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How come the government interferes?
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Tom A    Posted 07-12-2002 at 04:52:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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.

Tom A

screaminghollow    Posted 07-13-2002 at 17:24:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Maybe they stand a chance of suing. The darn beef checkoff was finally declared unconstitutional just as the sheep checkoff starts.

Burrhead    Posted 07-13-2002 at 18:05:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
That beef check off is about as big a theft as the $2-$3 they charge for brand inspections.

Larry    Posted 07-12-2002 at 14:47:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I always thought that the A&D were added because as milk gets older it loses these vitamins. Sounds like you couldn't get milk any fresher than you could from these people. Why would you need to add it?

I wish more farmers did this sort of thing. You know,like selling eggs,meat,and other produce directly from their farmsteads. It's the middle man that is killing the farmer right now. Farmers need a way of eliminating them,or at least in part.

Dennis    Posted 07-12-2002 at 07:49:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Because we let them. In NJ yrs ago a farmer was stopped from selling unpasterized milk and he had to sue the Gov't to let him sell it.
He won!

The gov't does not like to be sued and the threat of harrisment(sp) lawsuits bother them the most.
Have the people (Dairy) contact the ACLU and tell them that their Civil Rights are being violated because they are of a certain decent ie: Black/Italian/german/spanish ETC. you get the idea.
Also the fact that it has been resolved within the state should have some bearing on it and file a freedom of information request with the state for the records that are "missing". Contact the President/Congressman/senator directly and inform them of the harrisment and keep on being the "Squeeky Wheel"
Good Luck

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