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May 10, 2010
Testimony of Cyndy Gray to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
My name is Cyndy Gray. I:
- Have raised two sons with my husband.
- Held a Top Secret Security Clearance from the National Security Agency for twenty years.
- Am a Vietnam Era veteran at the Federal level, but not in Massachusetts.
- Was awarded a commendation for my involvement in a 1990 history-making drug bust off the New England Coast.
- Served as the Veterans’ Agent for the Town of Manchester.
- Am a retired U.S. Coast Guard Radioman Chief with thirteen years active duty and seven years reserve—thirteen active due to a poorly run medical lab issuing false positive HIV testing to seven total Coast Guardsmen in Boston of which I was one.
- Was the first female in Boston to be initiated as a Coast Guard Chief.
- And . . . I was raised on raw milk.
I nearly lost a son due to failed surgeries for his chest wall deformity.
In 2002, I attended a conference and was reminded of the importance of whole, unprocessed foods and healing. Fifty people signed up to start a raw milk dairy on ten acres. Not being enough land, the NOFA-Mass Raw Milk Campaign invited me to join in their effort to help small dairies survive. Our goal was to match citizens to the growing numbers of state-permitted raw milk dairies.
There were two state-permitted raw milk dairies at the time. Our private club took turns driving to one that was certified organic. Our club has been working with MDAR since 2003. Our club has been on the New England Chronicle TV show and in three Boston Globe articles. In 2009 NOFA/Mass gave me an award for asserting the rights of farmers to raise, and individuals to consume, health-giving natural foods.
People who were blind, wheelchair bound, developmentally disabled, cancer victims—those suffering from disease known to man only within the last seventy years—and others with no cars, began to contact me to help them access raw milk. Private club members were all proponents of raw milk—an intensive screening process is used to determine this. A quote from MDAR: “The Department allows the current sale of raw milk due to individuals who believe raw milk is not a health threat and that it, indeed, is beneficial.” Who were some of the members?
- At least four medical doctors.
- Others in the medical field and nutrition field.
- Those with doctorate degrees, MBAs, PhDs.
- At least four attorneys.
- Those affiliated with MIT, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Boston University, Boston College, University of Massachusetts Medical School.
- Astrophysicists, engineers, successful inventors, educators, published authors, filmmakers.
- College students and others from raw-milk-drinking countries around the world.
- Christian ministers, a Catholic Monastery.
- The family of a recent Nobel Prize winner.
- Professional athletes and referees.
- Computer programmers, financial advisors, and web developers.
- The Ipswich House of Peace, a non-profit organization.
- Disabled and chronically ill people.
- Firemen, state police troopers.
Those are just some examples of the people who care about the survival of our family farms in Massachusetts, and who exercise their free will by choosing to direct their hard earned money to these farms. Thank you, Commissioner for this opportunity. Thank you all for your show of support. My son was nursed back to health by drinking whole, raw milk and is thriving.