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Press Advisory: Cow on Boston Common 5-10-2010 for Raw Milk Drink-In

Monday May 10, 2010:

Cow in Boston Common for
"Raw Milk Drink In"

Raw Milk Enthusiasts Slam Proposed State Ban on Raw Milk Buying Clubs

 Press Conference Precedes 10 AM Public Hearing at Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

UPDATE - MAY 8, 2010 - RAW MILK HEARING & RALLY STILL ON! Rumors that MDAR is capitulating or that raw milk advocates should not testify at Monday's hearing are false.

At 5 pm Friday, MDAR issued a press release containing misleading information, suggesting that anti-raw milk crusader Scott Soares, the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, is backing down. The statement says MDAR is removing proposed language that would have created a "prohibition of the purchase of raw milk anywhere but on the farm."

But, the statement also says, "A Milk Dealer is defined within the Milk Control Laws as anyone in the business of receiving, purchasing, pasteurizing, bottling, processing, distributing or otherwise handling milk. This is still the case, and MDAR will take such steps to enforce violations as they become aware of them."

http://www.mass.gov/agr/news/pr/330CRM27-announcement-050710.pdf

When read along with Soares' statements to the media, it's obvious that Soares is simply trying to shut down public debate along with raw milk buying clubs. The Republican reported Friday:

Agriculture commissioner Scott J. Soares says it's always been illegal for individuals to distribute raw milk and the proposed regulation would clarify that.

"The clubs have essentially been operating as illegal milk dealers and milk distributors," Soares said.


Soares knows that his original plan to outlaw raw milk buying clubs is too controversial to succeed, so he's just going to imagine the law already is what he would have changed it too. What fine new clothes the king wears!

Worse than that, Soares is expressly shutting off public input. The MDAR statement says that no one may testify at Monday's hearing on the issue of whether buying clubs should be allowed to continue to exit! Lawyers for the Organic Consumers Association and Massachusetts raw milk buying clubs say that MDAR have no authority to limit testimony.

We won't back down now. It is more urgent than ever for raw milk consumers and farmers to attend Monday's rally and hearing!

MORE INFORMATION:

  MDAR Tries 11th Hour Switcheroo to Stifle Raw Milk Debate

http://www.thecompletepatient.com/journal/2010/5/7/mdar-tries-11th-hour-switcheroo-to-stifle-raw-milk-debate-in.html


PRESS RELEASE FOR MONDAY'S RAW MILK DRINK-IN AND HEARING:

BOSTON
, May 7, 2010 - On Monday, May 10, 2010, for perhaps the first time since the park was used, prior to 1830, as a pasture, a cow will graze on Boston Common. The occasion is a gathering of raw milk enthusiasts and dairy farmers who will bring a cow to the Common for a "Raw Milk Drink In" and then gather at the State House for a press conference.

The raw milk rally comes as the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) attempts to restrict the delivery of raw milk to thousands of consumers throughout Massachusetts. Earlier this year, the MDAR issued a cease and desist order to four raw milk buying club drivers who were delivering the milk to customers in urban and suburban areas of the state. 

Who: Raw milk cow, farmers and consumers.

What: Photo opportunity with raw milk cow, "Raw Milk Drink In" and press conference.

When:
8 am Cow & "Raw Milk Drink-In," Boston Common
9:20 am Press Conference, State House
10 am Public Hearing, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
2 pm Cow leaves Boston Common

Where: Boston Common - Adjacent to Brewer Fountain, then Statehouse

Speakers/Available for Interview:

Doug Stephan, Raw Milk Dairy Farmer, Owner Eastleigh Farm in Framingham, MA, (bringing the cow)

David Gumpert, author of The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America's Emerging Battle Over Food Rights

Max Kane, a Wisconsin buying club owner who is currently fighting contempt of court charge brought by the WI Dept of Agriculture for his refusal to reveal his sources of Raw Milk

Mark McAfee, the owner of Organic Pastures Dairy Co., the largest raw dairy in the country, based in California


Over three million Americans now prefer organic raw milk and raw milk dairy products over pasteurized milk because of its superior nutrition and disease fighting qualities and because it comes from small, local producers who pasture their dairy cows, rather than keeping them confined all day and all year in dairy feedlots on huge, disease-ridden factory farms. 

There have been no reported cases of raw milk-related illnesses in Massachusetts in over ten years. 

Alexis Baden-Mayer, Political Director for the Organic Consumers Association says, "We don't need a 'new solution.'  Up until this proposed ban, everything has been fine.  If there's any change to Massachusetts regulations, it should be a change to make it easier--not harder--for us to get the healthy organic raw milk and dairy products we want.  This law would deny us our right to choose what we eat and drink." 

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For more information go to www.organicconsumers.org/raw-milk

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