Why is the FDA Trying to Crush American Artisanal Food Producers?

Anthony and Kelli Estrella of Estrella Family Creamery

What is the deal with the FDA? I mean, really, what is their dang DEAL?

What right do they have to shut down small farms and put them out of business? What right do they have to seize their food? What right do they have to drive them into debt — hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt?

It's nothing short of a horror show and it's happening to small family farms all across America. And our tax dollars are paying for it.

Estrella Family Creamery: Real People Being Crushed by the FDA

Let me introduce you to Anthony and Kelli Estrella of Estrella Family Creamery, one of America's few artisanal cheese producers.

The FDA has seized their cheese, ordered them to stop producing, and their family is now living on donations from customers, friends and family just to stay alive.

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Yesterday I received an email from Shonagh Home, Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader in Redmond, Washington. She interviewed Kelli Estrella this week in the podcast below.

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Ann Marie Michaels

I have 25 years of experience in digital and online media & marketing. I started my career in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, working at some of the world’s top ad agencies. In 2007, after my first child was born, I started this little food blog which I grew to over 250K monthly unique website visitors and over 350K social media followers. For nearly 15 years, I've helped my audience of mostly moms and women 25-65 cook for their families and live a healthier lifestyle.

 The year after I started the blog, I founded a blog network in the health & wellness space called Village Green Network. I started the company on my coffee table and bootstrapped the business to over $1.3 million in annual revenue within 5 years. During that time, I helped a number of our bloggers become six figure earners. After being censored on almost every social media platform for telling the After being censored on almost every social media platform from Facebook and Instagram to Pinterest and Twitter, and being deplatformed on Google, I am now deployed as a digital soldier, writing almost exclusively about politics on my blog Cheeseslave.com. Because who can think about food when we are fighting the second revolutionary war and third world war? Don't worry, there will be more recipes one day. After the war is over.

58 thoughts on “Why is the FDA Trying to Crush American Artisanal Food Producers?

  1. Ann Marie,

    Thank you for continuing to bring this issues forward. Some days. it infuriates me, some, it just makes me sad…

    I’ve linked back from my blog, put up and used the buttons. It’s the least I can do.

    When I get to the Farmer’s Market on Sat. morning, I’m going to shake the hand of every farmer there!

  2. Donating and praying for both the Estrellas and the Dixons.

    With the decision to permit GMO alfalfa, it’s going to get tougher, too. Our family is committed to NEVER feeding any grain to any cow or steer on our property, and alfalfa is a major part of our winter feeding system. No alfalfa=no milk.

    Farmers need your support! Please, actually donate…don’t say, “I’ll do it later,” or “Yeah, I really should donate to them.” JUST DONATE.

  3. Curious to know more about the case, I googled it and found this NYTImes article, which gives people who haven’t heard of the case before more background.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/20/business/20artisan.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1

  4. If you carefully study what’s going on it is that big business/pharmaceutical companies and the U.S. government/FDA are in cahoots with one another. Their sole purpose is to diminish world population (which is unsupported when truly searching for facts) and thereby control the remaining population in order to yield TOTAL monetary and ideological control solely for their misguided agendas.
    I cannot help but wonder that after they have destroyed most of the earth what will happen to them. The poisons they have released to control weeds/insects, even now, are showing the ability to adapt and resist (roundup) which only leads to more potent applications and further nutrient depletion of the soils upon which we depend for nutrition.
    It is truly a conundrum. Do we support our local grocery which stocks all sorts of supposedly fresh vegetables (even though they may be treated with irradiation which destroys the nutrients)?
    OR do we try to grow our own and/or support locally grown foods and the families which depend upon us?
    The government is out to destroy local farmers because there is no profit for them. Instead they support the true sources of disease outbreaks (CAFOs).
    Watch “Food, Inc.” for a true look about the “good” foods offered in your local supermarket.
    The biggest reason these things are happening? Look for the Money Trail and the ideological superiority (albeit: “they know” how to fix all the world’s woes while disregarding that they are a major proponent of those woes).

    1. If you carefully study what’s going on it is that big business/pharmaceutical companies and the U.S. government/FDA are in cahoots with one another. Their sole purpose is to diminish world population (which is unsupported when truly searching for facts) and thereby control the remaining population in order to yield TOTAL monetary and ideological control solely for their misguided agendas.
      I cannot help but wonder that after they have destroyed most of the earth what will happen to them. The poisons they have released to control weeds/insects, even now, are showing the ability to adapt and resist (roundup) which only leads to more potent applications and further nutrient depletion of the soils upon which we depend for nutrition.
      It is truly a conundrum. Do we support our local grocery which stocks all sorts of supposedly fresh vegetables (even though they may be treated with irradiation which destroys the nutrients)?
      OR do we try to grow our own and/or support locally grown foods and the families which depend upon us?
      The government is out to destroy local farmers because there is no profit for them. Instead they support the true sources of disease outbreaks (CAFOs).
      Watch “Food, Inc.” for a true look about the “good” foods offered in your local supermarket.
      The biggest reason these things are happening? Look for the Money Trail and the ideological superiority (albeit: “they know” how to fix all the world’s woes while disregarding that they are a major proponent of those woes).

  5. This is so distressing, I can hardly bear it. The FDA is in cohoots with Monsanto specifically: the head of the FDA food division is Michael Taylor, ex-VP of Monsanto. He’s the poster child for Revolving Door.

    This is big business: Monsanto makes the GMO seed that makes the feed that cows and pigs and chickens eat. If we all insisted on organic and raw, Monsanto might lose a dime.

    It is CRIMINAL that Obama and Bush before him and on and on before them allow this to continue. My fervent hope for the Tea Party is that they can dismantle the alphabet agencies before they destroy the earth and all of our liberties.

    Thank you for blogging this, Ann Marie. We need all the voices we can get!

    1. Sally,

      I agree with you. The thing about the tea party people though is that they look at raw milk as a fringe, liberal, hippie, wacko group. So they are really no help to us in my opinion.

      1. Not all tea partiers are alike, Robert. Just like not all dems, reps, libs, etc. I’m a Ron Paul anti-war give-me-back-my-freedoms Tea Party gal. The true tea party candidates being elected are fighting for a return to the Constitution which would mean bye bye FDA, TSA, DHS, DEA… well, the list is Looooooong.

      2. I whole heartedly agree with Sally. I consider myself a “tea partier” if that is what they are calling it now. Back to basic and let business take it’s course WITHOUT government interference. MANY of the “tea party” all for letting businesses sink or swim without all the federal funding…ie: kick backs to stupid people who feed way to much corn, grow corn for fuel, put corn in everything we eat.
        The biggest thing with the Tea Party tough, is LISTENING to it’s constituents. “Really? You? You vote? You live in my district? OK, I guess I will listen to you.” Sorry, just had to add a little humor. This is all to frustrating, I’ve got to find a little humor.
        Corinne

    2. Sorry Sally but I have to pop that balloon of hope for the Tea Party.

      The “Tea Party movement” was masterminded and funded by the billionaire Koch brothers to serve their own business interests:

      https://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/08/30/100830fa_fact_mayer

      https://theweek.com/article/index/206405/the-billionaire-koch-brothers-tea-party-puppetmasters

      The Koch brothers, 2 of the wealthiest people in America, own an oil company, and they also own:

      BRAWNY paper towels
      QUILTED NORTHERN & ANGEL SOFT tissue
      DIXIE cups
      STAINMASTER carpet
      LYCRA
      GEORGIA PACIFIC lumber

      1. As I said, there are two Tea Parties. The Koch brothers may be part of the GOP/Teo-cons, that is all speculation fueled by anonymous tips and innuendo. There is plenty online debunking the overall tone of the New Yorker piece including a letter from the Koch’s attorney.

        Here’s the first mention of the Tea Party:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOWVnpYWWqg
        That’s where it started. The Ron Paul C4L people like me kinda fell in line with the idea and the movement grew from there.

        Personalities and Big Money like the next good thing so they latched on for the ride. Since they have the media and can reach millions of viewers a day, they attempted the coup. We say nu-uh.

  6. This is what I was trying to tell you a couple months ago at the WP meeting in Santa Monica. A LOT more has to be done. A few moms who will complain if they outlaw it is not enough, there needs to be a much bigger movement.

    1. I agree. We the people need to unite and stand against this corrupt system that is poisoning our children, our entire country. All in the name of greed and money. Enough is enough.

    2. @Robert

      I agree a lot more has to be done.

      But you can sit around and think about how much needs to be done, and how hard it all seems, or you can get busy doing what needs to be done.

      Which is why I write this blog.

      Have you donated to the Estrellas yet?

      Have you sent an email to your friends or posted on Facebook asking others to donate?

      If not, why not?

      1. I think like in all political parties there are two sides. “The Tea Party” may have been started by billionaires out for profit, but there are many average Americans who have identified with what they believe it stands for. Now there is a “Tea Party” that is driven by those average Americans who are not out to turn a profit, but instead want the government to listen to the will of the people. Such as we want to be able to buy raw milk if that is what we feel is safest for our families. Or we want to homeschool rather than send our children to a government run education system. Or keep your hands out of our wallets and stop stealing from the citizens of this country because big corporations are feeling threatened. The reach of the government is outrageous! They are the bully picking on the ones who can’t fight back.
        So while the Koch brother’s Tea Party may be of no help, maybe the average American Tea Party can take a stand and make their voices heard. Without thought to profit or a hidden agenda. We who identify with the Tea Party don’t have to let the Koch brother’s define it, or determine it. Our legacy as Americans is that we overcome huge obstacles, we work hard, and we make our voices heard. And we have freedom! Freedom to drink raw milk, eat lots and lots of butter, and eat egg yolks fried in butter and the leftover grease in the pan after cooking our bacon. Now I’m hungry. I’ll get off my soap box now and go get another glass of raw milk. From the cow that I “own” because it’s illegal to buy raw milk in Va. See! We Americans will find a way to get around the ridiculous overreach of the government. Herd shares, lol!

  7. In light of the discussion that has ensued since I left my comment: I would just like to go on the record to say that I am fervently opposed to the cause of the Tea Party. (You are all welcome to your opinions and I don’t mean to start a flame war here—I just don’t want to be mistakenly associated with an ideology I don’t agree with.)

  8. What is the deal with the FDA? I mean, really, what is their dang DEAL?

    Money. Power. Never having to admit that their ideology is wrong. The usual.

    It’s kind of depressing that it’s really that simple, but that’s the way people tend to be when they get a little power.

  9. I really want to share my thoughts. Sally and Stacie, I find it funny that young, raw milk, kombucha drinking hipsters have something in common with older, “tea party” members. I’m 24 years old and I know the crowd that I speak of, the hipsters, even though I am not a hipster. I just think it’s funny that these two types of people who couldn’t disagree more on everything, have this one agreement on food, more specifically organic or biodynamic, and raw milk etc.

    My dad is a hardcore blue collar conservative and I know I can’t base everything off of him but I’m pretty sure that I know what is thought to be lunatic or extreme in this country. The fact is people like Sarah Palin and the tea party do not agree with this Weston A. Price/Organic food idea. THEY DONT! They think there’s nothing wrong with spraying the crops with chemicals even though it has only been 60 years of spraying. Maybe you two are different because you are into this but I don’t think calling yourself a tea party member fits what you believe in. Unless you really do agree with everything that they say and at the same time you are passionate about the food thing.

    They look at natural healing as quackery, and you can’t deny that. They look at all of this as quackery ESPECIALLY raw milk! They think that naturopaths are crazy. Most of them are too afraid to accept that their beloved USA doesn’t really care about them or their health, and actually wants them to be sick. There is no money is healthy people, and there is no money in dead people, but there is money in between………the sick people.

    People like me and Bill Maher are looked at as America hating liberals if we say something like that. But I don’t hate America, I just wish it would let it’s people choose how to live and eat. But I’m in the gigantic minority in that one because most of the citizens DONT CARE!

    Tea party and non tea party, those of us who admire the work of Weston Price and those of us who are into this whole lifestyle are a very, very small group of people in this country. It may get to the point one day of having to move to another country where you have access to quality food because this country won’t have it anymore.

    And this original posting by Ann Marie proves my point. No one cares, well we do but we are so small. Ann Maries blog should be huge!!! This blog should be visited by every mom who cooks for her family in this country and better yet the world. How can we get all of those moms out there to start to follow people like Ann Marie so that they buy better food and support this whole thing. If we don’t get them on board, then it’s over.

    The fact that raw dairy farms are being raided like this proves that not enough citizen care to change this. The tea party members are too busy at their rally to care about some raw milk, because the rallys that they hold are, well, basically a klan rally….they can’t accept that a half black man is their president.

    1. Robert, I really, really love your passion. You are awesome!

      And I completely agree with you about the Tea Party. It’s a sham. It is not a grassroots movement like they want us to believe — it was bankrolled by billionaire oil men in order to suit their own needs.

      I do believe that the reason most moms don’t read my blog is NOT because they don’t care. They just don’t know any better.

      Plus, most people have been brainwashed. By their school, their church, their parents, their friends and neighbors. Study this drivel, memorize and spit it back. Get in line, don’t speak up, put your head down.

      Sheeple!

      This is why I’m not sending my daughter to school and we don’t belong to an organized religion. Call me a hippie and send me to hell (Albert Brooks quote) but I am a free spirit. As we all should be. And I think for myself. As we all should do.

      1. @Cheese

        Yes I did donate to the Estrellas and the Dixions. I do disagree with you a little though. I think you are giving those moms too much credit. I do agree that a lot of them just don’t know any better and a lot have been brainwashed. Your right about that because a couple years ago I didn’t know any better so I know that is true out there. But at the same time a LOT of them do not care regardless. I will send you this email with a certified nutritionist and when you read what she says you will see how a lot of people truly don’t care regardless of brainwashing. Buying Ugg boots is more important them than quality food.

        And yes, I know I can’t keep complaining about it. I have to start doing something. Which is why I asked you for Max Kanes email. You probably don’t have it but if you can get it that would be great. Even if I don’t get in contact with him, I still have to do my own thing so I am figuring that out right now. Maybe a blog, and maybe I will hit the streets and hand out flyers.

    2. I find it remarkable and frankly offensive that you liken all Tea Party members to the heinous KKK and in the same sentence show your own bigotry. I am a staunch Christian conservative. I believe in the constitution and in the greatness of this country. I at one time swore to give my life for every citizen of this country if called upon to do so in the army and am proudly married to a soldier. I have been to several Tea Party rallies. And I could care less what color of skin the president has. His ideology/political theology (whatever you want to call it) is directly opposed to everything I believe in! That is why I don’t like him. He wants to control me and every choice I make. I didn’t like Bill Clinton either and we are both white. I’m a conservative and they are liberals. I’m probably not ever going to vote for a liberal. It really is that simple. Black/white/purple/orange etc. It doesn’t matter. And by the way. My husband isn’t white. So half non-white people (like my 2 beautiful daughters) don’t really bother me.
      I believe in freedom! If I want to buy raw milk I should be able to buy raw milk. The government should not be regulating what I eat and what I can feed my children. They should not be trying to regulate what veggies I can grow in my own yard, or if I can collect rain water. To me, that is what the Tea Party is about. Maybe I am naive about the real Tea Party. But then so are many of the real average Americans who show up to those rallies. But for you to lump us with KKK members shows the bigotry you have towards people who have a different political ideology than you. I have stood next to black people at those rallies. Please explain that to me. Are they part of the KKK, too?
      I acknowledge that many older conservatives could care less about organic/raw/healthy living (that’s a far cry from hating black people, though). But, there is a new breed of conservative growing. People like me. I’m young (32, please say that’s still young) a conservative, but I care about what I put into my body and what I feed my family. I would rather shop at a local farm stand than the grocery store. I often ride my daughter in a bike trailer to preschool rather than drive the car. I will never use hormonal bc again because it winds up in our water, I think fluoride should be taken out of the water system (it is industrial waste!). Many of the same things WAPF followers believe. I believe in how the US used to be, before it was taken over by lobbyists.
      So, perhaps instead of slinging hateful slurs about people who have a different political ideology than us, we can work together to save this country. Save the small business from the giant corporations that don’t reflect who we are.

      1. @kandemom,

        Jesus Christ, Budda, or umm…Zeus where do I start with this? Let’s clear some stuff up here. I was not “likening all Tea Party members to the heinous KKK.” Your a “staunch christian conservative?” Good for you. Say it louder and prouder. I’m a “staunch agnostic very socially liberal, but fiscally conservative…person.” I’m with you on the freedom thing and the small gov’t thing. I don’t want the gov’t taking more money from me than they have to to pave the roads and supply a good military in case some shit pops off. F**k the FDA, and the USDA, and all of the lobbyist AND all of the people/citizens who think that our food principles are just a bunch of “hippie shit.” Well, now that a right-wing person like yourself has come out to say that you live the principles of Weston A Price and the like, then I guess I can’t call it hippie shit anymore. Sigh.

        As far as you and your husband being soldiers I do thank you for your service. But I’m the type of person who wants the soldiers home and DONE with these pointless errands called “wars.” For oil of course, and will I ever see tons and tons of clean burning cars on the road before I croak, probably not. And it may never happen. The technology is here right now, but it won’t happen. People don’t give a ****.

        I refuse to use the term global warming anymore because idiot conservatives see that it is cold somewhere and they say “See! it’s snowing, there’s no global warming!” Wow. So now I just use the term “climate change.” I’d like to know where you stand on that one since your a proud WAP’er Ms. Staunch Conservative. And you know what, even if climate change is not real, we should still be on the path to be using 100% clean energy, period. Because the stuff is still toxic, and you all know what toxicity does. That shit coming out the the back of peoples cars is TOXIC. That new car smell that everyone likes and gracefully inhales when they sit in there new car is TOXIC and would kill you in an instant in high enough doses. I’m not saying that we should foolishly stop everything that is toxic at once, and that would never happen anyway, but what I am saying is that we need to start the long process of cleaning our modern shit up and making it 100% non-toxic. But of course I’m just a whacky, hippie, hypochondriac, weirdo who worries too much.

        Back to your posting, ok so you will never vote for a liberal and the fact that Bill Clinton was white and your husband is not white proves that your not a nazi. Ok I give you that one, I don’t even want to vote for a liberal either, but your absolutely crazy if you think that there are not any people in this country who are racist. I’m not saying that every “christian conservative” is racist, but nowadays, if your racist, your probably a republican. It’s so true and you know it. Just admit it. Again, I’m not saying you are or that everyone is, but there is absolutely a lot of people, even non-white people who are really racist. They tend to be very closely related with the conservative christian stuff. Oh and the black people who were at those rallies are just weird. There lucky they didn’t get beat up by the people standing right next to them who really don’t like them deep down. (come on there had to be a few racist there!)

        Anyways I’m really glad to see that there is a conservative who lives WAP principles and wants to spread it to everyone she knows. I’m serious, I’m really glad that you exist. I think it is sad when you look at how divided this country is. We who are WAP’ers are very very small and it’s getting tough. So enjoy your 100% grass fed raw milk and every last morsel or real food while you can, because it’s probably not gonna be around much longer…

        1. @kandemom

          and by the way, all of the founding fathers were all atheist, and they were also slave owners who said all men are equal…hmm.

          and also, those black people at those rallies? can you imagine if instead of white people with guns it was a bunch of black/browns with guns? there would be a f***in swat team.

  10. Omg, I’ve been labeled “older.” I need a nap now…

    No, Robert, you cannot paint us all with a broad brush nor can you look at your father or even TV’s depiction of Tea Partiers for an idea of what we might all agree on, what we are trying to accomplish.

    I don’t know Stacie, so I will speak for myself and my experience. The first actual fact to keep in mind is that there are TWO Tea Party groups.

    First, there is the original Ron Paul Tea Party group: anti-war, sound money (end the Fed), non-interventionist foreign policy, fighting for a return to a federal government that stays within the confines of the Constitution. This means the feds stay out of our food choices, out of our medical care, ending the FDA (Dr. Paul has said as much), returning to our civil liberty roots of freedom for the individual. It’s not about raw milk or organic food or food safety: it’s about individual freedom to make that choice, no matter what it is. As long as you don’t harm another, have at it.

    Then there’s the GOP/neo-con attempted takeover of the Tea Party. This attempted coup will not be successful in the end. In my Tea Party circles, the Gl*nn B*ck/S*r*h P*lin-ites (I use the * so as not to give them anymore internet search cred) are not respected. And the Tea Partiers I know are completely disillusioned with that party: it’s just GOP/neo-cons. They are not interested in the Constitution really, they are interested in the status quo when it comes right down to it.

    Turn off your TV and attend a local Campaign for Liberty event. Meet some Ron Paul Tea Partiers before you make your decision. We want individual freedom. We want our rights restored and big gov to stay within the confines of the Constitution. We want the freedom to make our choices about the food we eat.

  11. Is there a master list of products made from GMO’s and Monsanto? I know it would be huge, but perhaps someone could make, or has made an app?

  12. Ann Marie,
    This comment is probably not relevant to your exact topic here, but I read this article, and what struck me most was the DIET that this chimp ate – clearly a SAD diet, and look at the outcome. I think the author makes reference to the diet as a way to establish the facts of the case, but regardless, it made me think of you and the other Real Food bloggers and the work that you do. Please take a look! You will be interested, I think, especially if you read it with an eye towards nutrition, physical, mental & emotional degeneration! Not to mention the effect of the SA diet on the humans in the story as well…
    https://nymag.com/news/features/70830/
    Thanks for the work that you all do…
    Kim

  13. Here’s the first thing that came to my mind when I read this article:
    Hey, hey FDA
    This is the USA and I have the right to say,
    I LOVE RAW MILK & CHEESE & BUTTER, yum!!
    So stop being udderly ridiculous!!
    Here’s a big MOOOOOOOOOOOOOO to you!

  14. Over the past few years I have enjoyed the apparent luxury of being part owner of goat and cow shares. Until almost a year ago, I was enjoying raw cream, butter, yogurt, buttermilk, and more, until the Feds came in to shut down the operations…for no apparent reason. Though, all of us hundreds of share-owners in the dairy were devastated not only for selfish nourishment reasons, but for the collapse of the farmer’s business. To say we were outraged, shocked, and angry, is an understatement. The immediate financial hardship of this dairy has been heart-breaking. I continue to support them with egg, cheese, & milk purchases.

    I have often shared this Food/Raw milk/governement information with friends who think I’m either: 1) obsessed with eating “healthy” food; 2) paranoid about the government because they don’t want to see what’s happening and believe that their government doesn’t have their best interest; 3) Anti-American (which I’m more anti-government and I don’t equate the two) 4) just plain have nothing better to do with my time (since I’m not raising kids)

    People are attached to their modern comforts, addictions, and habits..including eating junky crap and not having to think for themselves…i.e. the someone else will take care of me because I have other stuff to think about like what’s on TV tonight syndrome! It’s time for people to wake up now and act, not in a tea-party, right/left way…forget about the government. Anybody who doesn’t realize what a shim-sham-scam that corporation (the US government) is about is either asleep, dreaming, and/or hallucinating.

    A must see documentary: “The world according to Monsanto,” Find it, buy it, rent it, show it, see it! Word of caution: you could start to feel a boil in your blood, a racing heart, and a volatile explosion of anger pulsate through your body during the viewing of this movie. So, best to drink some calming herbal tea prior to viewing.

    Great work and responses, Ann Marie. I likey the way your mind works! Also, applause for not sending your daughter/children to school (brain-washing-numbing-creativity-killing-institution that it is)…even though I was part of that system, too.

    1. Peach&Cream, what is the name of the farm that was shut down and why did the Feds shut them down? Do we really have no voice in these matters? Where’s our petitions to our lawmakers? Does Westin A Price Foundation get involved in these types of matters? If the farm was shut down, how can you still purchase eggs, milk and cheese products? I can’t think of a better future for my child than to help him establish a family farm, but these stories are scary. How do we fight back?

      1. Hi Bonnie,
        I apologize, I wasn’t very clear on the farm status. Here is more detail: the farm
        received a letter from the State’s Department of Public Health and Environment informing them that the manufacturing and distribution of raw milk products is not legal.

        The Dairy immediately discontinued the production of all fresh raw milk products. This includes cream, crème fraiche, butter, cottage cheese, yogurt, whey, mozzarella, and buttermilk.

        The Dairy is a licensed cheese plant and has continued to manufacture aged raw milk cheeses.

        This is the short version but one that simply explains the sudden vanishment of these raw milk liquid products. There has been much that has happened since that event, but I don’t know all what is going on with the “fight” to sell these raw milk products once again. Every time I have asked in the past, they seem exhausted and beaten down by the very subject.

        I didn’t disclose the name of the dairy, not sure if that’s my place or not. I agree, Bonnie, establishing a family farm would be a most excellent, worthy, and honorable future for your child.

    2. Peach,

      “””””I have often shared this Food/Raw milk/governement information with friends who think I’m either: 1) obsessed with eating “healthy” food; 2) paranoid about the government because they don’t want to see what’s happening and believe that their government doesn’t have their best interest; 3) Anti-American (which I’m more anti-government and I don’t equate the two) 4) just plain have nothing better to do with my time (since I’m not raising kids)”””””

      Don’t you hate that? That is the problem in a nutshell. The governmental things would change if those same people you are talking about Peach changed. I deal with the same 3 things that you just listed. It’s so ridiculous. While people do throw those things at me, I did notice, that if I don’t budge, and I stick to my talk, then sometimes that has an influence on them and they make some better choices. I don’t budge for anyone.

  15. Here’s the Monsanto movie online: https://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6262083407501596844#

    We are fighting to keep our cowshares in KY now. The milk police are very busy intimidating farmers. On Saturday I did a legislative training to learn how to follow bills in the local legislature. We’ve organized a tour of our state capitol offices, doing meetings with our legislators. We have some incredible local talent who have been active for years and know the ins and outs — valuable resources!

    While the FDA is busy shutting down dairy farmers, turns out our legislators have no idea about raw milk at all. If they aren’t educated, they vote yes on “food safety” bills. We are also writing letters to the editor and doing our best to educate our neighbors and friends.

    So sorry to hear about your farm, Bonnie. I would hate to lose my raw milk!

  16. Control the food supply and you control the people. First the flouride in the drinking water to dumb the people down so they won’t care.

    1. Judy,

      Fluoride definitely had an effect of peoples “dumbness.” But don’t forget, or don’t act, like they don’t care anyway. Like I said, we who are into this Weston Price style of living, are so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, small. No one cares. They eat like Caligula. Regardless of fluoride.

  17. You know what? I do want regulation for small businesses, like family farms. I just want it done RIGHT. Why, you ask? Because I don’t trust everyone to do the right thing all the time. I don’t trust big companies, nor do I always trust small companies. So yeah, government intervention is okay in my book….so long as it’s done for the right reasons at the right time.

    So yeah, I’m the exact opposite of the Tea Partiers. Call me a crazy liberal socialist, if you want, but I do think there is a role for big government and smart regulations. Clearly in the case of the artisan cheese makers, there is some definite abuse and it needs to end. But I don’t see a problem with there being food safety regulations; we obviously just need to stop the humongous influence that Monsanto and Big Pharma have over our government and get it back to the people,

  18. Robert,
    Yes, I agree. The Peach doesn’t budge for anyone in this arena. I present the information, if it resonates with people and they can gleen even a nugget of usefulness, that’s terrific. Changing habits and patterns can take time for many. It’s like a garden, you plant a seed and water, water, water. When I practice educating and informing, the “water” is repeating, repeating, repeating, over time.

    Personally, I don’t need or want the government to regulate anything related to food, farms, herbs, supplements, health therapies,etc. for me. That corporation has proven their interest isn’t in my health, well-being, and freedom of choice for making, growing, purchasing, and consuming what I consider to be safe, clean, healthy, organic, natural food.
    As individuals, it is our responsibility to research and choose to honor our own wisdom, needs, desires, consumption. If you look to the government to replace your own thought process and decision making, you get what you get…and it should be obvious by now, just what that is!

  19. Heather@FoodPonderings,

    I hear what you are saying, but given the current and historical track record of your government’s demonstration of abuses to small farms, artisan food makers, allowing GMO, etc…how can you REALLY trust the government to make the “right” decisions for you? I mean, isn’t that a bit of fairytale, wishful thinking? You have the information in front of your about their intentions, their actions to shut down small farms, alternative health care, and yet you still trust them? Since you don’t seem to trust everyone to do the right thing (as well you shouldn’t), how about trusting yourself to research and learn what companies resonate for you and make your own decisions and choices.
    Too much work? This is common in our country…the trust goes to the UN-trustworthy due to complacency. Choose carefully, educate yourself, and spread the word…just like Ann Marie is doing right here, right now.

    1. I do a lot of research before I make my decisions, and no, I don’t exactly trust the government either, but what can we do? That’s what it is there for. Personally I think the corporations are the worst of the worst, and if we can devoid them of their power in government, then I think things will be a lot better. Government should be by the people for the people. These corporations are what drive these bad decisions with bad science. Big Ag, Big Pharma, and all the rest.

      So yeah, I may have wishful thinking, but so do the Tea Partiers. I respect Ron Paul and his ideas for very small government, but I really don’t think it would work. The free market does not want to self-regulate if it means they lose money in any way, and that means bad things for us.

      1. Heather,
        This may come as a surprise, but the U.S. Government IS a corporation. Big Pharma, Big AG, FDA, USDA, Big Tobacco, etc., are all in PARTNERSHIP with the Government, a.k.a. biggest shim-sham-scamming corporation posing as for the people by the people. Liars spinning words to make them sound less offensive and hence, diminshing the negative translation (and reaction) by the American people. For example: Collateral damage…actually means collateral murder/killing, etc. …but that’s a whole other story. Let’s just say, people need to “dig a little deeper” for the truth, the real truth, and nothing but the truth. ’nuff said. Keep researching and follow your inner wisdom!

        1. Yes, but we don’t elect these corporations. They just find sneakier ways to get our money. We do elect our government.

          The other thing, most people DON’T want to do their homework. I’m an educator, and I cannot tell you how tuned-out my students can be about, well, everything. Part of it is that they are not eating good food; that much is obvious. But the end result is that they don’t want to have to think for themselves. And that’s sad.

          But back to food. Like I said, I do want regulation for small farms. If the small farmers want to get together to form bodies large enough to do all the necessary work to figure out what makes sense for them in terms of these regulations, I think they should go ahead and do that. And then follow those regulations. Set standards for these artisanal cheesemakers that MAKE SENSE.

          1. We don’t really elect politicians either. They are bought and paid for by those corporations. As Peach8Cream said the digging has to go much deeper. To add to the list big pharma, big government, main stream media.etc Who owns our government? Follow the money. It really is a corporation with a board of directors and they are not politicians, they own politicians. The Tea Party has been infiltrated and now so is the occupy movement being infiltrated. You can’t change a problem by using the same methods that created the problem. Each organization, Dem, Rep, Tea Party etc. are just different puppets on the same hidden hand of the puppet masters. There are good people in all of these organizations who don’t know how they are being led. The trick is that they use our differences to separate us so the answer may be in looking for what makes us one.

  20. Robert said: “As individuals, it is our responsibility to research and choose to honor our own wisdom, needs, desires, consumption. If you look to the government to replace your own thought process and decision making, you get what you get…and it should be obvious by now, just what that is!”

    My mantra and why I’m politically active. The problem with gov-imposed regulation, as well-intentioned as it may be, is that the regulators ALWAYS end up controlling the regulated. With promises of $, jobs, power. There is not one single gov.regulatory agency that is not heavily influenced by those it is charged with regulating. Not one.

    The way to regulate business is through boycott and education. Legislation has proved woefully inadequate and only punishes the consumer.

  21. Have you seen this (link below)? …seems they are really going at it. 🙁 I have only had raw milk once, over two years ago during a trip to WA. I was hoping to try it again, next trip that way…or hopefully when we move there. Sad to learn of the hardships for the Estrella Family Creamery. Raw milk is ‘illegal’ where I currently live. It’s disheartening to know how far under attack it is now.

    ‘The Dangers of Raw Milk: Unpasteurized Milk Can Pose a Serious Health Risk’
    https://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm079516.htm

  22. Thank you Ann Marie for making a plea for folks to help the Estrellas. We are using pledgie.com in an all volunteer effort to raise the much needed funds to feed 6 children and all their livestock while they await the legal system, which is moving so slowly!

    The Estrellas have to pay a large debt ($15K) back to a friend who helped them out during this ordeal with a loan, by the end of this month. Please if you can find it in your heart to give, do so! Also, ask others that you know to run the pledgie button on their website/blog. The pledgie automatically updates every time a donation is made!

    Here is the backstory of the Estrella Family Creamery, when you know where they came from, and how hard they have worked to build their farm, you will know this cause is right:

    https://hartkeisonline.com/raw-milk-cheese-2/history-of-the-estrella-family-creamery/

    If we find 50,000 people willing to give $5.00 each, we can raise the $250K needed this year to help the farm make it. If 150 people would give $100 each, the Estrella’s can pay their friend back this month. From the pledgie page you can get the URL link to tweet and facebook. Ask your friends to give!

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