Daily Archives: December 15, 2011

Ron Paul on raw milk on ABC News

From ABC:

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Bill of rights day and a glass of raw milk

From Andrew Mastrocola on the Jefferson WAPF blog:

Raw milk freedom riders crossing the interstate line into Illinois with 100 gallons of raw milk.

“The Bill of rights was ratified 220 years ago, on December 15, 1791. Virginia became the 12th state to ratify the first 10 amendments, and they became law.

The Bill of Rights guarantees that citizens can not be oppressed by their own government. It guarantees freedom of speech, of the press, of religion, of assembly and of petition in one sweeping declaration in the First Amendment. The subsequent amendments guarantee citizens the right to protect themselves, be secure in their home, be granted a speedy trial by jury, be free from unreasonable search or arrest and not be forced to testify against oneself or be subjected to excessive punishment. Continue reading

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Amish raw milk farmer Dan Allgyer accuses FDA of “quasi-criminal action”

From David E. Gumpert, on the Complete Patient blog:

“The Amish are reluctant participants in the legal system, no matter what the occasion. They prefer to stay very much within their own communities, and avoid conflict with the outside world.

But Dan Allgyer has put together a credible and cogent response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s motion for Summary Judgment in its move to implement a permanent injunction against interstate raw milk shipments from his farm. (Sorry, scanning difficulties prevent me from immediately posting the response.)

The FDA action is designed to deprive more than 900 Maryland families of raw milk (and other foods) they obtain through the Grassfed on the Hill food club.  Continue reading

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Butter shortage in Norway blamed on recent “fad” for high-fat, low-carb diets

From the Huffington Post:

“…Reuters reported that a diet craze involving low carbs and high fat is partially to blame for a butter shortage in the European nation, which will likely spell trouble as the holiday season fast approaches.

Sales all of a sudden just soared, 20 percent in October then 30 percent in November,” Lars Galtung, the head of communications at TINE, Norway’s biggest farmer-owned cooperative, told Reuters.

Now, the ingredient is being sold on Norway’s leading auction website for $13 for a 250-gram piece, Reuters reported, which is about four times higher than its normal price. Continue reading

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Victory for Ayahuasca-using Church

From Richard Glen Boire, on the Centre for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics website:

Members of the ayahuasca-using religious group known as the Uniao do Vegetal (UDV), won a major legal victory on Monday (August 12, 2002), when a federal court ruled that the group’s use of ayahuasca was likely protected under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Ayahuasca (also known as hoasca) is a visionary tea that serves as the sacrament of the UDV religion. In May 1999, US Customs agents seized several bottles of ayahuasca imported from Brazil for use by members of UDV’s US Branch headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

According to the US government, ayahuasca is an illegal controlled substance in the same class as LSD, because it contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT) a “hallucinogenic” drug under the US Controlled Substance Act (CSA). In Brazil, ayahuasca is legal and is expressly recognized as the sacrament of several Brazilian-based churches, including the UDV. Continue reading

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Urban goat keeping in San Francisco

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Small farmers beware big government

From Richard S. Gubbe in the Rock River Times:

“Small farmers across the country, beware, your local authorities and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are out to put you out of business.

Raids have taken place against small farmers in Maine, Pennsylvania, Nevada, California and Wisconsin against farmers for a variety of reasons, including selling organic and raw foods, as well as the sale and distribution of raw milk.

While it is legal in Illinois to buy raw milk at a farm, protests have sprung up, including the raw milk protest held in Chicago last week without incident. A half-dozen mothers reportedly transported raw milk from Wisconsin to Chicago, where they accepted payment for some of the milk and passed out the rest to demonstrators protesting FDA regulations. A previous rally in Maryland was held without incident last month. Continue reading

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