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
From Glencolton farmshare member Gary Wilson:
Grey County, where Michael Schmidt’s Glencolton Farms is located, has suffered a lack of rain.
In 1938, long before the presumed effects of global warming were being discussed, the soil scientist, William A. Albrecht, Ph.D, listed some of the consequences of declining soil fertility. Number five on this list was “Greater weather hazards”. In 1954, in a paper discussing the increasing records being set for both floods and droughts, he asked, “Are these new records other than man made?”
Albrecht points out that the severity of a drought is measured by damage to crops rather than by meteorological indexes. While droughts are attributed to a lack of rainfall, they are really should be attributed to a lack of water. The soil itself, both the topsoil and the subsoil, as well as the water table below the surface of the soil act a as reservoir for water that can get plants through a period of time of little or no rainfall. Continue reading
From Simon Martin, on York Region.com
Gary Wilson at the blue bus in the parking lot of Christian Community Church, having picked up his share of raw milk as well as other food from the farm. STAFF PHOTO/STEVE SOMERVILLE
“Five days into an indefinite hunger strike, raw milk champion Michael Schmidt looked no worse for wear. He appeared strong and energetic, although his wife said he has been a little more grumpy than usual.
“This is exactly what I’m getting,” he said, raising a glass of his farm-fresh unpasteurized milk. “I’m taking one glass a day of that dangerous milk.” Continue reading
Here’s an article which was written for The Bovine, by Gary Wilson, who is a Glencolton Farms cowshare member. Quite aside from the content of the article itself, it illustrates the depth of independent research cowshare members go through in making their dietary decisions. Clearly people like Gary don’t need help from government in deciding what foods are best to eat.
Legendary soil scientist William A. Albrecht. Click image for source.
The four main authors I have studied, Albrecht, Pottenger, Price and Voisin, all seem to share the same point of view as expressed by Albrecht that it is not the overpowering invader we must fear but the weakened condition of the victim. Our society, however, seems to concentrate its efforts on waging war with the overpowering invader, probably because that provides ongoing profits in a war that never ends. Society’s changing its point of view would force more research to be done in determining what is causing the condition of the victim to weaken and so lead to the treatment of the underlying cause of the problem. Continue reading
By Gary Wilson, special to The Bovine:
If you are looking for a source of raw cow’s milk to drink, you should be aware that not all cow’s milk is created equal. If you fail to investigate the methods employed in producing the raw milk you plan to drink, not only might you not get any nutritional benefits that you hoped for but you might be consuming raw milk that puts your health at risk.
As part of his study performed from 1932 to 1942, Francis Pottenger, Jr., MD compared the effects of feeding cats a diet of two thirds raw milk with one third raw meat to a diet of two thirds pasteurized milk with one third raw meat. While cats on the raw milk with raw meat remained healthy generation after generation, those on pasteurized milk with raw meat did not. The raw milk in this portion of the study came from cows fed fresh feed. Continue reading
Cowshare member Gary Wilson provides some useful scientific perspective on Michael Schmidt’s recent “Tale of Two Calves” experiment:
Picture via "I can haz cheeseburger" website
Michael Schmidt’s Tale of Two Calves and Pottenger’s Cats
In his report of the results of feeding one calf raw milk and one calf pasteurized milk, Michael mentions a study done by Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., M.D. The results of this study are published by the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation in a book called “Pottenger’s Cats, A Study In Nutrtion”,
From the introduction of this book, “Between the years of 1932 and 1942, Dr. Francis Marion Pottenger, Jr., conducted a feeding experiment to determine the effects of heat-processed food on cats.” This study was conducted on 900 cats of which 600 had complete, recorded health histories. Experimental cats received a diet of two thirds cooked food with one third raw food, along with cod liver oil. Control cats were fed a similar diet of all raw food, along with cod liver oil. Continue reading