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A short history of convenience foods

From Alice Abler on Vision.org:

“Throughout the 20th century, the food industry worked to provide not only convenience but also ostensibly wholesome substitutes for natural foods, including butter. In fact, margarine has been around since the late 19th century, but for many years it was white by law. Eventually, however, it came with added artificial flavor and a capsule of yellow artificial food coloring (to be kneaded in after purchase) so it would taste and look more like the real thing. At first countries including Canada, Australia and France, as well as some American states—notably Wisconsin, the Dairy State—outlawed colored margarine to protect their butter trade. As unappealing as hydrogenated oil with a side of chemical yellow color sounds today, “modern” housewives trekked across state lines to procure the factory-made substitute and bring it back to their kitchens.

Eventually“millions of American palates adjusted to artificial flavors and then welcomed them; and consumers started to let the food industry make a great many decisions on matters of taste that people in the past had always made for themselves,” writes Laura Shapiro in Something From the Oven: Reinventing Dinner in 1950s America.  Continue reading

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What is “organic”?

From Russ on his “Volatility” blog:

“For food or anything else to be organic is for it to exist and evolve in harmony with the rest of nature and human history. Our natural history, in its culinary aspect, can be called grass farming. We worked hard to maintain the savannah as the best habitat for our food and for our safety.

Over thousands of years we were forced by elites into the strait jacket of agriculture based on annual grasses with giant seed pods: wheat, corn, rice. Although agriculture had many potential forms, on account of the malevolence of the hierarchies in control it became politically and socially destructive and environmentally unsustainable. Continue reading

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Two years, 2,132 posts, 800,000 hits

In honour of crossing the threshold to 800,000 hits, sometime early this morning, we’ve re-organized the blogroll into categories, hopefully making it more useful in the process. Thanks to our many readers, followers and contributors who’ve been a part of The Bovine community.

In the beginning... The Bovine's first post, from September 6, 2008. Click to go there.

Toronto Life christened raw milk as the news story that just won’t go away. It certainly has had a long run, starting in the early 1990s with the first Ontario milk war, which involved Michael Schmidt. Then after the legal process around that wound down, there were  twelve years of quiet, during which the health department bureaucracy saw fit to leave Michael and his cowshare members alone to continue their private arrangements.

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A brief history of FDA raids against providers of natural health products

Timeline of FDA raids on raw milk farmers, dietary supplement makers and natural medicine practitioners

Bovine comment: The recent August 3rd raid on Rawsome foods is just the latest in a long string of FDA actions against alternative health initiatives, as this story outlines. Natural News Health Ranger Mike Adams deserves special mention for his relentless coverage of the recent events around the Rawsome raid:

From Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor (at Natural News.com)

(NaturalNews) The US Food and Drug Administration has a long history of conducting armed, SWAT-style raids on farmers, cancer treatment pioneers and dietary supplement manufacturers. This list, compiled by the editors of NaturalNews, reveals only some of the hundreds of armed FDA raids that have been conducted in the last twenty-five years.

What you see from this is a pattern of government-sponsored terrorism against innocent Americans and small business people; all done in the name of “protecting” the public from milk, walnuts, vitamins, plants or fruit extracts. The real reason behind all this, of course, is that the FDA has long waged a campaign of fear and intimidation against natural product providers for the sole purpose of destroying the natural products industry and thereby handing Big Pharma a monopoly over health treatment medicines. Continue reading

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The start of pasteurization in the U.K.

Gordon Watson sends this:

Over the years in my political/religious activity, I learned that a Big Lie must be tracked-back to its root in order to undo it. Below is the transcript of discussion in the House of Lords, when Great Britain was considering heat-treating the milk in commercial distribution; 1946: a textbook example of how the Big Lie technique works. Most instructive for us, today, is seeing how proponents of compulsory Pasteur-ization have been singing the very same song = note for note = for 60 years.

Lord Rothschild mocks the objection that the effect of his Bill would make raw milk unobtainable for those who want it as, “totalitarian” … saying ” …nobody in his senses would attempt such a measure” … yet that’s exactly what did happen here in British Columbia.Thus, the judgment of those opposing compulsory heat-treatment, has been borne out.   Continue reading

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Germ theory and the post-antibiotic age

From Tim O’Shea on Life Enthusiast blog:

When once you interfere with the order of nature, there is no knowing where the results will end.
– Herbert Spencer

It was great while it lasted: the age of antibiotics. Sure came and went in a hurry, though, didn’t it? Left me with a few questions:

  • How did antibiotics run their course already in just 50 years?
  • How did we get so sick?
  • Where does all the money go?
  • Why aren’t we making any progress?
  • What’s going to happen now?

These are the questions for which you can almost never get a straight answer. Unless you look beyond Newsweek, beyond the San Francisco Chronicle, beyond 20/20, or Ted Turner, beyond the media which year by year seem to cater to an ever-dwindling level of literacy and awareness… Continue reading

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The history of the ruination of raw milk

From “The Ruination of Milk” by Jenny Lake:

“Today there is a (real!) grassroots movement to restore the wholesomeness of natural animal food products like dairy and return as many as possible commercial producers back to the “best practices” that ensure good health for animals and humans.

Controversy over the pasteurization of milk, originally adopted as voluntary, started from the very beginning of the practice in the 1880s and has never ceased. For good reason. The unsung story of pasteurized milk is having a new day in the grasp of enthusiastic raw milk drinkers who’ve discovered a healing food. [1].

Long a “trade” secret to pioneer bodybuilders of the early 20th century, raw milk was called “the perfect food”. But the benefits of fresh raw milk are no secret! Ancient societies have passed on the knowledge of milk as a medicine for the weak and the elderly and bodybuilders clearly understood it was a tonic for the strong and the beautiful! [2]. Continue reading

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