Daily Archives: May 13, 2011

Public backlash against raw milk raid

Baylen J. Linnikin in The Washington Times:

“Federal agents watched the home closely for a year, gathering evidence. Then, in a pre-dawn raid, armed members from three agencies swooped in.

No, this is not a retelling of the lightning U.S. commando attack in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. Rather, the target of the raid late last month by U.S. marshals, a state police trooper and inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) was Amish farmer Dan Allgyer of Kinzers, Pa. His so-called “crime” involved nothing more than providing unpasteurized, or raw, dairy milk to eager consumers here in the Washington area. Continue reading

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Why raw milk safety is a big deal

David E. Gumpert on the Complete Patient blog:

“It’s not a great time to be trying to convince raw milk advocates–farmers and consumers alike–about the importance of a heightened emphasis on safety. Not at a time when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which frequently argues that raw milk can’t be produced safely in any event, is doing undercover investigations poking around in people’s garages and back yards, and filing for a permanent injunction against an Amish farmer. Or when public health and agriculture officials from Minnesota and Wisconsin continue to try to make life miserable for raw dairy producers and consumers.

But I made the effort, nonetheless, at the Raw Milk Symposium in Bloomington, MN, Saturday, as part of a panel discussion. My argument wasn’t that we have a sudden public health crisis around raw milk, but rather that we have a perception problem–a perception in certain segments of the public that farmers and consumers alike are insensitive to cases of illness from raw milk.  Continue reading

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Don’t agribiz farmers think food they grow is healthy enough for them to eat?

The guy in this video says conventional farmers won’t eat what they grow commercially:

What do you think? Is this true? Is it the case with chemical agribiz farmers you’ve known? Post your answers in the comments please! Continue reading

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Raw milk served from live goat in movie theatre featured in a TJFF commercial

One of a series of biblically-themed ads for the Toronto Jewish Film Festival features raw goat’s milk served super-fresh at a theatre concession stand:

Hilarious poster for the festival (not raw milk related): Continue reading

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Introducing HR 1830 — Senator Ron Paul’s bill to legalize sales of raw milk

United States Senator Ron Paul introduces a bill to legalize raw milk:

“Mr. Speaker, I rise to introduce legislation that allows the shipment and distribution of unpasteurized milk and milk products for human consumption across state lines. This legislation removes an unconstitutional restraint on farmers who wish to sell or otherwise distribute, and people who wish to consume, unpasteurized milk and milk products.

Hard as it is to believe, the federal government is actually spending time and money prosecuting small businesses for the “crime” of meeting their customers’ demand for unpasteurized milk! Recently the Food and Drug Administration conducted a year-long sting operation targeting Rainbow Acres Farms in Pennsylvania. As a result of this action, Rainbow Acres’ customers will no longer be able to purchase unpasteurized milk from this small Amish farm. Continue reading

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