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News for June 4, 2010

Sauk County Farmer Battling To Sell Raw Milk

A rural Loganville farmer could face charges for selling raw milk products from his farm store.

READ MORE (Channel 3000) ]

The FDA Says You Have No Right to Freedom of Food

You thought you had the right to choose what you eat? The FDA says you don't. They claim that there is no fundamental right to choose your food or freedom to contract for it. Responding to a Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund lawsuit, the FDA clearly states that you do not have the right to freedom of choice in your diet.

READ MORE (Gaia Health) ]

Crying Over Spilt Milk

Lori Skelton sits in for Jean Feraca and talks with her guests about the culture of raw milk in this country and beyond. Check out the intense discussion on our blog from some of our listners. You can leave your feedback there, too.

READ MORE (Radio Without Borders) ]

Obama Administration Hosts National Rural Summit on Rebuilding and Revitalizing Rural America

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today held the Obama Administration's National Summit of Rural America with agricultural leaders, farmers, ranchers, community leaders, and rural residents who shared their vision and ideas to rebuild and revitalize rural America. As the day began at Jefferson College, Vilsack discussed many of the challenges and opportunities facing rural communities throughout the country and he encouraged participants to think boldly about the future.

"A strong American economy depends on a prosperous rural America," said Vilsack. "The Obama administration is committed to ensuring that America's rural communities are vibrant and thriving economically and last year made an unprecedented commitment to this revitalization with the Recovery Act. We continue looking to time-tested programs, as well as new approaches, to maintain a strong farm safety net for America's producers, which includes good-paying jobs, and to build a stronger rural economy for the 21st century so that rural communities remain great places to live, work, and raise a family."

READ MORE (USDA) ]

Why You Shouldn't Drink Pasteurized Milk

First of all, please understand that I do not recommend drinking pasteurized milk of any kind -- ever. Because once milk has been pasteurized it's more or less "dead," and offers little in terms of real nutritional value to anyone, whether you show signs of intolerance to the milk or not.

Valuable enzymes are destroyed, vitamins (such as A, C, B6 and B12) are diminished, fragile milk proteins are radically transformed from health nurturing to unnatural amino acid configurations that can actually worsen your health. Finally the eradication of beneficial bacteria through the pasteurization process actually ends up promoting pathogens.

READ MORE (Huffington Post) ]

Raw Milk Gets Hot

After oil, the most controversial liquid in the media lately may be milk - raw milk.

Advocates of raw milk argue that it's healthier than pasteurized milk; detractors say it comes with bacterial health risks. Advocates say the production of raw milk reinvigorates small farm dairies and that sales offer consumers a healthy choice other than factory-farmed produce.

READ MORE (Boston University) ]

Washington Post's Egg Taste Test Says Homegrown And Factory Eggs Taste The Same

Locavores beware! The Washington Post's Tamar Haspel conducted an unscientific-though-sobering blind taste test to try to get to the bottom of whether or not eggs from pampered chickens actually taste better than those from mistreated, mass-produced birds.

Haspel, a New York transplant to Cape Cod, decided she'd take advantage of her new rural digs by living the locavore dream: gardening, hunting, foraging, brewing root beer, and, of course, raising chickens. However, her lofty dreams were dashed when she invited over her local-food-adoring friends for a blind taste test where she compared four egg types: ordinary supermarket-brand eggs, organic supermarket eggs, high-end organic Country Hen brand eggs, and her own from her own birds.

READ MORE (Huffington Post) ]

Farmer defies warrant, keeps raw milk business open

A Sauk County dairy farmer who was handed a warrant Wednesday for operating a farm without a dairy license and selling raw milk products said he is ignoring the authorities and is open for business.

"This is how I make a living," Vernon Hershberger, a Loganville dairy farmer, said Thursday morning. "We are going to go right ahead and do business."

READ MORE (Cap Times) ]

This is the Life: American farmer offers a serving of hope

It's pretty hard to pay attention to the news these days and generate a sense of optimism. Crude oil is pouring into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate that is almost beyond comprehension. North and South Korea once again aren't playing nicely, threatening to put the U.S. and China on opposing sides in a very dangerous dispute. The European economy teeters on the brink of disaster. Israel and Pakistan are making the news for all the wrong reasons. Governments around the world are proving to be woefully incompetent in dealing with global warming.

It's enough, as W.O. Mitchell wrote, to give a gopher the heartburn. So it was a nice surprise when I listened to CBC Radio's Ideas on Monday evening. The third and final part of a series (I haven't heard the first two) called Have Your Meat and Eat It Too, featured a lengthy interview with Joel Salatin, whose family runs Polyface, "the farm of many faces", in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.

READ MORE (Creston Valley Advance) ]

Monsanto Invents the Pig

It's amazing what humankind can do with a little effort and ingenuity. Who'd a thought we could create an intelligent, four legged creature with a curly tail, that actually walks and makes cute grunting noises?

Stand by to be horrified at the lengths Big Biotech will go to take over the world's food supplies. You'll also be shocked to learn that pig and cattle farmers are seeing their livestock go sterile due to giving them genetically modified feed.

READ MORE (Celsias) ]

Putting raw milk sellers on notice

A dairy farmer in Sauk County is the latest person caught in a state Ag Department crackdown on illegal sales of raw milk and other unpasteurized dairy products, after officials raided his operation on Wednesday.

DATCP Food Safety Administrator Steve Ingham says the farmer was going beyond just sales of raw milk though, with items such as cheese also being produced and sold.

READ MORE (Wisconsin Radio Network) ]

Raw Milk - a Real Food for Everyone

The pasteurization of milk has been around for a century, yet now more than ever many people seek out raw milk. It is illegal to sell raw milk in Canada and about half of the United States, but there are ways around this. In most states it is possible to obtain raw milk, but why would you want to? Isn't pasteurization good for us? The answer to that is both yes and no and as with many topics, it can get a bit complicated.

Back in the early 20th century many people got sick from drinking milk that was contaminated. When pasteurization was invented by Louis Pasteur it was a very good thing. The milk was heated to a certain temperature for fifteen seconds and it would kill the bad bacteria, making milk safer for humans. It worked, as the instances of illness from drinking milk plummeted.

READ MORE (Hub Pages) ]

USDA to Prepare Environmental Impact Statement for Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for genetically engineered (GE) sugar beets.

In March 2005, APHIS deregulated a line of sugar beets that are genetically engineered to be tolerant to the Monsanto herbicide glyphosate, also known as Roundup(R), making them Roundup Ready(R) (RR) sugar beets. The deregulation occurred after APHIS determined that the RR sugar beet did not pose a plant pest risk under the Plant Protection Act (PPA) and after APHIS conducted an environmental assessment (EA) and issued a finding of no significant impact pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

READ MORE (USDA) ]

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