"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." — E.B. White

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Milk it!

 (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)
Yesterday there was a rally on Capital Hill that I really wanted to attend but couldn't... It was in support of the right to drink (and sell) raw milk. The cow pictured above is named "Morgan" and lives not too far from me! Liz Reitzig, one of my old friends (and riding student when she was a child) helped organize the event. She is the Secretary of the National Independent Consumers and Farmers Association. 

My family became interested in local food rights after watching Food Inc. and Fresh, the Movie as part of a series hosted by our farmers market friends. We were really inspired us to get involved and talk to our elected representatives. The food safety bill (read comments below the article) which seemed so harmless on the surface, troubled us greatly once we investigated further. Last year The Farmer, Sarah, Jack and I all went to DC and lobbied against the bill as it's written. It was a tremendous learning experience for us all and great fun! We even met my hero Joel Salatin. If you and your family are eager to learn more about local foods, I hope you'll explore and get involved too!

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Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Thanks...after having three home births with mid-wife I started looking at things very differently, and seeing some of the many things that aren't healthy for us. I have heard a lot about raw milk...thanks for sharing, and yes, we all need to get involved...I will watch this and forward to my adult kids...they are all health nuts...that is a compliment....I still will have a Dr Pepper, hey, I am a Texas girl.

leslie said...

i was there on monday with my two kids and lots of my friends. the speakers were amazing and I was glad i was able to attend. we love our raw milk!

Vintage Country Girl said...

I'm all for local food support too! Even here in my tiny little town.