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News for July 6, 2010

In Vonderplanitz Affair, Sharon Palmer Is Left to Wonder If She's a Main Actor, or Bit Player in More Intricate Plot

When the approximately twenty agents arrived at her farmhouse door at 7 a.m. last Wednesday--from the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, Los Angeles County Sheriff, Ventura County sheriff, and the California Department of Food and Agriculture--Sharon Palmer didn't know what to say. She had just the previous day pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of mislabeling goat's milk cheese that took more than a year to materialize from two previous raids in late 2008 and 2009, pushed by CDFA. She thought that at the least the authorities would leave her alone until that case was resolved, since she had made no attempt to get back into her original business of selling raw goat's milk and cheese.

But her 12-year-old daughter, Jasmine, wasn't the least bit tongue-tied. "She started back-talking to them," recalls Palmer. "She said, 'If you take my computer again, I can't do my homework.' This would be the third computer we will have lost. I still haven't gotten the computers back that they took in the previous two raids." (I wrote several posts about Sharon Palmer after the first raid, and then about her ongoing legal problems.)

READ MORE (Complete Patient) ]

Cement City dairy farmer dumps 1,300 gallons of milk to protest drop in prices

In 2009, Woody Wittenberg of Cement City lost a significant part of his income. As a dairy farmer, he was not alone.

On Sunday, to protest the dropping income of all dairy farmers Wittenberg participated in a nationwide protest as he dumped out 1,300 gallons of raw milk. It ran from a hose down his driveway and onto Cary Street.

READ MORE (Mlive) ]

Work, love converge at organic dairy farm

Sarah Smith loves her job. Which is a good thing, because it's a rare moment that she isn't working.

Smith and her husband, Garin, operate Grassland Farm in Skowhegan.

READ MORE (Morning Sentinel) ]

Raw Milk Gets a Raw Deal

To public health officials and state departments of agriculture, unpasteurized milk is a dangerous, germ-ridden liquid that is especially hazardous to children and their immature immune systems. The FDA says more than 800 people in the US have gotten sick from drinking raw (that is, unpasteurized) milk or eating cheese made from raw milk since 1998.

But let’s put it in perspective: that’s only twelve people per year on average—less than 0.00000004 percent of the US population. Six times as many people are struck by lightening. And not one person has died from drinking raw milk. How many people have died in the past twelve years from FDA-approved drugs? Meanwhile, no one denies that raw milk tastes delicious and is milk as nature intended it to be.

READ MORE (Alliance for Natural Health) ]

Antibiotics for Farm Animals-Is the FDA Serious?

Last Wednesday, the FDA announced that it wanted to reduce the use of growth-promoting antibiotic drugs for meat-producing animals because it contributes to drug resistance in humans. Good intentions, perhaps—but it doesn’t go nearly far enough. Our new Action Alert asks the FDA to take the next step and actually do something about the problem.

In our June 14 issue of The Pulse of Natural Health, we told you about a FDA Citizen Petition to ban the use of arsenic in animal feed. The FDA has been backtracking on that issue. The use of antibiotics in feed is a related issue.

READ MORE (Alliance for Natural Health) ]

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