Food Politics


This will affect all of us…

http://www.ftcldf.org/aa/aa-26april2010.htm

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If you missed the first part of the meeting, you can read it here

Okay, the rest of the meeting.

Sorry to disappoint, but, if you were waiting for me to let you know what the Board decided, they didn’t.

After Armand addressed what Bruce Salsbury of Lorenae Dairy said, he presentd the board with a 55 page science report on raw milk and offered to make each member a copy and Fed Ex it to each one of them.

No one took him up on his very generous offer so he encouraged them to read it and even quoted from a few of the (impressive)studies in it, still, no one seemed impressed.

After mentioning the sub-committee to Karen Prescott several times and not getting an answer, or so much as a change in the expression on her face, Armand finally had to press her on it. She said they had presented the idea to the State Milk Board Advisory Committee?

 Yes, the Milk Board has an Advisory Committee. Apparently made up of the same people only different? They all hold similar positions to the Milk Board members,   ( health dept. employees, dairy farmers, etc.), but the only person that is on both the Advisory Committee and Milk Board is the secretary, Gene Weisman.

Karen then said, after more pressing, or pulling may be a better word, the advisory committee hadn’t made a decision because of budget issues and she had no idea when they would decide.

We literally had to drag each little bit of info out of her. She wasn’t volunteering anything!

I addressed the board after that and we reminded her that they (the Board) were supposed to be forming the sub-committee before this Milk Board Meeting and we had been wating for a phone call since she had said she would be calling soon to let us know who the members of the Raw Milk Sub-Committee would be.

After stammering a bit she said they wouldn’t know anything until the Milk board Advisory Committee met again.

And, again, more dragging to get her to tell us she thought that might be sometime around the end of June. Thanks.

I then asked Karen if all action against anyone selling raw milk would be on hold until this could all be reviewed she said “yes”.

The Milk Board’s legal advisor (not sure if she is an actual atty. or not) spoke up and said that there would be action if the law was broken by bringing milk into Greene County. I said that that WAS the issue to be reviewed, the law says a consumer may purchase raw milk and have it delivered to him for his or her own use. She mentioned the A.G.’s opinion said that milk may only be purchased on the farm and that was what the Milk Board was using to make their decisions and the Board would not be able to really tell us anything until a decision had been made by the court in the Bechard case. She then said that no one could bring raw milk in to the county unless they had a food permit. Karen piped up at that point and agreed it was a food permit violation.

No, I didn’t continue to debate the issue with the Board’s legal advisor. I’m not familiar with the “Food Permit Ordinance” Greene County has. When I asked for a copy of the ordinance the legal advisor stated they were published regularly. I, of course had to ask where are they published? Her response was “at the Office of Adiministration website.”

Um, could you give me that website?

“It’s the Office of Administration website.”

Okay

maybe  here?

I did, however, remind everyone that science no longer supports that raw milk is dangerous, or, that pasteurized milk is safe. I also stressed that there is a large volume of raw milk sold in SW-MO and NO ONE is getting sick. We just want to be able to keep doing what we have been doing, customers meeting their producers to pick up milk.

A member of the board, a dairy farmer, then asked me “so you’re telling me he (meaning Armand I guess) can milk a filthy cow and just sell the milk?”

I answered “no, then people would get sick. Great care is taken by raw milk producers in the care of their cows and their milk.”  honestly, the rest of that little discussion (which was only a few sentences) is a blur because I was trying so hard not to cuss.

So, nothing was decided. We’ll wait for the Bechard’s next hearing on june 4th. Hope to see you there!

Read the law and the A. G.’s opinion for yourself, I’d love to hear what you think………..

 The Law…..

Missouri Statutes
TITLE XII PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE
Chapter 196 FOOD, DRUGS AND TOBACCO
FLUID MILK AND FLUID MILK PRODUCTS

196.935. State milk inspection required on all graded fluid milk or milk products pasteurization required, exception.  

No person shall sell, offer for sale, expose for sale, transport, or deliver any graded fluid milk or graded fluid milk products in this state unless the milk or milk products are graded and produced, transported, processed, manufactured, distributed, labeled and sold under state milk inspection and the same has also been produced or pasteurized as required by a regulation authorized by section 196.939 and under proper permits issued thereunder. Only pasteurized graded fluid milk and fluid milk products as defined in subdivision (3) of section 196.931 shall be sold to the final consumer, or to restaurants, soda fountains, grocery stores, or similar establishments; except an individual may purchase and have delivered to him for his own use raw milk or cream from a farm. (emphasis mine)

AG’s opinion….

” Conclusion

It is the opinion of this office that section 4 of House Bill No. 1280 prohibits a dairy farmer from selling raw milk to the general public from a distribution center set up by the dairy farmer and located away from his farm premises.”

Signed by Atty. Gen. John C. Danforth, 1973

Is it just me or does that sound like he’s talking about a roadside stand or something? We have been told by the Board that according to this A.G. opinion, raw milk cannot even be delivered to someone who has prepaid. The Milk Board is using this “opinion” to say NO RAW MILK CAN BE BROUGHT IN TO GREENE COUNTY.

The “live blogging” obviously didn’t work out (sorry to those who stopped in for it)

Honestly, when we walked in to the meeting I was so shocked by what I was hearing, I forgot I even had a laptop.

My son, Joey, and I carpooled with Armand Bechard and his daughter Kezia.

Because I was driving we were, of course, a few minutes late. when we walked in the door of the tiny conference room Bruce Salsbury of * Lorenae Dairy was addressing the board, saying things about people selling milk without a permit and basically how *dirty some of the farms and cows are ( I can’t remember exactly how he worded it), how this wasn’t right and needed to be stopped.

My mouth had to have been hanging open.

After rambling like this for a couple of minutes one of the Milk Board members asked Bruce what it is that he wants from the Board and he said (notice the quotation marks) “ I want you to stop the milk pirating.”  Another member then asked him what he meant by “pirating” and he replied “No milk should be allowed to be sold unless it is grade A.  People are selling milk to their dairy co-ops and then dipping out of the tank and selling directly to customers, that’s pirating.” ….”I want you to stop it from coming in to Greene County”  “No one should be able to sell milk without a permit.” …..”I’ve got 1/2 a million a year invested in this and I’m losing 50 thousand a year” (not sure what he meant here). I got what I needed (equipment? bottler? not sure which one he said) and you (meaning the board) said I could only sell at the farm, then I got a permit and was allowed to sell at the Farmer’s Market and now I’m selling so much raw milk I don’t have enough for the co-op (I’m assuming he has contract for a certain amount for the commercial dairy co-op he belongs to). I need you to require anyone selling milk to have a permit and stop any other milk from being brought in. Then, you can loosen the regulations and I’ll be able to do the marketing I need to do (no one is allowed to market raw milk.)

I kept having to lean over and ask Armand “did I just hear that right?” I couldn’t believe it!

Armand then addressed the Board and gave the perfect response when he said “ I’ve been self employed in one way or another most of my life, and I would be ashamed. I think it’s a problem that  because Bruce isn’t making enough money he’s asking the government to shut down his competition.” 

Oh yes he did!

That’s all I can post for now, I’ve been gone all day! More tomorrow!

*(if you click on the link above it will take you to a video of Lorenae Dairy, is it just me or does he stick his hands in to the cheese after it was pasteurized? too bad there’s not any beneficial bacteria left in there to fight off any germs he may have accidently introduced)

Tomorrow, April 22, is the next Missouri Milk Board Meeting. They should be letting us know what they decided about the raw milk sub-committee.

Chad, our usual Jefferson City reporter for the Springfield News Leader, is out of town  and to my knowlegde there won’t be anyone there recording the meeting either (hmmm I wonder if it’s because the meeting is at 8am??)

So you can all stay informed, I may live blog the meeting!

Breakfast…

Scrambled eggs–2 eggs + 2 yolks + 2Tbs G.F. raw cream cooked in bacon grease, coffee with G.F. raw cream

Lunch……

Leftover chicken stew in bone broth pureed and greenbeans from our garden and leftover G.F. taco meat added with fish sauce for flavor, salad with lettuce from our garden+ black olives+feta (from store) +homemade olive oil and vinegar drsg., with 1/2 oz leftover liver pate on rye crackers (not soaked), water

Supper….

Something with leftover pastured roasted chicken meat…hmmmm

no pics today

My To Do List

  1. Call state rep and tell her one of my raw milk producers called to tell me someone from the MO state Milk Board called the D.F.A. lab where he was getting his milk tested and advised the lab to stop testing for the farmer because he sold raw milk. (The DFA lab was charging around 30$ per test and now the farmer will have to send it off for around 200$ per  test) ARRGH!
  2. Contact MO Rural Crisis Center and try to organize. They are hitting the capitol around the same time as we are for issues regarding how livestock is handled and prevention of  a “livestock board” (oh this livestock board is dirty dirty, more about that another day).
  3. Write a response to this letter to the editor from a very misinformed D.V.M.
  4. Contact “local Foods” group to reach out to the rest of Mo with the hopes of educating and rallying on behalf of raw milk
  5. Contact MO milk board to get on the agenda for the Jan. 12th meeting.
  6. Return e-mails to people supporting raw milk to keep everyone motivated.
  7. Homeschool
  8. Cook healthy traditional meals, where’s my crockpot?
  9. Housekeeping
  10. More phone calls and e-mails

Praise the Lord for leftovers and cod liver oil!!

“Fast-food standards for meat top those for school lunches”

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the meat it buys for the National School Lunch Program “meets or exceeds standards in commercial products.”

“That isn’t always the case. McDonald’s, Burger King and Costco, for instance, are far more rigorous in checking for bacteria and dangerous pathogens. They test the ground beef they buy five to 10 times more often than the USDA tests beef made for schools during a typical production day”.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2009-12-08-school-lunch-standards_N.htm

“Anyone who thinks the heritage based, nutrient dense, pasture-based, low-energy, life-honoring model is winning has not kept up with the new attacks from corporate food”

Joel Salatin

http://polyfaceyum.blogspot.com/

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