David E. Gumpert, on the Complete Patient blog:
Joel Salatin explains the workings of Polyface Farm on Saturday, as FTCLDF attendees, and chickens, look on. Photo via The Complete Patient blog
“Believe it or not, there’s a food issue lurking out there beyond food rights and food safety. Joel Salatin, the Virginia farmer-author-activist is worried that that next issue is animal rights.
He’s already seeing evidence of it at Polyface Farm, his own farm in the Shenandoah foothills. During a tour of his farm Saturday for 150 attendees as part of a fundraiser for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, Salatin said he’s been reported to his local animal control officials by area residents who have had concerns about the treatment of his cattle. Continue reading
From the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund:
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From Pete Kennedy at Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund
A number of raw milk bills have been introduced in the state Houses in the current legislative session. What follows is a state-by-state summary of the bills that have been introduced.
IOWA – House File 394 (HF 394), a bill that will allow the sale of raw milk and raw milk products to individuals on the farm and through delivery by producers, has been voted out of the House Economic Growth Committee and now goes to the full House for a vote. Dairy farmers selling under the bill would be subject neither to licensing nor inspection. State law currently prohibits any sale of raw milk and raw milk products other than cheese aged sixty days or more. Continue reading
From the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund website. Thanks to Michael Schmidt for the heads up on this cutting edge raw milk story:
“He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.” – Declaration of Independence
Farming is difficult enough without being subjected to burdensome regulations, excessive licensing requirements and fees, inconsistent interpretations of the laws, and heavy-handed enforcement tactics by government agencies. This space features accounts from around the country of government roadblocks to the small farmer’s ability to make a living.
Minnesota: MDA Considering Criminal Prosecution of Consumer
By Pete Kennedy, Esq. | December 28, 2010
On December 10 Rae Lynn Sandvig, a Bloomington raw milk and local food consumer, received a letter from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) informing her that MDA had “scheduled an administrative meeting concerning your sales of food, your actions assisting in the sale of raw milk from your home in Bloomington, Minnesota, and the sale of food from the Traditional Foods Warehouse (TFW)….” TFW is a private buyers club located in Minneapolis. Continue reading
David E. Gumpert’s latest, from The Complete Patient blog:
“The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund has filed a brief in a Missouri court challenging the state’s efforts to confiscate and destroy Morningland Dairy’s $250,000 worth of inventory.
The FTCLDF’s “motion for a more definite statement” from the Missouri Milk Board is at first glance a procedural response to the state agency’s filing late last month seeking a temporary injunction to force the destruction of Morningland’s cheese. It asks a judge to compel the state to be specific about when Morningland supposedly tried to sell tainted cheese, and to explain the exact timing and process whereby the company’s cheese is to be destroyed.
But the opening couple sentences of the FTCLDF brief indicate the case is about much more. “This case is about cheese,” begins the motion. “Plaintiff believes that Defendant’s cheese is not worthy of human consumption yet Defendant believes its cheese is one of the finest artisanal cheeses on the planet and that it is worthy of human consumption.” Continue reading
Here’s the followup to part 1 of Russ’ excellent examination of the implications of so-called “food safety” bills such as S-510, which is now in the U.S. Senate — another excerpt from Russ’ “Volatility” blog:
Yesterday I described the pending food bill in some detail, discussing its many dubious and sinister features. I established that it cannot accomplish the food safety goals it claims to seek and can’t even be intended to accomplish such goals. Its intent must lie elsewhere.
For insight into the mindset and motives of the government, we can’t ask for better testimony than the FDA’s own brief asking for dismissal of the suit filed against it by Farm-to-Consumer. (The FDA’s motion to dismiss was rejected in August.) Continue reading
An excerpt from David E. Gumpert’s latest imaginings on The Complete Patient blog titled “John Sheehan’s latest FDA Job Evaluation: Tell me again why we’re going after someone who craves orgasms“:
John Sheehan, photo via The Complete Patient blog
“It’s been more than six months since John Sheehan last met with Margaret Hamburg, the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She’s called the head of Plant and Dairy in for a rare Labor Day session to review a number of important developments in the government’s campaign against raw milk.
Margaret Hamburg: Last time we talked, John, things were going so well on the raw milk front. You had dairy farmers on the run in Wisconsin. You were revving things up to send a strong message against raw milk in Massachusetts. You headed off that legislation in Wyoming that would have allowed small producers to sell unlicensed food. The federal food safety legislation looked like a done deal. You had helped create one of the Centers for Disease Control 2020 goals to reduce the number of states making raw milk available. Your state-by-state harassment campaign seemed to be bearing fruit. I was so proud of you and your team at Plant and Dairy. Continue reading