Associated Illinois Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians


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By Alan Lundin

What we are in need of as a nation is cooperation - at work, home and in all our day-to-day activities.  I was fortunate to work as a Regulator in a cooperative program, the Grade A Interstate Milk Shipper (IMS) program, and to be a member and officer in a cooperative, professional, not-for-profit association - the Associated Illinois Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians (AIMFES).

As a Regulator for 32 years, I found having people involved and invested in a program yielded the best results in lieu of an adversarial program where little if any cooperation existed.  People want to do the right thing, but unless provided with education and training in a cooperative manner, the weakest link or lowest common denominator will become the standard.  When people are properly trained and educated, the standard is significantly higher, helping create a scenario where the public can trust and have confidence in the specific industry.  However, cooperation requires effort and a willingness to give of one’s self which flies in the face of today’s “winner takes all” attitude.

As a member for 30+ years, I know AIMFES has and continues to provide exceptional training and education for minimal cost.  It is also a “breeding ground” for cooperation because of the mixture of industry, regulatory and academia.  So get involved!  Because in the words of Nick Lowe – made popular by Elvis Costello, “What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding?”, and perhaps – cooperation.