Category Archives: Local Dairy

Oregon School Takes ‘Local-Only’ Food Campaign To Whole New Level

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Photo credit: KVAL-TV, Eugene Oregon

All the food – all of it – served in the Fairfield Elementary School in Eugene, Oregon’s Bethel district last Wednesday was locally grown and/or produced in their town’s pretty immediate area, it was reported by KVAL-TV.

“Every bite was produced in Oregon,” the station declared.

Farmers and representatives from companies like Franz Bakery came to the cafeteria to serve the food to kids.

Bethel nutrition director Jennie Kolpak says the special lunch was intended to introduce students to the idea of eating locally.

Kolpak says locally-produced food is better for Oregon’s economy, and healthier for kids.

But that idea isn’t unfamiliar to the Bethel District.

“Every day, every single meal that we serve has some local items in it,” says Kolpak. “About 40 percent of the food we serve is grown or processed in Oregon.”

Kolpak says Bethel is one of the best districts in the state in locally-produced, nutritious food.

Wednesday’s food came from all over the state, but a lot of Bethel’s food comes from much closer to home.

Fairfield boasts a school garden with tomatoes, peas and other plants.

And recently, a four-acre field on district property was turned into a functioning farm.

“We harvested thousands of pounds of vegetables this summer,” says Bethel Farm manager Kasey White. “And we’re supplying fresh food to our cafeterias.”

Going forward, a goal for the Bethel district is to expand access to nutritional and physical education to give kids healthy habits.

 

Cows Killed By Thousands While Many Starve For Protein

cow-nature_newsPhoto: Nature News

 

A web site called Nature News said last week that,

“Four big names in the dairy industry reportedly conspired to artificially inflate the cost of dairy products in the United States. The market fraud occurred between 2004 and 2008 when milk prices increased 66 cents per hundredweight.

The increase was made possible through a pact between several major milk brands that unnecessarily slaughtered a substantial number of dairy cows.

Dairy Farmers of America Inc., Land O’Lakes, Dairylea Cooperative Inc. and Agri-Mark Inc. had more than half a million cows turned into cheap hamburger to increase the price of dairy products, according to Off The Grid News. 

The deal was put into motion with support from the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), an organization established in 1916 that’s responsible for governing the majority the United States’ milk supply.

The group “develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they own,” according to its website.

“NMPF provides a forum through which dairy farmers and their cooperatives formulate policy on national issues that affect milk production and marketing. NMPF’s contribution to this policy is aimed at improving the economic interests of dairy farmers, thus assuring the nation’s consumers an adequate supply of pure, wholesome, and nutritious milk and dairy products.”

Other members include Lone Star Milk Producers in Windthorst, Texas; Premier Milk in Ocala, Florida; Swiss Valley Farms in Davenport, Iowa; United Dairymen of Arizona in Tempe, Arizona; Upstate Niagra Cooperative, Inc. in Buffalo, New York; and Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. Click here for a full list of NMPF members.

Some substantiation of and explanation for this action – hardly a rarity, it seems – appears on a website called FreeFromHarm.org, in an article entitled “10 Dairy Facts the Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know”.

Often, the cows the industry intentionally, substantially, shortens the lives of are calves, as well as worked-to-exhaustion milkers, who could, in a natural environment, live to be 20-25 years old, according to the FreeFromHarm.org article. That piece also reported that the dairy industry’s slaughter rate is considerably higher than the 500,000 head Nature News cited:

“Of the 9 million dairy cows in the U.S., 3 million are slaughtered each year at only a fraction of their natural lifespan. (8) Their worn out bodies become ground beef and restaurant hamburgers.”

Stop and think about it: How do you think McDonald’s et al are able to offer burgers, even with cheese, for a dollar apiece? Simple: They’re getting one-time or would-be productive cattle at ‘commodity’ prices – bovines excessively (and artificially produced, sold for far below what would be paid for animals properly aged – at one or the other end of a lifetime.

Meanwhile, thousands of people die daily because they are unable to obtain sufficient amounts of protein and the likes of that inflated-price milk and its nutrients and by-products, including cheese.

I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it seems like there’s something wrong there!