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Re: E-M:/ Dairy farms vs factory farms



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Enviro-Mich message from Craig_Riley@URSCorp.com
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Many, including myself, purchase hormone-free/antiobiotic-free, certified
organic dairy products at Whole Foods.  Is there any way we could see Whole
Foods purchase and sell local dairy farm products?


                                                                                                                                            
                      "Mary La France"                                                                                                      
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With the recent news of the Vrebahoff citings I thought it was appropriate
to mention that addition to the tremendous environmental consequences,
factory farms have created an enormous public health risk which affects
milk, cheese, ice cream, butter..anything made with milk, including  milk
given to school children every day, by the processes they now use.
Most large dairy producers have quit using "vat pasteurization" and started
using HTST pasteurization (high temperature, short time)  or "super
pasteurization." In doing so they may have saved some time and money for
the corporate dairy interests.

Not all dairy producers are doing this however.

There's a farm that needs and wants to continue to deliver high-quality
dairy products that do not come about as result of feed-lot/factory farm
exploits. Spring House Creamery is located in Croswell Michigan, and
produces bottled un-homogenized, vat-pasteurized cow and goat milk.  Bill
Marshall owns and runs the creamery and can be reached at 810 679 4910, or
at wcd@triton.net.

The reason for this post is that he is looking to network with other
non-factory farm dairies in Michigan. I think we should stand behind him
and help Michigan's local family-operated dairies get some of our
business--especially producers that refuse to use hormones, antibiotics and
instead practice humane animal husbandry according to the National Organic
Standards.

"If conservationists are willing to eat whatever the supermarket provides
and the government allows, they are giving economic support to all-out
industrial food production: to the animal factories; to the depletion of
rivers and aquifers . . . and the consequent losses of biological and
genetic diversity"
                            -- Wendell Berry
                                Sierra Magazine May/June 2002 "For Love of
the Land"



Mary C. LaFrance
Lakeplain Prairie Farm and CSA
22353 Beech Daly
Flatrock, MI 48134
734-789-1164








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