From David E. Gumpert, on the Complete Patient blog:
“You wonder what sitting in jail for four months–all for running a private food club–does to a guy. You wonder what it does to the people around him who were supposedly watching his back.
I’ve certainly wondered, especially with James Stewart finally being released after four months in a Ventura County jail, capped off by five days at the notorious Los Angeles County jail (known as the Twin Towers). (He was jailed last July after missing a couple court appearances in Los Angeles and Ventura County.) Continue reading
From Gary Taubes and Cristin Kearns Couzens in Mother Jones
“….Their winning campaign, crafted with the help of the prestigious public relations firm Carl Byoir & Associates, had been prompted by a poll showing that consumers had come to see sugar as fattening, and that most doctors suspected it might exacerbate, if not cause, heart disease and diabetes. With an initial annual budget of nearly $800,000 ($3.4 million today) collected from the makers of Dixie Crystals, Domino, C&H, Great Western, and other sugar brands, the association recruited a stable of medical and nutritional professionals to allay the public’s fears, brought snack and beverage companies into the fold, and bankrolled scientific papers that contributed to a “highly supportive” FDA ruling, which, the Silver Anvil application boasted, made it “unlikely that sugar will be subject to legislative restriction in coming years.” Continue reading
Photo via Infowars.com
Cannabis and raw milk occupy similar position in North American politics. In both cases there is a widespread public interest in the product, and also in both cases there are official sanctions against their use and distribution, at least in Canada and in many of the United States. Even in some states where raw milk is supposedly allowed, there has been widespread harassment, disguised as regulation. But this intervention in national politics by the UN, supposedly on behalf of trade agreements, seems to be something quite new on the substance control horizon.
From Kurt Nimmo, on Infowars.com
“The United Nations has declared Colorado and Washington in violation of international treaties following ballot initiatives that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Continue reading
From the Occupy Monsanto blog:
Ordinary Peruvians influence the political process. Photo via Occupy Monsanto.
“In a massive blow to multinational agribiz corporations such as Monsanto, Bayer, and Dow, Peru has officially passed a law banning genetically modified ingredients anywhere within the country for a full decade before coming up for another review.
From David E. Gumpert, on the Complete Patient blog:
“First, the judge in the administrative case launched by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture against Alvin Schlangen put a hold on the agency’s attempt to score a quick legal victory against the farmer. The MDA fileda motion in a state administrative court for summary disposition against Schlangen, growing out of MDA administrative hearings earlier this year in which Schlangen was declared in violation of Minnsesota dairy and food licensing regulations by distributing food to members of his food club.
As part of these latest proceedings, the MDA (via the Minnesota Attorney General) asked the judge in the case to rule in its favor because Schlangen hadn’t filed the requisite responses in the agency’s administrative case earlier this year by the required deadlines. Schlangen’s FTCLDF lawyer, Nathan Hansen, argued that the farmer didn’t have proper legal representation to handle the paperwork. Several days ago, the judge denied the MDA’s request to penalize Schlangen for being late in filing his papers, and asked some pointed questions of the MDA. Continue reading
From Trisha Gilkerson on Intoxicated on Life:
“Why do I feel like a rebel? Well, there are a couple of reasons, but one in particular is because our family has now traversed into the world of raw milk. Ah, yes, the rebellion of acquiring and drinking raw milk. That despised-by-the-government liquid that has
poisoned nourished generations of people! Continue reading
From Alice Abler on Vision.org:
“Throughout the 20th century, the food industry worked to provide not only convenience but also ostensibly wholesome substitutes for natural foods, including butter. In fact, margarine has been around since the late 19th century, but for many years it was white by law. Eventually, however, it came with added artificial flavor and a capsule of yellow artificial food coloring (to be kneaded in after purchase) so it would taste and look more like the real thing. At first countries including Canada, Australia and France, as well as some American states—notably Wisconsin, the Dairy State—outlawed colored margarine to protect their butter trade. As unappealing as hydrogenated oil with a side of chemical yellow color sounds today, “modern” housewives trekked across state lines to procure the factory-made substitute and bring it back to their kitchens.
Eventually“millions of American palates adjusted to artificial flavors and then welcomed them; and consumers started to let the food industry make a great many decisions on matters of taste that people in the past had always made for themselves,” writes Laura Shapiro in Something From the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America. Continue reading