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Brownfield Ag News: Groups says CDC raw milk report “flawed”

Julie Harker
February 23, 2012
Full Article 

A group that supports the sale of raw milk says the new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) on illnesses caused by raw milk is flawed. In a news release, Sally Fallon Morrell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation says the CDC cherry-picked data to make a case against raw milk. She says consumers need to know that the incidence of foodborne illnesses from ALL dairy products – pasteurized or not – is “extremely low.”

The CDC says it reviewed data from 1993 through 2006 and found the rate of outbreaks from raw milk and milk products was 150-times greater than outbreaks linked to pasteurized milk.

Fallon Morrell questions the CDC choosing data only up through 2006 – saying in 2007, 135 people became sick from pasteurized cheese contaminated with E. coli and three people died from pasteurized milk contaminated with listeria. She says the CDC’s decision to start the review of data in the 1990s – following significant outbreaks in the 1980s from pasteurized milk – and cutting the data short raises questions about their bias against raw milk.

The CDC article can be found here.

Times Argus: Bill to require GMO labeling coming up

By Thatcher Moats
Excerpt from the Vermont Press Bureau
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MONTPELIER — Lawmakers plan to take up a bill in the coming days designed to help Vermonters know whether the food they pull from grocery store shelves has ingredients that have been genetically engineered.

Neither the federal government nor other states require the labeling of all genetically modified foods, but Vermont’s bill is part of a national movement to change that. Nearly 20 states are considering labeling measures, according to The Associated Press, amid health concerns about genetically modified organisms.

Vermont’s bill would also ban companies from calling food with genetically engineered ingredients “natural.”

Harvard Food and Law Society: Sally Fallon Raw Milk Debate

02/16/2012 Harvard Food Law Society hosted a debate on the legal, nutritional, and safety aspects of raw milk. With Sally Fallon. Watch the complete video HERE.

05/23 Cottage Cheese, Yogurt Panna Cotta

Raw Dairy Processing Class!
with Margaret Osha & cows’ milk
Wednesday, May 23rd from 1 – 4 pm
Pre-registration required, $20-40 sliding scale

05/09 Butter, Yogurt, & Mozzarella

Raw Dairy Processing Class!
with Tamara Martin & cows’ milk
Wednesday, May 9th from 1 – 4 pm
Chandler Pond Farm, WHEELOCK
Pre-registration required, $20-40 sliding scale

04/11 Mozzarella, Rocotta & Ice Cream with Goats’ Milk

Raw Dairy Processing Class!
with Karen Nicholson & goats’ milk
Wednesday, April 11th from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Stepping Stone Farm, STOWE
Pre-registration required, $20-40 sliding scale

03/31 Mozzarella, Ricotta & Butter

Raw Dairy Processing Class!
with cows’ milk
Saturday, March 31st from 1 – 4 pm
Black Dog Farm, NEWFANE
Pre-registration required, $20-40 sliding scale

Learn how to Make Mozzarella, Ricotta, and Butter from Raw Cows’ Milk! Class presented by Rural Vermont and taught by the kind folks at Black Dog Farm.  All proceeds benefit Rural Vermont. To sign up or for more info, call Rural Vermont at (802) 223-7222 or email


Food Democracy Now: I Stand with Farmers vs Monsanto Video

Watch the video here.

On January 31, 2012, 55 farmers and plaintiffs traveled to Manhattan to hear oral
arguments regarding Monsanto’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, Organic Seed Growers
and Trade Association (OSGATA) vs. Monsanto.

At the heart of the lawsuit is the threat that family farmers face due to genetic trespass on their fields as a result of Monsanto’s genetically modified (GMO) seed and the aggressive enforcement of the biotech seed and chemical giant’s alleged patent rights.

In court, Federal Judge Naomi Buchwald declared that she would rule on the motion to dismiss the trial or move forward in the next 60 days or by March 31st.

03/25 Feta, Soft Cheese, Yogurt, & Kefir

Raw Dairy Processing Class!
with the Metta Earth team & cows’ milk
Sunday, March 25th from 1 – 4 pm
Metta Earth Institute Inc., LINCOLN
Pre-registration required, $20-40 sliding scale

Back by popular demand! Learn how to Make Feta, Soft Cheese, Yogurt, & Kefir from Raw Cows’ Milk! Class presented by Rural Vermont and taught by the team at Metta Earth Institute. Sunday, March 25th, 1-4 pm, Metta Earth Institute, Lincoln, $20-40 sliding scale, pre-registration required. All proceeds benefit Rural Vermont. To sign up or for more info, call Rural Vermont at (802) 223-7222 or email

Washington Times: Feds shut down Amish farm for selling fresh milk

By Stephen Dinan
February 13, 2012
Full Article 

The FDA won its two-year fight to shut down an Amish farmer who was selling fresh raw milk to eager consumers in the Washington, D.C., region after a judge this month banned Daniel Allgyer from selling his milk across state lines and he told his customers he would shut down his farm altogether.

The decision has enraged Mr. Allgyer’s supporters, some of whom have been buying from him for six years and say the government is interfering with their parental rights to feed their children.

But the Food and Drug Administration, which launched a full investigation complete with a 5 a.m. surprise inspection and a straw-purchase sting operation against Mr. Allgyer’s Rainbow Acres Farm, said unpasteurized milk is unsafe and it was exercising its due authority to stop sales of the milk from one state to another.

Adding to Mr. Allgyer’s troubles, Judge Lawrence F. Stengel said that if the farmer is found to violate the law again, he will have to pay the FDA’s costs for investigating and prosecuting him.

His customers are wary of talking publicly, fearing the FDA will come after them.

“I can’t believe in 2012 the federal government is raiding Amish farmers at gunpoint all over a basic human right to eat natural food,” said one of them, who asked not to be named but received weekly shipments of eggs, milk, honey and butter from Rainbow Acres, a farm near Lancaster, Pa. “In Maryland, they force taxpayers to pay for abortions, but God forbid we want the same milk our grandparents drank.”

The FDA, though, said the judge made the right call in halting Mr. Allgyer’s cross-border sales.

“Intrastate sale of raw milk is allowed in Pennsylvania, and Mr. Allgyer had previously received a warning letter advising him that interstate sale of raw milk for human consumption is illegal,” agency spokeswoman Siobhan DeLancey said.


Fans of fresh milk, which they also call raw milk, attribute all kinds of health benefits to it, including better teeth and stronger immune systems. Raw milk is particularly popular among parents who want it for their children.

In a unique twist, the movement unites people on the left and the right who argue that the federal government has no business controlling what people choose to consume.

In a rally last year, they drank fresh milk in a park across Constitution Avenue from the Senate.

The FDA began looking into Mr. Allgyer’s operations in late 2009, when an investigator in the agency’s Baltimore office used aliases to sign up for a Yahoo user group made up of Rainbow Acres customers.

The investigator placed orders for fresh milk and had it delivered to private residences in Maryland, where it was picked up and documented as evidence in the case. By crossing state lines, the milk became part of interstate commerce and thus subject to the FDA’s ban.

At one point, FDA employees made a 5 a.m. visit to Mr. Allgyer’s farm. He turned them away, but not before they observed milk containers labeled for shipment to Maryland.

After the FDA first took action, Mr. Allgyer changed his business model. He arranged to sell shares in the cows to his customers, arguing that they owned the milk and he was only transferring it to them.

Judge Stengel called that deal “merely a subterfuge.”

Liz Reitzig, a mother who has become a raw-milk activist and is an organizer of the group, said the lawyers who pursued the case against Mr. Allgyer ought to “be ashamed.”

“Many families are dependent on the milk for health reasons or nutritional needs, so a lot of people will be desperately trying to find another source now,” she said.