Daily Archives: January 13, 2011

Blame it on raw milk — illness from pasteurized milk, that is

The latest insights from David E. Gumpert of the Complete Patient blog:

“I’m beginning to understand why the dairy group at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration usually declines to comment publicly about controversies over raw milk. Because on the few occasions when it has commented, it’s come up looking either totally repressive, totally ignorant or, most recently, totally deluded. In the Humboldt County raw milk situation, the FDA submitted a 28-page document at the tail end of the consideration process, with the catchy title, “Raw Milk Misconceptions and the Danger of Raw Milk Consumption”. All I can say is that I’m worried about whether these people are playing with a full deck.

As Mark McAfee laments in a comment following my previous post, the document is notable for an almost religious fervor against raw milk. In that vein, it’s not dissimilar from the legal brief submitted last April seeking to refute the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund suit against the agency. That was the brief in which the agency declared, “we have “no absolute right to…any particular food.” Continue reading

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Raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt guest speaker at Biodynamic event in Viroqua, Wisconsin Jan 21, 22, 2011

from the conference brochure. Click image to download pdf file (1 Mb)

Biodynamics is a cultural movement, as well as a farming practice and we want to build the social connections between people around Biodynamics. This year we are again focusing on getting to know each other on a social level. How do we continue to support one another in our Biodynamic work is a question we carry into this gathering.

Large farmers, home gardeners and consumers are all encouraged to attend.

Schedule of Events:

Friday Night – Social Event & Talk
5:00 pm Registration at PRWS
6:00 pm Potluck – Please bring a dish
to pass – Local Viroqua group
will supply a main dish and
7:00-9:00 pm Evening Talk by Michael Schmidt
– From Apathy to Action in Agriculture – Understanding the Role of the Will Recovery.
Location OMB 321 E Decker St.

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Raw milk lawbreakers emerge from court as folk heros — Marler Clark

From Dan Flynn, writing for Marler Clark’s Food Safety News blog, under the heading “Lawsuits and Litigation”, from a story titled “More Raw Milk Bans Challenged”:

People who stretch or break raw milk laws in the U.S. and Canada often are more likely to emerge as folk heroes rather than outlaws.  The recent cases involving Armand Bechard in Springfield, MO and Michael Schmidt in Ontario are examples.

In April 2009, undercover inspectors from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department saw Bechard’s 17-year old and 21-year old daughters selling raw milk in a parking lot. Continue reading


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