Daily Archives: March 18, 2009

Ken Adachi of EducateYourself.org deconstructs bill HR 875. Let’s all tell legislators what we think about it.

Ban Organic Farming & Regulate Home Gardening, HR 875 & S 425

These bills need to be examined closely and scrutinized by the public. The public must act quickly, as they are attempting to ram these bills through without debate or discussion. The wording in too many provisions of these bills are simply too VAGUE and open the door WIDE for some government bureaucrat on the state of federal level to decide what farmers can or cannot use to grow food, and how that food will be handled–all under the benign guise of “protecting” the public. Where have we heard that before?

Connecticut Democrat Rosa DeLauro, who introduced Bill HR 875 in the Uniited States Congress.

Connecticut Democrat Rosa DeLauro, who introduced Bill HR 875 in the Uniited States Congress.

Rosa is big on the government taking control of everything in your life. She worked tirelessly to stump for illegal alien Barry Soetoro to be fraudulently elected president and then jumped right in with both feet to vote for the “stimulus” taxpayer rip-off “package”. She now hopes to get universal health care passed this time around as well, since Rockefeller’s Chosen Son is now there to front the socialist/communist propaganda party line for him, right along with Billary.

Rosa has a long history of “helping” people. She has worked for and with Illuminated sell-out Christopher Dodd for many years and essentially learned that to snooker the pulbic into accepting communism dressed up as government sponsored legislation, you have to repeatedly drive home the Tavistock-selling buzz words of the “need” for “protection” and “caring” and “concern” for the “disadvantaged” and the “underprivledged” who have been “disenfranchised” from the American Dream and similar stock sound-byte propaganda phrases. Continue reading


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Polymer chain reaction testing for pathogen DNA offers a new technology to help ensure raw milk safety

The article excerpted below signals that there is a technological solution to the raw milk controversy. This is where we are heading with the REAL MILK, in British Columbia. — Gordon Watson

Cows With Scrubbed Teats, DNA Checks, Yield Old-Time Camembert
By Ladka Bauerova

March 17 (Bloomberg) — When contaminated Camembert landed six French children in hospitals in 2007, Daniel Delahaye stopped making the cheese the traditional way, using raw milk.

Although his company Isigny Sainte-Mere, based in the eponymous town in Normandy in northwestern France, hadn’t made the tainted cheese, he felt he couldn’t guarantee its safety. Now, driven by demand from Carrefour SA and other supermarkets, he and other large industrial cheese makers like Groupe Lactalis are going back to making the white, creamy cheese the old- fashioned way — with a modern twist.

Using testing machines that detect the presence of poisonous bacteria in raw milk, Isigny is marrying new technology with an almost 300-year-old tradition to conserve the savor. The move will help the company keep the Appellation d’Origine Controlee, or AOC, brand — France’s gastronomic stamp of approval — that cheese aficionados seek out and which requires the use of un-pasteurized milk. Continue reading

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Connecticut raw milk story in NY Times

Even the New York Times is taking note of raw milk developments in Connecticut, where legislative moves are afoot to prohibit retail sale of raw milk and restrict raw milk sales to the farm gate:

Stone Wall Dairy in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut. Photo by Wendy Carlson for NY Times.

Stone Wall Dairy in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut. Photo by Wendy Carlson for NY Times.

CONNECTICUT’S Department of Agriculture had learned to live with raw milk — the unpasteurized, unhomogenized milk that enthusiasts believe is good for you but that health officials have long warned can put humans at risk of disease-carrying bacteria.

The state’s raw milk regulations have been among the most liberal in the nation. But officials proposed stricter regulations after an outbreak of E. coli last summer, which the State Department of Public Health investigators traced to a dairy in Simsbury that has since closed. The department confirmed seven illnesses — including two toddlers who ended up on kidney dialysis — and said there were another seven probable cases. Continue reading

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Artisan Gouda in the Dutch tradition

What’s curious about this story from the SF Gate website is that the question of raw or pasteurized is never directly addressed. Ditto for the farm’s own website. However, reading between the lines, one gets the definite impression that this is in fact a raw cheese. Whether the downplaying is for marketing reasons or what, it’s curious that they wouldn’t come right out and say that this is a raw cheese. Still, all in all, these folks are showing the rest of the American dairy industry a way forward to health and prosperity. They do note, however, that they don’t use Monsanto’s RBGH growth hormone. Here’s a excerpt from the SF Gate story:

Great wheels of artisan Gouda. Picture from the farms website.

Great wheels of artisan Gouda. Picture from the farm's website.

“Hoping to establish a dairy farm similar to the ones they grew up on, Rolf and Marieke Penterman bought property in Wisconsin about six years ago. The young Dutch immigrants felt their prospects were too limited in Holland, given the competition for prime dairy land, and that Wisconsin would offer more opportunity for growth. Initially, they planned to sell only fluid milk from their Holstein herd, but their objectives changed about three years into the project.

“We were missing our cheese from Holland,” admits Marieke. Family and friends visiting from home would routinely stash some Gouda in their suitcases for the couple, but when the airlines began to crack down on luggage allowances, the Pentermans’ cheese supply dried up. Continue reading

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