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  •  One option for your Aunt's collaborators (4+ / 0-)
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    flowerfarmer, MA Liberal, RonV, Chi

    would be for them to buy a share in the cows.

    Someone who picks up once a week is 1 share, or the average milk output for one cow over seven days.

    25 cows is enough milk for 25 families of 6, so you have some full shares equal to 1 cow, and some half shares equal to half a cow's milk production.

    She could ask people to commit each quarter and get the people who want a 1/2 share to bring a friend.

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 12:02:11 PM PST

    •  This Would Solve Nothing (1+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean

      The proposed legislation would still prevent them from selling raw milk, milk from free-range, grass-fed Jersey cows, on a local level.

      See, I DON'T THINK YOU PEOPLE UNDERSTAND.

      THESE FARMERS WANT TO SELL THEIR CUSTOMERS THE BEST POSSIBLE PRODUCT THEY CAN.

      THEY DON'T WANT TO RUN AN INHUMANE MILK-PUMPING FACTORY.

      There are ETHICAL and MORAL REASONS to sell raw milk. These reasons are grounded in REALITY.

      THE COMPOSITION OF RAW MILK IS SUPERIOR TO THE COMPOSITION OF PASTEURIZED MILK.

      •  This is a really odd comment (1+ / 0-)
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        BentLiberal

        Are you ok?

        "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

        by LilithGardener on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 06:38:34 PM PST

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      •  Yes, I do understand (0+ / 0-)

        more than you will ever know.

        I was raised on raw milk. Let me leave it at that. There are good reasons for buying local and raw is one of them.

        What you don't understand is by buying a share of the cow, your aunt isn't selling milk. They own the cow, she's just conveniently doing the milking, and feeding, and tending to their hay, etc.

        "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

        by LilithGardener on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 06:40:45 PM PST

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        •  QUESTION (0+ / 0-)

          How could this bypass the proposed legislation? The milk would still be capped at 100 gallons a month. You can't make a profit on that. Many of the farmers would still be unable to afford the equipment (I believe its pasteurization equipment) for the dairy license The Illinois Department of Public Health is proposing.

      •  Here's what I don't understand: (0+ / 0-)

        why do you make it sound like an either or?  It's possible to pasteurize milk without having an inhumane milk-pumping factory, is it not?

        After all, if I understand correctly, pasteurization largely involves simply heating the milk.

        So why are you claiming that it's impossible to runt hat kind of farm without still pasteurizing?

        It just comes across as hyperbole.

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