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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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Bechards settle raw milk dispute with Missouri milk board, dating back to ’09

Thanks to Rosanne for first linking to this:

Falls Church, Virginia (August 22, 2012) — Last month Armand and Teddi Bechard entered into a consent agreement with the State of Missouri, ending a case that began in 2009. On two occasions in the spring of 2009, undercover agents from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department allegedly purchased raw milk at the Bechard’s central delivery point, a health food store parking lot in Springfield. Continue reading


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Missouri farmer plans to publicly distribute raw milk in protest against consumer drop site crackdown

From David E. Gumpert on the Complete Patient blog:

Missouri farmer Eric Vimont, with his two children. Via The Complete Patient blog

“The latest tactic in impeding raw milk distribution–harassing farmers using drop sites–seems to be spreading from Minnesota to Missouri.

And like in Minnesota, where many of the ten consumer drop site hosts warned by regulators recently are continuing the defy the warnings, resistance is developing as well.   Continue reading


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Raw milk lawbreakers emerge from court as folk heros — Marler Clark

From Dan Flynn, writing for Marler Clark’s Food Safety News blog, under the heading “Lawsuits and Litigation”, from a story titled “More Raw Milk Bans Challenged”:

People who stretch or break raw milk laws in the U.S. and Canada often are more likely to emerge as folk heroes rather than outlaws.  The recent cases involving Armand Bechard in Springfield, MO and Michael Schmidt in Ontario are examples.

In April 2009, undercover inspectors from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department saw Bechard’s 17-year old and 21-year old daughters selling raw milk in a parking lot. Continue reading


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Missouri court rules in favour of raw milk farmer’s right to deliver product

Emily Baucom, writing on Ozarks First.com:

Frame grabs from Fox video on the Ozarks First.com story. That's farmer Armand Bechard in the two top pictures and reporter Emily Baucon on the left of the bottom right picture.

“(Greene County, MO) — It’s a big win for farmers and people who prefer to buy locally-grown food.

A husband and wife who run a farm in Conway have been acquitted on charges of illegally selling raw milk inside Springfield city limits. Continue reading


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FTCLDF takes on Morningside Cheese case over FDA demands for destruction

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

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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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Yard 2 skillet: bloody backyard chickens

Backyard chicken enthusiasts who are keen on experiencing the whole process have been signing up for a new kind of workshop. This excerpt is from an L. A. Times story titled “A Bloody Lesson for Backyard Chicken Enthusiasts“:

Instructor Jordan Dawdy, 33, helps Elizabeth Lameyer, 23, cut off a chicken's head at the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's "Yard to Skillet" workshop in Columbia, Mo. The town began allowing urban residents to raise chickens in February. (Eva Dou, For The L. A. Times / September 25, 2010)

Reporting from Columbia, Mo. —

Fluffy, white broiler chickens pecked around the backyard while a group of two dozen people — a set of knives laid out before them — eyed them warily. Continue reading

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Media not talking about Morningside dairy and the dangers of food safety legislation like new Senate bill S-510

Latest thoughts from David E. Gumpert at the Complete Patient blog:

“What tends to get overlooked is that the media buy into the regulator shtick…hook, line, and sinker. For corroboration, all you have to do is look at two recent news stories—first, the case of Morningland Dairy, the Missouri raw cheese maker being singled out for the equivalent of State-sponsored torture by the Missouri Milk Board, and its overseer, the FDA…and second, the fate of S 510, the U.S. Senate bill designed to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration vast new powers over the food system.

Morningland Dairy’s only “crime” was selling cheese to Rawesome Food Club, the Los Angeles private food club that’s been targeted by The State apparatus because of its vendetta against the club’s co-founder, Aajonus Vonderplanitz. Plain and simple. Continue reading

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FTCLDF to defend Morningside Dairy

Via Facebook:

The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund has agreed to represent Joe and Denise Dixon, owners of the Morningland Dairy of the Ozarks, LLC, in their struggles with the State of Missouri Milk Board.  The Milk Board has threatened to seek a Court Order ordering the destruction of the Dixons entire supply of cheese, cut and whole, which was produced from February to August, 2010.

The case against the Dixons stems from the FDAs and State of Californias raid on Rawsome Foods in California.  At that time, a California representative obtained a piece of cheese sold to Rawsome by the Dixons and had it sampled.  The result came back positive for Listeria yet the validity of the sampling collection procedure and its handling is questionable.  California then contacted the Missouri Milk Board, which then conducted an inspection of the Dixons facility. Continue reading

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