Raw Milk’s Media Shadow

Global TV Crew interviews Farmshare mom at the Newmarket rally

Here’s wondering whether at least some major media have been spoken to, either by their corporate masters, or by other shadowy figures that lurk behind the scenes and orchestrate the media circus.

Notably at the March 16th rally in Newmarket — with the biggest turnout ever of supporters and with the prospect of lots of photogenic attractions including the on-site milking of a cow, kids and families, and placards, and the prospect of raw milk facing criminalization for the first time — not many local media sent reporters or camera crews. Continue reading


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TVO Raw Milk Doc Now Online

In case you haven’t noticed already, the recent raw milk documentary which aired Monday March 28th, is now online for anyone to look at, anytime. Not sure how long it will be up there, so if you haven’t seen it yet, why not take a look to see what the TVO folks have made of the present raw milk situation in Ontario. Watch it here.

TVO’s description of the 15 minute raw milk mini-documentary is as follows:

“Health officials in Ontario say raw milk isn’t safe for human consumption and therefore it is illegal. Some people though, will go far to get milk that is not pasteurized. Ontario dairy farmer Michael Schmidt has been locked in a legal battle over raw milk for more than two decades. This video looks at the debate over raw milk.”

Also notable is the opportunity for comments. So far there have been two comments posted. Here’s one of them, from Kevin Moynagh: Continue reading


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How top restaurants work with bacteria, molds and fungi in their kitchens

One of the philosophical divides between raw milk enthusiasts and the regulatory crowd has been how they view bacteria and other microbes. Are they seen strictly as pathogens to be controlled, killed and removed from food, or can they be a value added probiotic? For some perspective on that debate, here’s a story about how leading edge restaurants are taking an interest in what microbes can bring to the table, when it comes to new foods and flavours.

From Lindsey J Smith on The Verge.com

“We usually think of bacteria, molds, and fungi as unwelcome visitors in the kitchen, but in restaurants worldwide, chefs–famous and acclaimed ones at that–are using microbes to create new flavors, reveals Nature Microbiology. [paywall]

Arielle Johnson, author of the article and a chemist by training, works with numerous restaurants, including Noma in Copenhagen, which is famous for its exclusive use of Scandinavian ingredients. Like MomofukuBar TartineHusk, and many other progressive restaurants across the world, Noma uses science to discover new flavors. Johnson’s current focus is fermentation.

Fermentation is the process through which bacteria and fungi take ingredients like regular tea (kombucha), boring barley (beer), or plain ol’ milk (c’mon we don’t need to explain this one) and biochemically transform them into more flavorful foods. Although it’s becoming part of haute cuisine, it’s nothing new. For thousands of years, fermentation has been a key way of preserving raw food.

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TVO raw milk documentary to air today, Easter Monday, March 28, 8 pm, 11 pm

TV Ontario producer Liane Kotler’s raw milk documentary airs tonight, Monday, March 28th at 8 pm and again at 11 pm, on Steve Paikin’s show, The Agenda.


TVO camera crew filming health policy researcher Nadine Ijaz, as she engages in a dialog in the course of the Guelph Raw Milk Symposium which was held this past January 2016

Hopefully at some future time it may be available for viewing online as well. The doc includes footage from the recent Guelph Raw Milk Symposium (January 2016) as well as interviews with farmshare members and academic experts.


Interviewing a farmshare family at the “Blue Bus”.

Liane’s TVO doc on raw milk is the latest in what’s become a long series of documentaries that have focused on the vortex of controversy around raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt and his farm share members.


Professor Art Hill, speaking at the Guelph Symposium.


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First they came for the anti-vaxxers…

Actor Robert DeNiro changed his mind about showing the film “Vaxxed” at his New York Tribeca Film Festival, which begs the question as to what kind of pressure he was responding to. From Jon Rappoport’s blog:


Robert De Niro, who has a child with autism, was going to personally introduce the film, Vaxxed, to the audience at his Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

He thought the film was important. It makes a case for a connection between vaccines and autism.

Then, an uproar ensued, pressure was brought to bear, and De Niro decided to cancel the screening at his festival.

Hello, goodbye.

One of the angles used to pressure him? People might agree with the film’s content and decide not vaccinate their children, or they might decide to space the vaccines out over a longer period of time. This horrible act might endanger lives. It might kill children. Continue reading


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Learnings from the “War on Drugs”

From Dan Baum, in Harper’s Magazine:

“In 1994, John Ehrlichman, the Watergate co-conspirator, unlocked for me one of the great mysteries of modern American history: How did the United States entangle itself in a policy of drug prohibition that has yielded so much misery and so few good results? Americans have been criminalizing psychoactive substances since San Francisco’s anti-opium law of 1875, but it was Ehrlichman’s boss, Richard Nixon, who declared the first “war on drugs” and set the country on the wildly punitive and counterproductive path it still pursues. I’d tracked Ehrlichman, who had been Nixon’s domestic-policy adviser, to an engineering firm in Atlanta, where he was working on minority recruitment. I barely recognized him. He was much heavier than he’d been at the time of the Watergate scandal two decades earlier, and he wore a mountain-man beard that extended to the middle of his chest.

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RESCHEDULED –TVO Raw Milk Doc will now air on Monday March 28th


TVO producer Liane Kotler interviews Professor Art Hill following his talk at the 2016 Raw Milk Symposium in Guelph in January. Airing of the doc has now been rescheduled to March 28th.

Latest word from TVO producer Liane Kotler is that the documentary she produced based on interviews with Glencolton farmshare members and with speakers and participants at the Guelph Raw Milk Symposium in January will now air on Easter Monday, March 28th, instead of on Monday March 21st as earlier announced.

The scheduling change is due to a time sensitive news item that is being aired instead this Monday on TV Ontario.

As far as we know, the broadcast times should be the same as announced earlier for this Monday, 8 pm and 11 pm, and we look forward to the documentary being available online not too long after that.

As they say, “To air is human”!


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