Posted 07-12-2002 at 04:52:04
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Have some friends who are dairy farmers, among the last remaining in our area.
Two years ago they bought/built a small on-farm processing plant, got it all approved, and they deliver and sell milk and milk products out of a little store on the farm. They sell milk in glass bottles just like the old days, and it does taste better than anything you get in the grocery store...and they're actually doing better now than ever, as folks make the drive out to their farm to buy milk.
So last year, the State of Maryland almost shut them down because it discovered that they were not adding vitamins A and D to their milk as is apparently required by some regulation. My friends first polled, and then got signatures on a petition from customers saying "we don't want no additives in our milk, go mind your own business." Well, the State backed off. One for the good guys, right?
This week the Federal Government is making noises about shutting them down because they don't add vitamins A & D to their milk. And the State--now it seems they lost all that paperwork from the first go-around.
They're gonna grind these folks (truly a family farm) down and put them outta business, even if it takes them a few years.
Just ain't fair.