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European Milk Quotas and United States Trial By Public Opinion

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Today we have two completely different stories. While not connected – the irony in both of these is priceless.

First of all you have the heinous act of producing too much food product in a world where apparently no one ever goes hungry.

Three EU member states have been ordered to pay a total of €19m in fines for exceeding milk quotas in 2009/2010, according to provisional figures published by the Commission. More

Ban on Milk Labeling Ruled Unconstitutional

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Live Link:  Food Safety News

by Helena Bottemiller | Oct 04, 2010

“This evidence precludes us from agreeing with the district court’s conclusion that there is no compositional difference between the two types of milk,” reads the opinion.

After more than two years of litigation, a federal court last week struck down an Ohio ban on labeling dairy products as “rbGH free,” “rbST free,” or “artificial hormone free” if produced by cows not treated with bovine growth hormone.   More

Just in time for S.510: The EU will set world dairy standards

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The Dairy Reporter

Europe to lead world dairy quality standards and welfare, says expert

By Mike Stones , 24-Sep-2010

Europe will set the standard for the world dairy industry, specifically for milk quality and cow welfare, an international dairy expert has told a recent conference in Brussels staged by Pfizer Animal Health.

Ynte-Hein Schukken, professor of Epidemiology and Herd Health at Cornell University, US, told delegates that “Most of the milk produced throughout the developed world will be following the same standards as those set in the EU,” according to UK farm publication Farmers Guardian.

Milk import rules

Speaking at the seminar entitled Are European dairymen making the most of cell count data?, Schukken added that the US dairy industry expects EU authorities to insist on a much stricter interpretation of its milk import rules. Other countries, notably China and India, are likely to follow the lead shown by Brussels.

The likely impact would a fairer, more open world milk market, he said. More

Milk recall: Is your milk on this recall list?

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  • And they want us to believe fresh raw milk is dangerous!

Midland Farms has announced a voluntary milk recall affecting these three brands as well as a fourth one, Corrado’s Market. The recalled milk has a “sell by” date of Sept. 24 and was sold in five northeastern states.

Courtesy of New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets

The failure of a pasteurization equipment at a milk plant in Menards, N.Y., has led to a voluntary milk recall in five northeastern states.

Consumers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island should check their milk cartons to see if they’ve been recalled, according to New York State’s agriculture department.

Continue www.csmonitor.com/Business/2010/0910/Milk-recall-Is-your-milk-on-this-recall-list

S.510: Manager’s Amended Version..The corporate “coop”…the chicken shit’s come home to roost.

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Marti Oakley w/Paul Griepentrog (c)copyright 2010  All Rights Reserved

                                           ” What remains as a “bill” is the actual assault on domestic agriculture hidden behind euphemistic terms such as “food safety”, “food security” and other deceptive language meant to deceive the reader into thinking the safety of food in this country was at risk from family and independent producers   ”                                                                    

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The fight to maintain control of our food production and supply must begin in the states.  Your governor, according to this bill, will appoint the agency that will contract with USDA/FDA for access to your state.  It is your governor who will make this federal theft of domestic agriculture possible; and it is your governor who must be pressured to refuse to negotiate with corporate federal agencies.  The betrayal of America’s farmers and ranchers will begin with each state governor granting corporate federal agencies access to your state and will be enforced by state agencies under the color of law.  These agents will be your friends, neighbors and maybe even family members who will put on an agency badge and suddenly forget the Constitution and individual rights. 

For years multi-national corporations have raided and plundered third-world countries, stealing land, raping the environment and causing the starvation and abject misery of untold millions of people.   The efforts to steal farmland, to grow gmo crops for biofuels while human beings starved next to fields full of grain, is nothing new.  The world wide efforts to seize control of the world’s food supply, dictating what people would eat and if they would eat, is coming full circle. The US along with Canada is now about to fall victim to the absolute takeover of food production and supply in both counties, by corporations who have orchestrated the greatest theft ever perpetrated.   They could not have done it without the corruption of career politicians who sold their integrity, honor and office for corporate favors and campaign donations, increasing their own personal wealth along the way, and selling out the very people they swore to represent. 

We are about to see congress come back into session; never have we as a country been in such danger from our own government.  Democrat or Republican, we have no support within our own congress. 

Below is a break down of S.510.  As pages 1 thru 104 were struck, the provisions contained in those pages were written into broad and vague language, open to interpretation and abuse by corporate federal agencies.  This was intentional.  What was taken out in one place was inserted elsewhere under ambiguous language.  What remains as a “bill” is the actual assault on domestic agriculture hidden behind euphemistic terms such as “food safety”, “food security” and other deceptive language meant to deceive the reader into thinking the safety of food in this country was at risk from family and independent producers.

Here are just some of the highlights of S.510.  There have been several versions of this bill, so for expediency, we have simply listed the sections by number.  More

The Loss of One Small Dairy Farm

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Judy Palmer c)copyright 2010 All rights Reserved

 If anyone reading this is an attorney or knows of one who might advocate for Guy, please contact me at   Ijudyann614@gmail.com won’t let Guy—or what he stands for–go down without a fight.  I’m hoping that the one right person, the one who might be in a position to help, feels the same way.

“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.”  –Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Jay (Aug. 23, 1785)

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Our country was founded on agriculture.  With vast land to be settled and tamed, farming was originally seen as the most noble of professions.  These days, farmers and others who work with their hands and bodies often earn ridicule rather than respect.  Although their land is still coveted, their work is not.  Technology has replaced intuition, debt has replaced honor and security, and the scratch for money has replaced the love of work.  This is the story of former dairyman Guy Ekola and how he lost his dreams and his livelihood.

A farmer for over thirty years, Guy owns a small tract in west central Minnesota and had a dairy herd of about twenty cows.  His one goal always has been to leave the land he worked better than he found it, and he knew what he wanted at a very early age.  Guy was, and is, the embodiment of Wendell Berry’s idea…”What I stand for is what I stand on.” He farms with horses rather than tractors to more closely observe the nuances of the land and makes decisions based on nature rather than technology.  He’s never made much money, and yet, he and his family prospered in different, more profound ways, raising three children and more importantly, living a life of their own choosing.  Guy, one of the first members of a well-known organic dairy co-op, sold his milk to them for many years.  Like all businesses today, the co-op had to grow or die and has changed from a small, “family of farms” concept to larger economies of scale.  Guy was caught up in this and it is here that this story begins. More

S 510 : Testor Amendment Means Nothing

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2010 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The Testor Amendment.  – It’ll free my direct sales to consumers. Or so the “opposition” to S. 510 seems to be saying now.

Once I started reading this,  “shock kept me up all night” would be an understatement.

Attempting to understand the logic behind the argument that somehow Legislators and AgriBusiness lobbyists are now “backing down” from the onerous control methods that have been written, fought for, and negotiated since the introduction of S. 510 in March of 2009 – I became even more confused.

Why suddenly would Sally Sunshine be allowed to sell her Strawberries to Safeway with no “involvement” under S 510?

The answer in short is she won’t. The “Grocery Store” will be required to keep records of Sally Sunshine. And in the event of “reasonable belief” or  “reasonable possibility” – Sally Sunshine is going down first.

The language is included here below (partial pages 122 and 123):

(G) GROCERY    STORES.—With    respect to a
17 sale of a food described in subparagraph (H) to
18 a grocery store, the Secretary shall not require
19 such grocery store to maintain records under
20 this subsection other than records documenting
21 the farm that was the source of such food.
The
22 Secretary shall not require that such records be
23 kept for more than 180 days.
24      (H) FARM     SALES TO CONSUMERS.—The
25 Secretary shall not require a farm to maintain
1       any distribution records under this subsection
2       with respect to a sale of a food described in
3       subparagraph (I) (including a sale of a food
4       that is produced and packaged on such farm),
5       if such sale is made by the farm directly to a
6       consumer. More

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