Raw milk crackdown in Italy now!

Europe, and Italy especially, have long been the land of the free when it comes to raw milk access. Thousands of raw milk vending machines in Italy alone have been in trouble free operation for ages now. So why the crackdown now?

From Sarah Kent, in the Wall St. Journal:

“Andrea Verlicchi, an Italian Web designer, used to leave his apartment in the mornings, stroll to a nearby vending machine and fill his recyclable glass bottle with fresh, raw milk.

“The milk is great,” said Mr. Verlicchi, like drinking it “directly from the cow.”

Vending machines that dispense fresh, unpasteurized milk have proliferated in Italy and throughout much of Europe in recent years. The stainless steel mechanical fridges can be found in supermarket parking lots, town squares and on roaming milk-mobiles. According to a “milk map” website designed by Mr. Verlicchi there are currently around 1,300 machines in Italy alone. Continue reading

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Raw Milk Symposium, Nov. 10, 2014

Washington, DC — October 21, 2014 — [ Globe Newswire ] — The Raw Milk Symposium  will feature raw milk experts and activists, including Mark McAfee, owner of the largest raw milk dairy in California and chairman of the Raw Milk Institute, Pete Kennedy, president of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund, and Sally Fallon Morell, founder of A Campaign for Real Milk.

The session will be held Monday November 10, 2014 from 9:15 to 4:00 PM, Eastern Time.

To access the session on November 10 or anytime after, go to: http://www.fleetwoodonsite.com/wise/2014annual/live_raw_milk Continue reading

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Is toxic dirt from GTA developments being dumped on Ontario farmland?

From Moira Welsh, on TheStar.ca

“Here’s what we know: In peak construction years, up to 50 million tonnes of dirt are excavated in Ontario projects, most from the greater Toronto region, at an annual cost of $1.7 billion, according to the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario. Industry experts say that roughly 15 per cent of that soil, as much as 7.5 million tonnes, is contaminated and should go to approved landfill or remediation sites. How much of those 7.5 million tones went to approved sites is unknown.

So where’s all that dirt going? It’s impossible to miss the dump trucks. They thunder across country roads to the north, east and west of Toronto, leaving sleepy towns in their dust. Talk to truck drivers at the Tim Hortons in Schomberg and they all say they’re carrying fill from downtown Toronto construction sites. They all say their dirt is clean, but most don’t know what they are carrying.

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Vaccines, GMOs, and conflict of interest

From Dr. Kelly Brogan, on Global Research:

“Monsanto claims that GMOs are simultaneously equivalent to existing foods (relieving them of any real duty to demonstrate safety), and novel enough that they can be patented. Despite the Frankensteinian effects of genetic manipulation on proteins and gene expression, these foods have never been studied in a human population, let alone assessing for long-term effects. What happens as a result of this fast-track-to-market process is that slow-emerging trends of harm at the population level begin to emerge.  Differing patterns of chronic disease in Europe and America at this point may have some relation to limitations of GMO products in Europe.  There is inherent difficulty in associating cause to effect in chronic disease; however, arguing for the importance of long-term premarketing trials.

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Netherlands bans Glyphosate pesticide, France and Brazil expected to follow

From the Practical Farmers of Ontario:

“The evidence damning glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, the world’s number one herbicide for weed control, has become too enormous to ignore.

While it won’t kill you immediately as demonstrated by foolish Monsanto reps who have been known to drink Roundup in product demonstrations to convince unwitting farmers to use it, the long term effects to health are nothing short of devastating. Continue reading

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Asking the wrong questions about Ebola

From Gregg Gonsalves Co-director, Yale Global Health Justice Partnership, writing on the Australian business news site, Quartz:

“This year, it’s Ebola. A few years ago it was extensively drug resistant tuberculosis or XDR-TB. For those that can remember the early 1980s, then it was HIV. Exotic infections for Americans, often from far away places, often Africa, strike fear into their hearts, but only once the pathogens have cleared customs. The death toll on the other side of oceans has little meaning for us.

We need to remember that all these epidemics didn’t need to happen. Early action could have prevented their spread, investing in health systems could have stymied their emergence in the first place. We like to call them diseases of the poor, but this is a strange construction. Continue reading

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Why I drink raw milk

From Gerard Murphy, on Elephant Journal.com:

“After generations of this pasteurized, homogenized, two percent spirituality, the body-politic has lapsed into a deep cattlepsy. And without this direct connection to the Fodder, we’ve allowed a powerful few to bulldoze Mother Nature and seek immortality in their own creations… And that’s why the sacred cow is nowhere to be found, but the bull is everywhere.” ~ Swami Beyondananda, Duck Soup for the Soul

“For most of my adult life I’ve tried to eat healthy.

Disclaimer: this does not mean (1) that I believe in ‘You are what you eat’—so if I wolf down a hunk of pork that makes me pigheaded? Hell no!

And (2), that I pander to this food preference label crap—so no, I’m not vegetarian, vegan, carnivorous, omnivorous, herbivorous, paleo, or pescetarian!

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