The U.S. Senate passed S510 by a large majority, including the provisions of the Tester-Hagan amendment exempting small food producers. It's looking ever more likely that the U.S. House will approve the Senate's version and, presto, the U.S.
The real QE2 (Queen Elizabeth 2)I've been referring to S 510 as the so-called food safety bill. I've done that because, while some of it has to do with food safety, much more of it has to do with repression.
I didn't realize it till Thanksgiving was over, but one of the things I am thankful for is that I still have access to locally produced nutrient-dense foods.
Yesterday, family and friends indulged in a 19.5-pound turkey I had bought from a nearby farm that also sells raw milk. I took some razzing from family members that I had traveled an hour round trip to buy the turkey, paying $4.50 a pound for the privilege, and that it still had some feathers and other incidentals you don't ever see in the factory produced variety.
I swear, you have to be a parliamentary expert to figure out what's happening with the so-called food safety legislation, S 510. But in a nutshell, it's very close to passage in the U.S. Senate.
I was curious what all this commotion about the California Girl Scouts and Organic Pastures was all about, so I asked Mark McAfee to send me some background info. As soon as I saw the illustration for the Girl Scout “Raw Milk Badge”, all I could do was smile. What a neat idea.
"If the people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." Thomas Jefferson
A sign posted at a farm store run by a C.A.R.E. buying club farm member. Been pretty quiet the last few days here in blogsville. Almost feels like a holiday or, more likely, lots of people are attending the Weston A. Price Wise Traditions conference near Philadelphia.
Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund lawyer, Gary Cox.The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund has filed a brief in a Missouri court challenging the state's efforts to confiscate and destroy Morningland Dairy's $250,000 worth of inventory.
The case of Morningland Dairy in Missouri has been one of the more outrageous in The State's continuing campaign against nutritionally-dense foods, especially such foods sold privately. Morningland has effectively been shuttered, ordered to destroy its entire 2010 inventory worth about $250,000, because of the supposed presence of the pathogen listeria monocytogenes seized by government agents in their June 30 raid--a highly unusual step.
Francis Thicke, who ran unsuccessfully as Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture. The election results provide some insights into how a variety of issues--like taxes and spending on education, for example--could go. But they tell us very little about how food issues might be decided.