From David E. Gumpert, on the Complete Patient blog:
“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s two-year undercover investigation of a Maryland food club has led a federal District Court judge to impose a permanent injunction against the Pennsylvania Amish farmer who supplied the club with raw milk.
Federal Judge Lawrence Stengel officially issued a permanent injunction last Friday. It prohibits the farmer, Dan Allgyer, from sending raw milk across state lines to supply the Grassfed on the Hill club. It specifically does not affect him making milk available in Pennsylvania, nor does it prohibit him from supplying other food to the Maryland club. But, of course, the club members most of all want their milk, and they are in Maryland, not Pennsylvania. Raw milk can’t be legally sold, or made available via a cowshare, in Maryland. 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 Jessica Claire Haney, in the Washington Times:
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“SILVER SPRING, Maryland, November 2, 2011 – They escaped arrest. The “raw milk freedom riders” who illegally transported raw milk from a farm in Pennsylvania to FDA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland and then drank it and distributed it to a crowd rallied in support of their efforts got away with their crime.
As reported yesterday in this column, this group of raw milk activists planned the ride and rally to protest government restrictions on the sale of raw milk and the spending of taxpayer money to raid and bankrupt small family farms. Continue reading
Photo from today's rally in Vancouver. Photo by Tirra Del Giudice
Michael Schmidt booked a flight to Vancouver today a few weeks ago to attend court on contempt charges. However, since then he’s heard that the court date has been postponed to December 5th. However, Michael went to Vancouver today anyway and the raw milk community there is hosting a rally today in support of raw milk freedom and food rights generally. We’ll post more when we receive further reports.
Michael spent yesterday at the Raw Milk Freedom Riders rally at the FDA headquarters in Maryland, so this is a strenuous schedule, especially for someone who hasn’t eaten in 35 days.
Valerie Hauch, in the Toronto Star:
Raw milk crusader, Michael Schmidt, drank just one glass of raw milk daily in the initial phase of his hunger strike but has been subsisting on only water since early October. The Durham farmer says he has lost 30 lbs and is being monitored by a doctor. LUCAS OLENIUK/TORONTO STAR/LUCAS OLENIUK/TORONTO STAR
“He hasn’t yet had a phone call from Premier Dalton McGuinty, but dairy farmer and raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt, who is nearly a month into a hunger strike, is hearing from a lot of other people — including some supporters south of the border.
Members of the Raw Milk Freedom Riders — an activist group of American mothers and their supporters who believe in the right of people to buy raw milk and also transport it over state lines — have invited the Durham farmer to be one of a number of speakers at a Nov. 1 rally in Silver Spring, Maryland. Continue reading
From Jeremy Roebuck, The Philadelphia Inquirer, via The Cornucopia Institute:
PHILADELPHIA — In the predawn fog of an April morning last year, armed federal agents fanned out across darkened Lancaster County, Pa., pastures in search of contraband.
Months of investigation had led to this point. Strong evidence suggested that Rainbow Acres — a small Amish farm just outside Kinzers — served as the hub of a large-scale smuggling operation responsible for shipping hundreds of gallons of illicit product across state lines.
After sweeping past dozing cattle and roosters waiting to crow, the agents finally found what they had come for: dozens of coolers filled with unpasteurized milk. Continue reading
From the Liberation Wellness collection at Vodpod:
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This is excerpted from Lancaster Farming:
“Heated Debate Over House Bills Legalizing the Sale of Raw Milk In Maryland
Janice F. Booth
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Health and Government Operations Committee of the Maryland House of Representatives heard testimony March 17, 2009, on two bills (HB 1015 & HB 1080) legalizing the sale of raw milk in the state. HB 1015 requires licensing and regular oversight of dairies. HB 1080 legalizes cow sharing or cooperative ownership of a dairy cow(s) whereby all owners share in the products of that cow. Most attention focused on the cow sharing bill, HB 1080.
The Hearing Room came to life as the time neared for testimony on the raw milk bills. Many parents who are advocates for raw milk attended the hearing.
Alex and Daniel Kits, ages ten and six respectively, sat attentively beside their mom, Beatrice; Leah Mack arrived with her PowerPoint presentation and her two-month old daughter, jauntily attired, in cap and romper festooned with dancing cows. Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from a recent story (March 13, ’09) from Channel 8 News titled “Maryland Lawmakers Consider Lifting ‘Raw Milk’ Ban:
BOWIE, Md. – There is a small but growing number of Americans who want to turn back the clock to the days before Pasteurized milk.
They argue the process that health officials credit for making milk safe may actually do more harm then good, and now some lawmakers are listening. The Maryland legislature has scheduled hearings on legalizing the sale of raw milk for Tuesday.
Bowie resident Liz Reitzig goes to great lengths to get her four children what she calls “real” milk, driving more than two hours to a Pennsylvania dairy farm to buy gallons of raw milk. Continue reading