she raises cattle, pigs, and chickens, and makes the meat available via a CSA.) But her 12-year-old daughter, Jasmine, wasn't the least bit tongue-tied. "She...
  • Feds Tell Court They Can Decide What You Eat

    05/14/2010 9:30:54 AM PDT · by Rytwyng · 84 replies · 2,024+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | May 14, 2010 | Bob Unruh
    Feds tell court they can decide what you eat 'Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish' Attorneys for the federal government have argued in a lawsuit pending in federal court in Iowa that individuals have no "fundamental right" to obtain what food they choose. The brief was filed April 26 in support of a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund over the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's ban on the interstate sale of raw milk....
  • FDA Raids Amish Farmer Dan Allgyer

    04/22/2010 2:54:13 PM PDT · by EllenMarie · 248 replies · 4,246+ views
    Kinzers, PA-At 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday April 20, Amish farmer Dan Allgyer went outside to begin milking his small herd of dairy cows. On the normally quiet Kinzer Road in front of his farm, just a few miles from the Nickel Mines Amish massacre of 2006, several unfamiliar vehicles drove slowly past. Two months prior, on February 4, FDA agents had trespassed on Allgyer's farm, claiming to be conducting an "investigation." Allgyer had suspected they would be back at some point, because many other small dairy farms around the country have been similarly treated by the FDA. Following is Dan's...
  • Health Department says raw milk is unsafe, not worth the risk

    02/19/2010 3:52:50 PM PST · by Sopater · 46 replies · 509+ views
    WQOW News 18 ^ | Feb 18, 2010 5:54 PM CST
    Eau Claire (WQOW) - From the cow, to the processor, the store and then your refrigerator, milk makes a number of stops before you can pour a glass. But some wonder how necessary those steps are. Selling unpasteurized milk in Wisconsin has been illegal since 1957. A bill being worked on in the Madison could change that. The bill, as it currently stands, would allow farmers who meet certain requirements to sell raw milk on their farms. Raw milk drinkers say unpasteurized milk tastes better and is healthier. "A lot of them that come here and have been drinking the...
  • NY Ag Officials Cry "Wolf" Over Raw Milk

    06/09/2009 8:06:54 AM PDT · by davidgumpert · 6 replies · 497+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | June 9, 2009 | David E. Gumpert
    We all know the story of the shepherd boy who found entertainment in telling villagers his flock of sheep was being attacked by a wolf. The first time the boy sought help, the villagers came running, only to find the boy was joking. The same thing happened a second time. Then, when a wolf finally did attack, the villagers ignored the shepherd, and he lost his entire flock to the wolf. Is a modern-day version of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” unfolding in New York? You decide.
  • The President-elect's Views on Raw Milk, and Regulation

    12/11/2008 5:28:54 AM PST · by davidgumpert · 9 replies · 588+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | December 11, 2008 | David E. Gumpert
    The movement to convince President-elect Barack Obama to name a reformer as secretary of agriculture (or a re-named “secretary of food”) just got some clout, with a New York Times columnist now pushing it. It could be he will—-he seems very much the pragmatist. At the same time, though, many raw milk consumers and producers alike have been wondering how the President-elect feels about raw milk, one of the more contentious food/agriculture issues around. And in this arena, I’m afraid I have bad news.
  • Got Milk? Get Investigated

    05/28/2008 6:59:04 PM PDT · by davidgumpert · 5 replies · 223+ views
    The Nation ^ | May 28, 2008 | David E. Gumpert
    The undercover agent takes two guises in our national consciousness. At one extreme is the highly trained professional who risks his or her life to go after the worst drug dealers and mobsters. At the other extreme is the apolitical and poorly trained apparatchik, designated by a bureaucratic superior to infiltrate a group deemed subversive or otherwise troublesome to authorities. The infiltrator may even become a provocateur as a way to give the authorities an excuse to crack down. Government agents did a lot of this during the 1960s, while monitoring civil rights and far-left organizations. At this end of...
  • PDA Mounts Major Show of Force to Convict Mark Nolt of Selling Raw Milk without a Permit

    05/05/2008 6:38:47 PM PDT · by davidgumpert · 17 replies · 184+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | May 5, 2008 | David E. Gumpert
    The big surprise today wasn't that Mark Nolt was found guilty on four citations of selling raw milk without a permit, and fined $1,051 on each citation. That was nearly a foregone conclusion, since Mark refused to engage a lawyer. No, the big surprise was the seriousness with which the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture took the case against Mark, and the resulting show of force it put together.
  • Feta Cheese Made From Raw Milk Has Natural Anti-food-poisoning Properties

    04/03/2008 6:46:31 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 236+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-3-2008 | General Microbiology
    Feta Cheese Made From Raw Milk Has Natural Anti-food-poisoning Properties ScienceDaily (Apr. 3, 2008) — Eating Feta cheese made from raw milk in small seaside tavernas when you are on holiday in Greece could be a good way to combat food poisoning, according to researchers speaking April 3, 2008 at the Society for General Microbiology's 162nd meeting being held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. "We were able to isolate lactic acid bacteria found in raw sheep milk from small farms in Macedonia, northern Greece. Several of these friendly bacteria naturally produce antibiotics that killed off dangerous food-poisoning bacteria like...
  • Of Nighttime Agent Visits, Phone Tapes, and Secret Wires: Raw Milk Dairy Is Target of Grand Jury

    03/20/2008 5:34:58 PM PDT · by davidgumpert · 3 replies · 297+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | March 20, 2008 | David E. Gumpert
    Mark McAfee had just a few hours to celebrate yesterday’s issuance of a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of AB 1735--what he called “a big win for California raw milk and producers”—before he learned about the next phase of the government’s campaign against Organic Pastures Dairy Co.
  • California Raw Milk Dairies Win TRO, Suspending AB 1735 Coliform Standard

    03/19/2008 8:04:22 PM PDT · by davidgumpert · 44 replies · 961+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | March 19, 2008 | David E. Gumpert
    Like a fighter down for the count who gets back on his feet at the last moment, and then stuns spectators by knocking the opponent back on his heels, the team of Organic Pastures Dairy Co. and Claravale Farm scored a big win in a California courtroom today. Superior Court Judge Harry J. Tobias rejected the state’s heavy hitters from office of the Attorney General and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and granted OPDC and Claravale a temporary restraining order prohibiting enforcement of AB 1735 and its ten-coliform-per-milliliter standard that had threatened to shut the dairies down.
  • CA Raw Milk Dairies Seek Temporary Restraining Order--Say They're Near Shutdown

    03/07/2008 6:56:19 AM PST · by davidgumpert · 7 replies · 136+ views
    The Complete Patient ^ | March 7, 2008 | David E. Gumpert
    The California raw milk situation is on the verge of becoming as dire as the state’s two producers predicted it would since they learned about AB1735 at the end of last year. Now the stage is set—Monday afternoon in California’s San Benito County Superior Court in Hollister—for a judge to hear a request from Organic Pastures Dairy Co. and Claravale Farms to issue a temporary restraining order barring enforcement of AB1735 and its coliform standard.