By Rady Ananda
In another frenzy by freaked out regulators, the California Dept of Food and Agriculture recalled raw milk products from Organic Pastures Dairy Co. in Fresno, after five children became ill and admitted to drinking raw milk from OPDC. Tests confirmed, however, that the products did not contain the variety of E. coli known as O157:H7 from which the children suffered.
“Each month [the California Dept of Public Health] tests all Organic Pastures’ products for pathogens,” explained owner Mark McAfee in a public statement. “In addition, Organic Pastures uses a third party for pathogen testing multiple times per week. All these tests have been negative.”
Posted in Big Pharma, CorpoGov, Food Criminalization, Free Range Animals, Health Foods, Monopolies
Tagged california, CDFA, mark mcafee, milk wars, organic pastures dairy co., raw milk
Mali McGee, at her ranch in Bonny Doon (KEVIN JOHNSON/SENTINEL)
By Rady Ananda
On Sept. 13, California’s Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a “Resolution Recognizing the Rights of Individuals to Grow and Consume Their Own Food and to Enter into Private Contracts with Other Individuals to Board Animals for Food.” [pdf]
Though only symbolic, the Resolution memorializes public assertion of the right to grow and eat food of their own choosing, and to collectively share in private herds, free from government interference.
This was done in response to armed raids on private food clubs and herd shares, as well as “cease and desist” letters sent by the state’s Dept. of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to small farmers and herd share owners.
Posted in CAFOs, CSA, FDA, Food Criminalization, Food Legislation, Gardening, Health Foods, Survival Skills
Tagged california, CDFA, Ellen Pirie, herd shares, hyper-regulation, Mali McGee, milk mama goat farm, Neal Coonerty, raw dairy, raw milk, right to contract, santa cruz county, Sustainable Economies Law Center