Daily Archives: January 27, 2010

Pasteurization extends shelf life, enables milk to be shipped great distances, and cleans up after less-than-ideal practices in feeding and sanitation — CTV B.C.

Darcy Wintonyk continues with her excellent CTV B.C. series on raw milk and how it compares to pasteurized milk. Here’s an excerpt from her latest post:

That's like a backwards way of saying raw milk is worth the risk -- if the risks don't outweigh the benefits. Now that's something we can all agree on! Rapprochement at last! Photo and quote above, from CTVBC.

“In the late 1800s, primitive sanitation, refrigeration and rampant tuberculosis contributed to the deaths of thousands – if not millions – of milk drinkers. Louis Pasteur’s revolutionary technique of treating milk with heat to kill bacteria, known as pasteurization, almost eliminated those fatalities.

But raw milk producers say pasteurization is no longer necessary in an age where raw dairy can be produced safely — and that heat treating milk can actually be more harmful than helpful.

David Gumpert, author of The Raw Milk Revolution, says that as the dairy industry grew and safety standards improved pasteurization became more about preservation and less about consumer protection. Continue reading

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Freedom of Choice Wins!! Way to Go!! Glencolton Farms’ Blue Bus now legal!!!

Yesterday was the first post-verdict appearance of the infamous “blue bus” from Glencolton Farms. The bus was parked in its usual location in the city of Vaughan:

According to Elisa, a neighbour made this banner and hung it across the Schmidt's porch for them to find when they got home from the trial verdict and rally last Thursday. Yesterday it adorned the bus.

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Weston A. Price group in Princeton, New Jersey eager to hear about ruling of Ontario Judge in recent raw milk case

This is excerpted from David E. Gumpert’s latest post on the Complete Patient:

Ontario Justice of the Peace Paul Kowarsky

“I spoke last evening before a group of about 35 attendees at the Weston A. Price Foundation’s Princeton, NJ, chapter. I try in my talks, as I do here on the blog, to emphasize my belief that raw milk is a proxy issue for food rights.

Yet last evening, a number of the questions and comments concerned raw milk’s supposed protective and health-giving powers. Doesn’t good bacteria in raw milk from pasture-fed cows overwhelm pathogens that might be present? Doesn’t that mean you can’t become seriously ill from raw milk? Isn’t pasteurized milk more likely to contain pathogens than raw milk?

I tried to explain that there is very limited data on the first question, and what little there is doesn’t support the notion that milk from pasture-fed cows won’t allow pathogen growth. I also said that people can become seriously ill from raw milk, as they can from pasteurized milk. And, once again with incomplete data, I said I thought that what there is indicates raw milk is riskier than pasteurized milk, but that the entire category of dairy products is low on the food-borne illness totem pole. Continue reading

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