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Monthly Archives: January 2012
Alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
Last year, your calls and letters helped pass a law in Texas to allow people to make low-risk foods in their home kitchens to sell directly to consumers without government interference. SB 81 was a great first step in reducing the regulatory burdens on the local foods movement.
One section of SB 81 directed the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to adopt rules regarding labeling of cottage foods. The legislation was very specific: the labels were to include the producer’s name, address, and a statement that the food was not inspected by the local or state authorities. But the DSHS staff have used this opening to bury cottage food producers in red tape.
The new Georgia’s Market Downtown just opened–January 27! The downtown cafe and market is located 420 Main Street. Georgia’s is owned by Rick and Georgia Bost, who also own and operate Georgia’s Texas Grassfed Beef and Georgia’s Farm to Market Store. The beef they sell will mostly be their own and the market will offer many local foods, such as Katz coffee, Karbach beer, Slow dough breads, and Texas wines. For more information about the new market and cafe see the post on Real Food Houston.
At one time, everyone drank raw milk. But with the invention of pasteurization and its alleged safety benefits, consumption of raw milk in this country almost completely disappeared. In fact, in some states it is illegal to sell raw milk. But a growing segment of the population is clamoring for increased access to raw milk, citing its nutritional benefits and recently discovered inbuilt safety mechanisms. Opponents are skeptical of such nutritional claims and believe the safety risks of unpasteurized milk are simply too high.
Join the Food Law Society as we present a debate covering the legal, health, and nutritional merits of raw milk. The participants are:
Alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
Current FDA policies allow tens of millions of unsuspecting consumers to purchase and consume unlabeled genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in their foods without knowing what they are eating. FDA has allowed this even though it has no proof that GMOs are safe for human consumption. To the contrary, internal FDA documents reflect scientists’ concerns that GMOs could pose significant health risks – but the scientists were ignored by the career bureaucrats doing the bidding of the corporate agribusinesses.
Weston A. Price Foundation Nutrition Education Non-Profit Files Comments
January 24, 2012–Washington, DC–The Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) has warned the FDA that plans for salt restriction pose a health threat to Americans of all ages, in comments submitted to the agency yesterday.
The Weston A. Price Foundation is a non-profit nutrition education foundation dedicated to accurate scientific information about diet and health. Last year, WAPF led the criticism of USDA 2010 dietary guidelines.
WAPF noted that by entitling their document “Approaches to Reducing Sodium Consumption,” the FDA has signaled that it has already decided that Americans’ sodium consumption should be reduced. But neither history nor the scientific evidence support this approach.
Action Alert from the FTCLDF:
Call your U.S. Rep. & Fax through HR 1830 petition
The movement to protect raw milk in Congress is beginning to gain steam!
Three Representatives have co-sponsored the raw milk bill originally filed by Ron Paul (R-TX): Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Tim Walberg (R-MI), and Tom McClintock (R-CA).
If passed, HR 1830 would legalize the interstate shipment of raw milk and raw milk products for human consumption, reversing the FDA’s current regulations that prohibit the interstate transport of raw milk for human consumption.
For those of you who live in the northern part of Houston or in Montgomery County, there is a new chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Melissa and Bobby Humphries are the chapter leaders. They will soon be embarking on their own small farm to help provide healthy food for their family. Melissa is a nutrition professional and has experience with GAPS, Body Ecology, Feingold, and Yeast Detox. The new chapter has a Facebook page and will have a website soon. The Humphries can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the WAPF:
ACTION ALERT: Keep FDA from meddling with the salt in our foods!
The FDA is laying the groundwork for extensive restrictions on salt. This threatens your health and your access to foods traditionally prepared with salt, such as cheese and fermented vegetables.
The agency is seeking public comments on a document entitled “Approaches to Reducing Sodium Consumption.” This title indicates that they have already decided that sodium consumption should be reduced and all that’s left are the regulations as to how.
Kinzers PA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) apparent war on Amish raw dairy farmers escalated on December 6 when the agency filed a “motion for summary judgment,” with Pennsylvania judge Lawrence Stengler. The motion requests a permanent injunction against dairy farmer Dan Allgyer selling fresh milk out of state. FDA asserts that regulation 21 CFR §1240.61 criminalizes any sale of milk intended to cross state lines.