Monthly Archives: February 2009

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: 

E-coli

E-coli

“….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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Dr. Ted Beals’ talk at International Raw Milk Symposium Jan. 31, ’09, Toronto

These are notes from Dr. Ted Beals which he prepared for his talk January 31st at the International Raw Milk Symposium at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (O.I.S.E.). Much of this material is based on testimony he gave at Michael Schmidt’s trial in Newmarket during the preceding week. For more on Dr. Beals background and qualifications, see this earlier post.

Focusing my testimony in support of Michael Schmidt in the Ontario Court of Justice, Newmarket

Dr Ted Beals, retired University of Michigan pathologist.

Dr Ted Beals, retired University of Michigan pathologist.

Good Morning. Dr. Hull and I will be presenting some items from our testimony over the last couple of days.

My first opinion for the court as an expert witness was that: Milk is inherently a highly nutritious and healthy food that should be an important component of the general public’s diet. It is a complete food, and provides the total source of nutrition and water for newborn mammals during a critical and active time in their development. Milk has historically, and continues currently, to contribute to the Public Health and Safety.

I can not imagine that anyone wishes to argue against this statement. In the four inch thick bundle of expert witness documents submitted by the crown there is nothing that refutes this fact. Continue reading

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“Phantom of the Milkhouse” — Kids for Raw Milk perform at the Village Market

Yesterday morning, about twelve young musicans ranging in age from about seven to seventeen performed live at a benefit concert held at the Village Market in Thornhill. Here are some photos of the performers in action, along with the words to one of the songs, adapted by event coordinator Shirley Ann Wood.

Sylvia and Lyndon perform a piece from the adaptation Phantom of the Milkhouse.

Sylvia and Lyndon perform a piece from the adaptation "Phantom of the Milkhouse".

This is another song which Shirley Ann adapted for the occasion:

Hey Judge  (to the tune of Hey Jude – the Beatles)

Hey Judge – don’t make it bad,
Take a sad song, and make it better.
Remember to let it into y our heart
Then you can start to make it better. Continue reading

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More farmer suicides in India — video

Suicides of Indian farmers after Monsanto crop failures in the news again.

Suicides of Indian farmers after Monsanto crop failures in the news again.

Click here or on image above to watch video.

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New revenue stream for dairy farmers?

If you’re one of those people who thinks drinking raw milk is weird, here’s something even more bizarre to to contemplate, in this excerpt from Britain’s  theTimesOnline:

Not soon to be copied by major competitors -- cow urine-based drinks. Photo: Sasa Kral/AP

Not soon to be copied by major competitors -- cow urine-based soft drinks, a soon-to-be-marketed innovation from India. Photo: Sasa Kral/AP

“Does your Pepsi lack pep? Is your Coke not the real thing? India’s Hindu nationalist movement apparently has the answer: a new soft drink made from cow urine.

The bovine brew is in the final stages of development by the Cow Protection Department of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), India’s biggest and oldest Hindu nationalist group, according to the man who makes it.

Om Prakash, the head of the department, said the drink – called “gau jal”, or “cow water” – in Sanskrit was undergoing laboratory tests and would be launched “very soon, maybe by the end of this year”. Continue reading

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Kidney failure blamed on raw milk, but no tests showed pathogen was in the milk: Marler Clark at IAFP Symposium

Here’s another excerpt from David E. Gumpert’s coverage of Tuesday’s IAFP symposium on raw milk. It’s ironic that the pathogen causing the problems in the story below was unknown before the 1980s and is suspected of having mutated into it’s present highly virulent form in the feedlots of America, where cattle are kept in unnatural confinement and fed an unnatural diet of grain, along with growth hormones and antibiotics to fatten them faster. 

So now we’ve got this virulent strain of E-coli (O157H7), which seems to have been very much the product of the agribusiness way of doing things wrong for profit, being used as a reason to try to stamp out those few people who are trying to show us the solution to America’s dairy woes — I’m talking about our raw milk farmers. And now, from the Complete Patient blog:

Bruce Clark of Marler Clark blames raw milk. Photo from the Complete Patient blog

Bruce Clark of Marler Clark blames raw milk. Photo from the Complete Patient blog

“Probably the most curious presentation at yesterday’s raw milk symposium was by Bruce Clark, the “Clark” of the food poisoning law firm MarlerClark.

His session at the International Association of Food Protection symposium (discussed in my previous post) was entitled, “A legal perspective on raw milk consumption”, but it might have been more accurately entitled, “A dress rehearsal of MarlerClark’s closing arguments in the case of Lauren Herzog vs Organic Pastures Dairy Company.” Continue reading

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FDA dairy chief John Sheehan a no-show as keynote speaker at IAFP raw milk symposium yesterday in Virginia

Here’s an excerpt from David E. Gumpert’s Complete Patient report on Tuesday’s IAFP raw milk symposium which was scheduled to feature a keynote speech from the FDA’s Director of the Dairy Division, John Sheehan. Apparently he canceled out at the last moment. Speculation is that this is because he may have learned that raw milk proponents Sally Fallon and Michael Schmidt would be in the audience.

Thats raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt in the front row, with Sally Fallon beyond him. Photo from David E. Gumperts The Complete Patient blog.

That's raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt in the front row, with Sally Fallon beyond him. Photo from David E. Gumpert's The Complete Patient blog. Thanks for covering this event, David.

“…..The FDA took the stonewalling approach to a new level today, when John Sheehan, director of the dairy division, canceled out at the last minute from speaking at a day-long symposium on raw milk sponsored by an industry group, the International Association for Food Protection. It had the catchy title: “Raw Milk Consumption: An Emerging Public Health Threat?”

He apparently also pulled about a dozen FDA officials who were signed up for the session. Two regional FDA reps who apparently didn’t get the word traveled in and attended the session. Continue reading

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