From the Activist Post:
“Two powerful dairy organizations, The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), are petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to allow aspartame and other artificial sweeteners to be added to milk and other dairy products without a label.
The FDA currently allows the dairy industry to use “nutritive sweeteners” including sugar and high fructose corn syrup in many of their products. Nutritive sweeteners are defined as sweeteners with calories. Continue reading
From Nicholas Kristof, in the New York Times:
“…The industry’s strategy is to lobby Congress to cut off money for the Report on Carcinogens, a 500-page consensus document published every two years by the National Institutes of Health, containing the best information about what agents cause cancer. If that sounds like shooting the messenger, well, it is.
“The way the free market is supposed to work is that you have information,” said Lynn Goldman, dean of the school of public health at George Washington University. “They’re trying to squelch that information.”
The larger issue is whether the federal government should be a watchdog for public health, or a lap dog for industry. When Mitt Romney denounces President Obama for excessive regulation, these are the kinds of issues at stake. Continue reading
Francis Thicke, who we last heard of as being proposed for ag secretary has recently been advocating for passage of legislation to support raw milk sales in Iowa. The following is from a March 13, 2011 story by Paul Deaton, on the Blog for Iowa:
“Where can legislators across the political spectrum find common ground? It turns out on House File 394, the raw milk bill, which would “allow certain milk and products using milk to be transferred directly by operators of dairy farms.”
In Iowa it is illegal for a farmer to sell raw milk directly from his/her farm and Francis Thicke of Fairfield wants to change that. Thicke is advocating for the bill and lobbyists are lining up against it in large numbers. Why is raw milk an issue at all? Continue reading