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Raw milk disinformation in the media and what you can do about — new book

From David E. Gumpert, on the Biodynamics blog: “I know I’m not the only supporter of food choice who is frustrated because much of the news in the mainstream media about raw milk seems to be negative and often inaccurate. I know I’m not the only one who is tired of complaining and wants to do something about it. But do what? There is clearly a dearth of accurate information being presented by the media about raw milk. Many of the articles that are written are confusing and inaccurate. For example, in December Time Magazine reported on a CDC study that said outbreaks involving raw milk had quadrupled over the most recent six years. “This Is One Health Trend You Don’t Want to Try,” headlined the Time article. Continue reading

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London Calling — Goodbye Jeff Lucas

Jeff and Jill Lucas — at the party Sept. 6th

Last Saturday Sept 6th, friends gathered to say goodbye to Jeff Lucas and his wife Jill.

And while most of those present knew Jeff primarily though his work as a friend of the Toronto Waldorf School and co-founder of the Carrville Community Garden, it’s only right that we should as well honour him for his work towards raw milk food freedom, as a staunch supporter of Michael Schmidt and the raw milk  farmshare community.

Jeff helped provide citizen escorts for the blue bus during its weekly journey from Durham down to Thornhill during a time when there was concern over possible regulatory interference with the ongoing delivery of raw milk to cow share members. Continue reading

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Vive la raw milk difference

From Christian Saretzki via The Biodynamics blog:

Author Christian Saretzki in Frey Vineyards’ cheese cellar. Photo via the Biodynamics blog.

“Milk was never appealing. It was rather tasteless and a bit too watery, not to mention the fact that it came in a plastic bag on which the words “homogenized” and “pasteurized” were clearly highlighted. That is part of what I experienced growing up in a big city like Bogota, Colombia. At least, to balance things out, home-made cooking was the norm and grandma’s love for the kitchen could turn any store-bought produce into a delicious meal.

For the past six months I have been working and apprenticing at Luke Frey’s Biodynamic Farm located in Redwood Valley, Northern California where I have been given the task of milking two lovely Jersey cows and turning their milk into a variety of dairy products, especially cheese. Continue reading

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Biodynamic farming, and a new doc on “The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner”

Although the above film clip is specifically about Biodynamic farming, the 3 hour documentary it’s part of, is about the life and work of Rudolf Steiner. Biodynamics is the method of farming which Ontario raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt uses. And although Rudolf Steiner never specifically advocated raw milk, pasteurizing milk had not been developed back in the early 1920s when Steiner gave his “Agriculture Course”, a series of lectures from which present day biodynamic farming practices have evolved. Of course not all biodynamic dairy farmers are involved in raw milk. Continue reading

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From beekeepers in France to the sweet corn at Walmart — GMO news roundup

There have been lots of good stories relating to GMO foods crossing the Bovine newsdesk in recent days, so we decided to compile a bunch of the more interesting ones in one post for your enjoyment. Here they are:

From the Biodynamics blog:

“More than half a million people have already signed a petition to the FDA asking for labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. Now, continuing that momentum, a new video by the director of Food, Inc. encourages consumers to fight for the right to know what is in their food. The video is a collaboration between filmmaker Robert Kenner and the Just Label It campaign.”

More on the Biodynamics blog.

How to Identify GMO food at the Supermarket, even if it’s not labeled, via Federal Jack.com:

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Article about Michael Schmidt from Biodynamics No. 157, Winter 1986

From Richard Chomko, in Biodynamics:

A much younger Michael Schmidt loads manure with a tractor on Glencolton Farms in 1986.

Editor’s note [part of the original Biodynamics article] : How many full time farmers do you know that put on a Bach festival between milkings? One dedicated farmer in Ontario, Michael Schmidt, is doing just that and a lot more besides.

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Michael Schmidt’s message: urgent mobilization to protect food rights

From the Biodynamics blog:

Michael Schmidt gives a keynote speech at the Biodynamic Association's 2010 National Conference on the topic of food rights. Picture via Biodynamics blog.

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011, the Ontario government won its appeal against biodynamic farmer, Michael Schmidt. The appeal reversed the former ruling, which confirmed cow share members’ right to obtain raw milk products. Justice Peter Tetley rejected Schmidt’s argument that providing raw milk to cow share owners who are aware of any health risks was his legal right.

Schmidt has been fighting for the right to provide raw milk at his Grey County farm ever since it was raided by government officials in 1994. The recent ruling convicts Michael on 15 of 19 charges and reverses last year’s lower court decision to acquit him of all charges. This latest judicial ruling basically endorses governmental interference of property ownership rights and violates basic human rights to food freedom. Continue reading

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Young biodynamic farmers meet, share

From Thea Maria Carlson, on the Biodynamics blog:

Young farmers tour the greenhouse at Farmer John's

“This weekend, over 70 young farmers and farming enthusiasts came together for two days of inspiration and connection at Angelic Organics Farm and Learning Center in Caledonia, Illinois. As coordinator of the Biodynamic Association’sBiodynamic Initiative for the Next Generation (BING), I spearheaded the organizing of the event, with help from Upper Midwest CRAFTAngelic Organics Farm and Learning Center, and several other young farmers.

Traveling from as far as Colorado, Ontario, and Missouri to the convergence in northern Illinois, participants gathered Saturday afternoon for an opening circle followed by a walking tour of Angelic Organics Farm with the farm’s famed founder, Farmer John Peterson (star of “The Real Dirt on Farmer John”). Continue reading

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Biodynamics and nuclear radiation

From Robert Karp at the Biodynamics blog:

Fukushima nuclear plant explosion. Image via Alice Online (click image for source)

“The recent tragic events in Japan and news of increasing radiation fallout around the globe have led to a growing interest in past reports from Europe (primarily) of a possible role of the biodynamic preparations in protecting farms and food from radioactivity. Understandably, this is quite a “hot” topic in biodynamic circles, evoking much debate. Continue reading

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Strengthening the heart of the food movement — Biodynamic farming and the recent de-regulation of GMO alfalfa

Robert Karp, from the Biodynamics Blog:

By Robert Karp
Executive Director, Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Association

The wider food movement, of which I consider the biodynamic movement to be an intimate and integral part, suffered two devastating blows the past month—blows which have evoked much pain and which deserve much reflection.

The first and most obvious blow was the USDA’s decision to deregulate genetically modified alfalfa and several other crops. The second, less obvious but no less important blow, was the widely circulated letter of Ronnie Cummings of the Organic Consumers Association claiming a kind of complicity among large players in the organic industry in these USDA decisions. (An alternative view can be found here.) The first blow was ecological, political and economic. The second blow cut right to the social heart of the food movement.

Is there a helpful light that can be shed on these events from a biodynamic perspective? Continue reading

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