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Food security during any type of long term disaster scenario involves a lot of planning and budgeting. Growing and raising your own groceries, as well as having a deep supply of shelf stable food, will increases the likelihood of survival. Relying solely on what we can grow or raise is more than a bit foolhardy. One bad growing season or property invasion during the disaster could easily wipe out an entire crop and empty the barnyard.

Milk is a staple during both good times and bad. A few good milk cows and some buckets of dry-milk will help to ensure the survival of the family when a disaster strikes – and make you less reliant on ever-changing grocery store prices in the process. A growing portion of the self-reliant community wants to either drink and sell raw milk or roughly pasteurize its own milk in traditional homesteading fashion, but government regulation are thwarting such efforts nationwide.

Since 1949, the government has banned the sale of cheese comprised from unpasteurized milk, unless the cheese had been aged at least 60 days. The 60-day raw milk cheese ban was reportedly designed to protect consumers from bacteria and pathogens. The food regulation agencies reportedly feel that salmonella, listeria, and E. coli are prevented from forming after 60-days due to the salts and acids in raw milk cheese. Some cheesemakers disagree with the need for a 60-day waiting period. Such cheesemakers and dairy farmers feel that raw milk cheese is healthier and more flavorful than commercially processed cheeses.

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Raw milk benefits and risks are once again being debated by US Food and Drug Administration – FDA. The agency’s official stance is that unpasteurized milk is an “inherently dangerous food.” Natural milk supporter Sally Fallon Morell feels the federal government’s mantra on the subject is nothing more than “garbage.”
The Centers for Disease Control estimate that 48 million people, or one in six Americans, get sick annually from food-borne illness. The massive statistic has been disputed by many raw milk advocates due to the fact that roughly only 15,000 actual food-borne illnesses are reported by state health agencies to the CDC each. The disease control agency reportedly arrives at the higher statistics by estimating based upon “under diagnosis multipliers and various other mathematical modeling.”
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There is a food revolution quietly taking place in America, according to grassroots activists who keep pushing the media to pay attention agriculture industry issues. The Monsanto Protection Act brought the grassroots battle against GMO seeds and GMO crops into the mainstream. The DuPont and Monsanto agreement gave those unaware about the controversial genetically modified crops debate even more insight into why organic food activists oppose GMO ingredients.

Sedgwick, Maine declared total food sovereignty last year. The town has decided they have the right to consume raw milk and other organic commodities – despite what either state or federal laws dictate. The residents of the Maine town are also demanding that all GMO foods be labeled.Sedgwick is reportedly the first town in the United States to declare freedom from governmental food regulations. The town passed an ordinance to give residents the right to sell, consume, produce, and purchase any locally grown or raised food they want. The resolution includes raw milk and locally slaughtered meat.

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A bill allowing the sale of raw milk directly to consumers in Montana cleared a House panel earlier this week, but the measure was not passed before the panel inserted amendments saying buyers “assume liability for any health problems” from drinking raw milk. The House Human Services Committee voted 14-3 to approve House bill 245 Wednesday evening and sent it to the House floor, for a debate and vote, likely within the next week.
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Republican Representative Nancy Ballance, the bill sponsor, said she “can live with the amendments.” Representative Ballance added, “It isn’t everything we wanted, but if we can get this started people can see it’s not the scary product that it was 50 years ago.” The state Department of Livestock, larger milk producers and public health officials are opposing the measure, saying unpasteurized milk could lead to health problems for those who buy it, as well as hurt the entire dairy industry in the state. HB245 would permit owners of “small herds” of dairy cattle, goat or sheep to “sell raw, unpasteurized milk from their animals directly to consumers.” The raw milk still could not be sold to retailers for resale.
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West Virginia raw milk advocates are pushing for unpasteurized dairy regulation changes in the state. A concerned mother and a host of farmers are behind the growing raw dairy movement in the state. Lori Lee is concerned about her daughter’s health; the child is allergic to pasteurized milk and so the mom wants to purchase raw milk instead, but doing so remains a crime in the Mountain State.
Rylee Lee, 11, is allergic to Beta Casein A1, a protein typically found in cow milk. To maintain her daughter’s health, Lori wants the legal option to buy raw goat milk for the little girl. Under current West Virginia law, both mother and the seller could face hundreds of dollars in fines and misdemeanor charges if they are caught exchanging cash for raw milk. Rylee is not shy about sharing her feelings about the mountain of regulations mandating her dairy choices, she said, “It is milk. It’s not like it is a big war or nuclear bomb, it is milk.”

 

The West Virginia raw milk activist had this to say about current dairy laws in the state:

“The bottom line is she hurts when she gets milk from the store. That is all the government is willing to give us. So what they give us hurts my child. You know other parents have access to this. That is not right. We should have the same rights and freedoms in West Virginia that our neighbors do. The government needs to trust us as parents to read the studies and extract our own opinions and beliefs. But the proof is in the pudding and I see the difference in Rylee.”

Raw milk advertising regulations have been eased in Oregon after the state Department of Agriculture settled a First Amendment lawsuit pertaining to unpasteurized dairy promotions. The free speech lawsuit was brought by a Libertarian public interest firm, The Institute for Justice, on behalf of Christine Anderson, a McMinnville dairy farmer.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture agreed to ask the state legislature to repeal the raw milk advertising ban and not to enforce such regulations during the review process. “Christine is part of a nationwide movement of small-scale food producers and consumers are tired of the government dictating what foods they can grow, sell, and eat,” attorney Michael Bindas said after the free speech lawsuit settlement.

Christine Anderson stated that she does not plan to advertise raw milk she produces on her Cast Iron Farm beyond a sign placed on the 12-acre property. According to Anderson, she has a plethora of customers who are eager to pay $14 per gallon for raw milk. The First Amendment lawsuit does give her the power to add information to Cast Iron Farm website promoting her unpasteurized dairy products. The Oregon dairy farmer can no add a price list and details pertaining to how the raw milk is produced on the website, without fear of government intrusion into her small farming business.

Do you think it should be legal to sell raw milk and raw cheese in a farm to consumer table fashion? What type of milk food security preps are included in your budget?

 

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