How New Body-Bag Strategy on Raw Milk Racked Up a Dairy Industry Win in CA


Mary McGonigle-Martin and her son, ChrisThe late Aajonus Vonderplanitz used to tell me, when one or another state launched an unexpected campaign against raw milk, that he was never surprised. “Even if it seems they have moved on, they haven’t,” he explained on one occasion, after Wisconsin had renewed its campaign against raw dairy farmers back in 2008, following several years of quiet. “They can’t leave this issue alone. It will always be with us.” 

 

And so it has been. California, seemingly a liberal bastion for raw milk, renewed its campaign against small dairy farmers beginning in late 2008, when it went after Sharon Palmer’s goat farm in Ventura County, and then moved up the coast, using cease-and-desist letters from local prosecutors to try to intimidate a number of small dairies into abandoning their herdshare arrangements with neighbors. That campaign eventually culminated in two years of negotiations between dairy farmers and the California Department of Food and Agriculture, leading to the proposed Home Dairy legislation (AB2505) that seemed so promising. 

 

According to one report, the bill’s sponsor, Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, gave this assessment: “AB 2505 was strongly supported by the Community Alliance for Family Farms, the California Grange, and hundreds of individual small home dairy owners, but they couldn't overcome opposition from the California Farm Bureau, Western United Dairymen and the California Medical Association.” Yamana should also have mentioned that the bill couldn’t overcome opposition from Mary McGonigle-Martin, the mother of a boy who was sickened by raw milk nearly eight years ago. 

 

Martin has become a Big-Dairy rock star, as her testimony about the suffering of her son, Chris, with Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) has led to defeats of raw milk legislation in Nevada, Iowa and, now the biggest prize yet, California. After she concluded her California testimony, a member of the California Assembly committee hearing the legislation wondered aloud how anyone could serve raw milk to their children. This was the "body-bag strategy" I described earlier this month, in connection with proposed federal legislation on raw milk, in action.

 

Illinois might have been another notch on the belt for the Martin/Big-Dairy team except that state never got to the hearings stage about the state public health effort to ban raw milk sales in the state; such sales have long been legal direct from dairy farms. Outraged raw milk proponents short-circuited the process in Illinois by overwhelming their legislators with calls. The public health sabotage effort in Illinois grew out of nothing more than the Big Dairy/FDA-inspired tendency Vonderplanitz identified that goes something like this: Well, Illinois has been quiet, it’s close to Wisconsin and Minnesota, where we’ve been pushing hard against raw milk, so let’s go do some damage in a neighboring Big Ag state to farmers and consumers there by getting rid of raw milk. 

 

In the old days of fighting for raw milk in California back in the 1980s and 1990s, Vonderplanitz was accustomed to the regulators simply bringing in doctors and veterinarians to claim that raw milk was inherently unsafe. Kind of like what happened in Vermont last week, when the “experts” testified against a narrow piece of legislation that would allow Vermont’s two largest raw dairy producers to deliver product to customers at farmers markets.

 

Eileen Wolfe, a veterinarian testifying on behalf of the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association, went on and on at a Vermont House session about CDC data, Minnesota-study extrapolations (about 20,000-plus raw milk illnesses), etc., etc.  As for data out of Europe on raw milk’s benefits, based on studies involving more than 23,000 children showing reductions in asthma and allergies, well, that was “anecdotal” and “not crystal clear.”  

 

Even rabies, which has never been shown to be transmitted via raw milk, was a distinct possibility, in her obsessed mindset. “While transmission of rabies in milk has never been proven, such a scenario is impossible to disprove.” There you go. In the holy war logic, if it hasn’t been disproven, and it serves your argument, it must be true. 

 

“Offering milk at farmers’ markets and/or allowing for home delivery have intrinsic dangers relative to storage and transportation because of several factors. First, essentially all milk is contaminated, to greater or lesser degrees, on the farm level.”

 

I testified at that same Vermont hearing, trying to provide a sense of objectivity and perspective; I used data and examples to point out that children get very sick from all manner of foods, and that serious illness from raw milk is statistically quite rare. 

 

I wrote a few weeks ago that the legislative hearings on raw milk, even when they result in defeat, are important educational events for consumers everywhere. The fact that the dairy industry is resorting to the body-bag strategy is indicative of how seriously the industry takes this. 

 

As a few individuals noted in comments following my previous post, the California hearing last Wednesday helped educate many people about the depth of the opposition that the dairy industry and medical establishment are able to muster against raw milk.  The fact that they feel compelled to resort to the body-bag strategy shows quite clearly that we’re in the midst of an ever-more-bitter struggle.


Was Vonderplanitz correct that this struggle is never ending? Or might the dairy industry’s growing desperation indicate we're closer to a climactic ending than we realize? Stay tuned. 

 

 

Sylvia Gibson's picture

How dare they push their agendas, beliefs and BS on me or anyone else. Who the hell do they think they are? All the gov stooges and Mary McGonigle-Martins can stay the hell out of my life and my choices. I do not need nor want them dictating what I choose to do. How dare they interfere with my life. If you don't wish to consume something, then don't. Don't interfere with what I want to consume.

It's all a money game, heaven forbid should raw milk take off like "organic" did, the CAFOs can't compete.

Do the feds really think the recent stand in Nev and the cattle rustling by the gov will be an isolated incident? I do believe people are tired of gov interference and are actually taking a stand. So the gov must regroup. They can't have another Waco, not with all those who stood beside the rancher and the computers reporting in real time.

Raw milk is not going to go away. The gov actions are only sending it underground, just as booze and prohibition. The fools haven't learned anything. They've proved over the years they have no desire to work with the dairy farmers to assist in learning to produce safe milk. Yet they allow the CAFOs to produce their swill.

D. Smith's picture

You're right - raw milk is not going to go away, but the idea that there are "experts" out there who will some day magically say raw milk is fine to consume (as some here seem to believe) is absurd. That's also why there will always be a black market in raw milk. And this is the way it will stay until we have food freedom to the point where ALL foods are available to anyone. That way people have the freedom to choose cantalouple, spinach, take a drink out of a public water fountain or whatever they wish - and take the consequences for it. Personally, I don't give a damn what the poster girl Mary Martins of the world want from the marketplace of the future. She is free to buy what she wants and we should be, too. Bill Marler will keep writing his blather no matter what happens. Raw milk could be "proven by the EXPERTS" to be the healthiest and best food matter on planet earth and it won't make an iota of difference, and most of you can figure out why.

mark mcafee's picture

One must wonder what the dairy industry is defending. They are losing fluid pasteurized market share at an arterial bleeding rate of 1 to 2 % per year regardless of the millions spent to stop the hemorrhage. I am convinced that big dairy along with the FDA and Farm Bureau are simply unnerved by the idea of consumers denial of the savior status of pasteurized milk or other dairy products....it is supposed to be settled science. Their ignorance of food safety systems that lower raw milk risk is astounding. This very unique phenomenon is occurring because of money and generations of processors making tons of money off of farmers. Dairymen have become generationally and genetically modified to comply with processors and can not think of any other pathway to sell milk. Universities, regulators, veterinarians, everyone....no one can imagine safe raw milk!!!

I will say that when Mary Martin testified in Sacramento last week, she hinted that she might support raw milk if transparent food safety systems were required by the Act. The act did not require any sort of transparent reporting. It was 100% voluntary. No testing required. No inspections required. No confirmation that any sort of plan was in effect. It was designed to fail because food freedom loses when braced against food safety. Legislators need political protection when they vote. Their next campaign competitor will make fools of them by just exposing their voting record. They must be pro safety or they lose their next election. That is reality!!

I learned long ago here in CA, if you want to win, food safety is #1. SB 201 was passed by the legislature in both housed by a massive majority. It was transparent and was focused on food safety. It was vetoed because of corruption. AB 2505 never saw a vote.

As Mike Schmidt has said, this is war. But raw milk is love!!

RAWMI has received five CA applications post AB2505.

Prior to any future legislative battles, serious strategic energy must be focused on alliances, food safety proof, exposure of all the deaths from pasteurized milk with testimony from victims!!! The next CA raw milk bill that has a chance, will increase raw milk food safety clearly and positively. It will give cover to the legislators that stick out their necks to vote.

You simply do not pick fights unless they are well considered and you are tactically prepared to seize the day. In fact, in the next battle, Mary Martin must be on our side!! It is possible....all she wants is proof of transparent verified low risk safety systems in place....at least that is what she has shared with me. She knows raw milk is here to stay...

In the era of FDA and big Ag desperation...you go in strong with absolute strength in food safety, Mary Martin on our side and strategies all documented with testimony from nine families that cry about death by pasteurization. They want body bags....we will bring body bags!!! The FDA medical industry side using a strategy of body bags is very dangerous when pasteurized milk is the side with all the body bags....raw milk has none in the CDC cold storage data morgue.

I do not see any reason to bring a future act to the state of CA legislature. We have all the laws we need right now. All we need to prove is safety and the agencies will leave us all alone. They enforce by exception....no problems...no enforcement.

So we all better have no problems.

Get LISTED!!

I am working on gaining Mary Martins respect right now....given our history, I will say, I think our relationship is doing quite well. Her respect is earned by showing hard data and proof of low risk production!! Our greatest historical weakness is also our greatest strength. Food safety#1. When we screw-up they win....when we are safe, we win!! That is the very simple math....when we are safe we also get our freedom. Not the other way around. That is also the math.

Build markets, teach, produce shockingly low bacteria count low risk raw milk with ease... then proudly publish the plans and hard evidence!! The future is ours! Mary may never drink raw milk, but there is a very good chance that she might very well support exceptionally safe low risk raw milk in the future. She is a very bright person and recognizes good science and low risk.

churchlanefarm's picture

Freedom of choice, not just “food freedom”, looses when “braced against” the joint efforts of self-righteous utilitarianism and greedy commerce. Forced vaccination and cancer treatment are two typical examples.

“It's a failure of national vision when you regard children as weapons, and talents as materials you can mine, assay, and fabricate for profit and defense.” John Hersey

Political protection from what Mark!
Our freedom to choose is what aught to be upheld and protected. Legislators need to grow a spine rather then repeatedly brown nose their way through the political arena for the sake of its elaborate payola schemes.

Ken

David Gumpert's picture

Mark, not sure what you mean when you say, "I do not see any reason to bring a future act to the state of CA legislature. We have all the laws we need right now." Are you suggesting that all those 1,000 or more family farms get CDFA-approved licenses and permits to sell raw milk to the public? Or are you suggesting those family farms should assume they have the Constitutional right to distribute milk via herdshares, as most are doing, and therefore no laws on herdshares or other private sales are required? Let's not forget, the proposed family dairy legislation (AB2505) resulted from legal assaults on several family farms by local prosecutors, at the request of CDFA. The proposed legislation wasn't some pie-in-the-sky idea, it was an effort to respond to what amounted to a police "sweep" to put small dairies out of business. Now that AB2505 has been tabled, the question of how to respond to the state's enforcement pressure hasn't been resolved. 

As for Mary McGonigle-Martin's position on raw milk, I am less optimistic than you are. My perception is that she takes her cues on legislation not only from the dairy industry, but from lawyer Bill Marler (in addition to her own inclination to oppose raw milk availability). As far as I know, Marler has never ever sanctioned a single piece of legislation easing restrictions on raw milk. He has opposed any number--in fact, has bragged about helping get governor vetoes in Wisconsin and California. Neither has Mary ever seen a piece of legislation she could even begin to endorse.  My guess is that any California legislation she might endorse would be so restrictive that few, if any, of the family dairies affected by AB2505 would be able to endorse it. 

Let's also not forget that the "body-bag strategy" isn't dependent on Mary McGonigle-Martin. She is just the highest-profile embodiment of the strategy at this point in time. Should Mary somehow "switch sides," the dairy industry will find other Mary's. So while I agree with you that developing an ever-more-impressive safety record through RAWMI is essential, fighting the dairy and medical industries on this issue will take more than improving data. We have seen, via the CDC study out of Minnesota (turning 21 illnesses into estimates of more than 20,000), that they will simply make up data if they don't like what is really happening. 

mark mcafee's picture

Dear Sylvia,

Our government loves Wacos and Ruby Ridges... They just change the names of the protesters and give them labels like....terrorist or extremist....then it is easy to send in SWAT teams with protocol driven brainwashed mental midget mind sets to simple burn you out, blow you up or put a bullet into you or your families head. When you cross the line, you give the fascists an excuse to brutalize you or worse.

Stop thinking like this....it is not a winning strategy. The win comes when we build markets, teach and have created a food safety track record that can not be denied. The win comes when congress calls for hearings as to why pasteurized milk continues to kill and new American studies published very soon show raw milk to be low risk and a powerfully medical food. The win comes in 2018 when 350 members of congress demand that CFR 1240.61 be overturned and raw milk is allowed to flow to all Americans. It is ok to rebuke the injustice and even scream and yell a bit...but the ultimate win....is a very carefully considered long term plan.

Sylvia Gibson's picture

Mark,

I'm not sure what exactly you are trying to say?

The following quote by Niemöller is so fitting. The Nevada ranchers took a stand, and the militia, et al, stood by them. It was very visible to the public, I can only surmise that is why the gov backed down.

Many raw milk dairies do have stellar safety records, whether physical or in writing, they are there. As said many times, most people haven't a clue about plate counts,etc and I would question if they really care. They just want the clean product and it to be easily accessible. BUT, there are those that are forcing their beliefs on others. That's just wrong and intolerable.

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me."

Mark, I live in a state where it is illegal to buy raw milk, so I go over the border. Technically speaking, if the food police wanted to, they could raid my house, bring in Social Services, arrest me for endangering the welfare of my children, smuggling a dangerous substance, SS could remove my kids under all kinds of pretexts (example, my daughters all share a room, and it's messy, my kids are unvaxxed, I homeschool, etc.) I would immediately be depicted as a lunatic fringe wacko, like Ruby Ridge, Waco, and the like. Mind you, I wouldn't have to grab for a gun, either. Look at Justina Pelletier. All her parents did was disagree with the "experts" at Boston Children's Hospital and refuse to genuflect. My point is that being concerned with how we look to the system cogs is unimportant, and compromising with them is short-sighted. We regular citizens all need to put differences aside and join together in an organized way.

mark mcafee's picture

When a group of people take a stand and the government backs down....that is an act of political power and not an act of violence. When acts of violence are posed against the government, the government acts crazy and bring in SWAT teams. That has been the tradition.

Do not get me wrong....I am a huge advocate for freedom. I just want to win and not die in the process of the ultimate win for freedom. I have been arround long enough to know what wins arguments.

David,

These are the final crazy days of the "100 years of pasteurization". This is what the crumbling of the mountain of lies looks like. Pasteurization is not going away any time soon, but it will no longer be viewed as the sole remedy and treatment process for milk and especially fluid milk. You can pasteurize milk all you want, but if it does not sell....it is done!!

Kristen P's picture

BWAHAHAHAAAAA! "Martin has become a Big-Dairy rock star" I wonder where her millions of $$$, her mansion in the Bahamas, and all of her groupies are? Sorry, Gumpert, but that made me LOL.

ingvar's picture

Michael Totten has a piece, “Letter from Cuba: To Embargo or Not” at worldaffairsjournal.org. Here is a comment, a quote: ”Not only should we not have normal relations with repressive regimes, it is our moral obligation to ensure, by whatever means possible save for military action, that we in no way promote, fund, assist, ignore, or legitimize said repressive regimes.” These are the words of Cuban exile Valentin Prieto.

What about us? When faced with the repressive elements of government, City, County, State, Federal here in these United States perhaps we should consider it our moral obligation to ensure, by whatever means possible save for military action, that we in no way promote, fund, assist, ignore, or legitimize said repressive regimes.

Does that cover the bases?

If the repressers are given free rein maybe we’ll end up like this (again from Totten):
“I heard no end of horror stories about soap shortages, both before and after I got there. A journalist friend of mine who visits Cuba semi-regularly brings little bars of hotel soap with him and hands them out to his interview subjects.

“They break down in tears when I give them soap,” he told me. “How often does that happen?” I said. “A hundred percent of the time,” he said."

Regardless of the repressers' bloviating ways, repression will take us to that place eventually. Let's not have the next generation(s) of Americans wake up in conditions like that because we didn't push back for all we're worth.

All the best,
Mr. J. Ingvar Odegaard

Did Ms. M.M. Martin sue the actual producer of the raw milk which allegedly sickened her son? I'm sure I could find this out by going back into your archives, but asking here seemes quicker. Demanding accountability from that particular milk producer seems far more logical than going on a crusade against every raw milk farmer in the country! Which causes me to muse on the possibility that MMM is serving as a "useful idiot" for industrial dairy. I understand the incredible horror she has gone through, but this doesn't give her license to run other people's lives. She was, IMO, unwise to buy raw milk from a place without visiting it first but we're accustomed to believing our food supply is completely safe. Too much so, actually. I recently nearly swallowed a sharp piece of metal embedded in a pork cut my family was eating. It could easily have been in my 4-year-old's mouth-just chance that it was in mine. Supermarket pork, unfortunately (blame hubby here!), thus NO ACCOUNTABILITY. The employees at the store were horrified when my husband told them, but were helpless. Had it been beef from my local farmer, I can promise it would have been a different story.

Sylvia Gibson's picture

Mama,

She sued Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures raw dairy. If I recall, there was a undisclosed settlement. I don't believe the E Coli strain was found in her son, he was the only one without it (the whole story in her own words is or was on this blog), it was ASSUMED to have come from Organic Pastures milk. Plus, I don't remember the exact wording, she had posted on this blog something to the effect that the ER docs gave her son antibiotics and that resulted in the HUS IMO. Her story on this blog sounded as if the doctors gave substandard care, many questionable practices. I never heard if the hospital/healthcare people were sued. It would be cheaper to go after Mark than the hospital and doctors. Hospitals and doctors malpractice suits can take many years to be resolved and costs can be quite high from both sides.

Thank you for the answer, Sylvia. It sounds like a somewhat complicated mess with grey areas. But it reinforces my belief that you should always be able to easily visit the source of your food.

mark mcafee's picture

David, the reason I say we have all the laws we need in CA is the following. Cow Shares are not defined. Three cows or less is not a dairy.

All producers need to do is be very safe and be able to prove two things: they never sell to the public and their RAMP plans and testing is rock solid. That is it.

May seem simple, but if raw milk is never sold and everything is safe, I do not think that there will be much enforcement incentive and perhaps no authority for enforcement action either.

mark mcafee's picture

Mama,

Years passed after Sept 2006 before the lawsuit was brought by our dear lawyer friend Bill Marler on behalf of Mary Martin and her son. It was the classic professionally executed intimidation lawsuit going after easy deep insurance pockets.

When retail raw milk is sold, it must have comprehensive liability insurance. The insurance policy says that the insurance company owns the liability and therefore make the decisions on settlement. Insurance companies want certainty. They do not want jury trials and questionable outcomes.

I can argue all day long about why OPDC raw milk may or may not have been the origin of her sons illness. That is water under the bridge of raw milk history. Two things came from that chapter: I learned that truly progressive raw milk food safety innovations had to become part of our brand and operations and RAWMI was borne. 2...Mary became the very effective FDA " go to mom" to testify against raw milk all over the USA.

Yes....our liability policy settled the case for undisclosed terms. The insurance was also renewed at a lower price the next year, with rates lower every year since because of our risk management program...RAMP and RAWMI and test results.

After all of that, Mary and I have come to respect one another and both want the same things: safe raw milk for consumers that make that choice. From adversity can come greatness. It is what you do with adversity that counts.

Amanda Rose's picture

Quote: "Two things came from that chapter: I learned that truly progressive raw milk food safety innovations had to become part of our brand and operations and RAWMI was borne. 2...Mary became the very effective FDA " go to mom" to testify against raw milk all over the USA."

And in between the 2006 outbreak and the birth of RAWMI, a number of other things happened: OPDC outsourced from mega-dairies to serve its growing market, it fought against the state's coliform legislation, and it had more outbreaks. I believe it even got its cows certified organic in that time frame....

It's extremely easy to find raw milk in California from micro farms who are so far under the radar they will never be a blip on the CDFA screen if they know how to clean a teat. Californians would do well to find those sources and just cut through the rest of the BS

Amanda
aka "Foxy"

D. Smith's picture

I wish it was "extremely easy to find raw milk" in my State. It's nearly impossible in the area where I live. Dairy farmers are selling cattle in record numbers and closing down because of our "new State rules". I had a source at one point but they have quit supplying because they don't want people coming onto their farm (in case they're being watched) and they no longer want to take chances delivering milk to town either, for the same reason (being watched). They won't do a cowshare, they won't do a herdshare, they won't do a farmshare. Let's just say, they are scared witless. I do believe they will soon be selling everything they own (that's the story I'm getting) and moving to another State after the way they've seen other dairy farmers treated here. They had such a beautiful, clean little operation going, too.

Even our health food stores now have to carry pasteurized (although non-homogenized) milk. It comes from another State, to boot.

Thankfully, for now I can still legally secure raw goat milk from the only certified goat dairy in SD. I love it but it's not cow milk, which this State kissed good-bye in December of 2012. I don't know how long it will be before our State officials attack our goat milk supplier but it's likely in their plans.

Sylvia Gibson's picture

I haven't found non-homogenized milk in the state of Arkansas. The closest raw cow dairy is 1-1/2 hrs one way. Finding plain old boiled (not ultra pasteurized) milk is a challenge too. I rarely use milk or any dairy now.

Hi Mark, The alleged contamination of the product sold by your large operation over a fairly wide area is not the fault of a small dairy farmer whose customers pick up from the farm. Your business is a different kind and should be treated as such. Obviously, Ms. M.M. can't grasp this, either due to emotionalism (with which I empathize, but refuse to allow to rule my life) or some less innocent motive.

mark mcafee's picture

One more thing....the illnesses precipitated a change in CA raw milk law. AB1735 passed with out a hearing and resulted from CDFA quietly placing the words "less than 10 coliforms" into law in CA. At first I was convinced that it was he end of legal raw milk, but after much investigation and some innovation, less than ten has become secret sauce that reduces the risk of ecoli 0157h7 contamination by a huge factor of safety.

Amanda Rose's picture

I think you've only had one outbreak of 0157:H7 since then, Mark, so you may be right.

Ora Moose's picture

Spent grains and food safety, makes me wonder if these grains also deemed non-GMO and synthetic free, wouldn't you want to know that too? "Since the grains are used to brew beer, they have already been deemed safe for human consumption."

But what about the milk those cows produce?

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/04/14/the-fda-wants-to-regulate-spent-gr...

And here's another you should know about:

"Just what is your food made of, anyway? Try industrial synthesis, genetically modified mold secretions, hydrochloric acid, mercury-contaminated caustic soda, ferrocyanide… and, of course, lots of GMO corn."

http://www.thedailysheeple.com/a-sour-deception-citric-acid-comes-from-g...

It's getting harder all the time to define and understand "food safety."

Ora Moose's picture

David, a couple of small things. I really liked how compact and concise your Vermont testimony pdf is thanks for sharing. I liked the other picture of MMM better it was more in line with my vision of her (attack alert: this is not a personal attack just a personal preference observation.) Did you get a note from some famous food lawyer or just decide to go with the more cosmetically pleasing version?

Mark, I do not agree on your perspective on "When you cross the line, you give the fascists an excuse to brutalize you or worse ... and It is ok to rebuke the injustice and even scream and yell a bit... but the ultimate win...."

My personal experience is that if if you just keep turning the other cheek will reinforce the bullying tactics, and It's only when they realize that you WILL in fact fight back and treat them as they do you, that you can put a stop to it and be left alone.

On the other hand Brother Bob said "What life has taught me I would like to share with you. Those who want to learn... Rise and take your stance again. 'Tis he who fight and run away Live to fight another day."

David Gumpert's picture

Ora, on Mary's photo, I only had the mug shot handy when I posted. Mary alerted me to another photo she preferred, and I gladly used it. I know Mary pretty well--as Sylvia pointed out, I posted Mary's story in several parts beginning seven years ago this month.  Her story is also featured at some length in my book, The Raw Milk Revolution.
http://thecompletepatient.com/article/2007/april/2/memoir-raw-milk-illne...

I would add that my post about her role in last week's California hearing was nothing personal against Mary. Personally, I would like to see her begin to transition from being a force for negativity to using her difficult experiences to be a force for positive accomplishments. 

Ora Moose's picture

David, I thought that you were a bit aggressive on the MMM front recently, especially after deleting similar comments from me about her a while back. I do understand that after you establish a personal relationship as you and Mark have, there will be a lot more tolerance and compassion. But I still disagree with both of you that she would ever become a raw milk ally and betray her funding and political backers. Personally, I just wish she would "begin a transition" from being a force either way and just accept closure on her son's issues that evidently still dominate her life motives, now that he seems to be recovered and radiant healthy per the last picture which is all the reward any parent would want and retreat into the peace and shadows.

This is not my blog and I'm ok with MMM enlightening or annoying us here in repeatedly recounting the "one trick pony" over and over as Gordon says but please, stay out of the state and federal law making process and decision making for the rest of the American public food choices.

(David, this may be offensive so feel free to remove it, but...) Not sure if anyone else ever wondered whatever happened to Chris' father and why wasn't he ever mentioned in all her accounts and tribulations on this blog or your book? If they broke up or he was deceased, I'd feel terrible and am not trying to rub salt. And what about Chris himself, he should be old enough by now to begin to understand the battle he was in the center of and maybe have something to say about it, or it may take a few more years.

And btw Amanda seems to be another longtime biased thorn? I use to follow her http://www.ethicurean.com/ site until they beet me up and became embroiled and irrelevant, maybe I'm mixing her up with Bonnie and don't know most of the details but don't see much in the way of positive force contributions for food freedom.

And the obligatory link to the song of the day that I forgot to post earlier:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xe2x85_bob-marley-the-heathen-hq_music

Enjoy life, it's all there is. Heathen.

PS whatever happened to rawmilkmike ??

David Gumpert's picture

Ora, as far as I know, Mary's husband, Tony, is alive and well, and supportive of Mary's efforts. I think he has chosen to let Mary do the talking on the food rights and food safety front. 

mark mcafee's picture

Dear FOXY,

OPDC has been certified organic since 2000.
Not sure where you got that information.

When you are a huge target like OPDC it is a wonder we have not been shut down 50 times in 15 years. We have learned from every mistake and or lack of information. After every learning opportunity we have become better and better. No one was there to help...it was mostly solo time. I must give credit to Dr. Ron Hull and Dr. Cat Berge for their very important help with development of our RAMP plan. My son Aaron gets a tremendous amount of credit for implimentation of the RAMP plan and effectively making sure that it is in compliance every single day. This takes a RAMP team.

As far as other outbreaks are concerned, OUT BREAK is a big ugly term. When all of your products test perfectly ( with 1 coliform ) and one comes back with campy detected ( May 2012 ) but no illnesses, that can hardly called an OUTBREAK!! becuase it is not an outbreak.

FOXY....why the negative stuff!! Why not some positive commentary on the great progress being made!

churchlanefarm's picture

Mark, you remind me of Sergeant Oddball played by Donald Sutherland in Kelley’s Hero’s who kept harping about Moriaties “negative waves”. I say this as a compliment … I admire your optimism.
“There you go, more negative waves! Have a little faith, baby! Have a little faith...”

Ken

mark mcafee's picture

FOXY,
In 14 years of producing raw milk not one raw milk test has ever detected ecoli 0157H7...not one test.
Embrace the positive and learn from the negative!

mark mcafee's picture

Ora,
Their "Bullying Tactics" do not ring true with the consumers!!! and become a rally point and just stimulates interest good media coverage and sales. I watched the protest and police line tactics last night in Nevada. Why piss on supermans cape when there are other choices??! if the government chose to do so....they would roll in the tanks and gunships and it is over with all sorts of good people wounded or in jail for terrorist threats and being a threat to national security. That is how they roll.

If however, the protesters take enough pictures and create enough media buzz and educate everyone about their plight of 150 year old grazing rights and about their cause, then the governments use of force back fires and the protest and public wins. That is the fine point that is very delicate. That is exactly why the protesters were asked to keep their rifles in their trucks. The policy of force escalation will be won by those with the deeper assets. Guaranteed the goverment has those assets.

That is why being strategically smart always wins against stupid government tactics. That is what I meant.

Remember I am the son of a man that rose up against the government and lost most ( not all I might add )of the escalations. I learned about this first hand. The BLM land guys may have retired from the battle for the day, but you know they are back at base camp considering their alternatives. They have a range of options including overwhelming use of force. They may also consider other options. But...it is basically their choice. They have the power and the assets. At some point, the protestors and their support go home and back to their jobs or they go to sleep. The government does this full time...protest is a side effort and people have regular lives. That is the final reason why the fight is done in the courts, in the media and with the public court of opinion and generally not behind a rifle. The math at all levels does not work...it does get lots of attention, but the wrong kind. The media has made anyone with a rifle a bad guy.

Sylvia Gibson's picture

There was way to many witnesses and filming of the stand. had any of the gov people opened fire, they would have caused a bloody battle. Some of the protesters were armed, They are visible in holsters and a few rifle scabbards on horseback.

http://www.mrconservative.com/2014/04/39156-ranchers-advance-despite-thr...

David Gumpert's picture

Here's another take on the Bundy situation, with this outlet claiming it's Harry Reid's family (Senate Majority Leader, from Nevada) that has major financial stakes driving the crackdown on Bundy. So much swirling around on this, hard to know whom to believe, as this outfit makes clear. 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFiosLqjoQQ

Sylvia Gibson's picture

I've read some about Reid and his family involved for years in illicit dealings. And the "rumors" about their recent involvement with china and the land. Thanks for the link, I'll pass it on.

churchlanefarm's picture

Thanks David.

Gayle Loiselle's picture

Just to play what if - what would happen if everyone exercised their right to earn personal income off the natural resources on public lands? Doesn't public land imply it is for the benefit of us all? 150 years ago there was more land to go around, but even then it was a battle between native peoples, sheep grazers, and cattle grazes. Not too sure it's a good idea that public lands should be a financial asset for so few. Times have changed...and this issue needs redefining based on today's realities, the same as raw milk and pasteurization. But no, I am absolutely not defending the actions of the BLM and who ever gave the orders. Transparency and open thoughtful dialogue is called for, not steeling the other kids marbles because he's a better player.

Ora Moose's picture

Mark, your response pretty much nailed it. Stores big and smal (franchise chains or not) and even government agencies go out of business when they do not provide what customers want to support, corporation influence be damned. Consumer voice is greatly underrated and uneducated, let's keep networking on it and decide which ones survive. Problem is, they also get to change the rules or move the nets in the middle of the game and control what is fed to the masses (no raw milk pun intended.)

Weird thought I had today about how we call "they the enemy" as if they were one oppressive entity when in fact it's a conglomerate corporate cooperative that has created the police state reality we live in. Just stay out of my food and I'll stay out of yours.

".it is basically their choice. They have the power and the assets. At some point, the protestors and their support go home and back to their jobs or they go to sleep. The government does this full time...protest is a side effort and people have regular lives."

All it takes is one deranged idiot with a firecracker agenda in hand, or a black flag op actor to dramatically change the future for many.

Back to the safety of man cave, eat and drink well and share love if there's someone to share with. Pets are great, wives are better I know this firsthand.

David Gumpert's picture

Mark, as you suggest, the various law enforcement types are professionals, spend their waking hours trying to outsmart those they consider "the bad guys." The consider the Bundy protesters bad guys--in fact, wouldn't surprise me if they start referring to the protesters as "terrorists" (that seems to be the term of choice these days, whether in Ukraine, Syria, or Egypt, for protesters). This report says the BLM retreat just a ploy. I'm sure nothing would give the enforcers greater pleasure than to have the protesters go home, and then swoop in for the real action. http://benswann.com/exclusive-sources-inside-the-blm-and-las-vegas-metro...

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Sylvia,

Watched your link....I am impressed. I really do believe that this cow boy powder keg was a very unusual event and did not play out like most. The numbers of pissed off WHITE MEN on horses, the age of the police verses some of the older protesters that look just like grandpa. The sheer numbers of guns on the ranchers side....the police are not stupid...they can count. They were taught in police academy to always count the guns and the people and never pick a fight you can not absolutely and immediately win. They lost ....for now. Watch out, they will reconvene and think it over.

If this was about raw milk...I do not think that the math would have been the same. It would have been moms and kids and no rifles. It would have been much easier to intimidate and scare the will out of moms with kids. Moms tend to protect their kids and that means the event gets reduced to verty few very quickly. Nothing is worse than protesters that lose their numbers when it really counts....

The sheer mass of protesters makes a real blood bath real. Police do not like cameras and surely do not like to lose or be embarrassed. The bearded police officer that was being filmed looked so much like a special forces SEAL commando type. Very interesting that he was the spokesman. Normaly they get an older guy that is all about being really calm and soothing nerves as he shows power..good cop bad cop stuff. Those special forces types are smart but they are also crazy ruthless and act on protocol.

This is a real powder keg....guranteed that this went all the way to the top and Obama had his hand on this throttle. Remember Janet Reno and her screw up with Waco...that went all the way to Clinton and what a complete disaster that was.

At the end of the day, I must give both sides high scores. They both won...especially the police that realized that they had met their match ( numbers, guns, horses, cowboy hats, cameras etc ) and needed to call it a day. These protesters were real people and Americans with a cause and guns riding horses. Kind of an indication of how frustrated real America is. A wake up call for Americans...that some still have balls and nerves of steel when it matters most. Congrats to the protesters that stood as one and did not blink.

Kind of gives me faith in America again.

Sylvia Gibson's picture

The bearded guy is BLM Special Agent Daniel P. Love, I think he was in charge that day

My family is all alive and well, thank you. None of us has acquired HUS, or anything else that I am aware of. Most of us have been drinking raw milk for a lifetime, thank you.

Sylvia Gibson's picture

Elderberryjam you have been missed!

Ora Moose's picture

My wife is aware that I am somewhat passionate about healthy foods and our right to choose, and sent me these links. Public awareness is certainly on the rise so pass it on and participate it will snowball.

http://www.anh-usa.org/could-congress-legalize-raw-milk/

http://www.anh-usa.org/something-else-you-should-know-about-your-milk/

Fabulous article David. I also very much appreciate Mark's comment. I agree that public officials will always vote for safety. And no one will spend the time to dig into "what means safe?" "what means better?" We have to do that work. No politician is going to fund a study to look into it for us. It was mothers that had to bring back breast milk as a superior way to feed infants. Now the government actually prints posters recommending exclusive breast feeding through 6 months to lessen the risk of asthma and digestive distress. I've seen them hanging in doctors offices.

Mark stresses a need for very low bacterial count as the way to save the raw milk day. This may be at the heart of why Aajonus thought the issue is here to stay. Some of the best milk on the planet has bacterial counts that would not pass the needs of a high production environment. Our bodies are teaming with all sorts of strains of live bacteria and so are all great foods. But when you want to produce high quantities of milk, to create a growing business, the methods you employ typically involve increasing the chemical and sanitizer use in the milking equipment, to get the bacterial count down. Of course quick refrigeration will also play a key role.

I agree with Mark that if we have no problems -- we have no problems. If producers keep quality high and no one has an issue, then we as the raw milk drinking community wont have a problem. But small producers have a major role to help consumers re-connect back to the land. Small producers can maintain safety even when the milk is naturally high with bacteria. Small producers have a role to play in providing safe milk, that has all the benefits of the live bacteria that naturally comes with well produced fresh fluid milk. The milk must come from "healthy animals," to quote my friend and master nutritionist, Jim Marlow.

Raw milk's main purpose is to teach people that bacteria is not bad. Bacteria is life. Most people who begin to work with raw milk in their diet, find it opens a pathway to understanding their bodies in new ways. They often begin to experiment with fermented dairy, fermented vegetables, and other non main stream foods. All the new main stream research is pointing to the idea that gut bacteria health is a critical component of health. We wont mention that the Greek's knew this before the time of Christ. Some of us take a while to learn things. Small producers naturally regulate themselves, because if they dont, they are out of business the next day.

I do want to see raw milk in retail environments. And that will need to come from larger producers who can minimize the bacterial counts as their main objective to satisfy "the safety" people. But if we make the mistake of applying these rules to the little guys, we re-create the system, we're trying to correct. Small local producers, like artisan cheese makers need protection. They cant make the money that larger companies will, when raw milk thrives in the future. And many of them wont even try. They are happy supplying a great product to a small base and keeping a limited community happy -- just like a small vegetable producer.

D. Smith's picture

@ SheilaD: Exactly. This is what the State of SD just did to our small producers. They took a page from the big producers book and want to make the small producers follow the same protocol. No small farmer is going to spend upwards of $300,000 to make "improvements" to a 3 cow dairy operation. Not even to a 30 cow dairy operation. No one around here has any intention of milking 400+ cows because they don't believe it's the way things should be done.

Consequently, since the brainless twits from our Dairy & Egg board don't seem to have the sense God gave a goldfish, we are straddling between either having no raw milk to drink or breaking the law to get it. I have done neither, but have switched over to goat milk for now. But their ridiculous regulations put quite a few families in jeopardy, as far as taking away a good portion of their livelihood.

Sylvia Gibson's picture

A few years back, that is what the state of California is/was trying to force on the cow shares. They essentially would be regulating them out of business.

Sylvia Gibson's picture

Very well stated Sheila!

Mr Gumpert
In response to your comment that you hope Ms Martin might change to become more positive about the availability of unpasteurized milk, I have a question.
Why should she?
This is a contest in activism. Ms Martin obviously believes her son's health was damaged because she gave him raw milk. I think she was led into doing so because of material she read that did not alert her sufficiently to the risk that might be involved. In her position, I think it would be normal to be 'negative' about this for the rest on one's life.
And so, she's an activist, just as most contributors to this blog are activists. Ms Martin has the same right to oppose you as you have to oppose her.
My second question then is, do you ever think you should change your mind?
John

Sylvia Gibson's picture

It is not a contest, it is an invasion of my life. It is not a game. She, as others, are forcing their beliefs on others.

Due diligence, isn't that what lawyers tell people? Perhaps she didn't do hers well. Any company selling any product is going to tout how great their product is. Only a fool would not research for facts and weight their options. The gov has had their propaganda on their web sites for years, I cannot imagine someone with her education level did not research any of those sites. She did her due diligence and made her choice.

Since the doctors gave her son antibiotics (didn't she say another doc explicitly stated in the chart NOT to give antibiotics?) thus highly likely leading to HUS and damage to her son, no one will ever know what the outcome could have been. Plus he didn't have the so called "E coli". Too many unanswered questions and suppositions.

She opposes all raw dairy consumption. Her opposition aids in preventing me from consuming what I want to consume.

churchlanefarm's picture

Well said Silvia!
Ken

Shelly-D.'s picture

Let's be clear here, Mr.John. Ms. Martin is putting children's lives at risk herself, because she's busy promoting the creation of a black market. Legalize raw milk and you can provide training to farmers. Legalize raw milk and farmers can (and will) take samples to laboratories to be tested.

Make it illegal as it is here in Canada, and many good farmers who want to get their milk tested do not dare try, as how do you know that the lab won't report you to the health authorities, CFIA, or the milk marketing board for even existing? How can you get training as a farmer, when almost other farmers are "underground" due to fear of being found out? How can consumers truly "choose" a good farm when they have hunted for years to find a farm and, finally finding one, choose it out of desperation that they may not find any other? How can there be a process to "weed out" unscrupulous operators who don't care about raw milk best practices and sell unsafe industrial (IPP = intended for pasteurization and processing) milk "out the back door" of their industrial dairies?

Never-mind that the children with asthma, allergies, and autism who could be helped by raw milk are not able to access it. But, oh I forgot, those are automatically just "anecdotes" and "myths" when parents report any benefits, right? Whereas all reports of illness are automatically "outbreaks" and "statistics." I sense a double-standard here.

D. Smith's picture

Food rights and food freedoms obviously don't mean anything to MrJohn. He would appear to be either a dumpster-diver, a fast phood junkie, or an off-the-grocery-store-shelves boxed food eater. If not, food freedoms are soon going to become important to him.

Shawna Barr's picture

Shelly, in my experience, your assessment of what happens in black-market raw milk culture is accurate. Farmers who are afraid are less likely to access lab services, veterinary services, and training. The underground culture does not lead to safety or better practices.

Ironically, at the hearing last week, it was Mary Martin who offered some of the only positive suggestions to the proposed AB 2505 bill. I listened to her speak, she did not dismiss the bill out of hand as most of the opposition did, but rather specifically said she would like to see a bill that included required farmer training on pathogen risks and protocols for management.

That is much more than was offered by others in the opposition. There is much work to be done yet in California where small herd raw milk production is concerned.

Sylvia Gibson's picture

They all have closed minds towards raw diary. Keeping it on the black market only ensures that any training will be minimal if at all. Shame on those ignorant people, they are contributing to the potential for "outbreaks".

We all know it is not about safety, so is it a control issue? Along with a money issue?

http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2501-2550/ab_2505_cfa_20...

http://legiscan.com/CA/bill/AB2505/2013

David Gumpert's picture

John, excellent questions. I agree with you that Mary McGonigle-Martin is not only entitled to her views, but also entitled to be as activist as her heart desires. I was making some assumptions in my blog post--namely, that other people recalled Mary's frequent dialog in years past on this blog, in which she had indicated she wasn't against people having access to raw milk, but rather wanted to be sure there was enough regulation to ensure safety.  That is a different view than the people she was testifying with, who are of the view that raw milk is inherently unsafe, end of discussion. I was also expressing frustration that, in Mary's judgment, no legislation that has ever been proposed seems to fit her personal criteria for safety. As Shawna Barr points out in her comment above, Mary even stated in her testimony against the CA legislation her desire for education and stronger safety criteria. I guess I've become cynical about the sincerity of Mary's stated desire for the "right" safety standards and regulation. A lot of people, with widely different views, spent two years debating and compromising, with involvement by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, to come up with the family dairy bill....only to see it go up in flames in a few hours, based at least in some measure on Mary's stance against it....with the end result that, as Shelly says, there are fewer safeguards in place than there would have been, and the dangers Mary worries about have possibly increased. 

As for your question about whether I would ever change my mind, I'm not sure if there is a specific issue you are referring to. I like to think I have changed my view on a number of food-related issues over time. For example, I have become increasingly convinced of the role of the dairy industry in promoting the anti-raw-milk stance of public officials....through its political contributions, influence in setting educational curricula, and control of research funding. But your question is well taken--a huge problem underlying this raw milk issue and many others is the tendency of people to get locked into a particular view, and hold onto it for dear life, no matter what the facts say. 

mark mcafee's picture

On a brighter fun subject, the 2014 OPDC " Camping with the Cows" event on May 3rd is booked solid. We have 520 signed up for the over night event and more signing up everyday. If you build it they will come....or perhaps, "if you noursish them...they will come". This is our third year!!

This is a free event...but we are going to ask for RAWMI donations. After all, one of the biggest reasons that OPDC is doing so well, is the planned safety refinements that come as a direct result of being LISTED the hard work of "OPDC Team RAMP". We will be introducing our RAMP team to the CWTC visitors as one of our planned events. We will also have tours, free raw milk, milk chugging contest, bon fires, and several teaching stations to learn about what it takes to produce raw milk at OPDC from Grass to Glass.

Gonna be fun!!! 500 people wow!! That is huge!!! Bigger than huge...it makes me emotional.

Being a small farmer my self and managing a small co-operative of members I am impressed with how other farmers find the time to participate so much in the ongoing communications around raw milk. It seems so essential to keep abreast with all the details, but it just overwhelms me most of the time. The powers over the courts is somewhat problematic but also has an effect of loosing the trust of the people when they are abused in such ways where sentence is laid where insufficient proof has been demonstrated, instead laid by proxy of the positions of interested parties. So it seems to me that such actions of the courts can not be made the norm, or else loose all trust of the people. In the back end of the courts is often such considerations (from my conversations with lawyer friends who also work for the crown). The point I am getting at is that the courts could execute tarnished sentences, Yes, but not always, and more so rarely. So it is wise to point them out to the courts, so that the next volley of court hearings could go another way and save the court itself the trust of the people. The other thing I would like to mention. It seems to me, that RAWMILK is all too often portrayed and fought for in such a manner as to declare it safe. the declaration of it being safe is exactly what opens one up to a lawsuit when somewhat gets sick, however that may be. Instead, it is far wiser for a raw milk producer or associated agent to declare it unsafe to consume without pastuerization, and give instructions. or rather to post the position of the health authority and give pastuerization instructions. So rather then attempt to prove its healthy and good for you, fight to be able to access it in its pure form to do as you wish, with the knowledge of the position of the public agent and recommended treatment. I know of one producer that goes so far as to ensure that cow share owners are aware of this by making them first correctly answering a test. By answering a test where other wrong answers (particularly those wrong answers that could be brought to court, if no such test were created) are available the consumer of raw milk could not then claim then did not know or were not informed and so forth. So while such processes could take place to offset the risks of liability and keep the arrangment in the private realm, it is still wise to subscribe to best practices that will ensure the highest quality milk.

mark mcafee's picture

jack,

While having a test that shows that the owner of the cow knew and was informed of risk, does not stop the media from "making raw milk a front page bad news story". When the media perpetuates this bad news...that is the basis of all the arguments against raw milk and fuels the FDA and industry etc.

In fact, there was a case of illness from raw milk very recently where the dairyman had no compulsion to be safe, because he had a warning label and had warned everyone that the product was probably dangerous. This is not anyway to build a market or give anyone a sense of confidence.

In fact...there should be a morals, ethics and basic knowledge test for raw milk producers and not the consumers. This would prove to the consumers that the producers know what the heck he or she is doing. At present...we have ignorant producers selling and producing raw milk to very ignorant and uneducated consumers. Sad on all sides. How do I know....I get calls all week long from consumers asking about what they should know about their producers. The questions are scary!! Really scary. Like...

1. does raw milk need to be chilled?
2. are there ways to test raw milk for bad bacteria in my home...I have an EPT, will that work? LOL...
3. is manure safe to eat? I found some in my raw milk this morning ( this call from out of state cow share )
4. my raw milk tastes really bad....is it ok to give to my kids. ( also out of state cow share )

You just can not make this stuff up!!!

High quality raw milk producer training is absolutely key!!
In fact, it is so critical that I am of the opinion that retail (or public accessible ) producers of raw milk should be required to have some sort of permit that confirms that they have recieved some level of training and participate in some form of continuing education program.
Ignorance is not safe or free...ignorance is just plain stupid. The more calls I take, the more I truly believe that our educational system is truly broken and a high school diploma means nothing~!

D. Smith's picture

Yes, but the consumers need to be educated, as well as the producers, wouldn't you say?

Too many consumers don't know what questions to ask when searching out/looking for a raw milk source. That indicates a high level of ignorance or else a simple case of being a newbie to the market. They have to start their education somewhere.

I don't know that actually testing the consumers is the key to this, but certainly a producer should have the right to make sure the consumer understands the basics about raw milk. What I don't understand is why aren't the consumers (like the ones who called you) asking these questions of their producers at the time of purchase???

Easy now Mark,'
from the perspective a someone offering raw milk to the public and having a vested interest in securing that position I could certainly understand how you might hold that position. But from the stand point of securing the the ability to act freely within a public space means that the responsibility must be born by those that do the acting. There is no freedom with out responsibility, and the moment we say that someone other then me is responsible for my well being is the exact moment we have forfeited our right and freedoms. So, I believe it is quite sound within the context of such freedoms for a raw milk purchaser (because... just because it was purchased raw does not mean it can't be cooked) to opening take a test where they themselves might choose and answer that states that "it is possible that the milk being produced and purchased may be contaminated with pathogens that may cause illness , such as...may contain blood or puss and bodily fluids of the bovine, and fragments of manure, all of which may demonstrate the milk to be considered unfit for human consumption and that there is no guarantees made for the quality or purity of the milk" . an then other such options that bear a different legal responsibility. For how else might someone opt out of public protection? and where there is no opting out of public protection or then there is no freedom. If you Mark, are going to speak about the private and public realm then I certainly hope that you know what your talking about and the real implications. That said, at some point it may be a conflict of interest for you to act in any executive role with RAWMI and there will be a time when stepping down is warranted

mark mcafee's picture

Jack,

Stepping down from RAWMI? Kind of like asking a mom to give her child up for adoption. Not anytime soon....

Jack....I will support your fight for freedom, and you should support my efforts towards pioneering the technology and science of low risk raw milk production for all Americans. Both of our roles are complimentary. However....I see time and time again that when the frustration of freedom over powers the obligation of safety things break and go south in a hurry.

I will make you a deal....you fight for food freedom and I will fight for and teach raw food safety and will meet you at the crossroads of both freedom and excellence in raw milk safety and increased access ...both in tact.

Both efforts are important. One last thing to be said....freedom means little when kids get sick.

That is when food safety absolutely kicks ass over food freedom....just sayin reality is reality. I live and breathe this fight every day....I know exactly what drives progress. A track record of raw milk excellence is the greatest foundation for future freedoms!! The reverse is a short lived constitutional intoxication.

Gayle Loiselle's picture

Jack and Mark, your exchange embodies the essence of the raw milk debate - ultimately, who is responsible for providing a safe food supply? Is it the state, the fed, the farmer, the distributor, the seller, the teacher, the consumer, the parent...who?? For me, it's fairly simple, the answer is all of the above. Every person and food related organization of any kind shares that responsibility, it's just a matter of degree.

Try as you might, you can't regulate conscience and you can't force integrity. I can't on the face of it trust farmers, supermarkets, or the government. In the end it's on my shoulders, it's my responsibility to keep myself safe, and to teach my children to keep themselves safe - the constitution gives me that right. "...life, liberty...freedom from tyranny...you all remember that from high school, right? Well with all that comes responsibility, and risk.

There are risks with both freedom and safety; as Sheila pointed out above, the freedom to drink low bacteria raw milk sold retail brings the risk of exposure to higher levels of potentially toxic cleaners and sanitizers. The freedom to drink less sanitized small farm raw milk brings the risk of higher bacteria counts, the freedom to drink pasteurized milk brings the risk of drug residues, growth hormones, and even higher levels of chemical cleaners; in the end I have to make a choice and take responsibility for my own actions, the freedom to do that should not be at risk.

Ora Moose's picture

Gayle, there are times when someone says exactly what you were thinking but couldn't put into the right words. This is one of those times and I thank you if I may quote you:

"you can't regulate conscience and you can't force integrity. I can't on the face of it trust farmers, supermarkets, or the government. In the end it's on my shoulders, it's my responsibility to keep myself safe, and to teach my children to keep themselves safe - the constitution gives me that right. "...life, liberty...freedom from tyranny...you all remember that from high school, right? Well with all that comes responsibility, and risk....... in the end I have to make a choice and take responsibility for my own actions, the freedom to do that should not be at risk."

Talk about cutting to the chase, you've done it. Don't blame, shame in not out.

Anything else I could possibly say isn't necessary and would likely detract from the impact so I won't. Have a great fruit.

Sylvia Gibson's picture

I realize this link is about vaccines. I posted it because it gives clues to the govs mindset.

"T#: Parents don't always understand the risk of not vaccinating. Stories from affected families can help educate them. #abcDrBchat"

The above statement speaks volumes. Scare tactics. It could be countered with stories from those affected from vaccines.

"Lifetime risk of dying from a car crash: 1 in 65. We drive anyway. Risk of severe life threatening rxn 2 vaccine: 1 in 1 million"

Not sure what their reason is for minimizing reactions. Guess it doesn't matter unless you are that one in a million, then where does that leave you? Dead of permanently disabled.

"To increase acceptance of vaccines, we need to focus less on coercive measures & more on (re)gaining trust - "

They know they lost trust. Could be because many are reading the package inserts and the internet tells the bad reaction stories. Giving the drug companies immunity from being sued dose bring trust.

"I don't think we should force people to vaccinate-but we should force people to learn and think before declining. "

Force? Really? Using that word will toss up walls, fools.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/dangers-vaccine-hesitancy-explaine...

Sylvia Gibson's picture

Should be: * Dead or permanently disabled.

Ora Moose's picture

Fools is a great word, as is force and trust. Those that look in the mirror know who they are or get paid to turn the other way.

mark mcafee's picture

Cornell Study finds....29% of Fluid pasteurized white milk thrown away by kids!! when chocolate was banned from school lunch choice. We are a sugared-up nation of fat kids and fat parents whose taste buds have been evolved to no longer eat whole foods but eat sugar. Immune systems and BMI ( body mass indexs ) have followed the trend into the hole.

http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/2014/04/chocolate-milk-ban-riles-sch...

Sylvia Gibson's picture

Seems if parents tell their kids "no" or discipline them, the kids may be taken away and/or the parents end up in jail. What are they to do?

I remember when mine were young, we were at the grocery store and some kid was having a temper tantrum on the floor, all because mommy told him he could not have candy. The comments coming from the by-standers ranged from "good mom" to "horrid mean mom". My son, looked and me and said, "If we behaved that way, you would have knocked us into next week and we would be stuck in the house for a long time". Some things just aren't acceptable behavior.

I think the TV and media brainwashes kids and others to an extent. If you keep pounding things into peoples brains, they will accept it as truth. An example; Many think cheerios are healthy. Yuck. I don't know why people don't investigate or why they take certain web sites/entities as absolute truth. I guess I was lucky, my mom pushed us to think outside the box and to think for ourselves.

churchlanefarm's picture

Rather then discipline defiant students today, they dope them up with drugs such as Ritalin.

No food was wasted in the cafeteria at the private boys high school I attended and if anyone were caught throwing food out that individual would be promptly dealt with in no uncertain terms.

Ken

Sylvia Gibson's picture

I agree ken. Way too many kids and adults are on drugs (oops it's called medication- which is correct, they are medicated)

Ora Moose's picture

Sylvia the solution is bovious, and it's the principle our government operates under in order to terrify them to pacivity. The box became a lot bigger in internet age but when you consider a toddler's perception today facing decades of propagnda it's even scarier. Who controls your mind or theirs ?

Ora Moose's picture

To sum it up, discipline is a self directed thing you either inherited or didn't. Do what you think is right and hope for the best but make an effort to get as much true info as you can.

mark mcafee's picture

One thing I think ( at least I hope ) we can all agree, THIS STORY GOES ON THE REALLY STUPID and PARANOID LIST!!! http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/16/6331425/portland-plans-reservoir-flush....

Who is going to police the fish and all the ducks and tell them to stop crapping and urinating in the water reservoirs arround America!! It is no wonder our immune systems are destroyed!

I actually can not believe that they did this. Send that water to CA...you paranoid idiots!!

Sylvia Gibson's picture

The powers that be at their finest! Did you catch this statement: "The open reservoirs hold water that has already been treated and goes directly into mains for distribution to customers." All that wild flavored water going straight to homes, yum!

Ora Moose's picture

Unless you are the boy in the bubble you will be exposed to mary, (oops subliminal slip) MANY evolving micro scoping dangers in your food. ~ ancient Portuguese proverb "what doesn't kill you will make you stronger."

Here's another song to help the cause, with complementary artwork on cardboard I recycled. This is in one of the ancient musical keys I have recovered, it's shamanic so gets better if you replay it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG1YykIycLQ