Daily Archives: September 13, 2011

FOUR: Michael Schmidt’s countdown to the raw milk appeal verdict Sept 16

Four days to go


Four: The symbolic meaning of number Four deals with stability and invokes the grounded nature of all things. Consider the four seasons, four directions, four elements all these amazingly powerful essences wrapped up in the nice square package of Four. Fours represent solidity, calmness, and home. A recurrence of Four in your life may signify the need to get back to your roots, center yourself, or even “plant” yourself. Fours also indicate a need for persistence and endurance.

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Alan Chadwick’s heritage, America’s oldest organic farming program, could fall victim to government austerity

From jmark at Civil Eats:

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“The U.C. Santa Cruz Farm & Garden  Apprenticeship changed my life. In the winter of 2005, I was burning the candle at both ends and burning myself out. I was working too hard, moving too fast, and my doctor had warned me that I was at risk of chronic fatigue. Then, that spring, I found myself living on an organic farm perched above the waters of Monterey Bay. Before I moved to the farm, my to-do list as an environmental campaigner had been packed with conference calls, protest organizing, and press conferences. After arriving at the farm, my biggest priorities became keeping the onions free of weeds, thinning the young fruits on the apple trees, and waking up early to cook for 35 other aspiring farmers.

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Perils of provincialism — raw milk cheeses in France and in America

From the “3 Wheeled Cheese” blog:

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“Sometimes you just have to shake your head in wonder at the FDA’s bureaucrats. The New York Times and even the Valley News have recently run articles describing the controversy over the use of raw milk by artisanal cheesemakers, many of whom work in New Hampshire and Vermont. Today raw milk may legally only be used in the U.S. in the production of cheeses that are aged at least 60 days before being sold. The current debate asks if this time limit should be lengthened or the use of raw milk banned entirely.

There is no question that cheeses made in unsanitary conditions with raw or pasteurized milk that has been unsanitarily produced can carry salmonellalisteria and e-coli bacteria. However, the same is true, according to various USDA web sites, of “any raw food of animal origin, such as meat, poultry, … eggs, seafood, and some fruits and vegetables.” The core issue is sanitation, not the use of raw milk itself. Continue reading

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Harper ready to scrap Wheat Board in spite of prairie farmers voting to keep it

From Huffington Post Canada:

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board Gerry Ritz rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Wednesday June 15, 2011. Canadian Press photo via Huffington Post Canada website.

Canadian Wheat Board Defies Ottawa, Organizes Own Farmer Vote On Monopoly

THE CANADIAN PRESS — WINNIPEG – Ottawa won’t do it, so the Canadian Wheat Board’s farmer-controlled board of directors is organizing its own vote on the marketing agency’s future.

Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced plans to strip the board of its monopoly without a vote, even though one is required by the current Canadian Wheat Board Act. Continue reading


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Two years, 2,132 posts, 800,000 hits

In honour of crossing the threshold to 800,000 hits, sometime early this morning, we’ve re-organized the blogroll into categories, hopefully making it more useful in the process. Thanks to our many readers, followers and contributors who’ve been a part of The Bovine community.

In the beginning... The Bovine's first post, from September 6, 2008. Click to go there.

Toronto Life christened raw milk as the news story that just won’t go away. It certainly has had a long run, starting in the early 1990s with the first Ontario milk war, which involved Michael Schmidt. Then after the legal process around that wound down, there were  twelve years of quiet, during which the health department bureaucracy saw fit to leave Michael and his cowshare members alone to continue their private arrangements.

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