Daily Archives: April 6, 2010

Dairies try to force an Illinois farmer to cease farm-gate direct raw milk sales — even though it’s perfectly legal!

Here’s an excerpt from a fascinating and significant post by midlife farm wife Donna OShaughnessy, from Chatsworth, Illinois:

“….Which brings me to our issue with the company who buys our milk, or I should say, the issue our milk company is having with us .To recap, for the last 11 years we have shipped milk to company A. They pick up the milk every other day. On the off days we have several people who buy raw milk from us directly following Illinois State law. They come to our farm with their own containers , fill them and then drink the unpasturized, non-homoginized milk in the privacy and comfort of their own homes. Renegades, all of them. Recently milk company B made an uninvited visit to our farm suggesting we sign up with them as company A was planning to stop buying milk from dairies in our area.

The catch; company B tells us we must sign a statement saying we will not sell raw milk to private customers. Even though it is legal to do so in Illinois. Even though there is not a single proven case of raw milk related foodborne illness in Illinois, even though farmers have the right to sell products from their farm as a manner of making a living. Even though the conventional milk company pays us only 1/3 the price our private customers pay us. Continue reading

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Is the FDA over-reaching in the legal restrictions it’s asking a U.S. court to impose on Organic Pastures raw dairy?

Here’s the latest news on the American raw milk scene, excerpted from David E. Gumpert’s “The Complete Patient” blog:

Organic Pastures team. Photo via Kimberly Hartke's blog

“…I worry because I’ve had a chance to review a transcript of a hearing held last month before a federal judge in California over the effort by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to impose severe restrictions on the operations of Organic Pastures Dairy Co. Continue reading

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