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CO-OP Tour/Bicycles - update!

There has been an incredible union of support: I had the priviledge of talking with many farmers, C.S.A's and co-op leaders yesterday.

I have already passed on all the information from yesterday and the tour- team will be in contact with the co-op's, C.S.A's and farms as they get the information.

If you would like to participate in supporting this project, please contact me, so that I may pass the info along. 1-760-868-6206

Currently heading toward Malibu:

They are so grateful and simply overjoyed to have this opportunity to visit all of these wonderful places, and to experience first hand and close-up, small family farms, food co-op's, Community Supported Agriculture, and sustainable farming across America.

We are just happy to be to helpful and supportive during their journey.

I will be posting updates, photos, videos and info on our Private-Blog, facebook, twitter, websites, public blogs and our member forum. Please be sure to tune-in to see who they are visiting, and learn of their incredible journey

Thank you!

 

 
 

WHY EAT LOCAL? From Health to Money Matters

WHY EAT LOCAL? From Our friends at www.100milediet.org 

Here on www.LocalHarvest.org you will find the largest selection of farms, close to you. Please be sure to explore, what your local food providers are growing NOW!.

1. Taste the difference.

At a farmers’ market, most local produce has been picked inside of 24 hours. It comes to you ripe, fresh, and with its full flavor, unlike supermarket food that may have been picked weeks or months before. Close-to-home foods can also be bred for taste, rather than withstanding the abuse of shipping or industrial harvesting. Many of the foods we ate on the 100-Mile Diet were the best we’d ever had.

RRF Insert: Be sure that you are selecting produce from heirloom seeds, and not supporting the corporations who supply genetically modified or patented seeds to farmers.

2. Know what you’re eating.

Buying food today is complicated. What pesticides were used? Is that corn genetically modified? Was that chicken free range or did it grow up in a box? People who eat locally find it easier to get answers. Many build relationships with farmers whom they trust. And when in doubt, they can drive out to the farms and see for themselves.

RRF Insert: Not all famers have the time for visits, since farming takes most of the day, please be certain to be patient, gracious and understanding.

3. Meet your neighbors.

Local eating is social. Studies show that people shopping at farmers’ markets have 10 times more conversations than their counterparts at the supermarket. Join a community garden and you’ll actually meet the people you pass on the street.

RRF Insert: It does not need to be a farmers market, it could be a local food co-op, local C.S.A. or even a small specialty market that meets your needs.

4. Get in touch with the seasons.

When you eat locally, you eat what’s in season. You’ll remember that cherries are the taste of summer. Even in winter, comfort foods like squash soup and pancakes just make sense–a lot more sense than flavorless cherries from the other side of the world.

RRF Insert: Sometimes produce farmers grow foods in coolframe and/or greenhouse, they may offer some out of season fruits and vegetables, even during the out-of-season months. Some areas have a comlimentary climate, which allows for growing some fruits and vegetables, naturally, even during out-of-season.

 5. Discover new flavors.

Ever tried sunchokes? How about purslane, quail eggs, yerba mora, or tayberries? These are just a few of the new (to us) flavors we sampled over a year of local eating. Our local spot prawns, we learned, are tastier than popular tiger prawns. Even familiar foods were more interesting. Count the types of pear on offer at your supermarket. Maybe three? Small farms are keeping alive nearly 300 other varieties–while more than 2,000 more have been lost in our rush to sameness .

6. Explore your home.

Visiting local farms is a way to be a tourist on your own home turf, with plenty of stops for snacks.

7. Save the world.

A study in Iowa found that a regional diet consumed 17 times less oil and gas than a typical diet based on food shipped across the country. The ingredients for a typical British meal, sourced locally, traveled 66 times fewer “food miles.” Or we can just keep burning those fossil fuels and learn to live with global climate change, the fiercest hurricane seasons in history, wars over resources…

8. Support small farms.

We discovered that many people from all walks of life dream of working the land–maybe you do too. In areas with strong local markets, the family farm is reviving. That’s a whole lot better than the jobs at Wal-Mart and fast-food outlets that the globalized economy offers in North American towns.

9. Give back to the local economy.

A British study tracked how much of the money spent at a local food business stayed in the local economy, and how many times it was reinvested. The total value was almost twice the contribution of a dollar spent at a supermarket chain .

10. Be healthy.

Everyone wants to know whether the 100-Mile Diet worked as a weight-loss program. Well, yes, we lost a few pounds apiece. More importantly, though, we felt better than ever. We ate more vegetables and fewer processed products, sampled a wider variety of foods, and ate more fresh food at its nutritional peak. Eating from farmers’ markets and cooking from scratch, we never felt a need to count calories.

11. Create memories.

A friend of ours has a theory that a night spent making jam–or in his case, perogies–with friends will always be better a time than the latest Hollywood blockbuster. We’re convinced.

12. Have more fun while traveling.

Once you’re addicted to local eating, you’ll want to explore it wherever you go. On a trip to Mexico, earth-baked corn and hot-spiced sour oranges led us away from the resorts and into the small towns. Somewhere along the line, a mute magician gave us a free show over bowls of lime soup in a little cantina.

Click the link for the website and original article. http://100milediet.org/why-eat-local

We have a list of clean, reliable, friendly and responsible small family farms, meat growers, food co-op's, C.S.A's, produce growers, 100 mile market, custom pastured meat butcher shops etc. If you would like more information, feel free to contact us.

 
 

Protect Family Farms! Save Food Freedom!

Protect Family Farms! Save Food Freedom!

 

By Stanley Fishman, Author of Tender Grassfed Meat

 

The FDA has gone to war. It has marshaled all its resources, and obtained the support and help of the FBI, sheriff’s departments, attorney generals, police departments, courts, and dozens of other state agencies. Agents with drawn guns, laboratories, warrants, lawsuits, injunctions, embargoes, press releases, internet postings, armed raids, the seizure and destruction of huge amounts of property, breaking into private buildings, are just some of the methods the FDA has used in this war.

 

What horrible crime justifies all this vast effort and expense?

 

There must be a serious threat to public health, at the very least?

 

Is the FDA taking action against the drug companies who have killed hundreds of thousands of Americans with dangerous prescription drugs?

 

No.

 

Is the FDA closing down the Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) that pollute our land and water with actual lagoons of manure and waste, that spread dangerous bacteria into the soil, that create great suffering for animals who are crowded together so tightly that they cannot even turn around?

 

No.

 

Is the FDA raiding the large industrial food facilities that cause illness and death from their profit-over-everything practices, and have been the cause of every recent food safety outbreak?

 

No.

 

The FDA is targeting single family farms that produce raw cheese.

 

The FDA is trying to drive them out of business, with the enthusiastic support of various state agricultural agencies.

 

How many people have died from raw cheese from the targeted farms?

 

None.

 

How many people have become ill from raw cheese from the targeted farms?

 

None.

 

How many people have complained about being ill from raw cheese from the targeted farms?

 

None.

 

Why has the FDA gone to war against family farms making raw cheese?

 

Raw Cheese Is Legal, when Properly Made and Stored

 

You might think it is illegal to make and sell raw cheese. It is not. The FDA’s own regulations, in place since 1949, allow the selling of raw cheese in interstate commerce. The cheese must be aged at least sixty days, which results in beneficial bacteria destroying the harmful bacteria, if the aging is done properly.

 

In the 61 years that have passed, there have been no deaths and very few, if any, illnesses caused by properly aged raw cheese. This excellent record makes properly aged and stored raw cheese one of the safest foods, as well as one of the most nutrient-dense. Raw cheese is widely used all over Europe, with little or no reported illness. In fact, the great legacy cheeses of Europe are all made from raw milk, and have been enjoyed safely for hundreds of years.

 

Tyranny at Work

 

When the government uses its awful, overwhelming power to crush and destroy a person or a business that has harmed no one, and broken no law, it is tyranny, plain and simple. The kind of tyranny that freedom-loving people have resisted throughout history. The United States of America is supposed to be a free country, with our fundamental rights protected from government abuse and tyranny.

 

The FDA is focusing on tests that show the presence of a very common bacteria called listeria monocytogenes, which is sometimes considered dangerous. However, nobody has had a reported illness traced to this bacteria for at least 38 years. FDA’s Ace in the Hole

 

The system is not working here. There are many examples, but I will pick three.

 

The Rawsome Raid

 

On June 30, 2010, armed agents from the FBI, the FDA, the California Department of Agriculture, and the local police department entered a warehouse owned by the Rawsome Co-op. Rawsome is a buying club that provides raw and organic foods to its members. You can see the video of agents brandishing guns in the co-op here. You would think they were looking for armed drug dealers, or terrorists, instead of people selling food. Fortunately they did not shoot anyone.

 

The government agencies had a warrant that allowed them to take samples of the foods contained in the warehouse. If they had simply knocked on the door, and politely gone about their business of taking samples, nobody would have resisted them. The use of large numbers of armed agents, the brandishing of guns by agents obviously ready to shoot, belongs in the old Soviet Union, not the United States.

 

Instead of just taking the samples authorized by the warrant, the agents seized all the raw dairy products, placing them in unrefrigerated containers. This took place during the sweltering heat of a Los Angeles summer. Some of the cheese seized had come from Morningland Dairy.

 

Morningland Dairy

 

Morningland Dairy is a family owned farm in Missouri. They have been making high quality raw cheese for thirty years. In all those thirty years, nobody has ever claimed that they got sick from this fine cheese.

 

More than seven weeks after the Rawsome Raid, Morningland Dairy was visited by agents of the FDA and the Missouri Milk Board. The agents embargoed all the cheese in the dairy, preventing its sale, without a hearing, without trial, without testing the cheese that was there. Morningland Dairy was informed that the California Department of Agriculture had tested Morningland cheese seized in the Rawsome raid and found it to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. The testing took place SEVEN WEEKS AFTER the cheese was seized and placed in unrefrigerated containers. The circumstances of the testing were not in compliance with FDA regulations, and there was no indication of whether the cheese was even refrigerated during the seven hot weeks between seizure and testing. Nevertheless, the FDA and the Missouri Milk Board demanded that all the cheese at Morningland be destroyed. The cheese was worth $250,000.

 

The FDA later reported that Morningland had issued a voluntary recall of its cheese, which Morningland denies. The FDA sent Morningland a letter citing the California tests and claiming that Morningland’s cheese was an “acute, life threatening danger to health.”

 

The Attorney General of Missouri has gone to court to try to get all the cheese at the farm destroyed. The family is currently engaged in a desperate legal battle to save their business. Their ability to earn money had been severely reduced by the embargo, and this financial pressure may result in the death of their farm.

 

You can find a detailed description of what was done to the family farmers at Morningland here.

 

And there is even more information on Morningland Dairy here.

 

Estrella Family Creamery

 

The Estrella Family Creamery is a family farm that makes some of the most delicious raw cheese in the nation. A number of their cheeses have won awards for excellence. They have been in business for many years, and their cheese has been widely distributed. Their cheese has been a very popular item at many farmer’s markets in the Seattle area. Nobody has ever claimed to have gotten sick from their cheese.

 

Earlier this fall, the FDA and a Washington state agency claimed that some of Estrella’s cheese was contaminated with the bacteria listeria monocytogenes. The problems centered on one cave, and the company voluntarily destroyed the affected cheese and issued a recall for several cheeses. The farm made changes that solved the contamination problem. It must be emphasized that nobody got sick from the contaminated cheese.

 

The government agencies demanded that ALL the cheese at the creamery be destroyed, which would be a financial disaster for the farm. The FDA demanded that the creamery recall ALL of its cheese, including the types that had never been contaminated. The creamery refused. The creamery had testing done which proved that none of their current cheese was contaminated with listeria, or anything else.

 

In October, three carloads of FDA agents and Federal Marshals drove onto the farm, and closed it down. The Estrellas are now prevented from selling their cheese, though they are going to court to fight for their business, at great expense.

 

There is more information on the Estrella Family Creamery here.

 

S510 Will Give the FDA Almost Unlimited Power over Agriculture

 

We have seen what the FDA will do to make war on small family farms now. If the FDA gets the almost unlimited power over farms that S510 will give it, the situation could be much worse, with family farmers facing up to ten years in federal prison.

 

The FDA Is Not Evil, But It Is Misguided

 

The FDA has done much good in the past, and could do so again. I used to admire the FDA, and it used to do a great job of protecting our food supply.

 

I think it is important to realize that the average employee of the FDA is not an evil person. The FDA is full of people who really want to protect us, who are devoted to making our food safer. People who really care about what they do. Good people, full of talent and dedication. But they have to follow the directions of their superiors, and they have been trained to believe certain things which are not accurate. It would be terrific if the FDA would stop focusing on small farms that have hurt no one and use its power and ability to take on the real threats to safety, the threats that are actually killing people, like dangerous drugs, filthy food processing facilities, tainted imported food, and factory food filled with dangerous chemicals and pathogens. They could become heroes again.

 

What We Can Do

 

First, we can contribute money to Estrella Family Creamery and Morningland Dairy, so they will not be destroyed by the shutting down of their business and can finance their fight in court.

 

Keep Family Dairying Alive!
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Estrella Family Needs Your Help in Washington State!

 

Dixon Family Needs your Help in Missouri!

 

Second, we can contact our Senators and ask them to stop S510, or support the Tester amendment and remove the criminal penalties.

 

We must ask our congresspeople to stop FDA tyranny against family farms, and turn the FDA against the real threats to food safety. If they do so, we can save Morningland Dairy, and the Estrella Family Creamery, and many other good farms and dairies that have come under attack.

 

This post is part of Fight Back Friday and Monday Mania blog carnivals.

 

See more posts about how to save farms at Save Farm Freedom Friday!

 

1.    Thanksgiving Menu, 2010 Edition « Jan's Sushi Bar posted on November 19, 2010:

 

[...] dairy farms selling raw milk and raw milk artisan cheeses.  I encourage you to read this and this – even if you do not drink raw milk or consume pastured meats, eggs or locally grown, organic [...]

 

[...] Stanley Fishman of Tender Grassfed Meat -Protect Family Farms! Save Food Freedom! [...]

 


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