Daily Archives: January 24, 2011

Raw milk warriors of British Columbia

From Evan Duggan, writing in The Tyee, today:

Michael Schmidt, left, and Alice Jongerden protest health authorities in Chilliwack, B.C. Photo: The Valley Voice.

“Three agents wearing HAZMAT masks and gloves arrived at the restaurant on 1600 MacKay Road in North Vancouver flashing badges. They demanded that the staff lead them to the back. They seized some samples, and dumped the rest down the drain and down the toilet.

The agents were from the Fraser Health Authority, and the place was Barbara Schellenberg’s Ethical Kitchen.

The contraband was milk. Raw milk. Continue reading

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Lessons from Organic Valley’s exclusion of raw milk sellers from the O.V. co-op

A sampling of the latest from David E. Gumpert at The Complete Patient blog:

“The discussions stemmed from an important action last May, when the board of Organic Valley voted to drop as members of its cooperative dairy those selling raw milk privately, beginning in 2011. One question that came up at the time was this: how was the huge cooperative going to enforce its new edict?

The enforcement effort is apparently well under way. The result is that some farmers are leaving the Organic Valley stable, while others are staying with the huge cooperative, and foregoing their raw milk sales in favor of the more predictable bulk sales of milk for processing.

At a conference of the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s New York chapter in Saratoga Springs, NY, where Organic Valley was a major sponsor and donator of food, and I was a speaker, I met two employees of the cooperative who said they have been part of the enforcement effort. Continue reading

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British Columbia farmer to challenge raw milk rules — The Globe and Mail

Evan Duggan, reporting for the Globe and Mail from Vancouver:

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“A frustrated B.C. dairy farmer is adding heat to the debate over raw milk.

Alice Jongerden is launching a constitutional challenge arguing that it is her right to consume and distribute the product she believes tastes better and is more nutritional than its pasteurized counterpart. Continue reading

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