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
From Kimberly Hartke:
Panel discussion from the New York City screening of Farmageddon: Panel discussion with director Kristin Canty, Angela Davis, Sarma Melngailis, and Max Goldberg. Photo from Laurel on Health. Click to go to the story on her blog that includes this picture and others from that screening.
December 6, 2011–Washington, D.C.– Independent filmmaker Kristin Canty announces today that her film is being screened next week for members of Congress, and the shocking new food documentary was invited back for an encore run at Chicago’s prestigious Gene Siskel Film Center. This summer’s theatrical releases in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, and Boston garnered critical acclaim, and grassroots interest spawned 150 community screenings around the country. Continue reading
Many thanks to activist mom Liz Reitzig for taking time on the eve of her departure for Chicago to answer questions from The Bovine.
Liz Reitzig at the Raw Milk Freedom Riders' rally in Maryland last month.
How would you describe your role in the Raw Milk Freedom Riders?
My role in the Raw Milk Freedom Riders is as one of the primary organizers.
How did you and your family get started on raw milk? Continue reading
From the Raw Milk Freedom Riders’ blog:
Raw milk freedom riders are taking it to the next level in Chicago.
You are invited to join the Raw Milk Freedom Riders, Food Freedom Advocates from around the country, local and national press and Maybe the FDA and law enforcement* at our next Freedom Ride coming to Chicago IL.
Who: Raw Milk Freedom Riders and Speakers from around the U.S.
What: 100 gallons of Raw Milk and Cookies to be distributed in support of Food Freedom Continue reading
From Monica Eng and Chris Borrelli in the Chicago Tribune:
“A few years ago, Kris Swanberg, having been laid-off from her job as a Chicago Public School teacher, remembered she received an ice cream maker as a wedding gift. The Chicago mom fished it out of her kitchen cabinet and eventually started a new career.
Today Swanberg’s Nice Cream — on offer at local Whole Foods and farmers markets — is considered a star of Chicago’s rich and beloved artisanal ice cream scene, one that could be shut down entirely by state rules, she recently learned. Continue reading
While one can agree that junk food from home is no good for kids, the nanny-state implications of this are scary indeed. And students don’t like it much either. From Monica Eng and Joel Hood at the Chicago Tribune:
“Fernando Dominguez cut the figure of a young revolutionary leader during a recent lunch period at his elementary school.
“Who thinks the lunch is not good enough?” the seventh-grader shouted to his lunch mates in Spanish and English.
Dozens of hands flew in the air and fellow students shouted along: “We should bring our own lunch! We should bring our own lunch! We should bring our own lunch!” Continue reading