July 11, 2013 |
A fight over California's arcane milk-pricing system, which determines how much dairy farmers are paid for milk and other products, has spilled over into the federal farm bill and the state Legislature. On one side are farmers, who have been struggling in recent years with high feed and other costs. On the other are processors, who don't want to pay more for raw materials. The problem, farmers say, lies with the state's milk-pricing system, in place since the 1930s as a way to control market volatility.
July 5, 2013 |
There's a place in Abu Dhabi where now you can order up milkshakes made with camel milk, locally sourced, of course, in strawberry, chocolate, date, banana or mint flavors. Or an iced camel milk latte. Mohammad Daoud proudly claims the title "camel milk mixologist" at the newly opened Ritz-Carlton Abu-Dhabi, Grand Canal. The shake-it-up wizard says he came up with the idea of muddling ingredients for his smoothie-like creations that cost about $6 each as a special Ramadan treat.
July 2, 2013 |
Alicia Silverstone is helping to prove what we already know, with a new twist: You can get just about anything online. Including a hookup to vegan mamas' breast milk. The "Clueless" actress, well-known for her vegan lifestyle and sometimes unusual baby-feeding habits , has started the Kind Mama Milk Share program via her blog, the Kind Life. It's aimed at pairing vegan women who cannot breast feed their babies with other like-minded individuals who have more "clean, mean, glorious breast milk" than they need.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 2013 |
Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster conducted his first same-sex marriage ceremony Monday afternoon since the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on Proposition 8. “It was delightful and I was honored to do it, and I'm glad we now have the ability under California law to do that,” Foster said. The ceremony was held as hundreds of gay couples fanned across Los Angeles County for same-sex weddings, following the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to lift the stay on same-sex marriages.
July 1, 2013 |
Much of the recent debate over serving milk to children has been about flavored milk: Should it be distributed in schools? Or should the only milk given to children be of the unflavored, reduced-fat variety? Two Harvard scientists known for questioning the conventional wisdom are challenging the idea of making lower-fat milks the only milk options available to children. They note that guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and many health organizations recommend limiting the consumption of beverages that contain calories - such as soda and juice - “except reduced-fat milk, of which people in most age groups are encourage to consume three cups daily.” David Ludwig and Walter Willett question “the scientific rationale for promoting reduced-fat milk consumption at these levels.” They suggest that until there are additional studies, guidelines for milk consumption should designate a range of perhaps zero to three cups, avoid recommending low-fat over whole milk and focus on limiting consumption of flavored milks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2013 |
Stuart Milk, the nephew of Harvey Milk and a gay rights activist, said the Supreme Court's Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act decisions are huge victories. "This was the crowning touch on what has been an awe-inspiring 12 months," he said. Milk said the victories are evidence of his uncle's philosophy on gay rights. "The successes have come from people being authentic, people being out," he said. "My uncle said 35 years ago: If they know us, they can't hate us. " Milk, who is gay himself, was 17 when his uncle, a San Francisco supervisor, was assassinated at City Hall.