Daily Archives: February 8, 2010

Tips on choosing a raw milk cooperative

Here’s some advice for prospective raw milk coop members from Gary Wilson, who is one of Michael Schmidt’s cowshare members.

One of Michael Schmidt's Canadienne cows -- a heritage breed with a long history in Canada.

Gary’s introduction: “With the recent verdict in the raw milk case, other diary farmers may wish to start their own raw milk co-operative and, of course, other people may wish to join a raw milk co-operative similar to ARC. The danger for consumers wishing to join a raw milk co-operative is that they have little basis to discriminate in making such a choice. With this in mind, I wrote the following article. Continue reading

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Vat-grown meat getting closer to reality as PETA offers million-dollar prize for “commercially-viable” test tube meat

Here are some excerpts from an LA Times story by Jason Gelt titled “In vitro meat’s evolution”‘

Test tube meat closer than you'd think?

“In 1932, Winston Churchill, appalled by the leftover bones and gristle crowding his dinner plate, predicted that in 50 years “we shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium.” It’s taken longer than that, but at the dawn of the 21st century we’re finally closing in on tasty and eerily healthy meat grown by scientists instead of Old MacDonald.

“It’s been a thought problem for scientists for decades,” says Jason Matheny, director of New Harvest, a nonprofit organization devoted to global efforts to produce cultured meat. With meat consumption in heavily populated countries like China and India multiplying every decade, the environmental complications resulting from industrial meat production have reached critical mass….” Continue reading

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