This is the most detailed story we’ve yet seen on the tainted milk situation in the People’s Republic of China. Written by Gordon Fairclough of the Wall Street Journal, it’s well worth reading the original lengthy article and seeing all the great pictures. We’ve included a couple of them in our excerpt here. One wonders how much of this sort of thing goes unreported in other countries:
More than 2300 Chinese babies were hospitalized with kidney damage from melamine additives in milk. Wall Street Journal photo
“ZHANGZHUANG, China — Before melamine-laced milk killed and sickened Chinese babies and led to recalls around the world, the routine spiking of milk with illicit substances was an open secret in China’s dairy regions, according to the accounts of farmers and others with knowledge of the industry. Continue reading
Thanks to Gordon Watson in B.C. for sending us this story from the Chilliwack Times by Paul J. Henderson, published today, Tuesday Nov. 4, 2008. Here’s an excerpt:
“Raw deal. . .or are they just milking the system?
Alice Jongerden has received a cease and desist order from Fraser Valley Health over the production of raw milk from these cows in Chilliwack, according to the Chilliwack Times. Photo Paul J. Henderson
Alice Jongerden never planned on running a dairy farm and she never planned on doing anything that, if not illegal, comes pretty close.
Jongerden and her husband home-school their children and they simply wanted to buy raw milk for the family. She couldn’t find a farmer in Chilliwack who would sell her the unpasteurized, unhomogenized milk, because it’s illegal.
So they bought a cow and quickly realized they had more milk than they could consume. “We didn’t want to throw it away, we want to share this with other families so we called Gordon [Watson] and he said he knew some people,” she said. Continue reading
Just in case there’s any doubt about the level of interest in raw milk out there in the public mind, here are a couple of graphs from Google Trends plotting searches on raw milk (in blue) vs searches on pasteurized milk (in red). In this “election” it looks like “blue” is winning by a landslide.
Raw milk vs Pasteurized, worldwide, from Google Trends, Nov. 2008
Raw vs Pasteurized, this time in Canada. Note the spike in 2006, correlating with the raid on Michael Schmidt's Glencolton Farms in November 2006 and the other spike correlating with the court proceedings of Sept. and Oct. 2008, also involving farmer Michael Schmidt. Pasteurized milk doesn't even register on this graph.
The Bovine tried to weigh in on the latest round of discussions on CBCnews.ca
We submitted an earlier version of this story about a week ago on the CBCnews.ca site. It should have been comment 366 on the story about the recent Michael Schmidt verdict. However the CBC’s moderators/censors still haven’t seen fit to post it. What? Is it too controversial? Even for the CBC?
By now, as of November 4th, the comment count there is up to 369, so it’s pretty clear that CBC just decided this one didn’t conform to whatever standard they’re using. Which makes it all the more significant that it see the light of day here on “the Bovine” — last refuge for comments censored by the CBC. We also offered a version of this story to the op-ed comment editor of the Globe and Mail — to what has so far been a resounding silence. Continue reading