Monthly Archives: December 2009

“Ghost of Christmas yet to come” offers a preview of the human significance of so-called “Food Safety” standards, as in upcoming legislation (Senate bill S-510)

This is an excerpt from a recent post on David E. Gumpert’s “The Complete Patient” blog titled “How I Spent My Christmas Holiday: Watching Foodies Confront the Emerging National Food Safety Regimen“:

“….I had a special opportunity this year to have a different kind of Christmas by attending a food conference. Yes, a conference, beginning on Christmas Eve and continuing until Dec. 27. Continue reading


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“Food Safety” Bill S-510 Backgrounder

Bill S 510 is the Senate counterpart to HR2749 which was passed by the American House of Representatives earlier this year in spite of public opposition. The following compilation of internet resources and commentary is from a number of authors. Seemingly gratuitious rock video below does tie in with final article in this compendium.

How can S 510 mandate GMOs?

The explanation is lengthy in order to give enough detail so people can be certain as well as able to withstand this phrase, specifically – “There is no language in the bill that mandates GMOs or that will end organic farming.” This explanation lays out how without using those words, it is still precisely what the bill would do. Continue reading

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350 cowshare families in Vancouver region “Ready for Raw Milk Battle”?

Here’s an excerpt from a story in Tuesday’s Chilliwack Times by Paul J. Henderson:

The milk is flowing at Home on the Range raw milk dairy in Chilliwack, but not if Fraser Health has anything to say about it. Here, Alice Jongerden milks cows last week, but the distribution of that milk will be a challenge as Fraser Health has shut down all their commercial depots in the Lower Mainland. Photograph by : Paul J. Henderson/TIMES

“Alice Jongerden goes back and forth between washing udders, turning on her laptop computer, milking cows and answering her cell phone.

As if the neverending job of milking cows wasn’t enough, Jongerden has to deal with the fact that once again Fraser Health has decided to crack down on her small Chilliwack raw milk operation. Continue reading


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Dairy power play based on Monsanto style ownership of GMO grass species

Check out this story from Liberty News Online, by Marti Oakley, titled “The truth behind the drive to outlaw raw/fresh milk sales“:

Just think... if you "owned" grass you could take control of dairying!

“….First you go to either Georgia or Arizona, each designated a sole and singular milk [region] by the USDA (in this case Georgia) and you worm your way into a Land Grant University. This allows you to use taxpayer funds to set up your patent scheme and to test it and work out the bugs. But this isn’t enough. You cannot gain proprietary rights through the TRIPPS agreement which will be the only way you can seize property and end competition unless you come up with something supposedly “new”. You have to be able to claim your proprietary rights were violated (intellectual and/or scientific creations) in order to show harm. So how would this be accomplished?

Under the auspices of the land grant university you go into an area, say for instance, Eatonton, Georgia and you collect the germ plasms from about 192 native species of grasses and clovers. Although these belong to the public domain (owned by the public at large) and even though this property of the public is never sold, leased or even formally lent to the corporation gathering them, they in turn take them, attach proteins, alter dna, splice genes or whatever is necessary to then turn around and say “we invented this, and we own it”. Continue reading


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Speak up on corporate control of food

Slow Food U.S.A. tells how regular folks can have their voices heard, in this story titled  “Do corporations have too much control over our food supply?“:

Now is our chance to speak up. For the first time ever, the U.S. Department of Justice is on a fact-finding mission looking at how big business controls food and farming—and they want to hear from YOU before December 31st.

Maybe you’ve noticed prices rising at the supermarket even while most big food companies made record profits this year;

Maybe you are a farmer who has trouble getting your meat to market because there are no small-scale processing facilities in your region;

Maybe you’re concerned about food safety and the spread of bacteria like E. coli—which happens much faster when meat and vegetables are processed in big centralized locations;

Maybe your local farm has gone out of business because it couldn’t compete with the prices set by industrial farms and consolidated buyers. Continue reading

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“Durham’s Dairy Desperado keeps the raw milk flowing” says Globe and Mail

Here’s an excerpt from a story by Kate Hammer, reporting from Durham Ontario, for today’s Globe and Mail:

Durham's Dairy Desperado talks to electronic news gatherers outside the Ontario legislature at Queens Park following his November 17, 2009 press conference.

“Durham’s dairy desperado rode into town on horse back yesterday, a few paces behind the Olympic torch and its procession of security officials and sponsors.

Flanked by his son and an apprentice, Michael Schmidt trotted through the snow-covered community he has pulled into the eye of Canada’s raw milk debate.

It was just over three years ago that Mr. Schmidt’s farm was raided by inspectors from the Ministry of Natural Resources and he was charged with distributing and selling raw milk. A judge’s decision on those charges is due in just a few weeks. Continue reading


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Mark McAfee at Acres U.S.A. conference

Here’s an excerpt from the first of four posts on Kimberly Hartke’s blog, of California raw milk farmer Mark McAfee’s presentation at the recent Acres U.S.A. conference titled “Taking back the American food chain”:

California raw milk farmer Mark McAfee with his wife Blaine

“Two years ago a kind, soft spoken gentle older woman came to me under the Vine covered arches of the Fresno Farmers market. She spoke in short sentences with both hands on her stomach as she endured her abdominal crisis and stood slightly bent forward in pain . She said….I have IBS and take the purple pill costing $200 dollars per month and other drugs but they do not seem to work and it is getting worse and the doctors can not do anything more for me. They are talking about possible surgery to take out the part that is causing the pain.

She said that her friends had told her that our food can maybe help her because it had helped them. Her story was so much like so many other consumers that had come to OPDC to find Raw Milk and Raw Milk Kefir to heal their IBS and Ulcers. I gave her two quarts of Raw Milk Kefir with out charge and said these are on me. I taught her how to make Kefir smoothies using our Raw Milk Kefir and the many wonderful whole raw foods found at the farmers market. Raw pastured eggs, raw honey, strawberries and blueberries. Continue reading

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