I'm daughter to Lissie, sister to Jess, wife to Brien, mom to Hannah, Lily and Eleanor. I am a stay at home mom to my girls, and my free time is dedicated to gardening (I confess I'm still a novice and look to Lissie and Jess for advice), baking and cooking, and card making. I'm doing my part to make the earth a bit greener, trying hard to avoid processed foods and HFCS, and find the "slow food" movement intriguing and inspiring. I love visits to my local farmers' market, fresh produce, reading, getting out in nature, and spending time with my family.


Catholic, homeschooler, lover of books and great wine and an amateur gardening addict.


I'm Melissa aka "Lissie", mother of Rachael and Jessica, and grandmother to a passel of the sweetest children on the planet. I'm a semi-retired public educator and professor who works from home for a small publisher. I am a lover of all things beautiful ... flowers, the mountains, nature scenes, the innocent faces of children, and my rock and fossil collection, to name a few. I enjoy shopping at the farmers' market for fresh foods and then experimenting with new recipes. Good food and good wine delight me. I love to travel so my suitcase is always packed. Like my daughters, I take pleasure in simple things ... clothes drying on the line, tomatoes so fresh they are still hot from the sun, good books, and interesting movies. I'd like to know everything before I die.

Do "food safety" standards set by state and federal governments not seem like a total joke to anyone else?

I read an article today about the sale of raw milk being vetoed by the governor Wisconsin due safety issues and I just had to snort and snicker a little. Lobbying can really work if there is enough money to be made by an industry which has a huge incentive to protect their market share. Do I think that raw milk can pose some potential health risks if the farm(er) is unclean and negligent? Sure. I also know that there is feces sold in factory farmed meat all available for purchase at your local grocery store every single day. More and more people are becoming infected with e.coli from "safe" foods also available for purchase at your local grocery store.

Let's not forget that we allow, support and tax the sale of guns, explosives, alcohol and cigarettes in this country. No one ever dies from using any of those items, nope, nope, nope. I think if we can allow mentally ill people to purchase weapons that we should allow rational people the choice of purchasing a typically safe food product. I think if we allow people to purchase a product that has no health benefit whatsoever and is known to cause debilitating cancer that we could allow people a bit more autonomy in their dairy purchases.

If you aren't personally interested in raw milk, great! I just don't see how any state or local government can honestly say that they are forbidding the sale of it for safety reasons when our food supply in general is so seriously compromised yet subsidized by our federal government. Do I think raw milk is a product that is 100% safe for human consumption? No! Which is why I choose to home pasteurize our milk. But the public safety shtick is really ridiculous when you make comparisons of products which are deemed unsafe and are illegal and those that are truly unsafe that are legally sold.

Hypocrisy is what it is.




Lissie said...

Today I had a lovely lunch at a restaurant in Roanoke called Local Roots. Everything is organic and all ingredients are locally acquired. Of course the food was divine!


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