Monthly Archives: November 2008

Milky Way’s sales doubled since Jan 08

...In my mind Im goin to Carolina...

"...In my mind I'm goin' to Carolina..."

Here’s a report from someone who calls his blog “From my little desk”. He’s writing here about a raw milk farm in South Carolina called “Milky Way Farms”, where of course, they supply raw milk straight from the cow “the way nature intended”. Here’s an excerpt:

“….My latest adventure took me to rural South Carolina last week to visit a farm definitely off the beat and path (country people tell me this is usually where the farms are). It was a rainy morning as I drove down South 85 and exited somewhere close to Clemson and then promptly got lost thanks to Google Maps. However, some quick phone calls to the farmer, L.D. Peeler, and I soon passed over the bridge he mentioned and passed the sheep that were so cute munching on their morning meal, and turned into the driveway of Milky Way Farms.

I was here to learn about the Peeler’s dairy operation, specifically since they are one of the up and coming producers of raw milk. They call it “the way nature intended,” and yes, that means unpasteurized. In case you think this is for daredevils, please understand a movement is afoot. Milk Way’s raw milk sales have doubled since January of 2008, and websites such as RawMilk.org are getting the word out. Continue reading

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China’s contamination crisis deepens

This story comes to us from the Chinaworker news site

This story comes to us from the "Chinaworker" news site

Even eggs are contaminated with melamine in China. Photo from Mercola.

Even eggs are contaminated with melamine in China. Photo from Mercola.

Here’s an Asian perspective on the contaminated milk crisis — in which it seems much more than milk is contaminated, and the contaminants are not limited to melamine. Here’s an excerpt from the Chinaworker site, from a story dated November 3rd, 2008:

Fish, pork, and chicken contaminated with the industrial chemical melamine along with milk and eggs

Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info
chinaworker@googlemail.com

China’s food contamination crisis deepens by the day. More rigorous food testing in the wake of September’s toxic milk scandal has unearthed widespread use of melamine – a chemical used to make plastics and glue – in a range of animal products including eggs and fish. Melamine is banned from food production as it causes kidney and liver disorders. This was tragically shown when four infants died and more than 13,000 were hospitalised after being weaned on tainted infant formula. Melamine had been deliberately added to thinned-out milk to raise its protein content – and profits. Chinese people are used to food scares. But the plight of small children, given the government’s one child policy, meant this scandal would inevitably have massive repercussions. Sales of milk and milk products have plunged since mid-September. The government has faced a storm of pressure effectively ending its Olympic ‘honeymoon period’. Continue reading

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“Store Wars” meets “The Meatrix”

Thanks to Winnifred for pointing us in this direction. It seems creative animators get off on the theme of “organic agriculture vs the agribiz monolith”. And here are a few more shreds of evidence in support of that thesis. Note: nothing specifically about raw milk:

Grocery Store Wars:

The Meatrix: Continue reading

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Science of raw milk cheese enzymes

lipoprotein lipase, a factor in the taste of raw milk cheese

lipoprotein lipase, a factor in raw milk cheese

We hear all the time how much better and more complex of flavour raw milk cheese is, as compared to cheese made  from pasteurized milk. Here’s a brief little snippet of science showing the kind of factors that contribute to that difference. This is from a website called “cheesescience.net” from a guy who teaches graduate-level courses in the biochemistry of cheese. Here’s some of what he says about lipoprotein lipase:

“Milk contains quite high levels of an indigenous lipase, lipoprotein lipase (LPL). Like many enzymes in milk, LPL enters milk from the cow’s blood. The physiological role of LPL is in the metabolism of plasma triglycerides. Milk contains sufficient LPL activity to cause perceptible rancidity very quickly under optimal conditions. The reason milk does not become rancid is ude to compartmentalisation of enzyme and substrate…” Continue reading

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Artisan cheddar — “cult wine” of cheese

A Vermont cheddar by justly-famed makers of raw cheeses.

A Vermont cheddar by justly-famed makers of raw cheeses.

Once again another cheese report from the San Francisco Chronicle’s SF Gate website in which it’s slyly implied that the cheese under discussion is in fact raw, but they don’t come right out and say it and neither do they say it’s pasteurized. One wonders what’s behind an editorial pattern like that. Anyway, here’s a bit of what they have to say about this Vermont cloth-wrapped artisan cheddar:

“When Cabot clothbound cheddar won best of show at the American Cheese Society’s annual competition two years ago, the news electrified the audience. Vermont’s largest dairy had partnered with one of its smallest in a pioneering cheesemaking venture, and the judges had given their effort a big thumbs-up. It was as if Gallo had asked Screaming Eagle to help it make a cult Cabernet.

With about 1,400 farmer members, Cabot Creamery produces millions of pounds of waxed supermarket cheddar every year. But five years ago, the giant co-op approached the two young brothers who run the tiny Jasper Hill Farm about collaborating. The Kehlers and their wives milk about 40 Ayrshire cows and make minuscule amounts of raw-milk cheese – notably, Bayley Hazen Blue and Constant Bliss – by hand. Cabot wanted to make a traditional clothbound cheddar but didn’t have the proper environment to mature it. Continue reading

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Four Amigos, Queen’s Park, Nov 18 ’08

MPP Randy Hillier, Sean McGivern, Michael Schmidt, and MPP Bill Murdoch

Four amigos: MPP Randy Hillier, Sean McGivern, Michael Schmidt, and MPP Bill Murdoch just before the anniversary news conference November 18, 2008

Last Wednesday November 18th, raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt and supporters held a news conference at Queens Park Toronto to mark the second anniversary of the raid on Glencolton Farms November 21, 2006. In the days to come we’ll be presenting material from that news conference, much of which didn’t make it through the mainstream-media news filters. So stay tuned for more exciting episodes. To start the ball rolling, here’s a photo that Michael wanted, out in the hallway before the news conference got underway.

In case you’re wondering who that Randy Hillier character is, here’s his website.

And as for the others in the photo, Sean McGivern represents the Grey-Bruce Landowners Association, Michael Schmidt is a well know raw milk advocate and farmer and Bill Murdoch was the MPP who sponsored a private members bill in 2006 to have the Ontario study the question of raw milk regulation. The bill was defeated.

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Locally-grown milk in Athens, Georgia

Lead photo from Farm Dreams blog, Atlanta, Georgia

Lead photo from Farm Dreams blog, Atlanta, Georgia

All across the continent, health-minded folks are establishing their own local supply networks for food outside the mainstream agribusiness-supermarket paradigm. Here’s one more example of this phenomenon, this time from Athens, Georgia. Read the whole story here. Or start with this excerpt:

“…Moving here I was worried about finding local sources for everything. I got on Local Harvest and found out about a group called Athens Locally Grown. It is basically a co-op. A group of people found farmers that would provide products every week. On Sunday, they post what is available that week and members can place an order. The organizers then go around to all the farms and pick up the orders, then the members go pick up their orders at a centralized place at an arranged time.

They have produce of all types, eggs, meat and raw milk. The meat to choose from included beef, chicken, pork, lamb and goat. The raw milk included cow and goat milk. They also have many cheeses. Continue reading

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