Sixteen Maine Towns Have Now Adopted Food Sovereignty Ordinance

On July 1, the town of Bingham, ME passed the Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance (LFCSGO) by a vote of 59-8, making it the sixteenth Maine town to adopt the ordinance.

Under this sovereignty ordinance, local farmers and producers can sell their products direct to consumers without state inspection or licensing. The Maine legislature came close to passing LFCSGO statewide with Bill 925, “An Act To Promote Small Diversified Farms and Small Food Producers” – but it was voted down by a joint appropriations committee after the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry claimed the bill would cost $40,000 in licensing revenue over the next 2 years (Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund).

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Two Congressmen Make a Show of Eating Illegal Foods to Protest Federal Food Regulations

On August 21, 2015, Representative Jared Polis (D-Colorado) and Representative Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) sat down at a local Denver, CO restaurant and shared a self-provided meal of “forbidden and restricted foods” including raw milk, hemp scones, non-inspected steak, non-inspected eggs and kombucha.

The two did this in an effort to bring attention to bring attention to some of the federal food restrictions that both are lobbying to change, through legislation like the Milk Freedom Act and Prime Act.

The Independent Journal sheds light on what makes the ingredients of their meal controversial, like:

-Raw milk is illegal to sell in some states, and is illegal to transport across state lines.

-Steak and eggs have to be inspected and can only be sold if it comes from USDA-approved facilities (with exceptions in some states).

-Hemp scones cannot get you high, but hemp cannot be grown or sold in the US (except in certain states and only with a permit) because it is a controlled substance.

-Though not usually the way kombucha is sold, it can technically ferment and be over .5% alcohol, so therefore it is sold under liquor laws.

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Raw Milk: The Latest Beauty Trend?

Drinking a daily glass of nutrient-dense raw milk can have many health benefits. Oftentimes, the same ingredients that are beneficial for our gut health also have benefits for our skin when applied topically. The Indian newspaper Odisha Samaya offers some ideas of how to use raw milk for at-home glowing beauty treatments:

-Raw Milk Purifying Mask: Mix 2-3 tablespoons of raw milk with 1-2 tablespoons of honey or lemon juice. Apply to face and let stiffen for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.

-Raw Milk Exfoliating Scrub: Mix 1 cup of milk with 3 tablespoons of oatmeal and gently rub onto skin. Allow the mask to dry, then, rinse off with warm water while gently scrubbing around the face.

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Tough Workout? Grab a Glass of Jersey Cow Milk

A recent study by the University of Maryland indicates that Jersey and Guernsey cow milk might be better for athletes’ post-workout recovery than products that are marketed as sports drinks.

Specifically, this study looked at how the chocolate milk product Fifth Quarter Fresh helps athletes recover. Fifth Quarter Fresh is made with Jersey and Guernsey cow milk and “outperformed commercial sports drinks by 13 to 17 percent” (Modern Farmer). This could indicate that Jersey and Guernsey cow milks are superior to Holstein milk for sports recovery, when compared to a 2006 study by the University of Indiana that used Holstein milk and showed it has a comparable performance to Gatorade.

Though this study only looked at the product Fifth Quarter Fresh and therefore cannot offer concrete conclusions about Jersey and Guernsey cow milk in general, the findings may have to do with Jersey and Guernsey milk’s higher protein count and lower pasteurization temperature which helps to preserve the integrity of the proteins.

Modern Farmer points out that this study has a very small sample size (13 men) and “was funded by the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program, which funds commercial product development projects like the Maryland startup that makes Fifth Quarter Fresh, and teams them up with University of Maryland faculty. This doesn’t mean the study is bogus, but it’s always good to know who is funding studies and what potential biases may be involved.”

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Dean Foods Settlement Moves Forward – Essentially the Same Settlement Previously Rejected by Judge

The class action lawsuit settlement between Dairy Farmers of America (DFA)’s national marketing branch, Dairy Marketing Services (DMS), and thousands of northeastern dairy farmers is moving forward – with DFA agreeing to pay $50 million in damages to be divided among the farmers.

The long-running lawsuit accuses the dairy cooperative of trying to drive down milk prices by colluding to monopolize the market for raw milk in the Northeast.

Surprisingly, this is almost the same settlement that a federal judge rejected back in March, on the grounds that the average payout per dairy farm of $4,000 was inadequate and that the attorneys would be the primary beneficiaries of this agreement if their fees and costs were approved.

After some additional negotiating, the settlement was slightly amended but the settlement amount remained the same (the Associated Press article covering this story offers no explanation as to why). Despite the plaintiff’s attorney making a statement about the settlement being fair and reasonable, some of the class representatives remain in opposition to the deal.

“We remain opposed to it. It’s fundamentally the same settlement that the judge correctly recognized…that the primary beneficiaries were counsel,” said dairy farmer Jonathan Haar (Associated Press).

 

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British Columbia Citizens Launch Change.org Petition to Legalize Raw Milk

British Columbia’s raw milk regulations are among the toughest in North America: selling raw milk is punishable by a maximum $3 million fine or 3 years in jail. British Columbia deems raw milk to be a health hazard under the “Public Health Act, Health Hazards Regulation,” and selling or supplying raw milk is illegal under the provincial “Milk Industry Act.”

Citizens are now petitioning the Minister of Health, Ministry of Health and Government of B.C. to change the law and make raw milk legal. They have launched a petition on Change.org, with a goal of reaching 1500 supporters, and a Facebook page to promote the petition.

The petition argues that the law is antiquated, not based fact, and enforced by government officials without any first-hand knowledge of the farms this law so deeply affects. Read more about British Columbia citizens’ fight for food freedom and sign the petition here.

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