Daily Archives: April 30, 2010

Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) reps were scared off by Michael Schmidt at a recent Ontario Cheese Society meeting

Here’s a report about what went down at the meeting, as well as background information, from a source who wishes to remain anonymous:

Cheese tasting plate from the conference. Photo by Jennifer Bain/Toronto Star

The Ontario Cheese Society was founded six or seven years ago as a result of an article about the severe restrictions put on by the Dairy Farmers of Ontario regarding the development of artisan cheeses in Ontario. The licensing process made it impossible for most farmers to venture into on farm processing.

In the meantime thanks to the Ontario Cheese Society, the pressure of foodies and high profile chefs, the emergence of small cheese plants has become a significant new player in the gourmet world of Ontario.

No wonder that the Dairy Farmers of Ontario had to get involved for two reasons: Continue reading

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Massachusetts regulators suddenly going after raw milk buying clubs — legislator admits off the record meetings with big dairy are behind the push

David E. Gumpert has this fast-breaking story on his “The Complete Patient” blog — an excerpt:

“In advance of a hearing May 10 on the proposed regulation, a Massachusetts legislator friendly with the MDAR commissioner, Scott Soares, set up a meeting last Monday for the regulator to discuss with a few consumers his reasons for going after the buying clubs.

Surprise–15 consumers and farmers showed up for the meeting, and started peppering the startled Soares with questions about why he was taking an action that will inevitably reduce consumers’ access to raw milk, and quite possibly put at least a few of the more than twenty dairy farms selling raw milk out of business.

These 15 consumers weren’t just a few people off the street. They included some prominent local citizens who know how the system works—a local lawyer, a public health professional, the head of a nonprofit organization, and a high-ranking federal regulator. The latter, Hugh Kaufman, was Chief Investigator with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Ombudsman Office, among other high-level positions over a forty-year period. Continue reading

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