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Monthly Archives: February 2012
Press release from Farm Food Freedom:
Customers and Other Supporters Stand with Farmer
February 24, 2012–Baraboo, WI—Food sovereignty activists from around North America will meet at this tiny town on March 2, 2012 to support Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger and food sovereignty. Hershberger, who has a court hearing that day, is charged with four criminal misdemeanors that could land him in prison for three years with fines of over $10,000. The Wisconsin Department of Agricultural Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) targeted Hershberger for supplying a private buying club with fresh milk and other farm products.
Action alert from the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund:
It’s Time for Congress to Step Up & Pass HR 1830
A federal court has upheld the FDA’s ban on the interstate transport of raw milk for human consumption.
The case began with a year-long sting operation of an Amish farmer, Dan Allgyer, that included undercover federal officials entering private consumers’ residences. Despite testing the milk repeatedly, the FDA never found any contamination in the milk. Not one person claimed to have gotten sick from the milk. Yet the FDA decided to pursue the case and brought an enforcement action against Dan in federal court.
The Houston-Galveston Chapter and the Montgomery/North Houston Chapter combined efforts to represent the Weston A. Price Foundation at the recent Houston Gluten-Free Expo, Saturday, February 4. Three chapter leaders manned the expo booth–Carolyn and Brice Biggerstaff from the Houston-Galveston chapter and Melissa Humphries, co-leader of the Montgomery County chapter.
The Weston A. Price Foundation has responded to the press release from the CDC claiming a rate of 150 times more outbreaks from raw milk than pasteurized. The CDC ignores data that shows dangers of pasteurized milk.
WASHINGTON, DC, February 21, 2012. In a press release issued today, authors affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control claim that the rate of outbreaks caused by unpasteurized milk and products made from it was 150 times greater than outbreaks linked to pasteurized milk.” The authors based this conclusion on an analysis of reports submitted to the CDC from 1993 to 2006.
Good news from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
Thank you to everyone who wrote and called to protect farmers’ markets from new regulations! FARFA has received an email from an official at the Department of State Health Services, notifying us that the agency is withdrawing the propose rule to classify farmers’ markets as food establishments.
This is excellent news!
Farmers and farmers’ markets remain subject to the existing regulations, many of which are inappropriate and burdensome. And the proposed rule for labeling of cottage foods remains a significant concern, so please remember to submit comments on that if you haven’t already.
Alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
Please help us protect Texas farmers’ markets from burdensome and confusing new rules from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)!
In SB 81, the Texas Legislature responded to their constituents and adopted legislation to make things easier for famers’ markets. But DSHS is proposing a rule that not only fails to implement the new legislation, but actually makes things harder for farmers’ markets.
Coyote Creek Farm and Organic Feed Mill announces that Jeremiah Cunningham’s World’s Best Eggs are now available at Whole Foods Markets in the Southwest Region.
Elgin, Texas (February 14, 2012) –Jeremiah Cunningham’s World’s Best Eggs today announces the production of organic pasture-raised soy-free eggs for sale at Whole Foods Markets in the Southwest Region (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana).
The demand for soy-free eggs comes from the rising concern among food scientists and medical professionals about the carcinogenic influence from too much soy in the American diet. Some experts claim that soy may cause or contribute to the growth of cancer. In 2008, Cornell University’s Program of Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors warned women who are at risk for breast cancer to limit their soy intake.
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.
Home Sweet Farm in Brenham is having a CSA farm tour Sunday, February 12. There’s more information about the farm tour on Real Food Houston.
Home Sweet Farm CSA is now listed on our Local Food & Milk page.
An alert from the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance:
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is busy making things more difficult for local food producers.
As we alerted you last week [see post Speak up for cottage food producers!], DSHS has proposed labeling rules that would significantly and unfairly burden cottage food producers. And DSHS hasn’t stopped there — it has also proposed new regulations on farmers’ markets.