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Lewis Lapham on America’s diverse and divergent cultures of food and eating

From Lewis Lapham, writing on TomDispatch.com:

“Could there have been a pickier eater in 1950s America than me?  I doubt it.  Among the many things I wouldn’t eat was spaghetti and meatballs.  (Gross!)  Or at least I refused until one summer on return from camp, I told my astonished parents that I loved the stuff, just not the kind they served.  There was only one brand for me: Franco-American Spaghetti.

For those of you who aren’t old enough to remember that Campbell’s brand or the singing ad line that went with it (“Who can? Franco-Ameri-can…”), it was spaghetti that came out of a can, usually with a thwuck and as a single cylindrical lump of Day-Glo reddish-orange goo (thanks undoubtedly to some since-banned red dye or other).  It practically screamed: don’t touch me if you value your life.  And of course I couldn’t get enough of the stuff. Continue reading

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Farmer/Conductor Michael Schmidt conducts today at 2:30 pm in Aurora

Raw milk advocate and farmer Michael Schmidt will be displaying his more cultural side today in a performance at Aurora’s Pandora’s Box Salon series:

Michael Schmidt, a conductor who is outstanding in his field, in more ways than one!

Guest conductor, farmer and Renaissance man Michael Schmidt will lead the Aurora Salon Chamber Orchestra in music from “Forrest Gump” and “The Mission”.  Handel’s Harp Concerto and Mozart’s Oboe Quartet will resonate in the beautiful acoustics of Brevik Hall, and usher in the spring. Newmarket’s own Radley August will dance the role of Forrest, and celebrity author Margaret Webb will read from her book “Apples to Oysters: a food lover’s tour of Canadian Farms”, and sign books too! Continue reading

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15 things pasteurization kills in milk

by Mark McAfee, CEO, Organic Pastures Dairy, from Health Impact News Daily:

There are two raw milks in America: one for “people” and one for the “pasteurizer.” Raw milk meant for people is clean, pure, comes from cows on green pastures, and is regulated on a state-by-state basis. Raw milk for the pasteurizer is regulated by the FDA under the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) and can be filled with pathogenic bacteria. Raw milk intended for pasteurization is commingled from many confinement dairies and is never tested for pathogens. Pasteurization does not create clean milk; it just kills filthy milk.

The FDA sits at the very top of the PMO food chain system and reigns as the military dictator over the rules and regulations of the PMO. Yes, they wear military uniforms, and yes, they are the absolute last word at the NCIMS (National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments, the organization that runs the PMO). So I do not exaggerate when I use the term “military dictatorship.” No one moves or breathes or thinks a thought without FDA approval when it comes to pasteurized milk and its regulation. Continue reading

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Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt to conduct music in Aurora April 17, 2011

Raw milk advocate and farmer Michael Schmidt will be displaying his more cultural side next month in a performance at Aurora’s Pandora’s Box Salon series. Here is a brief outline of the evening’s attractions:

Conductor Michael Schmidt

Guest conductor, farmer and Renaissance man Michael Schmidt will lead the Aurora Salon Chamber Orchestra in music from “Forrest Gump” and “The Mission”.  Handel’s Harp Concerto and Mozart’s Oboe Quartet will resonate in the beautiful acoustics of Brevik Hall, and usher in the spring. Newmarket’s own Radley August will dance the role of Forrest, and celebrity author Margaret Webb will read from her book “Apples to Oysters: a food lover’s tour of Canadian Farms”, and sign books too! Continue reading

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Raw detail on the U.S. raw milk debate

Ari Halper-Stromberg, from the Cornell Daily Sun:

“Although unpasteurized milk has been consumed for centuries, it has never stirred up political, scientific and economic passions as forcefully as it does today.

As an increasing number of people are consuming raw milk, public health officials have responded with aggressive campaigns to fight the rising tide. Farmers report being targets of “sting operations,” where FDA officials descend upon raw milk distribution sites to bust the setup.

By other accounts, agents show up unannounced at farms with search warrants — not just to take milk samples for standard testing, but to interrogate farmers and confiscate documents. And my personal favorite, undercover FDA agents have reportedly posed as raw milk consumers, with the real intention of rooting out the players behind the various raw milk distribution rings.

If this sounds like a drug bust, it’s because that’s almost what it is. Continue reading

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Farmer Wendell Berry honoured in U.S.

Fred Clark, writing on The Slacktivist blog:

“That picture there (by AP photographer Charles Dharapak) shows President Barack Obama presenting Wendell Berry with a 2010 National Humanities Medal on Wednesday at the White House.

Wendell Berry scares me. He is a poet, novelist, essayist, farmer, husband, conservationist, radical and gentleman. He writes with an unrivaled clarity of language, clarity of thought and clarity of conviction. It’s that conviction that scares me, because often when I read Wendell Berry I can’t help but think that if he is right, then a great deal of the rest of the world is wrong. And he usually seems to be right.

His Port Royal novels are gently beautiful, slowly building a world that sneaks up on you. But his collections of essays are probably my favorites. Let me recommend Home Economics, What Are People For?, The Hidden Wound and, oh let’s say, Sex, Economy, Freedom and Community, for starters. Continue reading

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Another great review of the “Milk War” movie’s Vancouver debut last weekend

This one is from Hella Delicious:

Ex Home-on-the-Range agister Alice Jongerden takes questions after the screening.

“After looking forward to seeing Milk War for several weeks it was really exciting to have such a great turnout! The Rio Theatre was a really perfect place to have the event with a stage for the music as well as popcorn for the hungry. Continue reading

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