"If providence did beards devise,
To prove the wearers of them wise,
A fulsome goat would then, by nature,
Excel each other human creature." - Thomas D'Urfey

Friday, March 1, 2013

Do You Want This?

I don't usually get up on my Soap Stump, but this time I think I just have to say something.  A petition has been filed with the FDA and is currently under consideration that would allow artificial sweeteners to be placed in milk and other dairy products "without special labeling to 'promote healthy eating' and boost kid appeal."    Healthy eating???????????  If you are curious (and you should be), click here.

I don't know about you, but I sure don't want them putting anything in my milk I didn't put there myself.  Good grief!  They already put in more than enough added ingredients, particularly if it is a low- or no-fat product.  As a goat I feel I ought to be a spokesperson for milk.  The cows sure aren't going to do it.

At any rate, The White House maintains a "We the People" page where anyone can submit a petition on a matter of concern. According to their rules, a new petition is hidden (the one on this subject can be found here) until it accumulates 150 signatures, indicating that the petitioner has significant general support. The petition then becomes visible on the Open Petitions page.  If a petition gains 100,000 signatures by the end of the month, the White House is obliged to respond to it.  The first link is the only way to get to this petition, presently, to sign it until it has procured the required 150 initial signatures.  The Goatfather started it.  Please, if you don't care about the state of your food supply and health, think of your children and the millions who could be affected if such a thing were to be allowed.  Please  sign.  This is NOT one of those email petitions that pass around and around the Internet and do nothing.  This is a legitimate site and offers us a chance to have our voice heard.


Thank you.  Getting down off Soap Stump now.  Sign!

28 comments:

Terry said...

I'm glad you're on your soap stump. I hope that it's not too slippery. That proposal is horrendous on many levels. I find that the supermarket milk is already too sweet. I'm a food writer and do multiple testings of recipes using different brands of ingredients. There's such a *positive* difference when I use local milk that tastes like milk and not like a sweetened beverage.

Lisa said...

Done!

Snowcatcher said...

My thanks to the Goatfather for doing this. Holy cow, or should I say, holy goat! What in the heck were they thinking?!?

Marigold said...

Dear Terry,
And we wonder why we have an epidemic of diabetes and obesity in this country. Except Boo, of course. Hers is just genes. :)

Marigold said...

Dear Lisa,
Go us! Thank you!

Marigold said...

Dear SnowCatcher,
I would imagine someone is thinking in terms of $$ instead of sense. (Oh, I kill me.)

Faith said...

This to me makes no sense, a bottle of milk should contain just that...I'm not getting the reason that milk should be sweetened? My brother has an organic dairy farm, I know the standards and legislation he has to work with, if someone was coming along and sticking a load of chemicals in it after all that I think they would have a lot of angry farmers and cows standing on their doorsteps....I'm with you Marigold...sock it to 'em!

Marigold said...

Dear Faith,
Can you imagine a lot of cows standing on someone's door step? :) It would probably garner some attention anyway. :)

Tyche's Minder said...

No sense, no sense at all. I'll sign it. And I'll post it on my site as well, if that's ok.

Marigold said...

Dear Tyche's Minder,
You betcha'! The more the merrier and the better informed. :)

piscesbobbie said...

I signed this! Thank you Marigold. I did a TWITTER and FACEBOOK thing. Try to get the word out!

Marigold said...

Dear PicesBobbie,
Hey ho! Are you a fish? :) Seriously, thank you!!!!

Mrs. Micawber said...

Gosh, I think milk is sweet enough already (not that I can drink it).

This is truly disgusting, and thank you for letting us know about it. I will sign AND put a link on Facebook.

P.S. Thanks also to the Goatfather for his prompt and diligent civic activity.

goatsandhounds said...

The FDA is a joke!!!

I signed it, emailed it and posted it on Facebook.

Mrs. Micawber said...

P.S. Am having trouble creating account on White House site - will keep trying. But I've already posted this on Facebook so let's keep our fingers crossed for signatures!

Marigold said...

Dear Mrs. Micawber,
But you never know. Tallulah may drink milk and you wouldn't want her to have anything but the best, so this is very important. :)

Marigold said...

Dear GoatsandHounds,
Yay and more Yay! :)

Marigold said...

Dear Mrs. Micawber,
Oy. It will happen. :) Thank you for your perseverance! :)

Candy C. said...

Signed and posted to Facebook!
Thanks for the heads up on the petition and thanks to the Goatfather for starting it!

Marigold said...

Dear Candy,
Go, us! Somebody has to help those cows! :)

Missy the Goat said...

And it would probably be Aspartame that is used, which has been banned and approved by the FDA twice. Butt the Hay out of Aspartame.

Marigold said...

Dear Missy,
Yes! T'is a very sad situation, the state of the human food supply.

Kelly said...

Done!

Marigold said...

Dear Kelly,
Thanks! I am going to write again some day. Really I am. :)

Tyche's Minder said...

Dear Marigold, Riversong wanted me to say hi. She misses you and hopes all is well in your world. :)

Marigold said...

Dear Tyche's Minder,
Oy. I am so behind. I will check in soon. I promise! And thank you for checking in on me. :)

Ginnie said...

Thank you, Marigold, for letting us know about this horrible proposal. But this is what I get for not stopping in more often: I did comment on the FDA petition, but Goatfather's petition had already expired due to lack of signatures, so I couldn't sign it. :(

Marigold said...

Dear Ginnie,
Thank you! I know. It is sad, but at least we tried.