December is cookie month, or so my scale tells me as after devouring several batches from recipes featured at Farmers' Daughters' Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap.
But what are cookies without milk?
Today is the deadline to submit comments for a proposed USDA regulation on livestock grazing. For the most part, the proposed regulation is great. But it needs some major tweaking or it will drive some small, organic dairies out of business.
Indeed, it would likely bankrupt my favorite local dairy, Straus Creamery. A dairy that treats its cows humanely, has been organic for eons, offers its milk in reusable bottles, uses a methane digester and is just about everything warm and fuzzy that you could want in a glass of milk. Heck, they embarked on the sustainability path in the 1960's!
Straus won't be the only dairy negatively affected. This is a national regulation and will impact farms across the country. In particular, West Coast and Northeast dairy farms will be heavily impacted and many livestock farmers, nation-wide, might abandon the organic life because of this regulation or go out of business.
Read more here and please, please take a moment from your busy holiday season to think about the milk you enjoy with your cookies. Please leave a comment by following the links here (at the bottom of the page) or here. THE DEADLINE IS TODAY.