Say what you will about food poison lawyer Bill Marler, he’s done an impressive job of establishing his main blog (his law firm runs some dozens) as a scientific resource that is cited by public health and regulatory officials in the same breath with academic journals when it comes to discussions about raw milk.
The five members of the board of the Alachua County Farmers Market in Gainesville, FL, all love to drink the raw goat’s milk sold at the market by one of the farmers, Joe Pietrangelo of Glades Ridge farm.
But now that same board has banned Glades Ridge from the farmers market, at least temporarily.
It’s gotten so we aren’t surprised any more when the regulators go after producers of raw milk with a vengeance not seen with other foods. We’ve seen case after case after case, in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Michigan, and California, among other places.
What are we to make of the latest outbreak of illnesses attributed to raw milk?
In Wisconsin, some 35 illnesses from campylobacter seem to have been linked via testing on consumers and cows to raw milk provided to consumers who are leaseholders at Zinniker Family Farm. I couldn't reach anyone at Zinniker Family Farm for comment.
Much of the discussion here in recent weeks, whether about the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) or competitive exclusion, is really about food safety. Many of the comments on those topics are penetrating and insightful.
But while food safety is a hot political issue right now, the comments posted on this blog aren’t what the politicians are hearing.
What is the real meaning of the debate over "competitive exclusion" as it affects raw milk?
Farmers markets are fun and even inspiring places for many of us. We get the opportunity to purchase locally produced food products directly from farmers and artisans. Sometimes there are more sellers of jewelry and caramel corn than I might like, but there’s nearly always enough good stuff to make it worthwhile.
The food line stands ready at Kripalu.I’ve been spending a few days at Kripalu, the huge yoga retreat center in the Berkshires. I’ve been coming here every year or two for the past 15 years, and each time I come, I am on the alert for changes in the food that’s served.
I've been reading reports that the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) is in trouble. Its funding from Congress has been cut. The listening sessions around the country sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture were nearly unanimous in opposition. Is there truth to such conjecture?