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News for June 23, 2010

Raw milk clubs still in limbo

When the state's Department of Agricultural Resources pushed off a clamp-down on raw milk buying clubs, Jack Kittredge of the Northeast Organic Farming Association/Massachusetts called it a "significant, if temporary, victory." With the issue at a stand-still, that enthusiasm is starting to curdle.

"It puts farmers in a very difficult position," said Winton Pitcoff, NOFA/Massachusetts' raw milk network coordinator. "That's no way to have to run a business, to not know at any given moment what's really OK and what's not."

READ MORE (South Coast Today) ]

Everona's Piedmont great for special occasions

Attending a festival near her home in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains almost 20 years ago, Pat Elliott was smitten with a vendor's border collie puppies. Impulsively, she came home with one. As the puppy grew, she wanted to accommodate its herding instinct, so she bought a few sheep. You can see where this is going.

Hoping for some income from the sheep, Elliott, a family physician and resolute do-it-yourselfer, thought she might milk them. She had no familiarity with sheep's milk cheese, but a trip to Greece enlightened her about the possibilities. By 1998, she had a cheesemaking course under her belt, a flock of Friesian dairy sheep, and a licensed operation she named Everona Dairy.

READ MORE (San Francsico Chronicle) ]

Gourmet food trucks debut at Disneyland

The food truck trend must be more than a passing fad because some are landing in one of the hottest retail properties in Orange County -- Disneyland.

Disney California Adventure is offering tourists a taste of gourmet street food as part of the theme park's new Glow Fest celebration, which runs through Aug. 22.

READ MORE (Orange County Register) ]

Enforcer of Wisconsin's raw milk rules resigns

The enforcer of Wisconsin's raw milk rules has resigned after months of controversy and actions against farms selling unpasteurized dairy products directly to the public.

Steve Ingham, food safety division administrator for the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, is returning to his faculty position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison following 19 months at the department. His last day at the state agency is July 7, an agency spokeswoman said Monday.

READ MORE (Journal Sentinal) ]

The Real Milk Diet: An Old-School Raw Remedy Treats Modern Disease

At first glance it's hard to believe milk could have ever been considered a healing food. Aside from trite milk mustache ads pushed by the commercial dairy industry, milk usually lands on the "don't eat" list of modern diet plans. But, believe it or not, milk (in its raw form) used to be prized as a curative food. There were even medical doctors who would place their ailing patients on an all milk diet to stimulate the healing process and reportedly cure an array of conditions.

How in the world was milk successfully used to treat disease? It's very simple: the milk diet was administered with raw, unpasteurized, unhomogenized milk that came from cows who were kept on pasture and primarily fed a diet of fresh grass. If the diet had been done with modern pasteurized, homogenized commercial milk the results would likely have been disastrous.

READ MORE (Natural News) ]

Supreme Court Case a Defeat for Monsanto's Ambitions

It should be no surprise that Monsanto's PR machine is working hard to spin the truth in this morning's decision in the first-ever Supreme Court case on genetically engineered crops (Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms). Despite what the biotech seed giant is claiming, today's ruling isn't close to the victory they were hoping for.

The 7-1 decision issued today by the Supreme Court was on the appeal of the Center for Food Safety's (CFS) successful suit, which resulted in a ban on GMO alfalfa. And, while the High Court ruled in favor of Monsanto by reversing an injunction that was part of the lower court's decision, more importantly, it also ruled that the ban on GMO alfalfa remains intact, and that the planting and sale of GMO alfalfa remains illegal.

READ MORE (Huffington Post) ]

Raw milk 101: Is certified raw dairy for you?

Full-fat dairy products can be part of a healthy low-carb lifestyle. "Raw Milk 101" is a series about the controversy between certified raw milk and homogenized (pasteurized) milk.

Los Angeles area healthfood stores and farmers markets continue to offer certified raw dairy products despite a nationwide battle, in which the FDA favors banning raw milk as an "inherently dangerous" substance.

READ MORE (examiner.com) ]

Raw Milk Committee Trying to Move Toward Consensus

The Raw Milk Policy Working Group met for the fourth time last Friday at the Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).

This was the group’s first meeting since Governor Doyle vetoed the Senate Bill 434 on May 19. This bill would have legalized the sale of raw milk in Wisconsin.

READ MORE (Agri-View) ]

Obamacare's control plan? 'Behavior modification'

The online Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders says "behavior modification," a controversial psychological treatment, can be accomplished through positive reinforcement or "punishment" – and now President Obama has signed an executive order specifying the treatment for all Americans, to be prescribed by government bureaucrats.

Obama's order appoints members to a new government committee set up by the Democrats' new health law that will evaluate, make recommendations about and establish rules for everything from how people exercise to whether they smoke to the food they eat and the medicines they use. And it specifically requires the committee list the priorities for "lifestyle behavior modification" that the government will pursue.

READ MORE (World Net Daily) ]

Big Brother eyes your freedom to drink milk

A legal brief filed in a federal court dispute over the purchase and use of raw milk contends the court ultimately will determine "whether the people control the government, or whether the government controls the people."

"The decision of this court will either ensure that people have fundamental rights endowed to them by their Creator, or that the people have no rights except those that are conferred upon them by government," attorneys for the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund have argued in their newest brief, which opposes the government's demand that the case be dismissed.

READ MORE (World Net Daily) ]

Organic farming gains ground in China

Ji Yunliang worked as a missile researcher at a large state-owned enterprise and later earned a doctorate in chemistry at a prestigious Beijing university. Now, he is running a small organic farm.

In a country hit by a series of food safety scandals, the interest in organic produce is growing fast.

READ MORE (AFP) ]

Local food movement is growing, but much produce comes from afar

Local fruits and vegetables make up a growing industry, but our food is raised around the corner and around the world.

While the U.S. local food movement picks up market share, the amount of items arriving for grocery produce shelves from all over the world also is increasing.

READ MORE (Journal Star) ]

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