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Milk and Cookies

Raw Milk and Cookies. Lets give some to the FDA

You are invited to the RAW MILK FREEDOM RIDERS™

“Milk and Cookies”

Rally and Demonstration

FDA Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD

November 1, 2011

12:00-3:00pm.

Prior to the rally, a group of parents will illegally transport raw milk across state lines and bring it to the rally, at FDA headquarters, for distribution.  The FDA has been invited to the scene of the crime (see Max’s video  inviting them) and is welcome to join us for a nourishing, wonderful, raw milk and cookies picnic.  We’ve made it super easy for them by bringing the goodies right to them.

Please Join Food Freedom Fighters

 

MICHAEL SCHMIDT, Canadian raw milk farmer and activist

Joel Salatin Of Polyface Farms

Kristin Canty Producer of Farmageddon

David Gumpert, Blogger, the Complete Patient

Karine Bouis-Towe, Co-Founder Farm Food Freedom Coalition

Liz Reitzig, Co-Founder Farm Food Freedom Coalition

Max Kane, Wisconsin Raw milk Activist

Mark McAfee, Organic Pastures Dairy

John Moody, Food Club, Kentucky

Denise Dixon, Owner, Morningland Dairy

Sally Fallon Morell of Weston A. Price Foundation

RAW MILK FREEDOM RIDERS, and RALLY PARTICIPANTS

As we peacefully demonstrate in front of the FDA our right to purchase, transport and consume RAW milk and cookies!

EMBEDDED REPORTERS

Adam Kokesh of Adam vs the Man

Robert Scott Bell of the Robert Scott Bell Show

And Carolyn Lochhead of the San Francisco Chronicle

Will be along to cover the action!  Stay tuned!

Please bring Cookies!

If you are unable to make it, we would appreciate small donations to help cover expenses https://www.wepay.com/donate/143901

Invite your friends:  https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=291787024165804#!/event.php?eid=291787024165804

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Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United St...

Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States.

In 1906 Upton Sinclair published “The Jungle”. The book was supposed to be about  “the inferno of exploitation [of the typical American factory worker at the turn of the 20th Century]”. It was best known however for its scathing exposé on the Chicago meatpacking industry and their practices. The book and the disgusting practices it brought to light was one of the reasons that President Theodore Roosevelt (who received an advanced copy of the book) pushed through the Pure Food and Drug Act that same year.

The Pure Food and Drug act provided “For preventing the manufacture, sale, or transportation of adulterated or misbranded or poisonous or deleterious foods, drugs, medicines, and liquors, and for regulating traffic therein, and for other purposes.”  This act led to the Federal Drug Administration’s (FDA) founding. (more…)

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A Little Peace of Mind

I’ve been canning for about three years now. During that time, I get looks of puzzlement when people ask me what my hobbies are and I reply “canning”. People tend to relate canning to frugality and most of them have decided that canning just doesn’t save enough money for the time and effort it takes.

I don’t do it for the frugality, though I think I actually spend less on the actual ingredients and tools than I would on buying the equivalents, I do it for a number of reasons.

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Vegetable beef barley soup

Imagine sitting down to a comforting nutritious bowl of soup

For the last week, I’ve been sick.  Coughing and sore throat sick.  Not wanting to cook sick.  The idea of eating isn’t really high on my list, even though I know I need to.

I remember when I was sick back in Los Angeles and married at the time, that my ex-husband (who didn’t really cook) would resort to bringing me Jack in the Box food. It didn’t taste very good and wasn’t really appetizing to me, but I had no energy to make anything myself so I ate it.  Later on, when I lived alone, those were the days I resorted to opening a can of Campbells soup.

So now, how do I deal with illness when I live alone and I’m gluten intolerant and I’m committed to eating real food that is local and traditional?  I plan ahead.

Even though I’m single, you wouldn’t know it from the way I cook.  I don’t cook for one serving.  I cook enough for 2 to 4 servings.  I freeze my leftover meals in single serving portions.  Those are for the nights that I’m either really busy, or sick. So I know that there is usually a variety  of foods in my freezer to keep me going.  Right now I have homemade chicken soup, beef soup, a sausage and collard soup as well as chili.  There is enough variety to keep me satisfied and its easy to defrost something in the microwave and finish heating it in a saucepan.  Little work, lots of benefit.

Its easy to do.  When I am making something, I just make sure that I make more than I need.  I eat what I want for the night, use those disposable Glad or Ziplock containers and freeze meal size portions.  Its also very economical. Much more so than buying frozen dinners or cans of stuff with ingredients I can’t pronounce. (more…)

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Eating is often a social occasion.

Eating is most often a social occasion. When you can't eat what everyone else eats, its a very lonely feeling.

A few weeks ago, I got glutened. It was my own fault, I wasn’t the advocate that I should have been when my boyfriend and I went out to a chain restaurant for a quick breakfast before we went camping. Once we were there, I mentioned to the waitress that I was gluten intolerant and asked that there be no bread on the plate. I ordered what I thought was a safe meal: two eggs over easy, bacon and hash browns. I was hungry, and ate it all. This restaurant specializes in pancakes and advertises that they use pancake batter in their omelets, so I made sure to not order an omelette.) I now think that I was a victim of cross contamination and that they cooked something (most likely the hash browns) on a part of the griddle that they did the pancakes or omelettes on (like I said, my own fault for not specifying a clean grill area). We then drove to the camp ground and set up our tent city (Large tent and a large pop up which acts as our kitchen). Set up takes about 3 hours, which is why we tend to go for longer trips (this one was 6 days).

The next day I woke up to mild stomach cramping. The entire day was spent running into the restroom and trying to convince myself that this was an abberation and that I hadn’t been glutened. By Friday, the stomach cramps were so bad that I had to admit it to myself. I was angry, but mostly at myself. I know that chain restaurants are absolutely the worst for cross contamination, and I still went. (more…)

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Raw Milk Fresh from the Farm

Image by Chiot's Run via Flickr

On November 1st, a group of mothers will drive from Maryland to Pennsylvania, where they will legally purchase raw milk from Dan Allgyer (the Amish farmer who was raided by the FDA last year for selling Raw Milk). They will then cross the Pennsylvania/Maryland border and will drive to the FDA headquarters in Silver Spring Maryland where they will then distribute the raw milk to their families and to others waiting there.

The Raw Milk Riders Freedom Rally is being done in response to the raids on Dan’s farm last year as well as the Rawesome raid in California. They have notified the FDA of their intent and it will be *interesting* to see what the FDA’s response will be.

Speakers at the event will include:

  • Joel Salatin – Poly Face Farm
  • Mark McAfee
  • David Gumphart
  • Max Kane
  • Michael Schmidt
  • Liz Reitzig – Raw Milk Activist – Food Freedom Coalition

You can join the Facebook page at: Raw Milk Freedom Riders – Mom Caravan and Rally for more information (including times and location).

I’ve asked for an interview from the Food Freedom Coalition, which is sponsoring the event. I’m hopeful that I’ll have another post this week with that interview and more information.

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Autumn brings out the pumpkin lover in me.  Pumpkin is such a versatile vegetable, it’s able to work within both sweet and savory dishes.  Truth be told I had never liked canned pumpkin, but finally gathered up my courage to bring home a fresh pumpkin last year. It was an amazing revelation. If you’ve never worked with fresh pumpkin before, I recommend you try it, its not that hard.

Pumpkins are full of beta-carotene, a pigment found in foods that can be converted to Vitamin A.  There are also some studies that show that beta-carotene helps with some eye diseases as well. Pumpkins are high in fiber as well magnesium, potassium and zinc. Pumpkin seeds are high in protein and are a good source of essential fatty acids which help with high blood pressure, arthritis as well as healthy skin.  (more…)

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