Via Margo McIntosh, on Facebook:
I just received this plea today and am asking that everyone who lives in Southern Ontario who can possibly come out to this meeting please come. We have to stand up to these people who threaten to take away our food rights and not give us free choice in issues of our own health!
Today, April 21, 2011 (Maundy Thursday in the middle of Passion Week, and the day when Christ had his last supper with his disciples), I stood in the middle of my farmers driveway before 5 government officials. They wanted to talk to my farmer, it was in his best interest, could he be reached? where was he? they just wanted to talk.
They arrived with no notice, no forewarning. They were armed with paperwork (the Milk Act, the risks of unpasteurized milk, the consumer protection act). OH MY! This was an assault from the faceless dictatorship, my choice to drink raw milk was threatened, my toe nails clattered against my steel toes, my stomach churned, and I STOOD. Continue reading
David E. Gumpert’s latest discoveries as reported on The Complete Patient:
“He’s back! MDA agent Jim Roettger shown last December hauling food and holding a search warrant at a suburban Minneapolis dropoff site for the Hartmann farm. “I’m new to this community and…get food from Alvin (Schlangen),” writes Elisa on a listserve. “I’m so upset they have done this, as is my whole family.”
Welcome to Minnesota, Elisa, where official interference in ordinary people’s access to food has become a major public initiative, along with paving roads and building schools. Continue reading
This just in from Ontario raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt:
Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt. Photo via Nelson Daily
I have to be thankful for the rather degrading and heated discussion following my post about the need to support Eric and Judith in their struggle to fight for their cow share operation in Alberta.
The discussion laid open the variety of positions dealing with the issue of how to deal with the current underground raw milk trade across Canada and across Province lines. Continue reading
The latest from David E. Gumpert on The Complete Patient blog:
Image from website header for the Rocky Plains store.
“For 18 years, Phil Haynes has been selling his ranch’s buffalo meat through a store at the ranch, Rocky Plains Quality Meats, outside the northern Colorado town of Dacono.
Over the years, he opened a second store in nearby Loveland and added pork and chicken from other area producers, along with locally-produced fish. And a little over three years ago, he added raw goat’s and cow’s milk, produced by a nearby farm under Colorado’s cowshare law implemented five years ago. Continue reading
David E. Gumpert struggles to find meaning in the use of a handicapped parking sticker by “regulators” who steal people’s raw milk in police raids. Could he be overlooking the obvious? Perhaps the regulators’ “handicaps” are not physical. First some more video from the raid and then an excerpt from David’s latest post:
“Before I explore the latest controversy to have come out of Tuesday’s highly public raid of the Hartmann Farm delivery, I should report that the Hartmann Farm, half a dozen of its customers, and the Foundation for Consumer Free Choice have filed suit in state court against the state to seek return of confiscated product and an end to “harassing and malicious prosecution.” They charge the Minnesota Department of Agriculture with having “intentionally introduced this chaos in hopes of creating conflicting decisions, increasing Respondents costs to defend himself, and to advance multiple theories of liability. Serial prosecutions for the same alleged offenses, are an abuse of process, and can have no legitimate purpose…” Continue reading
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