Daily Archives: September 14, 2010

Raine Saunders on why “local” is not necessarily good enough

Here’s a fascinating little story from Raine Saunders, who writes on the Agriculture Society blog:

Picture via Agriculture Society blog.

I’ve already written about food recalls a number of times, but the point about finding sustainable food is one that I find must be revisited often…because there are so many misconceptions going around about why simply avoiding one brand over another is not enough.

And I’ll also tell you why it’s really important to know your farmer and what practices he or she uses to raise the chickens that lay the eggs you are going to eat. Continue reading

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TIME’s raw milk teaser… “Got Raw?”

This is from Time.com:

“What could be more innocuous than a glass of milk?

A lot, it turns out. Milk may be a symbol of wholesomeness for most of us, a childhood staple associated with furtive Oreo feedings or the sweet residue of disintegrated breakfast cereal. But for some Americans, milk has become a test of their freedom.

And they’re not paranoid kooks either; the government really is out to get them, authorizing seizures of bottles and jugs of unpasteurized milk and, in one recent case, a full-on, agents-brandishing-guns raid. Continue reading


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B.C.’s premiere raw milk agister, Alice Jongerden, in court and in the news

How is the Alice Jongerden in Court story playing in the local B.C. media? Well, here’s an excerpt from one story by Jeff Nagel of B.C. Local News, as it appeared in the Aldergrove Star:

Agister Alice Jongerden, milking people's cows for them. Photo via The Aldergrove Star

“Public health officials are still trying to stop the flow of unpasteurized raw milk from a Chilliwack dairy farm to its 450 cow-share members across the Lower Mainland.

Home On The Range dairy operator Alice Jongerden faces a contempt of court hearing this week over allegations she’s violating a B.C. Supreme Court injunction issued in March banning any further distribution of raw milk. Continue reading

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Michael Schmidt on regulations, and the bureaucratic “Will to Power”

Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt shines the light of awareness on the unaccountable proliferation of “regulations” — those bastard children of legislators and bureaucrats. From his “Reflections of a Nominee” blog:

People congregate around the Glencolton Farms blue bus at last Sunday's Feast of Fields.

“Let me assure you, there are more important things in life than politics. There are principles I never will let go even if I lose the nomination as a result: expose INJUSTICE and power-hungry BUREAUCRATS. Continue reading

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“Food Safety” legislation like Senate bill S-510 threatens farming pioneers like Joel Salatin and his “Polyface Farm”

Here’s an excerpt from David E. Gumpert’s latest, from “The Complete Patient” blog:

Joel Salatin explaining how Polyface Farm operates, to some of the FTCLDF supporters on Saturday. Photo via David E. Gumpert's The Complete Patient blog.

“Being led on a tour of Polyface Farm by owner Joel Salatin is a special experience. Not only is it entertaining (like hearing Salatin explain how his methods differ from those of “U.S.-Duh”, as in USDA), but it’s instructive (to learn that Polyface has achieved its lush pasture used by cows, pigs and chickens not only without artificial fertilizers, but without any plowing, ever). Continue reading

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Alice Jongerden of Home on the Range cowshare in B.C. is in court today to face contempt of court charges

Here’s a letter to Alice from Ontario raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt:

Dear Alice,

Today you will face the same drama and challenges as I did in our battle for justice.

It is not easy standing up for thousands others and to be tried and may be convicted. The burden will always be on the shoulders of those who decided to stand up and resist.

We know that injustice has been done to you; we know that those who hate freedom will continue to haunt you. Continue reading

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