I’ve been feeling that we’re doing a little too much ranting against what’s happening with raw milk in California, and wanting to write about anything else — there I was, sitting on my porch and wondering what had happened with SB 201 when a fellow called. Seems he’d seen my name on a forum somewhere, and his deal was that he was from New Jersey and wanted to move out here to become a dairy farmer because California is one of the states where you can actually sell raw milk in stores — but he was a little concerned about what was going on with the legislation here.
I, of course, gave him what I could, checked the OrganicPastures.com site, which didn’t have a current update (I was hoping to read that SB 201 had passed), and so turned to TheCompletePatient.com, which had this to say:
Officials of the California Department of Food and Agriculture have already begun whispering sweet little nothings into the governor’s ear about the dangers of SB 201. The Fresno Bee reports that the governor’s office has expressed reservations, based on CDFA opposition.
That means it’s going to be up to the public to keep the matter public. Mary Blair McMorran, in her comment on my previous post, has it right—it’s harder for these officials and their big-name allies to pull their dark-side shenanigans if consumers are watching and monitoring and expressing themselves. “All the Marlers in the world don’t stand a chance against freedom of choice, and a citizenry prepared to fight for it. California has to stand up and fight. The only way they’ll lose this is if they let someone else fight for them.”
So the fight for California raw milk is not over.
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