From Randy Shore, at the Vancouver Sun:
“With one person dead and 10 ill, others who ate cheese from an artisan dairy in Salmon Arm are nervous.
While investigators try to pin down the cause of a fatal E. coli outbreak at the dairy, Iain Ilich is wondering whether he, his wife and 13-month-old daughter are going to fall ill.
Ilich purchased several cheeses at Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm while travelling through the Interior about a month ago.
“I’ve got some smoked Gouda, peppercorn Gouda and Gouda with cumin seed in the fridge,” said Ilich, a communications specialist in Calgary. “I’ve eaten it, my dad has eaten it and I’m particularly concerned because my wife and my daughter have eaten it as well.” Continue reading
Podcast followup to that raw milk story Randy wrote for the Vancouver Sun recently:
Alice Jongerden, from her time as agister of “Home on the Range”. Photo Paul Henderson.
Host Randy Shore welcomes raw milk activist Jackie Ingram and farmer Alice Jongerden of Home on the Range Dairy. Do the health benefits of raw milk outweigh the potential risks? Are the benefits proven? What about the risks?
Listen to the Vancouver Sun podcast at this link.
From R. Shore at the Vancouver Sun:
Raw milk is a rich and nutritious product, but it also provides an excellent medium for the growth of bacteria, both good and bad. Photograph by: Ward Perrin Ward Perrin , PROVINCE. Click image to go to original story.
“The milk we buy in stores is heat pasteurized, a process that destroys some vitamins, enzymes and beneficial bacteria. Raw unpasteurized milk contains all of the above. We don’t need to argue about that. The question you really need to consider is: Do the perceived benefits of drinking raw cow’s milk outweigh the potential dangers?
The raw milk debate is raging in newspapers, on the web and in courtrooms across the land. Raw milk advocates don’t want the government telling them what they can and cannot eat. I totally understand that. They have websites full of testimonials from self-appointed experts and apocryphal tales of raw milk curing everything from scurvy to psoriasis and tuberculosis. Continue reading
From Randy Shore, in the Vancouver Sun:
Peter Ladner, in his yard that he converted into a food garden, has written a book that details the changes people and policymakers in Canada are making to regain control of our food. Photograph by: Jenelle Schneider, PNG, Vancouver Sun
“What would a city approaching food self-sufficiency look like?
Peter Ladner’s soon-to-be released book The Urban Food Revolution offers tantalizing glimpses of urban environments that successfully integrate commercial enterprise, low-impact living spaces and agricultural productivity. Balcony gardens, urban market gardens, rooftop beehives, vertical greenhouses and aquaponics, and acres of lawn converted to high-value herb and vegetable production are all being employed with success somewhere. Why not everywhere? Continue reading
Randy Shore reports for the Vancouver Sun on the latest raw milk action outside the offices of Fraser Health in Chilliwack on Tuesday September 28th. Here’s an excerpt:
Ontario dairy operator Michael Schmidt (left) shares a glass of unpasteurized milk with former Home on the Range dairy operator Alice Jongerden and cowshare member Rick Adam in front of Fraser Health. Photo: Paul Henderson, Chilliwack Times; Caption from the Vancouver Sun story.
“Ontario farmer Michael Schmidt is in B.C. to pick a fight over the legality of a unique Chilliwack dairy that distributes raw milk to families that own shares in their own cows. But so far, Fraser Health isn’t biting. Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from a recent Vancouver Sun story by Randy Shore titled “Local organic food: An answer or a sure path to disaster? — Behind the collapse of past civilizations was the collapse of a food industry — each and every time”
When a rice crop failed a few years ago, six countries closed their borders to exports. When prices spiked, there were riots in Asian cities and a run on rice in Vancouver. Photo: Reuters, Vancouver Sun
“If there is a hotter topic in the publishing industry than local organic food, I don’t know what it is. Two books that recently crossed my desk take decidedly divergent approaches to the problem of commercial agriculture, though both authors agree that commercial agriculture is a problem. Continue reading