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News for July 30, 2010

Feds raid Amish dairy and threaten action over raw milk sales

The U.S. government gestapo is at it again in its crusade against raw milk. Recently, the jackboots swarmed a Pennsylvania Amish man's private dairy farm for the second time, falsely accusing him of violating the ridiculous prohibition on selling raw milk across state lines.

Farmer Dan Allgyer's farm was raided by the same agents who paid him a visit back in February, telling him both times that they were there for an "inspection". Just like last time, the agents drove flagrantly past "No Trespassing" and "Private Property", this time arriving around 4:30 a.m. when Allgyer's family was still asleep and as he was preparing to milk his cows.

READ MORE (Natural News) ]

Raw milk activist marks trial with operetta

Dairy farmer Michael Schmidt is milking his court victory by creating a comic operetta.

He hopes to bring new lyrics to an old legal battle about unpasteurized milk, giving the public a taste for his views through opera, comedy and high-energy neo-vaudeville.

READ MORE (The Star) ]

The Dangers of Dairy: Raw vs. Pasteurized

Taking about raw milk stirs up a can of worms, with plenty of ideology governing opinions on all sides. My posting of Bill Marler's list of recent raw milk outbreaks elicited much heat and one appropriate question: how do raw milk outbreaks compare to outbreaks from pasteurized milk?

People must be asking Marler the same question, because he has just answered it. Outbreaks from pasteurized milk products do occur, but they are rare, especially because far more people drink Pasteurized than raw milk. Here is his summary table (PDF). He puts the supporting documentation on his Real Raw Milk Facts website.

READ MORE (The Atlantic) ]

Fracking With Food: How the Natural Gas Industry Poisons Cows and Crops

On the morning of May 5, 2010, nobody could say for sure how much fluid had leaked from the 650,000-gallon disposal pit near a natural gas drill pad in Shippen Township, Penn. -- not the employees on site; not the farmers who own the property; not the DEP rep who came to investigate.

But there were signs of trouble: Vegetation had died in a 30’ by 40’ patch of pasture nearby. A “wet area” of indeterminate toxicity had crept out about 200 feet, its puddles shimmering with an oily iridescence. And the cattle: 16 cows, four heifers and eight calves were all found near water containing the heavy metal strontium. Strontium is preferentially deposited in cows’ bones at varying levels depending on things like age and growth rates. Since slaughtering 28 cattle on mere suspicion can devastate a farmer financially, nobody knows what, if anything, the cows ingested. They're now sitting in quarantine.

READ MORE (AlterNet) ]

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