This is an excerpt from a recent post on David E. Gumpert’s “The Complete Patient” blog titled “How I Spent My Christmas Holiday: Watching Foodies Confront the Emerging National Food Safety Regimen“:
“….I had a special opportunity this year to have a different kind of Christmas by attending a food conference. Yes, a conference, beginning on Christmas Eve and continuing until Dec. 27. Continue reading
Bill S 510 is the Senate counterpart to HR2749 which was passed by the American House of Representatives earlier this year in spite of public opposition. The following compilation of internet resources and commentary is from a number of authors. Seemingly gratuitious rock video below does tie in with final article in this compendium.
How can S 510 mandate GMOs?
The explanation is lengthy in order to give enough detail so people can be certain as well as able to withstand this phrase, specifically – “There is no language in the bill that mandates GMOs or that will end organic farming.” This explanation lays out how without using those words, it is still precisely what the bill would do. Continue reading
Slow Food U.S.A. tells how regular folks can have their voices heard, in this story titled “Do corporations have too much control over our food supply?“:
Now is our chance to speak up. For the first time ever, the U.S. Department of Justice is on a fact-finding mission looking at how big business controls food and farming—and they want to hear from YOU before December 31st.
Maybe you’ve noticed prices rising at the supermarket even while most big food companies made record profits this year;
Maybe you are a farmer who has trouble getting your meat to market because there are no small-scale processing facilities in your region;
Maybe you’re concerned about food safety and the spread of bacteria like E. coli—which happens much faster when meat and vegetables are processed in big centralized locations;
Maybe your local farm has gone out of business because it couldn’t compete with the prices set by industrial farms and consolidated buyers. Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from a story by Kate Hammer, reporting from Durham Ontario, for today’s Globe and Mail:
Durham's Dairy Desperado talks to electronic news gatherers outside the Ontario legislature at Queens Park following his November 17, 2009 press conference.
“Durham’s dairy desperado rode into town on horse back yesterday, a few paces behind the Olympic torch and its procession of security officials and sponsors.
Flanked by his son and an apprentice, Michael Schmidt trotted through the snow-covered community he has pulled into the eye of Canada’s raw milk debate.
It was just over three years ago that Mr. Schmidt’s farm was raided by inspectors from the Ministry of Natural Resources and he was charged with distributing and selling raw milk. A judge’s decision on those charges is due in just a few weeks. Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from the first of four posts on Kimberly Hartke’s blog, of California raw milk farmer Mark McAfee’s presentation at the recent Acres U.S.A. conference titled “Taking back the American food chain”:
California raw milk farmer Mark McAfee with his wife Blaine
“Two years ago a kind, soft spoken gentle older woman came to me under the Vine covered arches of the Fresno Farmers market. She spoke in short sentences with both hands on her stomach as she endured her abdominal crisis and stood slightly bent forward in pain . She said….I have IBS and take the purple pill costing $200 dollars per month and other drugs but they do not seem to work and it is getting worse and the doctors can not do anything more for me. They are talking about possible surgery to take out the part that is causing the pain.
She said that her friends had told her that our food can maybe help her because it had helped them. Her story was so much like so many other consumers that had come to OPDC to find Raw Milk and Raw Milk Kefir to heal their IBS and Ulcers. I gave her two quarts of Raw Milk Kefir with out charge and said these are on me. I taught her how to make Kefir smoothies using our Raw Milk Kefir and the many wonderful whole raw foods found at the farmers market. Raw pastured eggs, raw honey, strawberries and blueberries. Continue reading
Experimental subject Mr Pasteur is on pasteurized milk
Experimental subject Mr. Rawky is on raw milk.
So just because no universities that we’ve heard of are undertaking such studies doesn’t mean they won’t be carried out by concerned citizens. In the story that follows, Michael Schmidt outlines Glencolton Farms’ latest foray into the realm of scientific research:
“In 1995 I offered the Milk Marketing Board, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry of Health our farm as a research farm to explore together the effects of raw milk versus pasteurized milk.
Our first study in 1995 to 2006 was to produce milk safe for human consumption. It included years of baseline testing by an independent researcher for pathogens and also the absence of reported illnesses linked to our raw milk for 20 years.
Our second study started 4 weeks ago with 2 calves as you see them in the pictures. Continue reading
Have you been believing Al Gore and his gospel of human-induced global warming? Well, here’s your antidote in the video linked to from the picture below. It seems there’s a lot more to this climate thing than first meets the eye.
Click image to watch video of Lord Monckton speaking on the "Climategate" material in Berlin.
Adam_DOP comments on the above clip on Vimeo:
“This guy tells it how it is. The theory of man made global warming as an excuse for a world wide carbon tax to make unelected officials trillions of dollars. Biggest scam of the century. This is a must see!”
Rich Matarese says, also on Vimeo:
“I have not yet seen a more cogent explanation of the criminal fraudulence and conspiracy (for that is precisely what their crimes encompass) of the CRU correspondents and the political figures allied with them….”
Here is raw milk farrmer Michael Schmidt’s review of significant events involving raw milk and Glencolton Farms in 2009:
Michael Schmidt talks to a Toronto Star reporter outside the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Newmarket, Oct. 2009
Another year comes to an end. Many things have been evolving in a very positive way. This is encouraging and heart warming.
Let me reflect on our great journey in 2009.
This has been the third year since the raid in 2006. Glencolton Farms has evolved on many levels despite the constant invisible threat of authorities and organisations connected to our raw milk battle.
The farm has nearly doubled its herd of cows and expanded also its farm share members.
The cow share ownership is currently in the process of being transferred to a farm share ownership in the Agri Cultural Renewal Co-operative which now owns Glencolton Farms. We also managed to buy another 200 acres which was part of the farm prior to the first milk war in 1994. Continue reading