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THIS TIME IT'S FINAL TILLAMOOK rBGH-FREE! (almost)

In an incredible display of consumer activism and strength, over 6,500 people commented to Tillamook by phone, e-mail, fax and letter. Over 98% of the comments stressed the desire for the dairy to go rBGH-free! If ever there was a demonstration that this genetically engineered hormone has nothing to offer but increased disease rates in cows and health risks to consumers, this was it.
The Tillamook County Creamery Association's membership voted 83-43 to back up the Board's previous decision to go rBGH-free, effective April 1, 2005 (No kidding!).

After a two-hour discussion, the co-op's members decided to listen to their consumers' wishes rather than Monsanto.

In an incredible display of consumer activism and strength, over 6,500 people commented to Tillamook by phone, e-mail, fax and letter. Over 98% of the comments stressed the desire for the dairy to go rBGH-free! If ever there was a demonstration that this genetically engineered hormone has nothing to offer but increased disease rates in cows and health risks to consumers, this was it.

We really want to thank all of you who responded to Oregon PSR's requests to contact Tillamook. And a double thanks to everyone who sent our alert memo's to others and asked them to do the same. Never in our wildest dreams did we think the ripple effect would go so far.

The "Almost?" Anyone who supplies fluid milk to Tillamook has signed an agreement to be rBGH-free by April 1. This includes their outside suppliers, such as Three Mile Canyon in Boardman, Oregon. Most of Tillamook's product is cheese that will come from this rBGH-free milk.

However, their suppliers of butter, yogurt, sour cream and cream and powder for ice cream don't yet have such agreements. I've heard they are working on this, but don't know the details or timeline yet.

More information is coming, but for right now, my heartfelt thanks go to:
  • Tillamook's board, management and farmers
  • Oregon PSR's staff, board and volunteers
  • All the supporting organizations who posted action alerts on their websites or forwarded our e-mail alerts to their members
  • All the organizations who have formally endorsed the rBGH-Free Oregon Campaign
  • All the advisors from all over the country and Canada who have fielded my constant requests for information over the past two years - what a team effort this has been
  • Everyone who sent a comment to Tillamook - all 6,500+ of you!
  • Vince Patton at KGW TV for breaking the story (story at 6:00 p.m. tonight)
  • My wife for putting up with me the last month (OK, months)
It's funny, but regarding what Oregon PSR will do now, it really didn't make any difference which way Tillamook voted. We'll just keep developing our grass roots efforts and continue to educate the public so they can make well-informed decisions about buying dairy products. In many ways, we're just getting started.

Rick North - Oregon Physicains for Social Responsibility

homepage: homepage: http://www.nwrage.org

Oregon Physicains for Responsibility Marches On 01.Mar.2005 18:40

NW RAGE info@nwrage.org

If people are interested in supporting this kind of work, you are in luck, this is an ongoing campaign.

Rick North with Physicians for Responsibility is continuing these efforts with the Campaign for Safe Food. The website for this campaign is...

 http://www.oregonpsr.org/programs/individual.php?id=8&title=Campaign%20For%20Safe%20Food

Rick and PSR are the spear headers of this campaign, and there are plenty of other dairies to persuade. If your ready to get active, contact him.

Richard North -  hrnorth@hevanet.com

Jim - NW RAGE


Tillimook? What about the others? 01.Mar.2005 19:39

cheesemonger

For years, there have been small cheese producers that are hormone free, some even organic. There are over 50 such producers on the West Coast, many of them in Washington and Oregon. I will continue to make those choices, as these farmstead models are more sustainable then factory cheese producers. Sure, now you can buy a veggie patty at McD's with hormone free cheese, but doesn't that miss the point? Tillimook is responding to market demands, not to left wing demands.

But then again... 02.Mar.2005 01:49

lactose-intolerant

Cheese is not good for you. It screws up your digestion and makes you fat.

what is cheese 02.Mar.2005 18:08

bringIt

Cheese is an enzymatic process. Let's not forget this result comes from animals.

there's lactose free cheese or soy products that emulate cheese. If you haven't seen it in local markets now you will soon I've traveled a little & at different times got to try , eat that is often tasty prototype | (mini-)branded soy and _other_ products.

Learn about cheese 03.Mar.2005 01:11

there's a more compassionate choice

Learn about cheese...

every calf is removed from its mother at birth on a dairy farm, so humans can take the milk meant for the calf. This is at great pain to both mother and baby. Dairy is what drives the cruel veal industry. 80% of hamburger is made from spent dairy cows. On a dairy farm a cow might live 4-6 years. In nature a cow could live to be 20-25 y/o. But death cannot come soon enough for these miserable animals.

Organic farms are the same story (although the cows might be "allowed" to live a little longer).

Don't support this cruel industry, hormone free or not.

Please see:
 http://www.veganoutreach.org/whyvegan/

No vegan preaching please 03.Mar.2005 20:56

bob

It's pretty boring. Start your own thread. You will win no converts in this manner.

The Real Issue 04.Mar.2005 13:11

Once and Future Vegan

The vegans have some real points, except when it come to how to supplement the human diet with enough non-animal, high protein foods. Actually, Oregon leads the world in this respect with the development of Klamath Lake as the largest food producing lake in the world. Algae protein is not really protein, but essential amino acids, the fundamental building blocks of all protein. However, we all love a little variety in our diets...and I digress...

The real point here is: how long will it take for Monsanto to come striding into Tillamook county with their big clubs ready to take down all the memembers of the Creamery Association who voted in favor of banning a key Monsanto product? How can a large coalition of farmers, environmentalists, and activists be formed to oppose the Monsanto cowboys when the come to town? How will independent media work to expose what may happen in Tillamook?

notmilk.com 17.Apr.2005 10:42

stingybrim

notmilk.com

eb ujicate your self, cheers to tillamook county, live love