People involved in all aspects of food production, be it growing, processing or distributing, should read through all the documentation and understand that Morningland’s saga is the model for all independent food production under the FDA’s new Food Safety Modernization Act. Critical to this destruction are “science-based standards” as opposed to scientifically accurate controls and concerns. The Global Food Safety Initiative combined with “Good Agricultural Practices” and the “Guide to Good Farming” will ensure that an inability to feed the population will occur. Morningland Dairy is an early casualty of these “science based standards”.
Joseph and Denise Dixon took over Morningland Dairy after Denise completed a two year internship with the founders of Morningland, Jim and Margie Reiner. The Dixons finalized the purchase and began improvements on the Missouri Milk Board inspected and approved raw milk cheese plant in October of 2008. The entire family was tremendously pleased because this would allow Joseph to be home with the family instead of on the road working as an electrician in the eastern half of the United States. The Dixons wanted to expand the varieties of cheese made by the company and ventured into a broader array of production.
Their desire was to help other families in the historically poverty stricken Missouri Ozarks to make an actual living on the farm and allow families to stay together. They consulted with the Missouri Milk Board and arranged for two families to begin providing goat milk to Morningland and launched a popular goat milk cheese line shortly after taking over the company.
While Joseph and Denise were at a cheese making conference in Washington State, the plant manager received a call from the Missouri Milk Board stating that there was an issue of potential contamination found by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) in Morningland cheese.
The cooler of $250,000 worth of cheese was immediately put under embargo, more accurately understood as house arrest, by the Missouri Milk Board. Don Falls, an inspector for the Milk Board, told the plant manager, “You should be back up and running by early next week.” Obviously, that wasn’t true. As a matter of fact, the very next morning, presumably after he spoke with the FDA, Falls’ entire attitude changed.
Over the weekend, the FDA leaked a nation wide recall on all of Morningland’s cheese produced in 2010. Not just the two batches that California indicated might be “suspect” for contamination, but their entire year’s production. Most of the cheese implicated as “suspect” by California had already been consumed. No complaints or ill effects were reported by any of the consumers of any of Morningland’s cheese. Nonetheless, the FDA required all of their products to be recalled.
Very few people realize the FDA has an armed and very military aspect. They showed up at Morningland in camouflage and made a lovely impression on those able to be at the unveiling of the future of food safety “FDA style”.
The FDA and Milk Board worked hand in hand to ensure that this little cheese plant in the midst of the Missouri Ozarks, that hadn’t made anyone sick in 30 years, would never make another batch of cheese for their loyal customers. Yet the FDA, who admit to killing 100,000 people a year, are allowed to gain ever more control over everything we take into our bodies. So the tally on deaths over the 30 year history of Morningland Dairy versus the FDA is: Morningland “Zero”, FDA “3 Million”…or somewhere near that.
Despite significant effort, the FDA found no contamination in any cracks or drains in the cheese plant or even on the legs of the milk talk in the dairy barn. This evidence was not allowed to be introduced as part of Morningland’s defense because the Missouri Attorney General’s office contended that the FDA “was a separate issue.”
When pointedly asked what the specific process for getting the cheese plant back into production was, the Milk Board representative said it would involve a panel and consultation with the FDA to determine if that were a possibility. The members of the panel, other than the Milk Board and the FDA, and the specific requirements and processes were never delineated and no effort to achieve anything other than the destruction of the plant was ever evidenced by any official arm of the State of Missouri.
The language on the CDC’s website makes clear that the program seeks to reduce the rate of both pregnancies and “births” among minorities.
Specifically, the CDC says the “purpose of this program is to demonstrate the effectiveness of innovative, multicomponent, communitywide initiatives in reducing rates of teen pregnancy and births in communities with the highest rates, with a focus on reaching African American and Latino/Hispanic youth aged 15–19 years.”
Mad Science: The Environmental Protection Agency has been deliberately exposing people — including children — with asthma and other health issues to pollution to justify ever-more-stringent air quality standards.
‘Improvements to EPA Policies and Guidance Could Enhance Protection of Human Study Subjects,” released by the EPA’s Office of Inspector General on March 31, confirms that the agency “exposed 81 human study subjects to concentrated airborne particles or diesel exhaust emissions in five EPA studies conducted during 2010 and 2011.”
According to the report, obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation, the human subjects, said to have given their “informed consent,” were exposed to levels of pollutants up to 50 times greater than the EPA itself says is safe for humans. And there are questions as to how informed that consent was.
The Daily Caller said the inspector general’s report revealed that “only one of five studies’ consent forms provided the subject with information on the upper range of the pollutant” to which the people would be exposed.
Even more alarming, said the Daily Caller, a new and opinion website, “is the fact that only ‘two of five alerted study subjects to the risk of death for older individuals with cardiovascular disease.’ “
From the Daily Caller we also learn that “three of the studies exposed human subjects to high levels of particulate matter while two of the studies exposed people to high levels of diesel exhaust and ozone. Diesel exhaust contains 40 toxic air contaminants, including 19 that are known carcinogens and particulate matter.”
There’s also the issue of tests involving children and the EPA’s efforts to cover this up. The agency also exposed children to pollution as part of an experiment at the University of Southern California. In February 2013, JunkScience.com, run by Steve Milloy, a Johns Hopkins-trained biostatistician, reported the EPA giving USC grant money to study how particulate matter affects “asthma in susceptible children.”
A Dec. 4, 2012, document in the EPA extramural research grants database showed diesel exposure to children. The original document has since been replaced by a strongly edited version, and JunkScience.com, reports Breitbart.com, has “made a Freedom of Information Act request to the EPA to explain the deletion and alteration of its database of the documentation regarding diesel experiments on children.”
In 2012, the American Tradition Institute’s Environmental Law Center filed a lawsuit charging that the “EPA failed to adequately inform project participants that the pollution they will inhale imposes a risk to their health and there is no benefit whatever.”
David Schnare, a former EPA scientist, policy analyst and enforcement attorney who now heads the ATI, said:
“EPA parked a truck’s exhaust pipe directly beneath an intake pipe on the side of a building. The exhaust was sucked into the pipe, mixed with some additional air and then piped directly into the lungs of the human subjects. EPA actually has pictures of this gas chamber, a clear plastic pipe stuck into the mouth of a subject, his lips sealing it to his face, diesel fumes inhaled straight into his lungs.”
We’ve finally gotten to the point where Congress had to pass a law to make sure that the laws they pass are enforced. Basically, they passed a law to tell President Obama to do his job and quit screwing around with the Constitution. We’ve finally gotten to the point where Congress had to pass a law to make sure that the laws they pass are enforced. Basically, they passed a law to tell President Obama to do his job and quit screwing around with the Constitution.
In a speech that Representative Trey Gowdy really shouldn’t have had to make, he explains angrily to the Congress what its job is, and to Obama what his job is. Members were heard to applaud as he reached this crescendo:
“Mister Speaker, the House of Representatives does not exist to pass suggestions. We do not exist to pass ideas. We make law. And while you are free to stand and clap when any president comes into this hallowed chamber and promises to do it with or without you, I will never stand and clap – when any president, no matter whether he’s your party or mine, promises to make us a constitutional anomaly and afterthought. WE MAKE LAW.”
War hero and former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., is questioning how long it will take for “you people” – white Americans – to realize that their president “abjectly despises” them.
In a commentary posted Tuesday on his own website, West, who represented Florida in Congress after an extended career in the U.S. military, confronted head on the issue of racism.
Citing Obama Attorney General Eric Holder’s warning that schools have to drop policies that “disproportionately punish minorities,” West suggested it’s not racism to punish blacks more when members of that minority cause trouble more.
“I taught high school for one year in Deerfield Beach, Fla., and in the end, it was such an enjoyable experience breaking up fights daily, that I decided to return to the combat zone of Afghanistan,” West wrote. “Teachers are already disrespected and attacked, not feared. There were students at Deerfield Beach who steered clear of the lunchroom for fear of being picked on or engaged in a fight …
“Yes, this violence on campus was perpetrated eight out of 10 times by black students, male and female, but it had nothing to do with racial disparity. It had everything to do with a lack of discipline and control,” he wrote.
He said Obama’s and Holder’s advocacy for leniency for those to cause trouble essentially makes them racist.
“This is my clear and succinct message to white Americans. How long will it be before ‘you people’ realize you have elevated someone to the office of president who abjectly despises you – not to mention his henchman Holder. Combined they are the most vile and disgusting racists – not you,” he wrote.
The commentary was prompted by Holder’s recent demand that schools “rethink ‘zero tolerance’ disciplinary policies” because they “disproportionately punish minorities.”
A Hill report on the issue charged that “alarming numbers of young people are suspended, expelled or even arrested for relatively minor transgressions like school uniform violations, schoolyard fights or showing ‘disrespect’ by laughing in class, Holder said during a speech.”
West noted that the accompanying new federal guidance from the departments of Justice and Education “encouraging (i.e. threatening) schools to adopt disciplinary policies that are ‘fair, nondiscriminatory, and effective’” is simply a threat from the Department of Justice.
The poor whites of Appalachia may have become unfashionable, but they have not gone anywhere.
The current political left’s obsession with both income inequality and so called White Privilege overlooks a lot of history. How quickly does the left forget. Or perhaps it is more a matter of fashion.
In 1964, when LBJ declared his War on Poverty, the area he mentioned by name was not the urban ghettos of Detroit, Watts or Harlem but rather the isolated rural counties of Eastern Kentucky.
Four years later, in 1968, Bobby Kennedy decided to run for the presidency mere days after touring Eastern Kentucky to review how LBJ’s War on Poverty was being waged in the field.
Sen. Robert F. Kennedy shook hands with residents of Haymond, Kentucky in 1968.
Today, some 46 years later, the war has been lost. The region not only remains poor but hopelessness and dysfunction abounds. What has changed is the politicians no longer seem to be interested in the area or in its people. Recently Kevin D, Williamson of National Review visited Eastern Kentucky and wrote
If the people here weren’t 98.5 percent white, we’d call it a reservation.
Read the entire article, titled The White Ghetto. The explanation of how EBT cards are used to purchase cases of soda pop, to resell at a steeply discounted price to raise cash to buy prescription painkillers, is most illuminating. So are some of the comments after the article, especially those of people who take umbrage that Williamson focused on the negatives in the region. Nonsense! Although the part of Appalachia I live in is not as deeply mired in poverty, the pathologies remain the same. Welfare is ubiquitous, drug abuse is rampant and there is little hope for a better life for many of the young because of chronically poor school systems.
One issue Williamson doesn’t touch upon which is mentioned in the comments to his article is how corrupt the local governments in this region can be. One huge factor that allows this to continue is that for decades the brighter young people have been prone to move away. Those with educations who stay behind too often display small pond syndrome — they can be opportunistic bullies and tyrants who grab the reins of the local power structure and remain largely unchallenged. In such a corrupt environment a third rate lawyer can readily parlay his ambitions into a lucrative role as the shadow leader of local government, or an incompetent principal can rely on political clout to remain in charge of a public school that routinely shortchanges its students.
Back in 1968 some in the area saw Bobby Kennedy’s trip as a precursor for yet another round of unfulfilled political promises. The term “photo op” wasn’t in use back then, but looking at these images across five decades of experience it readily comes to mind.
Today, the only promises being made to the once-loyal Democrat voters of the region are to further curtail the remaining source of high paying, private sector jobs, the coal industry.