From David E. Gumpert at the Complete Patient blog:
“Why should we care about raw milk producers abiding by some set of quality and safety standards?
A number of people raised that question when I reported a few weeks ago that an ad hoc group of raw milk producers and consumers, headed by Tim Wightman of the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation, were involved in drafting quality and safety standards. The worry that seemed most prominent in the many comments was that any independent group or organization involved in setting and enforcing standards could very well be co-opted by government agencies.
I think the events out of California’s Humboldt County over the last few days can safely put those fears to rest. No government agency that I can think of would want to be associated with raw milk standards, now that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which funds so many state public health and agriculture agencies, has sought to put the kabosh on standards. Continue reading
Here’s a message from Symposium chair Tim Wightman:
Cowshare pioneer Tim Wightman -- who is the chair of this year's international raw milk symposium in Wisconsin -- speaking at last year's international raw milk symposium in Toronto (in January, 2009)
“Last year, in Toronto, the inaugural International Raw Milk Symposium created awareness about the problems that lie ahead for raw milk farmers and consumers in the years to come. Continue reading