Daily Archives: February 24, 2009

Zombie Legislation rises from the crypt: Bills C-51 and C-52 are back as Bill C-6

Helke Ferrie wrote the book on this issue.

Helke Ferrie wrote the book on this issue -- quite literally.

Editor’s note: I’ve long read and admired Helke Ferrie’s regular columns on the politics of health in Vitality Magazine.

Helke is also publisher and author of numerous cutting-edge books on contemporary health issues. I don’t think there’s any doubt that she’s the “go to” person for insight on this latest attempt on the health of Canadians.

Important Public Meetings — TWO DATES:

Tuesday Feb. 24, 2009 at 7 pm at Nature’s Emporium in Newmarket. FREE.
Wednesday Feb. 25, 2009 at 6:45 at the North York Public Library $20. at the door

Helke Ferrie will speak about the “new”  Canadian Bill C-51 (as well as C-52, now known as C-6), which proposes many changes to the Food and Drug Act among others.

What Part of NO! Don’t they Understand? How will this legislation affect us, personally and professionally Learn how we can all affect the political process. Continue reading

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International Association for Food Protection raw milk symposium, part 3

Once again we’re excerpting this from David E. Gumpert’s excellent coverage on the Complete Patient blog of this “other” raw milk symposium that took place in February 2009 in Virginia: 



“….The fact is that when raw dairies seek cooperation with ag officials, with very few exceptions they get only the back of the regulatory hand. And individuals prominent in the public health arena are pushing ever harder for the use of brute force over cooperation. That became very clear in a presentation was by Caroline Smith DeWaal, Food Safety Director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

She actually started out pretty rationally. The peanut butter contamination had hit mostly children, she said. And she noted, “Produce is four times more likely and seafood thirty times more likely to make people sick than dairy.”

So what’s the logical conclusion from that? Well, of course, you crack down on raw milk, right? What other logic is there? Continue reading

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