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NPR on raw milk: between personal experience and government science

Below we have an excerpt from a piece written recently by National Public Radio’s ombudsman, in response to listener feedback. Listeners wondered why reporters and commentators on a publicly funded radio network would express opinions that cast doubt the wisdom of government policy and seemed to ignore what they viewed as established consensus among the public health community. An interesting question indeed:

“When it comes to raw milk, even a simple story can turn sour on some listeners. There’s an ongoing controversy over raw milk’s safety. Proponents hail its taste and nutrients. Adversaries worry about deadly food-borne diseases. Government regulators are caught in between, accused of being too lax, too stiff or too in bed with Big Dairy. Continue reading


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New laws would criminalize exposing factory farms in Iowa and Florida

From Wayne Pacelle at Alter Net:

“March 21, 2011 | What do Florida and Iowa have in common when it comes to animal agriculture? They’ve both been hot spots, past and present, for the movement to combat some of the worst abuses in industrial agribusiness. And now the factory farming industry is fighting back in both states—and their latest methods represent their biggest overreach yet. Continue reading


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“In war, truth is the first casualty” — blocking of online donations is latest attempt to silence news from Wikileaks

We interrupt our regular programming to bring you a story about the struggle for journalistic freedom which may not make it into the mainstream American media. This is from a story Thursday in The Guardian UK newspaper. It’s maybe no surprise to anyone that raw milk fans are not the only people dealing with rogue agencies of “government”. Raw milks fans may also be interested to learn about Julian Assange’s highly unconventional childhood and youth.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange holds up a copy of the Guardian after thousands of US military documents were leaked and exposed Photograph: Andrew Winning/REUTERS

“The whistleblowing group WikiLeaks claims that it has had its funding blocked and that it is the victim of financial warfare by the US government. Continue reading

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Raw milk through the media telephone

When I was in grade school our teacher once played a game with us of “telephone” in which a message was started at one end of the class and passed down to the other end. Of course the final version was quite different from the original. I was reminded of that experience when reading this story in “Top News”, which, while getting the gist of the story does contain glaring errors of fact, such as that raw milk is legal in Canada. But as P.T. Barnum is reported to have said about newspaper stories, “I don’t care what they say about me just as long as they spell my name right”. Here’s an excerpt from that Top News report. And hey, we can be glad some news editor out there recognizes that this story IS “top news”, because awareness can be the first step to change.

A bit of the header graphic from Top News.

Michael Schmidt fights for legality of Chilliwack dairy

Michael Schmidt, who is a farmer in Ontario, is in B. C. to fight a legal battle for Chilliwack dairy that distributes unpasteurized milk to families who own shares in their own cows. Continue reading

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