Underground sources report that U.S. food safety legislation is already being implemented. Here are a few snippets:
S510 is going into effect. For those who supported it, arguing it was needed and wasn’t going to destroy local farmers and food producers, here is the reality.
This radio show gives detail. Listen to the podcast at: http://www.derrybrownfield.com/tracks/042511.mp3
They are using it to try to shut down Mike Callicrate and/or people doing the same work he is, with HACCP. He produced raw beef and delivers it fresh every day, within just hours of grinding it (or cutting, too?). They are imposing a “test and wait” rule, in which ground beef (or other kinds, too?) has to be tested daily (sent off for tests?) and then held for test results (for days). This would kill the business of anyone producing fresh meat. Continue reading
From the “Balance your apple” blog:
Farmer Michael Schmidt. Photo of image from Owen Sound Sun Times newspaper
“I have to say that this is the best political speech I have heard in years. I implore all of you to read it. Our small farms are having a hard time surviving as we import most of our fruits, vegetables and a lot of our meat from other countries.
If I lived in Bruce County I would vote for this man who speaks his mind and isn’t afraid to tell the truth. As I talk to farmers and research the future of our agricultural business, I become more and more aware that agribusiness and government double talk are conspiring to destroy our right to real foods. Foods grown without the billions of dollars of pesticides, herbicides and medications used in conventional farming. Foods that humans for thousands of years have eaten. Continue reading
Michael sends these pictures via Facebook:
On the way to Regina passing grain elevator in little prairie towns.
As far as I know, Kat is just another blogger sharing her perspectives on food and the culture that surrounds it. Here’s a bit of what she says about raw milk in a recent post:
Media mashup of pictures and titles from Kat's blog. And yes, that's Kat on the left.
“I don’t drink raw milk. I used to think all those raw milk people were crazy. This past spring I started getting raw milk locally, just to try it out. Now I use raw milk for making my yogurt and I can’t go back! If someone took away my raw milk, I would be the one going crazy! Continue reading
A War story from Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm:
Farmer Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm
“Thursday, Sept. 2 Mark Gresge, owner/chef of L’etoile restaurantin Charlottesville, notified us that Pamela Burke, a Charlottesville City Health Inspector had been in and written up a critical hazard for using eggs from an “unapproved source.” Interestingly, and in totally aberrant behavior, she did not confiscate the eggs on the spot–probably oversight more than charity. Continue reading
David E. Gumpert writes again for Grist.org. This piece is titled “Six things you should know before defying the real food police”:
Raw deal: Are you ready to go to jail for distributing unpasteurized milk? Photo courtesy of eqqman via Flickr
“Resistance has a glorified history in this country, beginning with the founding fathers, and extending to the labor and civil rights movements last century. We honor one of the resisters, Dr. Martin Luther King, with a national holiday.
The ranks of food resisters are now expanding rapidly. Driven by increasingly harsh crackdowns by local and federal agencies on small producers and distributors of unpasteurized (raw) milk and other nutrient-dense foods, growing numbers of individuals involved in this part of the food chain are publicly refusing to abide by government edicts and shutdown orders. Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from a recent discussion of the matter on the blog of Kelly the Kitchen Kop:
“…My jaw hit the floor when I read the thumbs down book review on Nina Planck’s Real Food for Mother & Baby in the recent Wise Traditions journal (Fall 2009). Nina Planck is one of “ours”, and she’s on the front lines fighting for REAL FOOD! She writes clearly and makes a traditional diet attainable for anyone. I just didn’t get it. My opinion is that it should have been given a thumbs UP, with clarifications about the issues mentioned in the review…”
And from Nina Planck’s reply (published on the same blog): Continue reading