News for August 14, 2010
Why Buy the Cow?
“I still can’t believe they took our yogurt. There’s a medical marijuana shop a couple miles away, and they’re raiding us because we’re selling raw dairy products?” When the Rawesome organic food coop in Venice, California, was raided by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, the Los Angeles County Sheriff, the Ventura County Sheriff, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, plus the federal Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture in late June, one of the store’s volunteers was widely quoted expressing incredulity that dairy products would attract more attention from law enforcement than weed.
[ READ MORE (reason.com) ]
The War Over Raw Milk Heats Up
The FDA has long banned interstate sales of raw milk. Many states restrict or prohibit the sale of raw milk entirely.
Raw milk drinkers and sellers began fighting back in early 2010, filing suit against the FDA and claiming that banning interstate sales is unconstitutional. The case is now pending while the crackdowns continue.
Raw (unpasteurized) milk contains enzymes and bacteria have been shown to strengthen your immune system, develop healthy bacteria in your intestines and reduce the risks of everything from respiratory disease to obesity. Pasteurization destroys both good and bad bacteria.
[ READ MORE (Mercola.com) ]
Iowa senators back USDA authority to regulate packers
The Obama administration is getting some support from the Senate for its proposals to reduce the market power of meatpackers.
The proposals are opposed by major beef and pork industry groups and were roundly criticized at a recent House Agriculture Committee. But 21 senators, including Democrat Tom Harkin and fellow Iowan Chuck Grassley, the lone Republican in the group, have signed a letter backing the Agriculture Department’s legal authority to make the proposals. Among other things, the proposals would make it easier for producers to challenging meatpackers’ pricing practices in court and require packers to justify paying some producers more for livestock than other farmers.
[ READ MORE (Des Moines Register) ]