Two Milk Stories, March 7 & 8, 2008




Friday and Saturday, March 7 + 8, 2008

Tonight’s menu and baking are dedicated to

two milk stories.


ONE: I read in the Free Press today a wire service story from deep in the American south. A dairy farmer went out of business because the sewage sludge he had fertilized his crop land for the last 15 years or so – sludge which the authorities had assured him was perfectly safe –  had contaminated his soil with heavy metals known to be toxic in very small quantities.  Before the toxins killed his cows they had become part of the milk – milk which was sold throughout the region. The U.S.D.A. had known about the problem and did nothing except discredit the worriers. What are they doing? Why is it that wherever I look the U.S.D.A. is on the wrong side of American food?


TWO: The legislative term in Montpelier has seen the advancement of a “raw milk bill”, making it legal for family farmers to sell their fresh, wholesome unprocessed milk directly to consumers.


When the country turned to “big Ag” after WWII we thought we would have accountability by the U.S.D.A. But corporate interests co-opted the public interest. Today, the most flavorful, nutritious and trustworthy foods come directly from sustainably managed small family farms.


Thanks for coming tonight. Love, George.

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