Special to the Bovine from Michael Schmidt:
Why farmers matter.
Colorado dairy farmer paved the way for raw milk cowshares in his state. Photo by Michael Schmidt.
Today I had the honor to meet one of the unsung heroes of the North American Raw milk movement.
David Lynch, no not the film maker, yes the real farmer who so far seemed to be the only one who successfully in the long run carved out a legislative exemption for cow shares in the US.
We met during his Thursday delivery at a parking lot in the Rocky Mountains.
It was as refreshing as the fresh mountain air to talk to this man who opened the legal door for over 70 cow shares in Colorado.
From the San Mateo Daily Journal:
Pictures and captions from San Mateo Daily Journal
“Buying local continues to be a leading food trend in the California, and many small farmers are expanding the ways they sell produce locally. The Bay Area has a growing number of farmers’ markets and many Community Supported Agriculture programs. CSAs allow communities to invest in local farms and receive weekly produce baskets in return.
While local produce growers are flourishing in California, small dairy operations are being threatened.
Doniga Markegard is a family farmer and strong advocate for local food sources in San Mateo County. She has a program similar to a CSA but instead of produce, she sells shares in her grass-fed cattle and cows. In exchange, herd share participants get meat or raw milk from the animals. Continue reading
This just in from Gordon Watson in B.C.:
Someone just brought to our attention that the regulation which categorically outlawed packaging and distribution of raw milk for human consumption, in British Columbia, was repealed last year
If what appears on the website < www.bclaws.ca > is correct, then the bright lights atop the Liberal govt. didn’t even tell the lawyer for Fraser Health Authority prior to our court appearance on December 6th last year. But … as they taught my old man at the Officers Training School … ” never discount stupidity”
To check this out, go to < www.bclaws.ca > then click on the “P” in the alphabet at the top. When you get to the next screen with all the Statutes starting with “P”, scroll down to the Public Health Act. Immediately under that heading, there are the Regulations subordinate to that Act. Scroll down some more until you see “Public Health Act Transitional Regulation“. What’s shown there says that sections 6 and 7 were repealed by an Order in Council as of December 2 2011. Continue reading
Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt
Well, that “next week” in which we were to hear the outcome of the province’s appeal of Michael Schmidt’s raw milk acquittal is nearly over. Will we in fact hear today? Or will it be postponed further into the future? The suspense is building.
The publication of the appeal ruling has already been postponed twice. The first time it was postponed to September 16th, and most recently til “sometime next week”. And now that’s this week.
No court appearance was requested for purposes of hearing the ruling. It remains unclear just how the ruling will be delivered, whether by email, fax, phone, courier, or personal messenger. Continue reading
As reported in the Local Food Freedom — Nevada County blog.
County of Santa Cruz
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
RE: RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS TO GROW AND CONSUME THEIR OWN FOOD PRODUCTS AND TO ENTER INTO PRIVATE CONTRACTS WITH OTHER INDIVIDUALS TO BOARD ANIMALS FOR FOOD
Dear Members of the Board:
For many years, Santa Cruz County has been at the forefront of the local food movement. It has long been recognized that eating locally and growing your own food supports sustainability, local farmers, and healthy eating. Continue reading
From David E. Gumpert on the Complete Patient blog:
“….Some people don’t like it when I say we’re in a war over food rights. We are, and the reason I repeatedly emphasize that point is that the war analogy helps us understand more clearly what’s going on around us. In wars, it’s common practice for the aggressor to offer a potential settlement or compromise after launching a huge military assault, and the enemy has fought back harder than expected. The aggressor hopes to de-rail any momentum, and divide the enemy with an offer that seems tempting to everyone who hates war, which is most of us.
Even if nothing comes of the discussions, the aggressor uses the pause to gather information and intelligence, and to re-group. McAfee indicates CDFA officials were surprised to learn there are likely more than 100 dairies with herdshare/cowshare arrangements in California. Of course they were. They don’t know much of what’s going on in the real world they regulate. Continue reading
As far as I know, Kat is just another blogger sharing her perspectives on food and the culture that surrounds it. Here’s a bit of what she says about raw milk in a recent post:
Media mashup of pictures and titles from Kat's blog. And yes, that's Kat on the left.
“I don’t drink raw milk. I used to think all those raw milk people were crazy. This past spring I started getting raw milk locally, just to try it out. Now I use raw milk for making my yogurt and I can’t go back! If someone took away my raw milk, I would be the one going crazy! Continue reading
All across America, dairy farmers are faced with economic challenges due to a wholesale price for milk that takes no account of their costs of operation. So what’s a farmer to do? This is an excerpt from the story of one farmer who was sufficiently in touch with the times. This farming family realized that you’ve got to give the people what they want — raw milk, from grass-fed animals. Tell me it’s not the way of the future — if dairy farming is to survive in corporate-dominated America. From the knoxnews.com website:
Marcie McBee stands in the milking parlor of the McBee Dairy Farm in Mascot, which offers a cow-sharing program for consumers who want to drink raw milk. Photo by J. Miles Cary
“A small but growing number of Tennesseans are drinking raw milk, straight from the cow and unpasteurized.
Some say it’s the elixir of good health. Health officials say it’s hazardous.
And raw dairy farmers? They’re just trying to make a living. Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from the story dated July 25th by P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times:
Frame grab from surveillance video appears to show officers from the Los Angeles District Attorney's office walking through Aajonus Vonderplanitz's Rawsome Foods with guns drawn. Image via LA Times
“With no warning one weekday morning, investigators entered an organic grocery with a search warrant and ordered the hemp-clad workers to put down their buckets of mashed coconut cream and to step away from the nuts. Continue reading