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LCBO’s “Food & Drink” mag puts raw milk in context of a 9,000 year history

This is an excerpt from a recent story about milk, published in the magazine of Ontario’s Liquor Control Board:

Photo: Rob Fiocca (this image is cropped from the original)

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“Moo Shine” and raw milk temperance

Excerpted from “the ARMi posts” blog, of the Alliance for Raw Milk Internationale:

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“Revered by some as “natures perfect food,” and yet demonized by others as “deadly poison,” milk, one of the most innocuous liquids known to man, is now the subject of possibly the biggest food fight of its kind. Mild mannered farmers coming to words with government agents, food safety attorneys, and irate consumers while “big dairy” farmers manipulate legislators and lobby for legislation that weighs heavily in their favor. So, what’s all the hullaballoo?

Like moonshine in the US Prohibition Era, raw milk is being targeted as unhealthy and dangerous, but unlike moonshine, raw milk that is produced following strict code of cleanliness and correct nutrition for the animals producing it, is safe. Even for babies. In the absence of mother’s milk, raw milk can be combined with other ingredients to make a baby formula that helps babies thrive, and meets the nutritional needs of babies much better than powdered or canned baby formula can. Also, unlike alcohol prohibition, today’s heavy regulation and bans on raw milk seem to be spurred more by big agriculture and the dairy industry to suppress unwanted competition, rather than a genuine desire to protect public health by a nanny state run amok. Continue reading

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Anti-raw-milk propaganda reaches new level of sophistication in Slate.com story

In a piece worthy of a PR firm like Hill and Knowlton, this latest informational offensive from defenders of pasteurization aims to paint raw milk enthusiasts as cultist and unscientific. Here’s an excerpt from the story “Dairy Cult” as carried in Friday’s National Post. The story is credited to Deborah Blum, of Slate.com:

In February, 1907, a New York physician discovered that his longtime dairy supplier had switched to pasteurized milk. He so detested the practice — not to mention the taste — that, as he wrote to the New York Times, he would rather “run the risk of typhoid, scarlet fever, diphtheria, and tuberculosis rather than [endure] the evils that I believe would follow the systematic and prolonged use of pasteurized milk.” Continue reading

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An Edible History of Humanity

Excerpted from a recent story on Alternet.org:

“Throughout history, food has played many roles in changing the world: It has been a weapon of war, an offering for peace, a force of development and imperialism and an organizer of societies. In many cases, food and its production have had some of the most profound effects on humanity and indeed on the earth itself. Food has affected social status, social roles, empires and the outcome of wars. The roles that food has played in shaping society and the planet itself are captured in a new book by Tom Standage, titled An Edible History of Humanity.

Maria Armoudian: Let’s start with how food production has altered the planet. What is the impact of food on the earth? Continue reading

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A brief history of microbiology

According, that is, to the commonly accepted science of our day. Even in this, it’s interesting to note that Louis Pasteur’s development of “pasteurization” was originally intended for the beer industry:

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Michael Schmidt “The Pope of Hope”?

This is excerpted from a recent post from “Bruce on the Bruce” blog titled “Michael Schmidt THE POPE OF HOPE”:

Above: Michael Schmidt emerges from court with a not-guilty verdict in January 2010. The acquittal gave fresh hope to many of the people who had been following the story since the raid in 2006.

Michael Schmidt: “I do understand politics and I have no illusion about today’s politics when it comes to protecting fundamental liberties.

My road to politics was triggered by events connected to basic food rights. Our farm here in Grey County provided essential services to people with ailments. Since 1983 we provided food grown in a certain way, which according to our customer statements helped them to get healthier. Continue reading

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Pasteurization extends shelf life, enables milk to be shipped great distances, and cleans up after less-than-ideal practices in feeding and sanitation — CTV B.C.

Darcy Wintonyk continues with her excellent CTV B.C. series on raw milk and how it compares to pasteurized milk. Here’s an excerpt from her latest post:

That's like a backwards way of saying raw milk is worth the risk -- if the risks don't outweigh the benefits. Now that's something we can all agree on! Rapprochement at last! Photo and quote above, from CTVBC.

“In the late 1800s, primitive sanitation, refrigeration and rampant tuberculosis contributed to the deaths of thousands – if not millions – of milk drinkers. Louis Pasteur’s revolutionary technique of treating milk with heat to kill bacteria, known as pasteurization, almost eliminated those fatalities.

But raw milk producers say pasteurization is no longer necessary in an age where raw dairy can be produced safely — and that heat treating milk can actually be more harmful than helpful.

David Gumpert, author of The Raw Milk Revolution, says that as the dairy industry grew and safety standards improved pasteurization became more about preservation and less about consumer protection. Continue reading

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“Durham’s Dairy Desperado keeps the raw milk flowing” says Globe and Mail

Here’s an excerpt from a story by Kate Hammer, reporting from Durham Ontario, for today’s Globe and Mail:

Durham's Dairy Desperado talks to electronic news gatherers outside the Ontario legislature at Queens Park following his November 17, 2009 press conference.

“Durham’s dairy desperado rode into town on horse back yesterday, a few paces behind the Olympic torch and its procession of security officials and sponsors.

Flanked by his son and an apprentice, Michael Schmidt trotted through the snow-covered community he has pulled into the eye of Canada’s raw milk debate.

It was just over three years ago that Mr. Schmidt’s farm was raided by inspectors from the Ministry of Natural Resources and he was charged with distributing and selling raw milk. A judge’s decision on those charges is due in just a few weeks. Continue reading

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Spanish Doctor Reveals Important Information About the Swine Flu

This is possibly the most comprehensive explanation of the swine flu and vaccination issues we’ve seen yet. It begins with some scientific background on the types of flus, then goes into the history of the Swine Flu, discusses the events around the shipment of the deadly 72 kilos of supposed vaccines earlier this year and how that particular “pandemic” was prevented, the politics around WHO’s declaration of a pandemic, and the political dangers that could lead to compulsory vaccination. Thanks to Infowars.com for publishing it first!

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“Teresa Forcades is a nun at the monastery of Sant-Benet, in Monserra-Barcelona. She is a doctor physician specializing in internal medicine, PHD in public health at Barcelona’s university, specializing in the USA at the State University of New York. She gives verifiable scientific data and the disturbing irregularities related to this subject. This is relevant to all countries, all people….” Read more on infowars.com

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Prosecuting Michael Schmidt tarnishes Canada’s image in world community

Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt (left) greets supports and talks to the media outside the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Newmarket where he was convicted of contempt of court October 20th

Raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt (left) greets supports and talks to the media outside the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Newmarket where he was convicted of contempt of court October 20th. He was sentenced December 2nd.

On a recent visit to Germany, sponsored by the German government as a gesture of goodwill to descendants of Holocaust victims, American author David E. Gumpert wondered whether in times to come, people would visit the site where Michael Schmidt’s farm once stood and recognize — just like Germans do now about the Nazi era — how totally deranged our country once was. Here’s an excerpt from that post of David’s:

“I departed the Weston A. Price Foundation conference early to travel to Germany and attend special ceremonies in my deceased mother’s hometown, commemorating the seventieth anniversary of Kristallnacht–the night Germany burned nearly all the country’s synagogues to the ground and officially launched the Holocaust.

I had been to the city of Darmstadt a few times before, in researching a book I co-authored with my aunt about my family’s experiences during the Holocaust (Inge: A Girl’s Journey Through Nazi Europe) and thought I knew most everything I could learn related to my family’s history. But after I arrived yesterday, I learned something else–a bizarre tale– that made me think about the current struggles over raw milk in Canada and the U.S. Continue reading

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