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#465 Sep 29, 2010
Could camel milk come to Europe?:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-10747956

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#466 Oct 1, 2010
Milk does different types of bodies different good :

http://poststar.com/sports/bf5aa52c-c36f-11df...

I have got to start eating better. It is just so darned inconvenient.

I have given up scrutinizing my calendar for a day when I could actually get some of my own work done. I am now reduced to being delighted when I can find a couple unassigned hours during the month. When things start getting this involved, some of the rudimentary and mundane tasks get shortchanged.

Sleeping is one.

I just finished what I hope is the last phone call of the day - it is 11:42 p.m.- and am looking forward to a couple hours peace to meet three writing deadlines. This column is getting first priority this week.

Eating is another problem. The issue is time. There is just not sufficient time to put together a real meal.

Dr. Wifey usually manages on non-teaching days to get something put together and get me caught long enough to consume it but it is so much more expedient to just whip through the drive-in and wolf down a hamburger on the way to the next meeting.

The results of this high calorie fare is becoming obvious, particularly when putting on my shoes. Usually the extra girth comes off when I start cutting wood, but I have not even had time for that as of yet.

I am afraid the only solution is to buy a camel.

It seems that camel milk is rapidly becoming a preferred health drink. I find it an interesting testament to the ingenuity and resolve of the human spirit that anyone even thought of milking a camel, much less domesticating them. They are unpleasant, wildly flatulent creatures that bite, kick and, if that does not work, spit quarts of foul stomach contents on anyone who tries to do something nice for them.

This apparently does not deter the folks at "Camelicious" who are putting out reams of information about the wonders of the elixir. Highly digestible, filled with vitamin C, a cure for several maladies and a marvelous tonic for the ever-swelling ranks of the lactose intolerant (another magnificent scam!) Cheese and butter are more difficult because camel milk does not curdle, but it does make a mean yogurt.

Humans started supplementing their diet with animal milk about 7,000 years ago. It has been primarily that of ungulates, although some Roman rulers are reputed to have demanded the milk of fierce carnivores to improve their own aggressiveness. That was probably nothing compared to the grit of the sort of folks charged with milking a momma lion.

The milk of most other animals is a bit more revved up than human breast milk. A woman's milk contains about 1 percent protein, 4.5 percent fat, and 7 percent lactose (sugar). Ordinary cow's milk, on the other hand, contains 3.4 percent protein, only 3 percent fat and 4 percent sugar - a much better sounding deal.

The nutritional content, particularly the fat content, varies widely depending on the infant-rearing strategy used by the individual species.

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#467 Oct 3, 2010
Just as variable as the chemical composition of the milk, is the system for delivering it.

Most female mammals have an even number of mammary glands. The only animal with an odd number routinely is the opossum that has 13. There are exceptions. My new setter has nine, which is reputed to be very lucky. I have not noticed the results of that as yet.

Most babies must seek a teat and suck the milk from it. Opossums crawl to the pouch, find a mammary gland and immediately grow new cells hooking mother and infant together. They remain attached for most of the lactation period.

A few of the more primitive mammals do not have actual teats. Their babies simply lick the skin in the chest area and milk is excreted through the skin. This is thought to be the way this process developed, beginning with animals who excreted through skin while setting to keep the eggs moist and viable.

All this is making me hungry again.

I am fresh out of camel milk, but I bet I can find a big glass of McEacheron's finest to go along with a nice brownie. I will work on the diet tomorrow.

Bob Henke writes a regular Outdoors column for The Post-Star.

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#468 Oct 5, 2010
Camel meat coming to your dinner table :

http://nqr.farmonline.com.au/news/state/agrib...

THE Camel Industry Association is working on a plan to make camel meat a regular addition to the Australian dinner table.

Camel industry heavyweights have been granted funding to develop the domestic market and work out the best ways to farm the million feral camels roaming Central Australia.

Central Australian restaurants and butchers are already selling camel burgers and camel sausages, and camel is also being sold as pet meat.

Camel Industry Association chairwoman Lauren Brisbane says once camel becomes an established industry, the meat will be in demand nationwide.

"We spend $10 billion a year on the health market in Australia and camel meat is a very healthy meat," she said.

"It's 85 percent less fat than beef. It's the same cuts of meat as beef and people who do consume camel meat love it and people who try it love it."

The association says farming the animals will make the industry a strong economic force in Australia, instead of costing the nation money.

Ms Brisbane says as well as the meat, there is a viable domestic and international market for camel milk and wool.

She says a strategic plan is being developed cooperatively between Aboriginal landholders, pastoralists and farmers to reach the roaming population.

"One of the biggest issues for our industry is continuity of supply - even though there are a lot of camels, our difficulty is accessing them," Ms Brisbane said.

"We hope that camel meat will be readily available domestically and we can supply the markets that we have on an international basis."

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#469 Oct 7, 2010
With guns blazing, cops raid raw milk food club :

http://blog.friendseat.com/cops-raid-raw-milk...

With guns drawn, four officers blazed into Rawesome Foods in Venice, California, and raided the walk-in cooler to find jugs of raw milk. Also seized in the early morning bust of July 2010 were blocks of unpasteurized goat cheese.

Rawesome Foods is a private food club run by nutritionist and raw-food advocate Aajonus Vonderplanitz. For a membership fee of $25, consumers can purchase unpasteurized dairy products, organic eggs, and fermented vegetables.

“I still can’t believe they took our yogurt,” Rawsome volunteer Sea J. Jones told the L.A. Times.“There’s a medical-marijuana shop a couple miles away, and they’re raiding us because we’re selling raw dairy products?”

Federal regulators said Rawesome Foods failed to obtain proper permits and licenses. According to WorldNet Daily, agents from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the FDA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and others confiscated 17 coolers with honey, milk, cane syrup and other products.

On the same day, a raid involving 20 agents was also conducted at a private Ventura County, California farm. It was the third time in 18 months Sharon Palmer’s farm was raided over the labeling of her goat cheese. Palmer produces goat’s milk, and raises cattle, pigs, and chickens.

Three raw milk raids occurred Wisconsin as well last month. In one case, a farmer was prosecuted for refusing to give authorities information about his customers.

Then in June, agents of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, escorted by police, raided Traditional Foods Warehouse, a popular food club in Minneapolis specializing in locally-produced foods, and two more farms suspected of illegally selling raw milk.

Since laws regarding raw milk vary from state to state, raw milk buying clubs have formed in a populous effort to buy from states where raw milk sales are permitted to out-of-state consumers, or in states where it’s illegal to sell raw milk at the supermarket. The FDA has responded by waging war across the nation on these private food clubs selling raw milk and other dairy products.

The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, an organization that defends the rights and freedoms of family farms and consumers, challenged the FDA’s ruling on behalf of raw milk consumers in half a dozen states. Their suit maintains that the FDA’s actions are unconstitutional.

The members of these food clubs joined for the expressed purpose of buying raw milk, so they know precisely what they’re purchasing. It should be glaringly clear these raids have nothing to do with protecting the public from the alleged dangers of raw milk — which has been consumed for thousands of years. If drinking raw milk was deadly, primitive cultures would have died out long ago.

In her article “More About Raw Milk”, Sally Fallon, V.P. of the Weston-Price Foundation says,“All outbreaks of salmonella from contaminated milk in recent decades — and there have been many — have occurred in pasteurized milk.” Fallen adds that even the 1985 Illinois outbreak affecting 14,316 people, contained a salmonella strain in pasteurized milk that was genetically resistant to both penicillin and tetracycline.

These raids are rooted in establishing power and control. As Mike Adams with Natural News points out,“The real reason why the FDA opposes raw milk is because Big Dairy opposes raw milk. Just like Big Pharma, Big Dairy has worked very hard behind the scenes to steer FDA policy in its favor. And according to some recent reports, Big Dairy is one of the primary forces trying to eliminate raw milk because it threatens the commercial milk business.”

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#470 Oct 7, 2010
FDA RAID ON RAW MILK: RAWESOME FOOD CLUB :

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#471 Oct 9, 2010
Food police target organic foods in California!:

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#473 Oct 11, 2010
Want Raw Milk? Lease a Farm - and Hire a Lawyer :

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/arti...

For two months earlier this year, Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger let the proposed contract sit unsigned on his desk.

The agreement specified that a nonprofit organization known as Right to Choose Healthy Food, and headed by raw food advocate Aajonus Vonderplanitz, would lease his farm's 50 cows and dozens of chickens -- "the works," says Hershberger. In exchange, the organization would have access to all the food from the animals: milk, eggs, and meat.

Then, on June 2, agents from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection raided his Grazin' Acres farm near Madison, and placed seals on the refrigerators in his small store. He was operating without a retailer license and a dairy license, the regulators said. The fact that he wasn't open to the general public, but was selling direct to "members" of his farm, didn't matter.

The day after the raid, Hershberger cut the DATCP seals and defiantly re-opened for business. His confidence was buttressed by the fact that he decided that day to sign the contract with Right to Choose Healthy Food.

The deal is "simple," says Hershberger, and besides, "I think Aajonus knows what he's doing."

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#474 Oct 12, 2010
Big Dairy Behind Drive to Outlaw Raw Milk :

http://blog.friendseat.com/fda-against-raw-mi...

An uproar has spread like wild fire through the blogosphere regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ban on interstate transport of raw milk. The FDA — the same agency unable to protect consumers from salmonella, E. coli, toxic residues, genetically modified foods, pesticides, antibiotics, heavy metals like copper, lead, cadmium, and arsenic and a host of other food toxins — in its infinite wisdom, believes consumers have no inherent right to choose the food they eat.

In February, the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, an organization that defends the rights and freedoms of family farms and consumers, challenged the FDA’s ruling on behalf of raw milk consumers in half a dozen states. Their suit maintains that the FDA’s actions are unconstitutional.

Since laws regarding raw milk vary from state to state, raw milk buying clubs have formed in a populous effort to buy from states where raw milk sales are permitted to out-of-state consumers, or in states where it’s illegal to sell raw milk at the supermarket.

Buyers clubs enable members to make bulk pickups and deliveries while saving time and gas. In Massachusetts, for example, raw milk can only be sold on the farms where it’s produced.

In its 30-page rebuttal to the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund’s suit, among the litany of madness Orwellian FDA lawyers pronounced in their brief was that “There is no generalized right to bodily and physical health…There is no ‘deeply rooted’ historical tradition of unfettered access to food of all kinds…[and] There is no absolute right to consume or feed children any particular kind of food.”

You may recall that also in February, the FDA sent a Warning Letter to the president and CEO of Diamond Foods claiming the company’s walnuts were drug products in violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The FDA came to this conclusion because the company suggested walnuts are beneficial to human health.

Difference Between Raw Milk and Pasteurized Milk

Pasteurization sterilizes foods at a temperature (for milk of 161 degrees Fahrenheit) that destroys harmful microorganisms. The process was first used in the United States in the 1890s. In the 1920s, the U.S. Government mandated pasteurization because of the perceived impossibility of harvesting milk free of bacteria. Although raw milk can become contaminated, many claim the dangers of raw milk are exaggerated.

Since pasteurizing milk is a sterilization process that kills bacteria, key vitamins and minerals are also destroyed via the same process. Pasteurized milk modifies fragile milk proteins, kills beneficial bacteria, and has been linked to lactose intolerance, allergies, asthma, gastro-Intestinal problems, diabetes, auto-Immune disease, and attention deficit disorder.

Considering that raw milk from an array of animals has been consumed for thousands of years, if drinking raw milk was deadly,“all those dairy-loving primitive cultures would have died out long ago.”

In her article “More About Raw Milk”, Sally Fallon, V.P. of the Weston-Price Foundation says,“All outbreaks of salmonella from contaminated milk in recent decades — and there have been many — have occurred in pasteurized milk.” Fallen adds that even the 1985 Illinois outbreak affecting 14,316 people, contained a salmonella strain in pasteurized milk that was genetically resistant to both penicillin and tetracycline.

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#475 Oct 14, 2010
Raw milk battle reveals FDA abandonment of basic human right to choose your food :

http://www.naturalnews.com/028757_raw_milk_FD...

The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF), an organization whose mission includes "defending the rights and broadening the freedoms of family farms and protecting consumer access to raw milk and nutrient dense foods", recently filed a lawsuit against the FDA for its ban on interstate sales of raw milk. The suit alleges that such a restriction is a direct violation of the United States Constitution. Nevertheless, the suit led to a surprisingly cold response from the FDA about its views on food freedom (and freedoms in general).

In a dismissal notice issued to the Iowa District Court where the suit was filed, the FDA officially made public its views on health and food freedom. These views will shock you, but they reveal the true evil intent of the FDA and why it is truly a rogue federal agency.

The FDA essentially believes that nobody has the right to choose what to eat or drink. You are only "allowed" to eat or drink what the FDA gives you permission to. There is no inherent right or God-given right to consume any foods from nature without the FDA's consent.

This is no exaggeration. It's exactly what the FDA said in its own words.

You have no natural right to food
The FTCLDF highlighted a few of the key phrases from the FDA's response document in a recent email to its supporters. They include the following two statements from the FDA:

"There is no 'deeply rooted' historical tradition of unfettered access to foods of all kinds." [p. 26]

"Plaintiffs' assertion of a 'fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families' is similarly unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish." [p.26]

There's a lot more in the document, which primarily addresses the raw milk issue, but these statements alone clearly reveal how the FDA views the concept of health freedom. Essentially, the FDA does not believe in health freedom at all. It believes that it is the only entity granted the authority to decide for you what you are able to eat and drink.

The State, in other words, may override your food decisions and deny you free access to the foods and beverages you wish to consume. And the State may do this for completely unscientific reasons -- even just political reasons -- all at their whim.

This has all emerged from the debate over whether raw milk sales should be legal. But the commonsense answer seems obvious: Of course raw milk should be legal! Since when did the government have any right to criminalize a farmer milking his cow and selling the raw, unpasteurized milk to his neighbor at a mutually-agreeable price?

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#476 Oct 14, 2010
The U.S. government's secret agenda to eliminate raw milk
Raw milk has been in the spotlight recently as defenders of the food are constantly battling with state and federal authorities over the freedom to buy and sell it. At the national level, the FDA has been on a ruthless crusade to eliminate all sales of raw milk everywhere. Lately, the agency seems to have shifted its tactics from attacking raw milk dairy farmers directly to going after raw milk "buying clubs" and "cow-share" programs, which effectively bypass the draconian laws in many states by establishing private contracts between individuals.

In a cow-share program, you buy a share of the cow's produced milk, and you pay a cost of the cow's upkeep. It's sort of like CSA shares for farm veggies, but with cow's milk instead of veggies. This arrangement drives the FDA absolutely batty because it bypasses their authority and allows free people to engage in the free sales of raw dairy products produced on small family farms.

But why is the FDA hell-bent on stopping raw milk from being sold in the first place? Think about it: What is it about this particular whole food that has regulators working overtime to make sure you don't drink it?

It certainly has nothing to do with food safety, as the FDA commonly claims is its reason for opposing it. Raw milk's track record of safety is phenomenal, and all legitimate studies indicate that it's actually less prone to harbor harmful bacteria than the pasteurized stuff (which is all dead, modified milk anyway).

According to a Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) report, between 1980 and 2005, there were ten times more illnesses from pasteurized milk than there were from raw milk. And most of the reports that link illness outbreaks with raw milk provide little or no evidence that raw milk was even the culprit.

But apparently the facts don't really matter to the FDA (is anyone surprised?) because the agency continues to repeat false talking points about how raw milk is inherently dangerous and that drinking it is "like play Russian Roulette with your health".

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#477 Oct 16, 2010
It certainly has nothing to do with food safety, as the FDA commonly claims is its reason for opposing it. Raw milk's track record of safety is phenomenal, and all legitimate studies indicate that it's actually less prone to harbor harmful bacteria than the pasteurized stuff (which is all dead, modified milk anyway).

According to a Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) report, between 1980 and 2005, there were ten times more illnesses from pasteurized milk than there were from raw milk. And most of the reports that link illness outbreaks with raw milk provide little or no evidence that raw milk was even the culprit.

But apparently the facts don't really matter to the FDA (is anyone surprised?) because the agency continues to repeat false talking points about how raw milk is inherently dangerous and that drinking it is "like play Russian Roulette with your health".

Big Dairy behind push to eliminate raw milk
The real reason why the FDA opposes raw milk is because Big Dairy opposes raw milk. Just like Big Pharma, Big Dairy has worked very hard behind the scenes to steer FDA policy in its favor. And according to some recent reports, Big Dairy is one of the primary forces trying to eliminate raw milk because it threatens the commercial milk business.

Recently in Massachusetts, for example, the state's Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) has been targeting raw milk buying clubs that purchase raw milk from rural dairy farms and have it delivered to urban drop-off points where many of the customers live. Raw milk sales are legal in Massachusetts as long as they are done at the farm, and the state has long tolerated buying clubs, which are convenient for customers and technically perfectly legal.

But this situation now seems to have changed. MDAR recently sent cease-and-desist letters to four buying clubs even though there is no Massachusetts law that prohibits their existence. When club members challenged the legitimacy of the warnings, MDAR decided to propose a new regulation to specifically outlaw buying clubs.(They just can't stand the fact that people are buying raw milk, can they?)

Get this: Scott Soares, a Massachusetts legislator who is friends with the MDAR commissioner, held a preliminary meeting in advance of the May 10th proposal hearing to discuss the matter with interested parties. Fifteen educated and passionate consumers and farmers of raw milk showed up to challenge Soares, who ended up revealing to them that "large dairy producers" had contacted him to push for raw milk restrictions.

To make matters worse, it was revealed that Soares failed to follow proper protocol by not opening a docket to keep a record of all interactions relating to the proposal. So not only did Soares reveal that he's basically bowing to political pressure from Big Dairy by supporting the restrictions, but he's also violating proper legislative procedure in the process.

So what we have here is a classic case of a large and powerful industry pushing government regulators to outlaw competing products so that it can monopolize the market. It's the same thing that Big Pharma does in getting the FDA to destroy nutritional supplement companies. But now it's happening with raw milk, too.

What's next? Will all farmer's markets be outlawed because the veggies haven't all been irradiated or pasteurized?

As usual, it's all about the money, and as you follow the money trail all the way up to the federal level, you find the same thing happening everywhere: At the FDA, USDA, FTC and so on. U.S. government regulators have become monopoly market enforcers for Big Business, and they won't let anything get in their way... not even personal health freedoms or just basic access to food.

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#478 Oct 17, 2010
As usual, it's all about the money, and as you follow the money trail all the way up to the federal level, you find the same thing happening everywhere: At the FDA, USDA, FTC and so on. U.S. government regulators have become monopoly market enforcers for Big Business, and they won't let anything get in their way... not even personal health freedoms or just basic access to food.

I'm sensing a Ghandi moment coming on here. Somebody is going to have a powerful public demonstration against tyranny by drinking raw milk in the same way that Ghandi led his followers to harvesting salt. People have a natural-born right to real food, and the FDA is violating human rights by attacking producers of raw milk.



Unconstitutional position of the FDA

It's not really news to the folks in the natural health community that the FDA opposes personal health freedoms, but according to the FTCLDF, the FDA's recent response to its lawsuit is one of the agency's boldest statements yet about how it views health freedom in America. It practically turns the FDA into a dictatorial Gestapo-like agency whose mission is to destroy the U.S. Constitution and deprive people of their natural rights.

Not only does the FDA think it has the power to regulate interstate trade; it also thinks it can regulate intrastate trade (which means buying and selling within state borders). In fact, the agency made this very clear on page 6 of its dismissal when it wrote, "It is within HHS's authority...to institute an intrastate ban [on unpasteurized milk] as well."

This is the FDA trying to run rampant over States' rights. The federal government, after all, isn't satisfied to exercise control over the limited powers granted to it by the U.S. Constitution -- it wants to overthrow the tenth Amendment and dictate rules, regulations and laws that the states are being forced to follow.

This is blatantly unconstitutional. The Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution forbids the federal government from intruding on the laws of individual states, and is only allowed to wield powers expressly granted to it by the Constitution (powers granted by the People, in other words).

There is no power granted to the federal government to ban the sales of raw milk. I've read the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and I never saw it mentioned in there. The very idea, by the way, would have seemed bizarre (and downright stupid) by our nation's founders, many of whom actually operated farms and drank raw milk themselves.

According to the FTCLDF suit, the FDA is clearly operating outside Constitutional authority by forbidding raw milk from being transported across state lines from states where it is legal to sell it. And for the FDA to arrogantly announce that it has the authority to ban intrastate raw milk sales shows just how tyrannical and oppressive the agency has now become.

The FDA, bluntly states, has become an enemy of the People. It is taking away the rights that your forefathers helped protect (often with their lives). The FDA is destroying what your fathers and grandfathers fought for in World War II. It is attempting to terrorize the raw milk producers of America and run them out of business through a campaign of threats and intimidation. This is the agency that's supposed to be working for the People? Give me a break...

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#479 Oct 18, 2010
Even private contracts aren't a fundamental right, according to the FDA
But it gets even worse. On page 27 of the dismissal, the FDA also states that Americans do not have a fundamental right to enter into private contractual agreements with one another, either.

Huh? Are you kidding me?

Buying clubs, cooperatives and community supported agriculture programs (CSAs) all rely on private contractual agreements in order to operate. People contract with each other to obtain clean, healthy food from the sources of their choice without government intrusion. But now the FDA is saying that people don't actually have this right. To enter into such a private contract to purchase food, milk or even water is a violation of federal law, the FDA now claims.

You are just a subject of the King, you see, and you have no rights. You must eat and drink what you are told. You must behave in a way that is allowed by your King. You have no rights, no protections and no freedoms. You are a slave, Neo.

The "substantive due process" clause of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, however, assures people of this right when it states that no person shall "be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law." And being able to make personal food choices without having to obtain permission from Big Brother is definitely included under this clause.

But the FDA -- aw, heck, all of Washington for that matter -- doesn't honor the U.S. Constitution in any way, shape or form. The document is little more than a tattered piece of American history according to the Nazi nut jobs running federal agencies today. They are no more likely to respect the Constitution as they are to leap from their desk job chairs and magically transform into flying elephants.

But all hope is not lost... there are things you can do to fight for your freedoms.

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#480 Oct 19, 2010
What you can do to protect food freedom
According to David Gumpert from The Complete Patient, raw milk is a proxy issue that really addresses food freedom at large. Whatever is decided about raw milk will set a precedent for everything else.

That's why it's so important to support raw milk freedom whether you drink milk or not (I don't drink milk, but I support raw milk freedoms nevertheless). Not only is legalized raw milk beneficial to small, family farmers who are able to maintain livelihoods because of it, it also supports the local food economy. It's also, by the way, a whole lot healthier than pasteurized milk!

On January 28, 2009, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) introduced HR 778, a bill that would end all federal restrictions on interstate traffic of raw milk. It's along the same lines as the current lawsuit which challenges the constitutionality of such restrictions in the first place. You can read the entire bill at the following link:
( http://www.ftcldf.org/docs/HR_778_I ...)

The FTCLDF has a petition page where you can contact your Congressmen and urge support for HR 778. You can even ask your Senators to cosponsor it. Please support this effort by signing this online petition.

Even more urgent than this is the need to express your opposition to a "food safety" bill going before the U.S. Senate called the "FDA Food Safety Modernization Act". Also known as S. 510, this bill, if passed, will drastically increase the FDA's power over food and make it very difficult to obtain natural, unprocessed foods of any kind. It would give the FDA completely power to irradiate, fumigate, pasteurize or otherwise destroy every item you consume, from fruits and vegetables to dairy products.

Remember how I said that the FDA (wrongly) thinks it has the power to regulate intrastate trade? Well S. 510 would specifically grant the agency this power. The FDA would then have the power to destroy all small, local farming, gardening or dairy operations in your home town, even if your state expressly defends your rights to engage in such activity.

Can you imagine a SWAT team of FDA agents showing up at your door because you grew organic broccoli and sold some at the weekend farmer's market without fumigating it with poisons first? That's what's coming to your home town, everywhere across America.

S. 510 is the final version of H.R. 2749, which was passed last summer by the House of Representatives. There's still time to stop it, but we need your help. So please sign the petition linked above.

I know sometimes it seems like the politicians aren't listening, and for the most part that's true, but a massive outcry against this attempted takeover of food is sure to get their attention and may even force them to back down.

You can read all about both bills at the following link:
( http://www.ftcldf.org/news/news-foo ...)

You can also contact your Senators by visiting this link:
( http://www.opencongress.org/people/ ...)

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#481 Oct 20, 2010
Join the Raw Milk Drink-In!

The Organic Consumers Association, by the way, is holding a Raw Milk Drink In in Boston today (May 10, 2010). Here's the announcement from the OCA. Please go join the drink in if you live near Boston!

Suzanne the Cow on Boston Common for "Raw Milk Drink In"

Raw Milk Enthusiasts Slam Proposed State Ban on Raw Milk Buying Clubs

Press Conference Precedes 10 AM Public Hearing at Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

MOOVE OVER CORPORATE COWS! WE WANT PASTURE NOT PASTEURIZED! THE MDAR IS UDDERLY RIDICULOUS! MDAR'S RAW MILK BUYERS' CLUB BAN IS BULL! MDAR SHOULDN'T COWTOW TO BIG AG!

BOSTON - On Monday, May 10, 2010, for perhaps the first time since the park was used, prior to 1830, as a pasture, a cow will graze on Boston Common. The cow is Suzanne, a beautiful pasture-raised Jersey who gives healthy raw milk through Eastleigh Farm in Framingham, MA.

The occasion is a gathering of raw milk enthusiasts and dairy farmers who will bring a cow to the Common for a "Raw Milk Drink In" and then gather at the State House for a press conference.

The raw milk rally comes as the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) attempts to restrict the delivery of raw milk to thousands of consumers throughout Massachusetts. Earlier this year, the MDAR issued a cease and desist order to four raw milk buying club drivers who were delivering the milk to customers in urban and suburban areas of the state.

Who: Raw milk cow, farmers and consumers.

What: Photo opportunity with raw milk cow, "Raw Milk Drink In" and press conference.

When:
8 am Cow & "Raw Milk Drink-In," Boston Common
9:20 am Press Conference, State House
10 am Public Hearing, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
2 pm Cow leaves Boston Common

Where: Boston Common - Adjacent to Brewer Fountain, then Statehouse

Speakers available for interviews:

Doug Stephan, Raw Milk Dairy Farmer, Owner Eastleigh Farm in Framingham, MA,(bringing the cow).

David Gumpert, author of The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America's Emerging Battle Over Food Rights.

Max Kane, a Wisconsin buying club owner who is currently fighting contempt of court charge brought by the WI Dept of Agriculture for his refusal to reveal his sources of Raw Milk.

Mark McAfee, the owner of Organic Pastures Dairy Co., the largest raw dairy in the country, based in California.

More Information:

Over three million Americans now prefer organic raw milk and raw milk dairy products over pasteurized milk because of its superior nutrition and disease fighting qualities and because it comes from small, local producers who pasture their dairy cows, rather than keeping them confined all day and all year in dairy feedlots on huge, disease-ridden factory farms.

There have been no reported cases of raw milk-related illnesses in Massachusetts in over ten years.

Alexis Baden-Mayer, Political Director for the Organic Consumers Association says, "We don't need a 'new solution.' Up until this proposed ban, everything has been fine. If there's any change to Massachusetts regulations, it should be a change to make it easier -- not harder -- for us to get the healthy organic raw milk and dairy products we want. This law would deny us our right to choose what we eat and drink."

Learn more at www.organicconsumers.org/raw-milk

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#482 Oct 21, 2010
Camelicious milk :

http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/li...

Nutritious camel's milk is easily digestible and has more vitamin C than milk from cows.

I made a promise in October last year that I would cook a 10 course degustation (not devastation) dinner and provide the wine to the first company or business people that set up a commercial dairy.

There is something special about tasting something that you know has been produced here in Marlborough from our own animals and not trucked out of the region in bulk and then returned in plastic some days or months later.

Lisa from Sherrington Grange, you are a true champion. Not only did I have goat milk butter last month but you are now providing fresh milk, goats' and cows', at the Marlborough Farmers' Market. I look forward to keeping my promise as you have delivered the goods.

Cows are not the only critters that produce milk for consumption. In fact, the United States is the only country in which cow's milk is more popular than milk from other mammals. The fact that New Zealand is following America in this mass production of primary products is of a concern, as a struggle to balance monocultures of food products is emerging. The sole function of milk in nature is as a food source, so it is not surprising that the nutritional value is high, even though milk is 85 per cent water

New Zealand cows' milk is a primary source for lots of things such as butter, cheese and milk powder, but maybe we have been sold on the wrong milk-producing animal. We should be looking at diversifying so that we are not reliant on just one bovine.

Milk from camels is a good staple food because it does not curdle like cows' milk and it has been used as a survival food for thousands of years by nomadic desert tribes (think coming climate change). Camels' milk contains six types of fatty acids such as lanolin acid, which helps control wrinkles and condition skin tone (think of all of the money we would save on makeup and Botox). Camels' milk contains high levels of insulin and antibodies that are good for regulating diabetes and other diseases.(We need to get our local health boards funding the herds of camels.) Unlike cows' milk, camels' milk is easily digestible for the lactose intolerant population. It also contains more vitamin C than cows' milk and is better for us.

I will cook a 15-course degustation dinner for the first person or business that set up a commercial camel dairy in New Zealand. I can see it now, camels grazing on our green pastures, being herded into milking sheds and chocolate and banana camels' milk being served in our local schools.

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#483 Oct 22, 2010
HOMEMADE YOGURT

8 cups milk, cow, goat or camel

1/3 cup powdered milk (this is optional but will make a thicker yogurt)

1/4 cup local honey, optional for sweetened yogurt

1/2 cup starter yogurt

Pour your milk into a large cooking pot. Heat the milk up to 85degC. Allow the milk to cool down to 43degC. If you want to speed the process up fill your sink with cold water and place the pot of milk in the water and stir. The temperature drops fairly quickly this way, so make sure to have your thermometer handy to keep checking.

After you reach 43degC add the remaining ingredients and stir until everything is dissolved well. Pour this mixture into your ready and waiting jars. Put the lids on and put them into whatever place you are planning to incubate and culture them (hot water cupboard).

Leave them there for 10 to 12 hours. Try not to disturb the jars too much. When the yoghurt is firm it is time to remove the jars and put them in the refrigerator to get nice and cold. Usually 12 to 24 hours.

If you make and incubate the yogurt during the day it can refrigerate overnight and be ready for breakfast the next day.

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#484 Oct 24, 2010
Camel milk as an adjuvant therapy for the treatment of type 1 diabetes :

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19459752

Abstract

There is a traditional belief in the Middle East that regular consumption of camel milk may aid in prevention and control of diabetes. The aim of this work was to evaluate the efficacy of camel milk as an adjuvant therapy in young type 1 diabetics. This 16-week randomized study enrolled 54 type 1 diabetic patients (average age 20 years) selected from those attending the outpatient diabetes clinic of the Menofia University Hospital, affiliated with Egypt's National Cancer Institute. Subjects were randomly divided into two groups of 27 patients: one received usual management (diet, exercise, and insulin), whereas the other received 500 mL of camel milk daily in addition to standard management. A control group of 10 healthy subjects was also assessed. The following parameters were evaluated at baseline and at 4 and 16 weeks: hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), human C-peptide, lipid profile, serum insulin, anti-insulin antibodies, creatinine clearance, albumin in 24-hour urine, body mass index, and Diabetes Quality of Life score. The following parameters were significantly different between the usual-management group versus the camel milk group after 16 weeks: fasting blood sugar (227.2 +/- 17.7 vs. 98.9 +/- 16.2 mg/dL), HbA1c (9.59 +/- 2.05[%] vs. 7.16 +/- 1.84[%]), serum anti-insulin antibodies (26.20 +/- 7.69 vs. 20.92 +/- 5.45 microU/mL), urinary albumin excretion (25.17 +/- 5.43 vs. 14.54 +/- 5.62 mg/dL/24 hours), daily insulin dose (48.1 +/- 6.95 vs. 23 +/- 4.05 units), and body mass index (18.43 +/- 3.59 vs. 24.3 +/- 2.95 kg/m(2)). Most notably, C-peptide levels were markedly higher in the camel milk group (0.28 +/- 0.6 vs. 2.30 +/- 0.51 pmol/mL). These results suggest that, as an adjunct to standard management, daily ingestion of camel milk can aid metabolic control in young type 1 diabetics, at least in part by boosting endogenous insulin secretion.

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#485 Oct 25, 2010
Science and Camel Milk Production :

http://docs.google.com/viewer...

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