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Death of A Small Business – Big Dairy Wins Again.

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Lynn Swearingen (c) copyright 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

The great thing about “banning” food items is the ease in which it is completed these days. For instance:

Raw-milk dairy closes as costs rise

But the owners of Greenwood Farms, Holly and Steve Atkinson, say their numbers just weren’t working. The equipment, chemical and labor costs of producing raw milk were simply too high, despite growing demand from consumers willing to pay $10 or more a gallon.

Because there is no “Free Market” competition as a result of  huge milk subsidies, the smaller producer is pushed out. In this case by their own responsible choice to protect the safety of their customers. Don’t forget the “barrier to entry” that exists to even start-up a small dairy.

To survive financially, Atkinson said, the farm would have to scale up — and that would come only at the expense of safety.

“We would’ve had to double the number of cows and work 80 hours a week,” she said. “If we had grown the dairy to where we could make a profit, I don’t think we could’ve produced safe raw milk because once you get that big, you get into the factory mentality.”

If the artificial dairy market was not boosted by $74.1 Million last year  through governmental interference, having to compete with small dairies would force Agri-dairy to be more responsible.

For more information on “the dairy world” from a really great site, visit johnbuntingsjournal.

Good-bye Greenwood Farms.

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

How many Wisconsin DATCP goons does it take to inventory the personal food from a family’s private refridgerator?

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If you want a glimpse of what is ahead for you if S.510 passes, here it is. 

 These are Wisconsin predators, employed by DATCP to act under the color of law and against the people.  Earning from 65,000 thousand a year to as much as 105,000 per year, the goons in this video are set loose to harrass and terrorize selected Wisconsin dairy farmers who sell fresh raw milk. 

Unlawfully, and without a valid warrant, or any oaths of affirmation, private property was tresspassed, stolen, destroyed and otherwise rendered useless by  the goons who make their living preying on the public while wearing a government badge and collecting a huge paycheck. 

This attempt to terrorize and coerce this family into compliance was facilitated by the local sheriff who seemed very pleased with violating the rights of these private citizens.

By the way, S. 510 is very clear that dairy farms will be be a target of section 420 (e)

S.510 Fake Food Safety: Forcing the collapse of domestic agriculture

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Marti Oakley (c)copyright 2010 All Rights Reserved

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Instead, FDA, just as the USDA, is pulling out all the stops in its efforts to terrorize and harass domestic producers and suppliers, and to end anything but industrialized corporate agriculture.  After all, these corporations keep the FDA and USDA awash in funds.”

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If food safety were the real issue…we would close down the USDA and FDA corporations immediately.  S.510 is not intended to, and will not do anything other than stifle economic growth, kill off the domestic agricultural sector and hand that sector over to corporate predators.   

S.510,  just as the CLEAR Act, Cap & Trade, and a host of other offensive pieces of legislation is nothing more than a system of fees, fines and royalties meant to generate revenue while at the same time forcing individuals to keep records intended to be used for no other purpose than compiling a criminal case against themselves.  These records can be seized on the whim of the “secretary” who can at his/her leisure, decide that they “believe” you represent a risk: no evidence needed.

Just as the appointment of Michael Taylor, the Monsanto hired gun, to the post of “food czar” in the White House was no coincidence, neither is the pandering to Monsanto and other multi-national corporations intent upon owning and controlling food prodution and supply in the US in the text of S. 510. 

Both the USDA and FDA were created using the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) of 1946.  Even if this act were constitutional, the federal government is precluded from entering into agriculture as it is not in the enumerated powers of the federal government.  Agriculture is non-positive Code & Tile (7) and cannot be codified into law as it is a right reserved to the states.  Creating fictional public service agencies, which are in reality privately chartered corporations, held by the federal government to by-pass Constitutional restraints, on the federal government makes them no less unlawful.

Contrary to comments from various national organizations and groups, the last thing we need to see happen is the expansion of power and reach of either the USDA or, the FDA.

Both of these corporate federal agencies have a long history of harming the public while deferring to corporate contracted partners who make sure both agencies are profitable even if the public is harmed.  

On the other hand, it is no surprise to see national food organizations of all kinds jumping on the bandwagon to support this coup, hoping, I guess, that if they throw the rest of us under the bus they might be able to secure special treatment for themselves.  The organics producers did. More

Marti Oakley and Barb Peterson: The Truth Squad, with guest Paul Griepentrog

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Join us Sunday evening at 8 CST on The Truth Squad Radio Show.

Our guest this week is Paul Griepentrog. Paul is a Wisconsin farmer who has been involved in fighting back against corruption in the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) in Wisconsin.

Paul will be reporting on the current premises registration (NAIS) cases in Wisconsin involving NAIS and Raw Milk. He will also address the FDA’s move to enable rule-making regarding food safety without Congressional approval, and the Organic illusion. More

Wisconsin:Candidate Taylor to attend the WI Raw Milk Bill (SB 434) Public Hearing

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US Senate candidate Rob Taylor today issues an apology to the farmers, raw milk consumers and his supporter. Taylor said “I must have been drinking milk treated with chemicals yesterday, for me to support this bill. I want to tell everyone that I am not in support of this bill as it stands. What I wanted to say that I am glad we have a bill moving in the direction of allowing raw milk sales and consumption.” Taylor went on to say that “everyone knows that I am a supporter of the local and small family farmers who produce raw milk and I am an advocate of the raw milk and honey movement and this bill has language in it that will destroy the farmers.”
 
In a phone interview Taylor reported that “it is time for the people of Wisconsin to have the right to raw milk, honey and other food that they deem healthy.” Taylor is known to show up at the raw milk rallies, often speaking to the crowds. He has also supported people such as Max Kane in his fight to produce and sell raw milk.The hearing is schedule as follows:http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-state.php?Id=238&yr=2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Location:

Chippewa Valley Technical College Room 106/Auditorium 620 West Clairemont Ave Eau Claire, WI 54701s

On the web site Raw Milk: The Whole Truth by chef jem they point out:

1000 More People Needed In Wisconsin To Help Support Raw Milk Bill

Help Support Wisconsin Raw Milk Bill Which would allow consumer access to raw milk products direct from Wisconsin Dairy Farms

Wisconsin raw milk bill (AB 628) was introduced in the Assembly on December 18, 2009.

The bill was referred to Committee on Rural Economic Development.

Wisconsin raw milk bill (SB 434) was introduced in the Senate on December 21, 2009.

The bill was referred to Committee on Agriculture and Higher Education.

The Raw Milk Bill hearings for both the ASSEMBLY and the SENATE have been combined into one joint-hearing:

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

10:00 am

Chippewa Valley Technical College

620 W. Clairemont Ave.

Eau Claire, WI 54701

Room 106/Auditorium

When entering the main doors, continue straight until you come to the wall of pictures. Turn left; the Auditorium is on the right.

Parking is in the visitor lot at the southwest corner of the building and in the student lot across Clairemont Ave.

We need people to show up at this Joint Public Hearing in support of the Raw Milk Bill.

It has been noted that each person that appears at the hearing counts as 10 votes.

If we have any chance at all of getting this bill to pass, we must convince these two committees that YOU, the consumer, want it. Numbers speak we need hundreds, if not thousands of people to be present at this combined hearing!

Gather your friends, family, neighbors, etc., to attend these this history-making event.

If you would like to speak at the hearing, please enter that on your registration card when you enter. You may be limited to 2-3 minutes. It would be a good idea to have copies of your speech to the committee members.

And on the facebook page for Alliance for Raw MilkThey make the following pea:This is it folks!

It has been noted that for each person that appears in person, the committee looks upon each one as 10 votes.

If we have any chance at all of getting this bill to pass, we must convince these two committees that YOU want it. Numbers speak! We are asking everyone to gather friends, family, neighbors, etc., to attend these hearings.

Wisconsin raw milk bill, as introduced in the Senate on December 21, 2009

(LRB-3242/3) as SB 434. Referred to Committee on Agriculture and Higher Education.

We urge all of Wisconsin to attend, write, phone, email their support of this bill.

  
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WICFA: The promotion and preservation of unregulated direct farmer-to-consumer trade

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Hello WICFA Friends and Members:
 
We have some updates on our website that might be of interest to you.  Please browse through our Raw Milk page and our Honey page to see what is new.
 
Read the Iowa raw milk bill and see why it is the kind of legislation that we need to put before our Assembly and Senate.  It is fair to all producers and consumers and is completely aligned with WICFA’s mission statement of the promotion and preservation of unregulated direct farmer-to-consumer trade that fosters the availability of locally grown and home-produced food products.
 
The updates on Wisconsin honey legislation include some correspondence between Senator Russ Decker and our VP, Paul M. Griepentrog as well as a link to some good information on the origins of Codex. 
 
Enjoy and I hope you find the updates useful!
 
Thanks,
 
Clifford J. Cordell II
WICFA – President
(715) 418-0424
 

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