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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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15 things pasteurization kills in milk

by Mark McAfee, CEO, Organic Pastures Dairy, from Health Impact News Daily:

There are two raw milks in America: one for “people” and one for the “pasteurizer.” Raw milk meant for people is clean, pure, comes from cows on green pastures, and is regulated on a state-by-state basis. Raw milk for the pasteurizer is regulated by the FDA under the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) and can be filled with pathogenic bacteria. Raw milk intended for pasteurization is commingled from many confinement dairies and is never tested for pathogens. Pasteurization does not create clean milk; it just kills filthy milk.

The FDA sits at the very top of the PMO food chain system and reigns as the military dictator over the rules and regulations of the PMO. Yes, they wear military uniforms, and yes, they are the absolute last word at the NCIMS (National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments, the organization that runs the PMO). So I do not exaggerate when I use the term “military dictatorship.” No one moves or breathes or thinks a thought without FDA approval when it comes to pasteurized milk and its regulation. Continue reading


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Should raw milk standards be set by an industry built on pasteurization?

Bill Anderson, on the Complete Patient blog:

“It has been more than a year since farmer and consumer protests against the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) led to the creation of a “Raw Milk Working Group” in January 2010.  I attended some of the early meetings of this group, which were little more than a debate between raw milk proponents and representatives of dairy processing corporations.  However, the media coverage from the governor’s veto of the raw milk bill in March 2010, and from the subsequent raid on Vernon Hershberger’s farm, publically embarrassed the dairy processing industry (and their puppets at DATCP) sufficiently to convince them that they could no longer hold back the winds of change. Continue reading

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Poland’s raw milk ban — Sir Julian Rose

From Kimberly Hartke’s blog:

“Sometime within the last 18 months, Polish schools switched from serving un-homogenized, pasteurized milk to UHT (ultra-high temperature) pasteurized and homogenized milk.

According to today’s guest blogger, unpasteurised milk (otherwise known as raw or farm fresh milk) is, by some quirk of justice, banned in Poland; the only country in Europe (apart from Scotland) to do this. Everyone in Poland who lives near a farm or near someone with a house cow, has access to it anyway, so the ban only affects towns people. Continue reading


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Health officials and consumers disagree about raw milk risk/benefit analysis

From the “Life is Fare” blog:

“This just in from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “Many people believe that foods with minimal or no processing like organic and locally-grown foods are better for their health. But when people choose to drink raw milk, that is milk that has not been pasteurized, the impact on one’s health can be quite severe.”

It’s a timely article from the CDC since I just published a post about making ice cream with raw milk last week. Funny that I’m not sick from it.

This is the great debate: People who choose to drink raw milk argue that cows raised on pasture grass, rather than in pens eating corn, are healthy and pathogen-free, so it’s safe. And, when you pasteurize milk, the heating process actually kills off beneficial bacteria. Continue reading

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The Calgary [raw] goat milk seizure

From Cody, Tanya and Abigail Dahl, in the December update from “Journey of Health” email newsletter:

Header of the email newsletter from "Journey of Health" in Calgary

“I have a lot to say and a lot has happened this month. Most of you know that Alberta Health Services came into our store and seized Abigail’s raw milk. Cody was charged with assault charges for chasing after the health inspector in the parking lot trying to take back Abigail’s life force nutrient dense raw goat milk. Continue reading


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Raw milk is still “getting ink” in Saskatoon nearly two weeks after Michael Schmidt’s visit Dec. 2nd

Amy Jo Ehman writes in the Saskatchewan Star Phoenix:

Raw milk is still headline news is Saskatoon, 11 days after Michael Schmidt's visit.

“You wouldn’t think that something so basic as milk could be controversial. However, milk has made a renegade out of me.

I have on occasion bought milk from a local farmer — an act that is both venerable and verboten. The sale of raw, unprocessed, straight-from-the-farm milk is illegal in Canada. More specifically, it is illegal to sell milk that has not been pasteurised. Continue reading

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Human breast milk sharing — Toronto Star lead story says “A Toronto study will… look at ways to pasteurize human breast milk without losing nutrients.”

Now if that isn’t an acknowledgement that you usually DO lose nutrients when pasteurizing, I don’t know what is. From the front page of today’s Toronto Star, from a story titled “Donor breast milk is greatest gift for sick babies“, or, in the print edition “I am forever grateful”:

Toronto Star photo via parentcentral.ca

“When Melissa Amer dreamed of motherhood, she always pictured herself breastfeeding.

But after daughters Billie and Isabella were born at 30 weeks, doctors at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre whisked the tiny babies away and hooked them up to tubes and machines. Their first food, a bag of liquid nutrients, was delivered by IV. Continue reading

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“Canada has a small underground [raw milk] dairy insurgency on it’s hands…” — the Globe and Mail

From a story in Friday’s Globe and Mail by Josh Wingrove titled “Dairy Desperado goes west on a raw milk mission“:

Alice Jongerden and Michael Schmidt on a cowshare farm in Chilliwack British Columbia. Photo via Globe and Mail.com website

“There are two things you need to know about renegade farmer Michael Schmidt. The first is that he’s Canada’s foremost champion for “raw milk” and is no fan of pasteurization. Raw milk is better for you, he says – an assertion rejected by just about every health agency in the country.

The second thing is he’s on a hot streak. Since he won an Ontario court ruling upholding his right to distribute raw milk in a so-called “cow share,” he’s taken up the causes of similar operations across the country. Framing it as a battle over consumers’ right to choose (some people with digestive problems prefer unpasteurized, or raw, milk), he’s gleefully stepping in to save raw-milk producers from prosecution. Continue reading


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Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors power point on Raw Milk

Thanks to Gordon Watson for sending this document our way:

Click image to download pdf of power point slide show.

Click here to download pdf file (392 Kb)


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