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Blue Hills Maine Food Sovereignty ordinance tested in raw milk court case

From Mario Moretti, in the Bangor Daily News:

Dan Brown pets Sprocket, family’s four-year-old, sole milking cow, before hosing her down at family’s Gravel Wood Farm on the Blue Hill peninsula Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. Dan Brown contends that he doesn’t need a license to sell raw, unpasteurized milk. State and federal regulators say otherwise. Click image to go to source. Photo: John Clarke Russ | BDN

“ELLSWORTH, Maine — A Blue Hill farmer has been ordered by Hancock County Superior Court to cease selling unlicensed, unlabeled raw milk from his farm stand in a decision that could set the scene for future challenges to local food rules that circumvent state law. Continue reading

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Raw milk at Portland farmers markets

From Seth Koenig in the Bangor Daily News:

“PORTLAND, Maine — Raw milk and malt liquor are among the products to be allowed at the Portland farmers’ market after the City Council on Monday night expanded its list of approved market items.

Vendors lobbied for the change, arguing in part that fresh, unpasteurized cow milk is allowed in stores and many other farmers’ markets around the state.

Raw milk has not gone through the pasteurization process that slows microbial growth that can be dangerous to pregnant women, children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems. But the process also strips the milk of some of its natural nutrients and preservatives — such as the sulfate form of vitamin D3 — advocates told the council. Continue reading


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Farmer Brown vs The State of Maine

From Kevin Miller in the Bangor Daily News:

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“EAST BLUE HILL, Maine — Officially, her name is Sprocket. But Dan Brown has a tongue-in-cheek moniker for the 4-year-old cow at the heart of his legal problems with the state of Maine: Troublemaker.

Sprocket, it turns out, isn’t just part of Brown’s dairy operation at Gravelwood Farm, a small family farm on Blue Hill peninsula, but the entire operation. She is responsible for every ounce of milk that makes its way into the Brown family’s coffee and cereal. What the Browns don’t use, in some cases, is sold as bottled milk, butter and cheese made from raw or unpasteurized milk. Continue reading


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