Daily Archives: January 7, 2010

What’s wrong with true farm owners drinking milk from their own farm?

Here’s a brief excerpt from David E. Gumpert’s latest post on The Complete Patient blog, in which he contrasts fundraising philosophies of raw milk farmers Michael Schmidt and Mark McAfee:

Michael Schmidt and Mark McAfee on their way to Wisconsin for raw milk rally

“…..On first blush, I like Mark McAfee’s proposal to raise $170,000 for Organic Pastures Dairy Co. from raw milk consumers to buy 100 additional cows to make up for a shortfall in raw butter supplies (which he describes following my previous post). I like it because it hopefully represents a growing trend by food producers to raise necessary financing from their customers.

Michael Schmidt took a similar tack in Canada a few months back when he needed $400,000 to buy back some farm land. He offered his herd share members the opportunity to buy stock in his farm. Some 200 of them invested $2,000 apiece and presto, he had his $400,000. Continue reading

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The Western Standard asks “Is Raw milk more hazardous than tyranny?”

Although it doesn’t reflect the latest findings in the case, this commentary from The Western Standard does indicate that not everyone is drinking the Kool-Aid that’s being dispensed by health officials in B.C.:

Dr. Perry Kendall, Provincial Health Officer for British Columbia, is warning British Columbians about the alleged hazards of consuming raw milk. This warning comes after the B.C. Centre for Disease Control tested and confirmed fecal contamination in raw milk products distributed recently in the Lower Mainland.

Kendall writes:

There have been several media stories over the past few weeks concerning “raw milk” product consumption in British Columbia. The term “raw” in this case refers to unpasteurized milk. Continue reading

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Statements to media by Eastern Ontario Health Unit were later shown to be false when lab results disclosed — much like the current controversy in B.C.?

Here are two stories by Ian Cumming, originally published in the Ontario Farmer in 2007, sent in to the Bovine by Michael Schmidt, as an example of how media releases from government health officials are not always based on fact. For more on how this story unfolded, see “2007 Story of the Bogus Bad Cheese and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit“. More evidence to support the theory that you shouldn’t believe anything until it’s been officially denied.

Column 315, by Ian Cumming:

Ian Cumming

In mid – July, a press release from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit about a group of people getting sick from eating on farm manufactured cheese, was printed – as fact – in a host of a papers from the Glengarry News to the National Post.

A press release is a quick and easy way to file a story – too quick and easy. Not a single reporter asked to see the test results of the cheese. Which incidentally showed no campylobacter in either of the samples sent to a licensed lab by both the on farm cheese maker and the Health Unit themselves.

Despite no verifiable proof the press release linked the campylobacter infection in the dozen sick people to the on farm made cheese they consumed, but forgot to mention the chicken and mayonnaise – also great carriers of campylobacter – they might have ate. Continue reading

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