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Is organic food more nutritious?

Special to The Bovine, from Gary Wilson:

In order to determine if organic food is nutritious, it is first necessary to decide how to judge nutrition. Is nutrient content sufficient to judge the nutritional value of a food? Some examples from the papers of the late soil scientist, William A. Albrecht, Ph.D, would suggest that it is not sufficient.

Health Canada publishes the Canadian Nutrient File which reports up to 150 nutrients in over 5807 foods. Assuming that the nutrients contained in a particular food are averages determined by testing, one should ask over what range a nutrient contained in the food varies. Continue reading

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Michael Schmidt raw milk appeal verdict is expected later this week; farmshare members eager for news

Michael Schmidt with his wife Elise VanderHout (in red) at yesterday's meeting.

Michael Schmidt and Elisa VanderHout held a meeting of Glencolton Farms farmshare members last night in Thornhill. Speaking with regard to the recently issued farmshare certificates, both thanked the members for their support in making possible the kind of farming that Glencolton stands for, a kind of farming that respects the land and the animals, and makes every effort to produce the highest quality of milk and milk products. Elisa described how a farm near Glencolton had recently been bought by someone who wasted no time removing the hedgerows and readying the place for the kind of no-holds-barred exploitation of the land that is sadly still in vogue among mainstream farming types in Ontario.

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Cowshare College — for farmers who want to serve their country raw milk

Here’s the latest on Michael Schmidt’s Cowshare College. Perhaps you too would like to become a cow-share or farm-share farmer and serve your country raw milk.

After Michael Schmidt’s acquittal on all charges relating to his cowshare operation earlier this year, he responded to the intense interest from producers with the first Canadian Cowshare College in May.

Positive feedback and increased interest means we will be offering another Cowshare College Basics Workshop on Saturday, October 23rd from 9 am to 4:30 pm in Durham, ON.  Michael will lead the workshop and topics to be covered include the biology, safe production and handling of raw milk; the legal framework currently required for a cowshare program; and developing, maintaining and managing cowshare member relationships. Continue reading

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