Still from a video uploaded on YouTube by user@Chuck Varabioff, via rt.com
Regular readers of The Bovine will know that we have periodically featured stories about raw milk automats that seem to be pretty much the standard form of off-farm raw milk distribution throughout Europe. Any thinking person would wonder why we don’t have them in North America. We could talk about how it’s illegal here and how some jurisdictions (BC) even try to label raw milk an inherently hazardous substance, but more likely the deep reason is that the dairy oligarchs have a low tolerance for competition.
Like raw milk, marijuana has, in recent decades, been a controlled substance with a strong underground market. And so raw milk fans have been watching with interest the progress of what’s looking like gradual legalization of pot, driven, we’d like to think, by public pressure and dawning sanity among the governing classes. We’ve heard about pot being legalized in Colorado and Washington state last year. Continue reading
Every once in a while it’s good to remind ourselves that there’s another world out there across the ocean, a world where raw milk is not seen as a health hazard, and where it’s freely and legally available to people who want it. What a concept. We could do with some of that in North America.
From The Modern Farmer:
A raw milk vending machine in France. Image courtesy of blogger yeractual of polesapart.blogspot.com. via The Modern Farmer
“Europe’s embrace of raw milk vending machines isn’t new. Such daring dispensers of unpasteurized dairy can be found in France, Croatia, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and, as one map shows, all over the place in Italy. In a recent post for TakePart, Rebecca McCray, a Fulbright fellow studying the criminal justice system in Slovenia, digs into the story behind one such machine outside Ljubljana.
From David E. Gumpert, on the Complete Patient blog:
“When last we left the mystery of the disappearing article in an academic newsletter highlighting raw milk’s benefits, it seemed we had been witness to a serious encroachment on academic freedom.
Last month, I described the article’s eye-popping statements affirming European research findings suggesting raw milk help reduce the incidence of asthma and allergies in children. And shortly afterwards, I reported on the article’s disappearance from the academic site operated by the International Milk Genomics Consortium (IMGC) at the University of California, Davis, apparently under orders from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and its dairy chief, John Sheehan. Continue reading
From Nicholas Tomasi, on “Death Rattle Sports”:
“The raw milk debate (not sure why there is one in the first place) has been heating up, with several media outlets taking an interest in the latest health food trend and studies being undertaken as well.
This one is more about the freedom to choose what we want to eat as humans of free will than it is about the possible health benefits, however, and it’s yet another indicator that Americans need to get out and fight for their freedoms again.
While raw milk is hard to find at best in America despite the fact that many of our ancestors were raised on it, Europe is the total opposite. Recently, news and pictures about raw milk machines in countries like Italy and now France have come out in American alternative media outlets, raising several questions. Continue reading
Monsanto has failed to establish a beachhead in Britain, according to this story from British newspaper The Mail Online:
“The giant bio-tech firm Monsanto yesterday announced a major withdrawal from the UK amid intense opposition to genetically modified foods.
The company, the leading multinational behind the production of GM crops, is closing its wheat growing operation, based in Cambridge.
Officials said the move was partly due to the opposition to GM crops which has inspired the Daily Mail’s campaign against so-called “Frankenstein Foods”. Continue reading
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“Children who drink raw milk are at a significant lower risk of developing asthma and allergies than those consuming safer pasteurized version.
Researchers from Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel interviewed a group of European parents about their children’s milk consumption while collecting 800 milk samples from the participants’ households, Reuters reported. Continue reading
From the Support Michael Schmidt Facebook page:
Michael Schmidt pours himself a tall white one at a raw milk vending machine in Italy. Only in Europe you say? Raw milk fans in North America can't help but wonder why the difference.
In Europe, it’s put your money in, get your raw milk out
In Europe, buying raw milk can be as simple as putting some money in a vending machine and filling a bottle. Continue reading
From David E. Gumpert on the Complete Patient blog:
Drawing from Newsphiles blog. Click image for source.
“One of the distinguishing features of autocrats is that in their frenzy to eliminate enemies, they never finish their work. There are always more enemies lurking in this corner or that.
Old-fashioned dictators like Josef Stalin or Saddam Hussein used to go after people enemies, always finding new plots and traitors.
Our U.S. Food and Drug Administration goes after food and herbs and minerals and vitamins. One by one, or group by group, it seeks to eradicate those it consider threats, ostensibly because of “safety” concerns, even when no such real-life problem exists. Continue reading