The Future of food legislation

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I am a firm supporter of organics and organic milk. I see no reason to feed my children hormone and antibiotic soaked products that only benefit the factory farmer’s need to produce more product.

I want to make sure that I know what is in the food that I feed to my family.

Laws work both ways, yet, they protect and serve corporations more and more – rather than the consumer and if you are not aware what is going on you will end up with only “food like substances”, rich in money for corporations but not in nutrition for the people.

With US states exporting their products all over the world and to other states it is possible that consumers will be sold products that are not labeled with the specifics as to the genetic modifications and bio-gen-antibiotics that are now entering our food streams. Be aware as a consumer where your food is coming from and really what is in it and how it arrives to us.

I think that milk – like water is a hot bed of controversy – we do not need milk or milk products but we want it, so be aware of what you are buying. Cheese, butter, yogurt, milk in all of it’s forms has become a huge part of the human diet in most of the industrialized world. The farmers diet of old is now mainstreamed – It has not always been that way – the issues at hand are more than if our milk is organic and wholesome.

This is about creating laws that benefit corporations at the expense of the people. This is a milk line poured in the sand. The laws that will govern the future are created now and everyday. You need to be aware. Milk and cheese in schools is becoming a very big issue. Do you really know what is in your child’s milk at school or what was in your coffee this morning?
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I have a lot of friends who will not even touch milk or animal products, have not for a long time. We may be going that way if there is no change in the industrial standards of treatment of the animals that we are using for our wants. We must be merciful consumers if we are to use animals at all.

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This is just one issue in this whole new world of corporations using laws to make us consume their products. The future is our responsibility.

Tell Governor Sebelius you want to know how your milk is produced!
Last week, despite strong citizen and farmer opposition, the Kansas State Legislature passed a bill that would limit a farmer’s right to tell their customers whether they produce milk without the genetically engineered hormone, rBGH.
Kansas House Bill 2121 specifies that dairy products promoted as being produced by cows that don’t receive injections of Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) include a potentially misleading disclaimer stating there are no significant differences between milk from cows that are injected with rBGH and cows that are rBGH-free. The “no differences” statement is based on an 18-year-old FDA review of rBGH; however, FDA’s own publications, as well as subsequent scientific studies have shown that there are significant differences, some of which may affect human health.
We share the opinion of the Consumers Union that “HB 2121 puts unnecessary obstacles in the way of consumers getting the information they want, restricts free speech rights of dairies and processors, and interferes with the smooth functioning of free markets.”
This Kansas bill has a national impact because national and regional brands will be forced to either produce separate labels, or simply stop labeling milk without the hormone as rBGH-free. What’s more, if the labeling rule stands in Kansas it can happen in other states too.
Please take a moment to contact Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius before April 16 and urge her to veto HB 2121. Sibelius is President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, which houses the Food and Drug Administration. Let’s remind her to protect consumers’ right to know as her final act as Governor before heading to Washington.
Governor Sebelius could sign as soon as Thursday (April 16), so contact her today!
Send a Message at the Center for Food Safety:
http://ga3.org/campaign/KSrBGHSebelius
Or sign the petition at Food & Water Watch:
http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org/t/5915/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=1907
Learn more about rBGH and labels
Thanks for all your support for family farmers, informed consumer choices, and a sustainable future for all!
Sincerely,
The Farmers and Staff of Organic Valley Family of Farms

Read more newspapers – http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/18/milk-as-a-political-hot-potato/

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. alwaysjan
    Apr 14, 2009 @ 23:26:52

    I’m all for having transparency for consumers, so that we might know “where” and “how” various foods are produced. Education is power and as consumers, we’ve been asleep at the switch. I’ve just read “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and am in the midst of reading Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” which make one rethink how (and what) we eat.

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  2. Catherine Sherman
    Apr 17, 2009 @ 22:28:35

    I live in Kansas, so I need to get on the stick, as my parents would say. With this gorgeous weather here, I’m afraid I’ve just been outside frolicking in the grass. My daughter is very conscientious about what she eats, but I’m afraid I’ve been very lax about where my milk comes from. When I was a kid, we drove to the dairy and bought the milk directly from the dairymen. We watched the farmer dip it into gallon jugs and soon after cream would form a layer on the top. I know it wasn’t homogenized, but I don’t know whether it was pasteurized. Now, we’re very removed from most of our food and where it comes from. Thanks for writing about this.

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