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News for October 29, 2010

From grass fields in Foxborough to your refrigerator

If Josie the cow [above left] cared, she could lift her big speckled head and see Patriots fans, tiny as ants, in the top tiers of Gillette Stadium. But the pretty speckled milk cow only has eyes for the grass.

And I only have eyes for the raw milk and cheeses that Terri Lawton – a tenth generation farmer – produces from Josie and the rest of her herd of about 24 grass-fed Ayrshire cows at the Lawton Family Farm in Foxborough.

READ MORE (Boston Globe) ]

Agister’s wife assaulted by officials in Edmonton Alberta raw milk seizure?

I just got off the phone from conversation with an agister managing a herd with 2 cows, near Edmonton Alberta. He told me that yesterday afternoon (Oct 27 2010) his wife was pulled over while delivering raw milk to a member of the cowshare. An officer of the Edmonton police and an officer of some provincial ministry physically assaulted this lady, bruising and traumatizing her so badly that she went to the hospital, getting back home at 3 in the morning. All – in order to seize one gallon of raw milk out of her vehicle. That gallon being private property.

At the moment, I’m trying to locate the section of Alberta law which exempts dairies producing less than 50 liters per day, from being compelled to participate in the milk marketing quota scheme there at first blush, this is a classic example of the petty tyrant over-stepping bounds of authority. Via the grapevine, the agister heard that the milk has been tested; good!…. let’s see those results. In over a year, no member of the cowshare has reported getting sick from drinking the raw milk.

READ MORE (The Bovine) ]

An artisanal plea from a fed-up foodie

When you find me behind bars, locked up for a fit of lexical rage, please know that it was granola that pushed me over the edge. Not just any granola: "artisan granola."

Presumably its makers meant artisanal granola, made in limited quantities using traditional methods, rather than crunchy-buttery-nutty snacks for a hungry craftsperson. Whatever. It's granola! It started out in the 19th century as health food for sick people. There is no long tradition of baked rolled oats that's been passed down through generations. And even if there were, grandma wouldn't be dropping her breakfast mix into a factory-sealed plastic bag stamped with nutritional information.

READ MORE (Grist) ]

In defense of candy

"Candy Professor" Dr. Samira Kawash has it just right: There's nothing wrong with candy. It's the candification of our other food that's the problem. Today's New York Times has an excellent profile of Dr. Kawash and a good primer on what's right about candy -- and what's wrong with industrial food.

Let's face it. Just about everyone loves candy. And they should! It's yummy! There's something unabashedly treat-like about candy that helps us have some mental clarity as to when it's appropriate to eat it -- which is usually not for breakfast or dinner -- even if we can't always resist temptation. (Who hasn't ever eaten a chocolate bar and called it lunch?)

READ MORE (Grist) ]

FDA seizure leaves cheesemaker depleted

Cheesemaker Kelli Estrella said she has received "support beyond belief" since federal officials seized her entire stock of cheeses Oct. 21, and she plans to fight back.

"The phone has been ringing off the hook," she said at the Estrella Family Creamery near Montesano, Wash. "Customers are in tears, they're infuriated, and they're enraged they can't get their cheese."

READ MORE (Capital Press) ]




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