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Help Pass a County Resolution on “The Right to the Food of Our Choice”

PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO DRINK RAW MILK
AND HELP SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS AND BUILD THE LOCAL ECONOMY

Why do we need a county resolution to protect our food rights?

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is making it increasingly difficult for people to obtain raw milk from their local farmers. Across the state the CDFA is issuing “cease and desist” orders to small, private dairy shares, including one in the fair town of Willits here in Mendocino County. A dairy share is when a group of people (who are unable to keep their own livestock) collectively purchase cows or goats and hire a farmer to feed, board and milk their animals and provide them with the dairy products.

The CDFA claims these arrangements are a threat to the public health and constitute an “illegal” commercial transaction of raw milk. Yes, they are serious. Recently a task force of agencies, including the CDFA, fronted by a SWAT team from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, raided the Rawsome food buying club in Venice, California, seizing produce, destroying milk stocks, confiscating cash, and arresting the owners. The charges? Processing and sale of unpasteurized milk to club members. The owners of Evergreen Acres Goat Farm outside of San Jose, California are facing criminal charges from the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office for their dairy share operation. Read more »

Tell the Mendocino Board of Supervisors: “Protect the Right to Drink Raw Milk”

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is making it increasingly difficult for people to obtain fresh, unpasteurized (raw) milk from their local farmers. Across the state they are issuing “cease and desist” orders to small, private dairy shares. Now the CDFA is also pressuring county officials to take action against the “risks and dangers” of raw milk. Help defend everyone’s right to the food of their choice!

Please write, call, or visit your Supervisor to ask that he or she consider all sides of the question.

Here are some points you may want to make.

1)Many people rely on raw milk for a variety of health conditions. Many people in this county get milk directly from small farmers not licensed by the state. Read more »

A Resolution

A RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS TO GROW AND CONSUME THEIR OWN FOOD AND TO ENTER INTO PRIVATE CONTRACTS WITH OTHER INDIVIDUALS TO BOARD ANIMALS FOR FOOD

WHEREAS, the people of the County of Mendocino historically have maintained and enjoyed the right to raise food for themselves and their families; and

WHEREAS, family farms, sustainable agricultural practices and food processing by individuals, families and small, locally based firms offers stability to our rural way of life by enhancing the economic, environmental and social wealth of our community; and Read more »

An Ordinance

AN ORDINANCE TO PROTECT THE HEALTH AND INTEGRITY OF THE LOCAL FOOD SYSTEM IN THE COUNTY OF MENDOCINO, CALIFORNIA [DRAFT]

Section 1. Name. This Ordinance shall be known and may be cited as the “Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance #______, 2011.” Read more »

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