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News for October 12, 2010

Family Farm Ordered to Destroy 50,000 Pounds of Cheese

Morningland Dairy is the latest attempt by the FDA to fulfill the Healthy People 2020 objective to kill raw dairy. Morningland is owned by Joseph and Denise Dixon, who operate the cheese plant and make raw cheese from cows kept right on the property and managed by one of their eldest daughters. They have 12 children, 4 who still live at home, and they have been actively engaged in real food for decades. They were caught up in the Rawesome Raid dragnet and many believe the questionable California Dept of Food and Agriculture tests on their cheese are the legal justification for the multi-agency guns drawn raid at Rawesome.

In the thirty years of Morningland Dairy operations NO ONE has become ill from consuming their products. Yet they have been ordered by the Missouri Milk Board to destroy ALL of their cheese without actual tests being performed on the cheese stock. This is nearly 50,000 pounds of cheese, or approximately $250,000.

READ MORE (Hartke) ]

John Stossel on Food Police and Rawesome Raid

John Stossel thinks the Rawesome Raid is an example of a government too big, too intrusive. Watch his Perspective and tell us, what do you think?

READ MORE (Hartke) ]

S. 510, FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

For Episode 7, we look ahead to next month’s lame duck session and preview a bill likely to be examined in the Senate in the first week back. The “food safety bill” enjoys strong bipartisan support and is likely to receive over 90 Senate votes if it gets that far, but is being blocked from consideration by Sen. Coburn for budgetary reasons.

Its fate at this point will be determined almost entirely by the amount of floor time Democratic leaders are willing to spend on it. But in case you’d like to nudge them one way or the other and want to learn more beforehand, here’s the skinny on S. 510, The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.

READ MORE (Main St. Insider) ]

Real Food Tyranny is Threatening Us All: Let the Revolution Begin

Just when we thought the House Resolution 875 (HR 875) of 2009 might fade into obscurity, along comes a Senate version of the same type of food tyranny disguised as `Food Safety Bills`, S510 of 2010. Both could be passed in the next very few months to deliver a fatal one-two punch to any sense of food choice freedom.

Both of these bills are sponsored by congressmen and senators bought by Big Agribusiness, including the GMO factions and Big Dairy. And both of these bills will be voted on soon. The real intention behind these bills is to get rid of real food produced ethically and wisely while forcing the population into consuming only dead foods that are toxic!

READ MORE (Natural News) ]

Chilliwack raw-milk dairy heads back to court

According to reports, Queen Elizabeth — the sprightly 84-year-old who has ruled Britannia for 58 years now — drinks raw milk.

It's also said that Her Majesty is so keen on it that when grandsons princes William and Harry were at Eton, raw milk from the monarch's Windsor dairy herd was delivered daily to them at the school.

READ MORE (The Province) ]

Your Tomatoes May Have Been Picked by Slaves

Slavery in America isn't just a subject in history textbooks. It's alive and well — and it's taking place throughout America's crop fields.

The tomato industry is rife with unfair labor practices and poor treatment of farm workers. Thousands of tomato pickers and growers perform back-breaking labor underneath the sweltering sun for hours on end. That type of job is grueling enough, but in many cases, workers get paid less than minimum wage for their endeavors. As the Coalition for Immokalee Workers (CIW) reports, farm laborers earn about 45 cents for every 32-pound bucket of tomatoes they pick. That rate hasn't gone up in the past 30 years — to even earn minimum wage, a worker must pick more than 2.25 tons of tomatoes over a 10-hour day. While supermarkets typically charge upwards of $2.99 a pound for tomatoes, workers earn a mere 1.4 cents per pound of produce.


What a Scientist Didn't Tell the New York Times About His Study on Bee Deaths

Few ecological disasters have been as confounding as the massive and devastating die-off of the world's honeybees. The phenomenon of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) -- in which disoriented honeybees die far from their hives -- has kept scientists, beekeepers, and regulators desperately seeking the cause. After all, the honeybee, nature's ultimate utility player, pollinates a third of all the food we eat and contributes an estimated $15 billion in annual agriculture revenue to the U.S. economy.

The long list of possible suspects has included pests, viruses, fungi, and also pesticides, particularly so-called neonicotinoids, a class of neurotoxins that kills insects by attacking their nervous systems. For years, their leading manufacturer, Bayer Crop Science, a subsidiary of the German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG, has tangled with regulators and fended off lawsuits from angry beekeepers who allege that the pesticides have disoriented and ultimately killed their bees. The company has countered that, when used correctly, the pesticides pose little risk.

READ MORE (Common Dreams) ]

Third-generation dairy farmer calls it quits -- like so many others hit by low milk pricing

The Rohe dairy farm has been a fixture in the town of Onondaga for more than 100 years. Sitting high on Onondaga Hill, it has expanded to more than 800 acres on two sites. The farm that started with a few Holsteins has grown to 80 milkers and 25 young stock.

But after today, the cows will be gone. Steve and Trish Rohe are getting out of the dairy business, selling their herd, due in large part to low milk prices that make it more difficult with every passing month to make a living.

READ MORE (Post-Standard) ]

Farmers distrust proposed federal food-safety legislation

The bright orange habaneros and purple Japanese eggplants, picked by the same hand that helps you bag them, rest vibrant under the morning sun inside old wooden buckets.

This direct transaction, valued for so long by both farmer and consumer, is being threatened by new federal legislation that could disrupt it all.

READ MORE (Borderzine) ]

Connecticut Dairy Farming Families Passionate About Surviving

Over the phone, Kathy Smith is reciting the ingredients in Muddy Boots Chocolate Chocolate Chip, an ice cream from The Farmer's Cow.

Smith, who isn't even a big chocolate-eater, insists the dessert is worth starting a relationship for, just so you can end it and drown your sorrows in Muddy Boots. The ice cream was offered at Monday's farm tour, along with a vanilla/caramel swirl that made the drive to Lebanon's Graywall Farms more than worth it.

READ MORE (Hartford Courant) ]




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