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“….in search of contemporary justice”

Raw milk seems to be a popular topic on many blogs, even those not overtly focused on health and food issues. Here’s an example from a blog about Global Warming. Just out of the blue, it seems, this author was moved to devote a post to speaking up in favour of raw milk as a food choice. Here’s a sampling from that post:

Farmer Michael Schmidt meets the media following a "not guilty" verdict last month in Newmarket.

“The consumer has been brainwashed for fifty years to avoid raw milk or alternately to trust only pasteurized milk.  I grew up with this even though I drank fresh milk my entire childhood.  The truth is that every farmer is fastidious over healthy cows and clean milking equipment.  The consumer would be astonished to see the care maintained as a matter of course.

The problem begins with the need to blend product in tankage and to transport it to a processing facility.  Obviously a blended product hugely increases risk and pasteurization is designed to remove the risk.  One cannot disagree with that protocol.  In fact I personally want nothing to do with milk that must be days old at least by the time it arrives in my home, if it is not pasteurized. Recall that it is stored at the producer at least a couple of days even before shipping. Continue reading

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Vaccine more dangerous than H1N1 flu?

Here’s an excerpt from a report by Dr. Russell Blaylock, on Newsmax.com:

Parked strollers of children getting the H1N1 vaccination at the Fairfield County Government Centre. Some families had camped overnight. AP photo by Jose Luis Magana. See story at bottom of post.

“….Despite predictions of massive numbers of deaths and the arrival of doomsday, the virus has remained a relatively mild disease, something we know happens each year with flu epidemics.

Worldwide, there have only been 311 deaths out of 70,893 cases of swine flu. In the United States, 27,717 cases have resulted in 127 deaths. Every death is a tragedy, but such a low death rate should not be the basis of a draconian government policy.

It is helpful to recall that the Centers for Disease Control with the collusion of the media, constantly tell us that 36,000 people die from the flu each year, a figure that has been shown to be a lie. In this case, we are talking about 300 plus deaths for the entire world.

This virus continues to be an enigma for virologists. In the April 30, 2009 issue of Nature, a virologist was quoted as saying,“Where the hell it got all these genes from we don’t know.” Extensive analysis of the virus found that it contained the original 1918 H1N1 flu virus, the avian flu virus (bird flu), and two new H3N2 virus genes from Eurasia. Debate continues over the possibility that swine flu is a genetically engineered virus. Continue reading

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Test tube meat — sadly, it’s no joke!

The idea of food that’s not grown by conventional agricultural methods is actually not so far from reality as we’d all like to think. Check out these excerpts from recent stories in Wired magazine about meat grown in test-tube like conditions in vats.

Click image above to view spoof video from Onion News Network.
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Imagine that, meat that’s grown without ever being part of an animal. How unnatural is that? What possible consequences and ramifications might that have for human health? Judging by how GMOs are being handled by the regulatory community, we’re not likely to find out what effects this new form of artificial “meat” will have until it’s “tested” on unsuspecting customers. Also, going by the GMO marketing precedent, we’re perhaps unlikely to see labelling to indicate whether the meat we’re buying came from an animal or a vat. 

And now, the Wired stories — first “Scientists Flesh Out Plans to Grow and Sell Test Tube Meat”: Continue reading

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