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Dairy Farmers of America colluded with Dean Foods to artificially depress the price paid to farmers; like “abuse of dominance” in case of B.C. raw milk?

An introduction from Gordon Watson:

“The term “abuse of dominance” comes from the Competition Act Revised Statutes of Canada. It is defined as an offence under that act.

From what I’ve seen over the last 13 years’ of my involvement with the Campaign for REAL MILK in British C0lumbia, the engine of opposition to fresh whole raw milk being available is from the big food processors, using the pretext of “concern for public health” as a cover story for suppressing competitors who can deliver a far-superior product.

Apologists for the Canadian way of doing things = the Canadian Wheat Board, the vegetable marketing boards, and the milk marketing boards = will quickly bleat that ‘oh that can’t happen here, the marketing boards are controlled by the government’. Continue reading

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Crimes against raw milk in New Jersey

From Russ on the “Volatility” blog:

“New Jersey is one of several states which explicitly criminalize the sale of raw milk. It’s therefore at the extreme end of a motley array of possible state attitudes. While the federal bureaucracy (no law) also criminalizes the transport of raw milk over state lines*, it’s up to the states to decide what happens within their borders. (The FDA often lobbies against decriminalization.)

[*This includes, according to a recent FDA assertion, the customer himself going to another state to purchase raw milk and then bringing it back home. The government soothingly claims it has no intention of trying to arrest or otherwise sanction such individual purchasers, but it wants to reserve the right to do so. Of course, it was just a year ago, in promulgating its totalitarian brief in the FTCLDF lawsuit, that the FDA claimed it had no aggressive enforcement plans against dairies and raw milk co-ops. That was proven to be a lie within weeks.] 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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Middle-eastern immigrants brought dairy farming to Europe during the Neolithic period — Spiegel Online

From Matthias Schultz, Spiegel Online, via Salt Spring News:

New research has revealed that agriculture came to Europe amid a wave of immigration from the Middle East during the Neolithic period. The newcomers won out over the locals because of their sophisticated culture, mastery of agriculture — and their miracle food, milk. … The remains of more than 40 houses were unearthed [in the Upper Franconia region of northern Bavaria], as well as skeletons, a spinning wheel, bulbous clay vessels, cows’ teeth and broken sieves for cheese production — a typical settlement of the so-called Linear Pottery culture (named after the patterns on their pottery).

This ancient culture provided us with the blessing of bread baking. At around 5300 BC, everyone in Central Europe was suddenly farming and raising livestock. The members of the Linear Pottery culture kept cows in wooden pens, used rubbing stones and harvested grain. Within less than 300 years, the sedentary lifestyle had spread to the Paris basin. The reasons behind the rapid shift have long been a mystery. … In a bid to solve the mystery, molecular biologists have sawed into and analyzed countless Neolithic bones. The breakthrough came last year, when scientists discovered that the first milk drinkers lived in the territory of present-day Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. But that was also where the nucleus of the Linear Pottery culture was located. “The trait of lactose tolerance quickly became established in the population,” explains Joachim Burger, an anthropologist from the University of Mainz in southwestern Germany who is a member of the Leche team. … Continue reading

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Why milk matters so much in food retail

Even David E. Gumpert of the Complete Patient blog is writing about Ontario’s decision to appeal the Michael Schmidt acquittal. Here’s an excerpt:

Connecticut entrepreneur Ed Hartz, with his two children and author David E. Gumpert's following David's talk at Rutgers University. Ed is starting a milk delivery service. Complete Patient blog photo.

“The news that Ontario’s food police are challenging the exoneration of raw dairy producer Michael Schmidt—in the face of a thoroughly researched and documented judicial opinion—raises the question of why these officials remain so obsessed about milk. Continue reading

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