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The final solution…. Morningside Dairy saga comes to an end thanks to the FDA

From Doreen Hannes, via Morningside Dairy’s Uncheese Party blog:

“On August 26th, 2010 the destruction of Morningland Dairy began. Having lost a two and half year battle with cancer of the State, the interment will take place on January 25th, 2013.

People involved in all aspects of food production, be it growing, processing or distributing, should read through all the documentation [found on this blog – Hen] and understand that Morningland’s saga is the model for all independent food production under the FDA’s new Food Safety Modernization Act. Critical to this destruction are “science-based standards” as opposed to scientifically accurate controls and concerns. The Global Food Safety Initiative combined with “Good Agricultural Practices” and the “Guide to Good Farming” will ensure that an inability to feed the population will occur.  Morningland Dairy is an early casualty of these “science based standards”. Continue reading

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Food and farm control bill snagged

from Augie’s “Journal of Natural Food and Healing”:

Picture via Journal of Natural Food and Healing

“The so-called Food Safety Control S510 bill with the so-called savior Tester-Hagan amendments may now be passed back to the overwhelming approving Senate. This is a perfect example of hard-ball politics of division, where half the food freedom folks are for it and half against it.

Typically, federal control bills are written to appease large  stakeholders, then revised to include most stakeholders, changed several times in the process, including having several bills of different names. In this battle, the war on food controls by the corporate/government  partnership, the magic trick is to appear to save the small farms producing local foods, yet provide the legal and regulatory framework, with funding, to take it all way. Continue reading


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Sloppy documentation behind FDA’s destruction of product demands at raw milk cheese maker Morningside Dairy

Doreen Hannes, writing on the Complete Patient blog, with an introduction from David E. Gumpert:

The case of Morningland Dairy in Missouri has been one of the more outrageous in The State’s continuing campaign against nutritionally-dense foods, especially such foods sold privately. Morningland has effectively been shuttered, ordered to destroy its entire 2010 inventory worth about $250,000, because of the supposed presence of the pathogen listeria monocytogenes seized by government agents in their June 30 raid–a highly unusual step. Continue reading

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Missouri Milk Board uber alles

The latest developments in the Morningland Dairy scandal, as documented by Doreen Hannes, via Kimberly Hartke’s blog:

Pic via allthingscheese.com

“©Doreen Hannes — Those following the saga of Morningland Dairy should be aware that this past week has been a relentless roller coaster ride. On the upside of the roller coaster, many have donated to the Uncheese Party to help the family farmstead business in this battle, and Joe and Denise Dixon, owners of Morningland Dairy, are humbled and grateful for the generosity and dedication those committed to preserving access to real food have shown.

On the downside, the FDA sent a rather nasty toned letter asserting that they consider Morningland cheese “to pose an acute, life-threatening hazard to health.” While not a single report or complaint of illness has been reported in the 30 year history of Morningland, the FDA states in their letter that “because of the seriousness of this situation” Morningland “should conduct inspections for 100% effectiveness at their accounts”. You could accurately translate that to “more downtime, more money out of pocket, less likelihood of recovery,” and you’d be right. Continue reading

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Is it a crime to farm without a license?

Here’s an excerpt of a story by Doreen Hannes on News with Views.com

“Throughout this nation it is becoming commonplace for state and federal governments to raid food buying clubsprivate food co-opsfamily farms and even micro farms. The reason these raids are taking place is that the FDA has determined that we are not smart enough to decide what we want to eat. They are making sure that we have a hard time getting food that is actually good for us and fulfilling their public health mission.

This is the first in a three article series profiling two cases in the state of Missouri to illustrate what will be terrifically commonplace once Senate Bill 510, (The Food Safety Modernization Act-third article) is in place. Continue reading

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Global trade agreements behind recent “food safety” legislation in the U.S.?

According to Complete Patient author David E. Gumpert, it’s international trade agreements that are the driving force behind recent highly-restrictive “food safety” legislation that legislators have enacted and are trying to enact in the United States. Here in Canada we’ve heard talk that under such trade agreements, Canada is obliged to dismantle its supply management systems, things like milk marketing boards. Here’s an excerpt from David’s recent post, titled The Elephant in the Food Rights Room: How Global Trade Agreements Have Strengthened the Regulators:

Doreen Hannes, photo from Liberty Radio News website

“Last week, I had the opportunity to sit in on a web presentation by Doreen Hannes, a food rights activist, in preparation for National Small Farm and Ranch Grassroots Lobby Day in Washington today (Wed).

The title of her presentation was “Global Agreements Create Domestic Disturbance”. The thrust of her presentation was that one of the key reasons we’re running into so much resistance from regulatory, legislative, and judicial authorities with regard to raw milk, and related food rights issues, is because the United States is tied to a complex web of international agreements that impose ever-more-strict controls on agriculture, in the name of food rights. Continue reading


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