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Notice of Comment Policy Change

If you’ve been out and about on the interwebs you may have noticed that many websites have shut down their comment sections. I’m sure there are many reasons for this development. Spam, trolls, flame wars, and the ongoing time demands of moderation are no doubt among them.

As of today, the Bovine will no longer be posting comments, except in exceptional circumstances. However, readers are still welcome to use the comment process to message the Editor. In fact, since we don’t check our email that often, “posting” a comment is probably the best way to get  a message through. Just don’t expect it to appear on the site.

If you want a public forum to discuss material which is posted on the Bovine and you don’t have your own blog or website yet, there’s always social media — ie Facebook, Twitter etc.

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Raw Milk — from Science to Policy

The Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph will be hosting a one-day symposium on science and policy questions around raw milk on Tuesday April 22, 2014. Academics, industry and government representatives are expected to attend.


According to the event web page: “The goal of the conference will be to engage in discussions on the need for a structured and transparent process, to ensure that scientific research and knowledge are used to enable effective policy decisions. We are engaging a wide spectrum of global experts, who will use current policies relating to raw and pasteurized milk as the exploratory case study.”

Among the nine presenters will be Durham area farmer and raw milk advocate Michael Schmidt. Here’s Michael’s bio from the presenter page: Continue reading


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“FDA at a Crossroads” conference

No mention here of the FDA’s dairy policy, but I don’t know why questions about raw milk shouldn’t be raised in a conference like this.

From the Union of Concerned Scientists:

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“A conference co-sponsored by the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and the Union of Concerned Scientists

As Congress prepares to debate and reauthorize the laws that govern how drugs and medical devices are evaluated, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stands at a crossroads. The decisions of Congress regarding the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) and the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA) will affect the agency’s ability to address existing and emerging challenges such as new medical technology, prescription drug and device efficacy and safety concerns, and budget limitations. Continue reading


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Shaping food and agriculture policy

From Marler Clark’s Food Safety News blog:

“Eight major foundations announced Tuesday that they have launched an initiative to solve long-term national and international food and agriculture policy issues.

Called AGree, the effort is being funded by the Ford Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and The Walton Family Foundation. Continue reading

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