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Heads I Win, Tails You Lose…In New Twist, FDA Says Illnesses from Pasteurized Milk Really Fault of Raw Milk

January 13th, 2011 by David E. Gumpert

I’m beginning to understand why the dairy group at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration usually declines to comment publicly about controversies over raw milk. Because on the few occasions when it has commented, it’s come up looking either totally repressive, totally ignorant or, most recently, totally deluded.
In the Humboldt County [...]

Weed is OK but raw milk is not, says one California county

January 12th, 2011 by David E. Gumpert

Humboldt County in northern California has long been known as a mellow place, thanks in large measure to all the marijuana that’s grown there, legally and illegally.
But while Humboldt County may be the marijuana capital of America, it has no intention of becoming a mecca for another controversial natural product: raw [...]

The Laws on Raw Milk Are Vague for a Reason…So They Can Be Used to Harass and Intimidate

January 10th, 2011 by David E. Gumpert

Where vague food laws are stored for safe keeping. There was an article in the Washington Post a few days ago saying that the new food safety legislation passed by Congress last month and just signed into law could well not be funded enough to allow the U.S. Food and Drug [...]

Colorado Public Health Officials Go On the Warpath–A Farm Store Shut Down, Milk Producers Receive Cease-and-Desist Orders, Customers “In Tears”

January 5th, 2011 by David E. Gumpert

For 18 years, Phil Haynes has been selling his ranch’s buffalo meat through a store at the ranch, Rocky Plains Quality Meats, outside the northern Colorado town of Dacono.
Over the years, he opened a second store in nearby Loveland and added pork and chicken from other area producers, along with locally-produced fish. And [...]

Maybe It’s Time to Let Go of Conspiracy Theories, and Focus on Avoiding Raw Milk Problems That Give Authorities Ammo

January 1st, 2011 by David E. Gumpert

Let’s see, if I was going to be involved in a real-life conspiracy to alter government behavior, what would I want to do? For starters, I might arrange for Mark McAfee to become head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Then, I might work on getting Michelle Obama to push her husband to veto [...]

Key Lesson in Judge’s Ruling Against Michael Hartmann: Don’t Go to Court with a Bunch of Illnesses on Your Watch

December 29th, 2010 by David E. Gumpert

Michael Hartmann’s legal challenge to Minnesota authorities over confiscation of his dairy farm’s products last May was totally rejected by a state judge.
The case was tried over several weeks last August, but the judge only yesterday decided on behalf of the state–that the 120 cases of milk, 900 packages of raw [...]

Helpful raw-milk-drinking mom threatened with prosecution

December 22nd, 2010 by David E. Gumpert

For the last seven years, Rae Lynn Sandvig, a mother of four, has been helping a local dairy farmer, Michael Hartmann, distribute unpasteurized milk to 35 or 40 friends and neighbors in her suburban Minneapolis community of Bloomington.
Every two weeks, the farmer pulls up in her home’s driveway, one stop among half a dozen or [...]

Finally, an In-Depth Look at Raw Milk Cheese

December 16th, 2010 by David E. Gumpert

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has suggested on several occasions over the last few years that there are safety issues associated with raw milk cheeses. It has further suggested it wants to lengthen, or do away entirely with the current 60-day aging requirement and just ban raw milk cheese altogether. [...]

Confrontation Over Raw Milk in MN: The Natives Are Getting Restless; Listeria Hysteria Over Raw Milk Cheese

December 9th, 2010 by David E. Gumpert

People are starting to get worked up about regulators taking away their food.
As you’ll see on the video here, about thirty people confronted two agents from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture yesterday outside Minneapolis when the agents confiscated raw milk the people had already purchased. The agents got involved because the milk [...]

Was It the Good-Cop-Bad-Cop Routine That Enticed So Many Foodies to Sanction FDA’s Takeover of Food System?

December 7th, 2010 by David E. Gumpert

I keep asking myself, how did we ever get to this point, where political and economic control of America’s food system is on the verge of being turned over to a government agency whose leaders declared early this year we have “no absolute right” to “any particular food” or to “bodily and physical health.”
I keep [...]