So says MIT researcher Otto Scharmer on “Otto’s blog”:
“We are living in an age of bursting bubbles. The first bubble to burst was the global financial market in 2008. The next bubble is expanding as we speak and is going to explode under the headline of the food security crisis (a mixture of food shortages, water shortages, soil erosion, peak oil, biofuel, and unsustainable farming practices). What do the financial and the food/soil bubbles have in common?
Their common denominator is that they extract an unreasonable amount in the present while compromising the future capacity of the system to regenerate itself. This behavior externalizes the real costs to the poor (who won’t be able to pay the resulting higher prices) and to future generations (who will be left to clean up the mess we create). Continue reading
We interrupt our regular programming to bring you a story about the struggle for journalistic freedom which may not make it into the mainstream American media. This is from a story Thursday in The Guardian UK newspaper. It’s maybe no surprise to anyone that raw milk fans are not the only people dealing with rogue agencies of “government”. Raw milks fans may also be interested to learn about Julian Assange’s highly unconventional childhood and youth.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds up a copy of the Guardian after thousands of US military documents were leaked and exposed Photograph: Andrew Winning/REUTERS
“The whistleblowing group WikiLeaks claims that it has had its funding blocked and that it is the victim of financial warfare by the US government. Continue reading
The author of the “Food in America” blog presents an attempt at a balance view of the raw milk controversy:
Photo from Food in America blog
“Ever since I’ve started writing about raw milk, I’ve been trying to find opportunities to speak – on and off the record – with folks on both sides of the issue. Despite my having a pretty broad circle of “foodie” acquaintances, the reality of living in the city and dealing with policy instead of production is that these opportunities have been vastly weighted toward the anti-raw milk camp. What’s more, the raw milk drinkers I encounter in real life tend to be (like myself) food enthusiasts rather than real “experts” or policy-makers. So you can imagine how excited I was at a recent event when I found myself speaking with a group of self-professed raw milk advocates whose backgrounds included extensive work with groups like Slow Food USA and The American Grassfed Association. These were people who have really “walked the walk” when it comes to developing and supporting local and sustainable food systems, and people who have been actively involved in pushing for more relaxed raw milk regulations at both the federal and local levels. Continue reading
This is an excerpt from a New York Times article by Steven Erlanger titled “French Find Safety Nets Multiplying in Pastures“:
The French -- even non-farmers -- look to cattle as a stable investment in turbulent times. Photo: Philippe Schuller for the New York Times
“ST.-VICTOR-DE-CESSIEU, France — The French, known for their mistrust of banks, are not just stuffing money into mattresses in these anxious days of recession and minuscule interest rates. They are also putting their cash into cows.
For Pierre Marguerit, 60, cows make a safe, secure investment, allowing for long-term growth from a renewable resource. The cow contracts are hardly new, but go back to Richard the Lionheart; the French word for livestock, “cheptel,” is the root for “capital.”
These are not exactly cash cows. But investment in Mr. Marguerit’s Holsteins will bring a 4 to 5 percent return a year after taxes, he said, based on “natural growth” — the sale of their offspring. That compares to an interest rate now of 0.75 percent on the basic French bank account. Continue reading
Here is a letter that was sent out to cowshare members August 14th. Much of the money needed to finance the purchase of the 200 acres has already been committed. However more participants are still needed. I’m sure non-cow-share-members who also share an interest in the future of raw milk would be very much welcome to take part in this initiative. For more complete details see this earlier post.
Michael Schmidt speaks to cow-share members August 2009
Dear Cow Share Members [and friends of raw milk]:
For those of you able to attend, we hope you all enjoyed the meeting we had on August 4th in Richmond Hill and August 7th and as much as we did. It is very fulfilling to see the level of interest and commitment displayed, not only at this meeting, but over the almost 3 years since the raid and indeed, over the 20 years we have been privileged to work with many of you to bring you wholesome, healthy food. Continue reading