News for October 21, 2010
Got Raw Milk?
They like their milk raw but not everyone thinks that's the healthiest way to drink milk. A growing trend in North Central Florida has many saying forget about pasteurization. Howard Kurtz, nicknamed Bubba, and his family sell raw milk every Wednesday at Gainesville's downtown farmers market. Since the milk is unpasteurized, the state of Florida requires Kurtz to label the food for pet consumption only.
"We all know what they are buying it for. It's a shame that people have to go back ways and secretive ways to do things," said Howard Kurtz.
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New FDA regulations to destroy small organic farms
A proposed law to bring farms more directly under FDA supervision could be the death of small organic farms, natural food advocates have warned.
"How do we trust that the FDA is going to know about things that the San Francisco Bay Area has been very progressive on -- the field to fork, fresh, grow local, buy local -- all of that?" said Rep. Sam Farr. "The organic people are feeling that the regulations the FDA may promulgate will be so safety oriented, it'll put them out of business."
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Milk - The RAW Truth on the next NaturalNews Talk Hour
The NaturalNews Talk Hour presents Milk - The RAW Truth - with our special guest Mark McAfee, Founder of Organic Pastures. Mark is internationally recognized as an expert in raw milk production, and has spoken in over fifteen states and three countries on the subject. This program will expose the hidden truth behind the conventional dairy industry, health benefits of raw milk products and much more.
Mark McAfee is CEO and Founder of Organic Pastures Dairy. He is internationally recognized as an expert in raw milk production, and has spoken in over fifteen states and three countries on the subject. He invented the first dietary supplements made from fresh raw colostrum, and secured their certification from the FDA and DHS. In addition, Mark created and published the first international raw milk safety standards at www.rawusa.org.
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Election Unlikely to Change US Farm Subsidies
Republicans might take control of Congress as they ride a wave of voter anger over deficit spending and big government, but experts who follow agriculture say they don't expect deep cuts in subsidies to farmers who grow crops such as corn and soybeans.
Those payments are long-entrenched policy that have had the support of a wide range of lawmakers, from liberal to conservative. Regardless of the election results, that likely won't change much, politicians and other said.
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Nourish: Food + Community Airing on PBS
As the harvest season turns into the holidays, watch Nourish: Food + Community on PBS this fall. Perfect for youth and families, this award-winning half-hour special asks the question, "What's the story of your food?"
Hosted and narrated by Cameron Diaz, Nourish features interviews with best-selling author Michael Pollan, sustainable food advocate Anna Lappe, eco-chef Bryant Terry, pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke, and organic farmer Nigel Walker. With beautiful visuals and inspiring stories, Nourish traces our relationship to food from a global perspective to personal action steps.
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Texan produce plant shut down after listeria-tainted celery kills five
The Texas Department of State Health Services has stopped production at a produce processing plant in San Antonio after it linked five deaths to listeria-contaminated chopped celery from the facility.
The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) ordered on Wednesday that Sangar Fresh Cut Produce recall all products shipped from the plant since January, after laboratory tests indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in packages of chopped celery that it sold to schools, hospitals and restaurants. The celery is not believed to have been sold directly to consumers, the DSHS said, and Sangar’s customers have been advised not to cook the affected product, but to return it or throw it away.
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