Sunday, October 19, 2014
Blessed are the Cheesemakers
"A grandmother who hand-milks four cows has taken on the world's best cheesemakers and won - but she's facing defeat at the hands of Ministry for Primary Industries food safety officers.
Biddy Fraser-Davies' boutique Cwmglyn Farmhouse Cheese, from Eketahuna, has won a silver medal at the World Cheese Awards, been served up at Prince George's Government House playdate, and is on the menu at top Wellington restaurants Logan Brown, The White House and Shed 5.
Tourists flock to her 4.4-hectare farm 20 minutes north of Masterton to enjoy a unique, gate-to-plate culinary and farming experience. Each of her cheeses bears the name of the jersey cow whose milk was used to make it.
But earlier this month a letter from a ministry food safety official told her she had until November 1 to get a $3680 risk management audit, or be forced to close..."
And folks wonder why people don't stick their necks out and open a small business.
Because the asshole in grey shoes, with all the power and resources of the state, will grind down anyone who dares to work outside of the corporate or the state apparatus itself.
They hate the independent trader, the small businessman, the artisan- because they make work for them. It would be so much more convenient to regulate a few large providers. Could it be (and let's say it softly)- that the big boys are better placed to 'provide the right incentives to the inspectorate'?