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Open discussion about dairy supply management at the National Farmers Union convention in Saskatoon

Once again, here’s Ian Cumming, writing for the Ontario Farmer, this time about reactions to his speech on the problems with Canada’s dairy quota system (titled “The Bishops’ Control”):

Farmer and journalist, Ian Cumming, at the annual National Farmers Union convention in Saskatoon earlier this month, where he spoke on dairy supply management. Photo courtesy of Michael Schmidt

The line-ups at the two floor microphones in the Saskatoon hotel ballroom were pretty long, right after the four panel speakers – including me – had all finished our speeches concerning supply management at the NFU Canadian convention. Continue reading

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First ever open debate about raw milk between Michael Schmidt and a public health representative, in Saskatoon

Ian Cumming reports on this precedent-setting event for The Ontario Farmer:

Michael Schmidt and Dr. Buckingham seated to the right of the speaker. Photo via Michael Schmidt

“SASKATOON -Legalizing raw milk in Canada was the opening debate at the NFU Canadian convention, between Michael Schmidt, a raw milk shipper from Ontario and Dr. Robert Buckingham, Dean of the School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan. Continue reading

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Is greed the real driver behind Canada’s dairy supply management monopoly?

The following is a story titled “Supply management’s problems probed at NFU convention” and subtitled ““Greed” Drives Quota Cost, Says Delegate”. The story is by Daniel Winters, Co-operator staff, Saskatoon. (Sorry, can’t find a link for this online. We received it by email through Michael Schmidt):

Farmer and journalist Ian Cumming slags Canada's dairy supply management system at the National Famers Union convention earlier this month in Saskatoon, while Dairy Farmers of Canada board member Barron Blois (second from the left) looks on. Photo via Michael Schmidt

“In the end, do our children benefit over the long term with an industry that is kept overpriced, stagnant and uncompetitive?”
— IAN CUMMING

What do Amish bishops and Canada’s supply management officials have in common? Continue reading

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Britain’s raw milk business booms

Here’s a story which Ian Cumming wrote back in 2005 for the Ontario Farmer, about a year before the infamous 2006 raid on Glencolton Farms. It’s worth noting that the British model for the regulated sale of raw milk is one that a number of Canadians, including Michael Schmidt, later recommended to the Ontario government for serious study.

What is it about farming in "the old country" of Britain and Europe that makes their raw milk so much less of a dire health hazard than milk in North America? The horns? OR the traditions?

Food safety [in Britain] is strictly regulated but demand continues to be strong for farmgate milk sales. Much of the raw milk is sold to customers who pick it up directly from the farm.

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Former Canadian dairy farmer reports on the New York state raw milk scene

Here is a story by Ian Cumming, reprinted from the August/September 2010 issue of The Landowner Magazine, where it’s titled “Farming without Fear, South of the Border”.

Headline and photo of the author, from the Landowner magazine.

The second Sunday after we began milking cows in the U.S., a knock came at the door. It was a nearby dairy farming couple and two of their shy, home – schooled children, handing my son and I, a freshly baked cake and welcoming us into the community. Continue reading

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Statements to media by Eastern Ontario Health Unit were later shown to be false when lab results disclosed — much like the current controversy in B.C.?

Here are two stories by Ian Cumming, originally published in the Ontario Farmer in 2007, sent in to the Bovine by Michael Schmidt, as an example of how media releases from government health officials are not always based on fact. For more on how this story unfolded, see “2007 Story of the Bogus Bad Cheese and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit“. More evidence to support the theory that you shouldn’t believe anything until it’s been officially denied.

Column 315, by Ian Cumming:

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In mid – July, a press release from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit about a group of people getting sick from eating on farm manufactured cheese, was printed – as fact – in a host of a papers from the Glengarry News to the National Post.

A press release is a quick and easy way to file a story – too quick and easy. Not a single reporter asked to see the test results of the cheese. Which incidentally showed no campylobacter in either of the samples sent to a licensed lab by both the on farm cheese maker and the Health Unit themselves.

Despite no verifiable proof the press release linked the campylobacter infection in the dozen sick people to the on farm made cheese they consumed, but forgot to mention the chicken and mayonnaise – also great carriers of campylobacter – they might have ate. Continue reading

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