Daily Archives: September 8, 2011

Civil Liberties — The arguments for legalizing pot also apply to raw milk

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Poland’s agriculture minister calls for a Europe-wide ban on GMO cultivation

From the “News from Poland” website:

Poland's president vetoes a new law on GMO seeds, calls it legal junk. Click for source.

“We are now proposing to completely prohibit not only the cultivation of GM plants, but also imports of feed and food that is genetically modified,” Minister Marek Sawicki told TVP public television.

“And not just in Poland,” he added. Continue reading

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The failure of raw milk prohibition

From Karen De Coster on Information Liberation:

Video above is from the first raid on Rawsome foods in Los Angeles, California: “Skirting past the arugula and peering under crates of zucchini, they found the raid’s target inside a walk-in refrigerator: unmarked jugs of raw milk.”

“The August 3, 2011 shakedown of the Rawesome food cooperative in Venice, California, in spite of the tragic outcome, has produced one positive result. The ruthless raid on the part of miscellaneous government agencies has sparked a wave of unprecedented discord over the question – How can government dictate what we choose to eat when we each have unique standards for good nutrition?

This federalista blitzkrieg came at a time when raw milk alarmism had reached an all-time high. The folks who wish to banish raw milk can’t leave the issue alone, and instead they have ramped up a cacophonous crusade against one of nature’s natural glories. Day after day, articles and news bits appear in the mainstream media, full of fear mongering and panic-producing propaganda in regards to the safety of raw milk. Continue reading

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Michael Schmidt’s countdown: “eight days until the raw milk appeal ruling”

Setting the stage for 2012...

It is worthwhile to sometimes look at the symbolic values of numbers when we are confronted with a certain reality. Indeed we have may be eight days left until judge Tetley might come out with his view if in fact Kowarsky erred in his judgement about the right of people to opt out of the ” protection of the state”. Continue reading

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Herd share members bring their goats downtown to protest crackdown

From Jason Hoppin in the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

Mali McGee and friends lead goats across the street from Wednesday's downtown Santa Cruz Farmers Market where she proceeded to milk her Bonny Doon goats and pass out samples to protest the state's crackdown on dairy collectives. (DAN COYRO/SENTINEL)

“SANTA CRUZ – Boulder Creek resident Annette Mello, who had sworn off milk, tipped a cup of fresh, warm goat’s milk to her lips and took a drink.

Mello was part of a small group of people who gathered across from the downtown Santa Cruz Farmer’s Market Wednesday for an act of civil disobedience: drinking raw milk from an unlicensed Bonny Doon dairy. Five of the county’s estimated 20 dairy collectives, or “herd shares,” gathered to protest a series of cease-and-desist letters sent by state regulators to similar farms across the state. Continue reading

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Pork product responsible for 23% of Salmonella positive results at USDA

From Doug Powell on Barfblog:

Was it the sauce? Photo via Barfblog.

“Pork barbecue with vinegar and pepper-based sauce is the source of 23 per cent of salmonella-positive samples the U.S. Department of Agriculture reviewed from 2005 to 2010. The contamination has not caused any known illnesses.

Exactly what part of the dish is contaminating it with salmonella isn’t clear. FSIS notes that it “may have come from the addition of contaminated ingredients (such as the pepper) to the sauce, or from cross-contamination of the product or sauce in the post lethality processing environment.” Continue reading

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