Any politician or regulator worth his previous year's pension credits knows how to take a minor incident, or even create an incident out of nothing, so as to rile up the masses and divert them from their real problems.
Six months ago I wrote a post wondering how long my access to commercially produced kombucha would last. Now I have the answer: six months.
I had a special treat on Sunday, spending time with Margaret and Stuart Osha, owners of the Turkey Hill Farm in Randolph, VT (as well as with Cathy Raymond of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, who was visiting). And it wasn't just the amazing food they served for lunch (real burgers from their farm's beef on home-made bread, and raw milk vanilla ice cream).
The struggle over raw milk is intensifying in two neighboring states--Minnesota and Wisconsin--in different scenarios.
First, Minnesota, where authorities have launched a quick and aggressive counter-blitz against raw milk consumers.
In April, the U.S.
I'd like to make a few further comments in regard to the discussion following my previous post giving credence to the Minnesota Department of Health's conclusions about illnesses from the Hartmann farm's raw milk.
What's fundamentally being debated, it seems, is pragmatism vs some sort of scientific purity. I am encouraging pragmatism.
Scott Trautman's planned raw milk group can't get here soon enough for me--"an alternate - FUNCTIONAL - SAFE - system, without DATCP, without FDA," he wrote following my previus post. "Inspect ourselves, train ourselves, have standards far above yet - SENSIBLE not ARBITRARY."
Erma Hershberger was explaining to me today's episode of "Life on an Idyllic Wisconsin Dairy Farm".
Vernon Hershberger, the Wisconsin dairyman who last week broke the seals placed on his raw dairy fridges and freezer by the state's Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, this afternoon received a visit from two agency inspectors and a few sheriff's deputies.
The agents requested a look at his store. He told them, no warrant, no look.
I've been wanting to say something more about the Organic Valley decision to throw raw milk sellers out of the co-op, but the Wisconsin/Vernon Hershberger civil disobedience thing interrupted my musings.