Daily Archives: December 22, 2011

Open season for regulators has dairy farmers afraid to come out of the barn

From Christopher Fisher, on Civil Eats:

“Amidst a spate of law enforcement raids and other regulatory actions taken by local, state, and federal officials against raw milk producers across the country, an alarmed group of small California dairy farmers and consumers have recently formed the Food Rights Coalition and begun to push state regulators and legislators to take action to help them. The coalition formed in response to at least a half dozen cease and desist orders issued by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) over the past year to  small dairy herdshares across the state.

At a Petaluma, California meeting last week, several local members of the group expressed concern for the loss of their livelihoods and the safety of their families, seeking the assistance of 6th District Assemblyman Jared Huffman to protect their milking rights. Continue reading


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Crossing the million mark on the winter solstice after 27 months, 2,500 posts

Thanks to the many readers, contributors and promoters who have helped The Bovine reach this exalted number on the WordPress hits counter. The counter rolled over past one million some time yesterday, which by no coincidence I’m sure was also the date of the winter solstice. Such synchronicity.

Here on the Bovine we used to have to dredge for news in the Google Alerts, but lately we’ve been getting more and better news tips from our readers. Thanks to all of you who have read the blog, posted comments, or sent us links.

And thanks to Michael Schmidt and other raw milk farmers who are putting their livelihoods on the line to build a more humane future for our children and their descendants.

We live in interesting times.

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Raw milk folks working together… NOT

In the excerpt below from his The Complete Patient blog, David Gumpert describes strange things going down south of the border, with RAWMI reps putting forward legislative proposals in Wisconsin and Minnesota, without first engaging in any consultative working together with local raw milk groups.

"Our Choice" alright -- Composite image from Wild Things Organic homepage.

But Canada, it seems, is also not immune to conflict among raw milk supporters. We’ve got our own tempests in teapots, most recently around the domain name for Cowshare Canada being registered by Wild Things Organic in B.C.

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Major Toronto media are carrying the Michael Schmidt raw milk appeal story

From Linda Nguyen in the National Post:

Photo via the National Post: Linda Nguyen/Postmedia News

“TORONTO — A former Ontario raw-milk farmer convicted last month for operating an illegal cow-share program has not given up his nearly 20-year long legal battle with the government.

A lawyer for Michael Schmidt filed court documents Monday with the Ontario Court of Appeal, arguing that a judge erred when he overturned a previous acquittal and convicted Schmidt of 13 charges related to the sale and distribution of unpasteurized milk and cheese and operating a plant without a licence. Continue reading

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