“Fresh Milk, Food Politics” summary

From Hella Delicious  on yesterday’s conference in Vancouver:

Michael Schmidt at yesterday’s “Fresh Milk, Food Rights”. Click image for more photos.

Michael Schmidt who Jackie called “Our stubborn German” was up next and he gave us some of his personal background with growing up with the rise of the Nazis and his history of interaction with the various Canadian health authorities who raided his farm, sent in undercover spies to join his cowshare and more. He stressed again how important it is to remember that even these government officals who seem to think they can mindlessly hide behind the excuse that they are “just doing their jobs” are still human underneath it all.

It was also interesting to discover that Fraser Health has already spent $190,000 on lawyers alone in this whole rediculous debacle. Gratl reminded us that all of these governmental departments have litigation budgets and that he wouldn’t be surprised if Fraser Health has already spent more than it can afford on this whole issue.

After a delicious lunch break in which we dined on chicken provided by Polderside Farms, rolls from Terra Breads and more, Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures in California gave us an info-packed hour with some very hopeful news about how the raw milk movement in the US is gaining strength.

Despite the dairy industry in the US spending 35 million dollars to try to get more people to drink pasteurized milk sales continue to drastically drop. “Dead milk is dying in the US, but sales of yogurt and cheeses continues to grow.”

He then moved into an interesting area with his statement that “Breast feeding is absolutely heroic.” There are some amazing studies being done at UC Davis which is also putting out the newsletter SPLASH which covers topics from breast-feeding to culturing foods. Unfortunately this cutting-edge information is being suppressed by the USDA and FDA. One of the interesting studies he mentioned was how breast feeding is actually a two-way process — a symbiotic relationship in which the microorganisms in the babies system will enter into the ducts in the mother’s nipple, the mother will then produce antibodies to these critters and when the baby drinks the milk the milk will be specifically engineered to be the most immune boosting food for that particular baby.

He then pointed out that we are all bacteriosapiens and therefore sterilizing our food is the perfect way to kill ourselves all off, as we are currently witnessing…..”

Panel discussion. Thanks to Hella D for the photos.

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2 responses to ““Fresh Milk, Food Politics” summary

  1. I just returned from the Total Health show in Toronto and having personally met and spoke with Jeffrey Smith and our own Chiv Chopra abet briefly. As the leader of the CACL Canadian Anti Corruption League I am on your side 100% but where are you? My group of dedicated people are ready and already perusing choice of food as one of our platforms but where are you when it comes to the CACL. We want and we need your support just as you need CACL and many others.
    CACL is the only group that plans to form a political party that is talking openly about corruption in all levels of government. Not one of the main line political parties will mention the word including the new Messiah Justin Trudeau. Why is this? What is the fear of talking about corruption and putting an end to it? The news papers are full of instances every day of Canadian Corruption.
    The last time I was at queens park with raw milk demonstration my banner stated ( end government corruption) Michael mentioned that it was a pretty strong statement and rightly so but corruption is the Root Cause of our problems. The bovine before this Michael mentioned corruption from my perspective for the first time. I hope he hones in on this theme as the politically corrupt want no part of this discussion. When Chiv Chopra spoke at the Total Health show he did not spare the word corruption or his contempt for those that partake of it. Cheers to Chiv a wonderful and under appreciated Canadian on magnificent stature.
    Go to our site http://www.canadiananticorruptionleague.org and read out platform, then join in on the blog and forum and have your say. Joining up is no cost as an associate but when we form ourselves into a political party there will be a membership. All we need is serious numbers to place considerable fear into the hearts of the corrupt in Canadian Politics. Please lets see some action.. Royce Hamer CACL leader.

  2. Raoul

    Another excellent article from Hella Delicious about an outstanding conference. What a privilege it was to be in a roomful of practical visionaries who do not just talk but “walk their talk” by simultaneously exposing themselves to the hard (or some would say “dirty ” ) work required to get the job done. Of course there also many joys and rewards that come with this work of realigning our economy ,especially the food and farming sector, with the rhythms of nature and Mother Earth .

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