Revered by some as “natures perfect food,” and yet demonized by others as “deadly poison,” milk, one of the most innocuous liquids known to man, is now the subject of possibly the biggest food fight of its kind. Mild mannered farmers coming to words with government agents, food safety attorneys, and irate consumers while “big dairy” farmers manipulate legislators and lobby for legislation that weighs heavily in their favor. So, what’s all the hullaballoo? Continue reading
I have delayed posting here, since I was wondering if ARMi Posts was going to really work– besides being swamped with other projects. Well, we have 60 members here with one invitation. There are other exciting options that can be added. We are highly supportive and we have spec’d the Facebook Raw Milk page (7000 members), the Weston A Price Foundation Facebook site and for non-Facebookers (and FBers) the Yahoo list Raw Milk group for instant chatter. Folks, Anji, Annie and I cannot do it all. We need five frequent Guest Bloggers here also– as I cover other areas besides raw milk. This blog is not just raw milk but also family farm food freedom (4-F) Oh, it can be raw milk and real food recipes too! Please comment here. I will give the links to these later or someone can post them.
Now, for tonight’s post over at the Journal of Living Food and Healing, at our new domain at livingfood.us. Also there is a Tip Jar there and a chance to receive a PDF of Living Food at http://ishop.livingfood.us the iShop (ARMi store) will be opened soon.
More State ARMs are setting up http://twitter.com accounts. If you would like one, it is easy and fun. It is a great way to get the message of family farm food freedom and alliances for raw milk out to those looking for connections– both farmers and consumers. You will find like-minded folks to follow and people can follow you.
Here are some examples of new ARM Twitters. These are being used for state-specific raw milk/farm food freedom links/news/info. These are voluntary standards, of course, but you may find this fun and easy once you get the hang of it.
The preferred naming standard is MassRawMilk, MinnRawMilk or OhioRawMilk. Everyone is useing the state ARM logo–so it looks real cool across the internet and gets attention. The best way to focus and make your feed valuable is to post raw milk and food/farm freedom issues specific to your state or surrounding states and the bigger national stories. Of course, it is up to you if you post recipes too!
These will be aggregated into the USARMi feed at http://twitter.com/USARMi to create a live streaming international feed on ARMi Posts (https://milkraw.wordpress.com SEE IT ) and the ARM Internationale web page http://wholefoodusa.org
This will be in addition to a separate feed Cathy Raymond does http://twitter.com/CathyAtTheFund
Comment below if you will set one up and let us know so we can include you on the ARM Internationale feed! (It’s working!)
Heidi Stevenson is a writer from Scotland and a member of the UK-ARM. She published an article in Gaia Health yesterday and sent it to me. I like the article because it is a very clear explanation of the difference between clean, natural raw milk and store bought– much of which is termed factory-type dairies. It is a perfect food article to introduce folks to. I think you will agree that most folks are getting skimmed of their dollars going to the milk monopoly. At the end she tells all the global readers to join up with the ARMi and gives the three main links to connect. Meanwhile, I was down in world’s largest settlement of the Amish today and came back with another load of blessings and special encounters. I wanted to barter for some laying hens for a small space on our new publication called Living Foods, but ended up with an offer of raw cheese and veal–but opted for a mental credit toward a quarter of a grass-fed Red Devon steer. I am really happy to now introduce Heidi from Scotland . . . and her latest article.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 19, 2010)– DC-ARM! The Alliance for Raw Milk Internationale (ARMi) is pleased to announce the last unit in the U.S. group for the Washington, D.C. and the District of Columbia to add to all 50 states and 8 countries. A major movement is heading to DC for Rally Saturday and in London!
ARMi members believe in freedom of choice in food, farming and health. It is comprised of food, health and nutrition groups, leading dairy producers and educators, autism professionals, and groups of liberty lovers acting as Regional and State Directors and country coordinators, as well as in numerous local units now forming. This announcement comes right before the Second International Raw Milk Symposium held April 10 in Madison Wisconsin (see right panel notice).
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It so happens that the unreachable non-FB folks are on the internet and probably number 10 times those on Facebook. Then there are those who use email only and the non-computer/no phone folk. Now you have 30 times the people to reach out with the 4-F Project– the mission of Family. Farm. Food. Freedom.
There are other tools being developed. Cards and flyers are coming to drop on the farmers markets. A non-internet paper device is being tested now for the Amish and Plain communities and for those not on the internet– and for those who want a kitchen aid or a super-dooper business card to provide at country stores, farmers markets and food groups. We already have some sponsors, too.
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I have not been posting much lately. I have been working on another project called Alliance for Raw Milk Internationale (ARMi). Currently there are 50 states and 7 countries that have joined the ARMi. Today we are introducing our new logo and website at http://wholefoodusa.org .
ARMi is a network of state/provincial /country sites where people post relevant news and articles, source of raw milk nearby and legislative, regulatory and enforcement actions. The motto is Family.Farm.Food.Freedom. Yes, it is a 4-F Project. The mission is not just about raw milk; it is about the freedom to choose the foods we deem to be healthy for our families and the right to farm our own property without undue government interference. It is also about making farm fresh, wholesome natural foods more accessible to the consumer and contribute to the fast growing segment of food industry. It is also about education, communication and information exchange to benefit members and food groups. Bottom line, it is about Connections and Resources. Continue reading