From Hunterdon County Democrat Editorial Board via NJ.com:
People are allowed to buy and ingest a lot of things that could cause illness or even death. Spinach, tomatoes, eggs, bread, bottled water, smoked fish, spices, ground beef, cheese and herbs are some of the products recalled in recent times because of outbreaks of food poisoning.
Cigarettes, tobacco and alcohol may be legally sold to adults, but carry warning labels.
Raw milk, on the other hand, is illegal in all but 11 states, including New Jersey.
Opposition to raw milk comes from multiple fronts, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, some farmers who send their milk for processing and worry that a food-borne illness from raw milk would taint the entire industry, and state officials concerned about potential insurance problems on raw milk farms. Continue reading
The Australian online journal, The Age, writes a story about what they call the raw milk fad in America. Here’s an excerpt:
Australians seem to think raw milk in America is a fad -- from "The Age" website
“Anonymous drop-offs, arrests and packages disguised as pet food – it’s the underground world of raw milk, the latest health food craze sweeping the United States.
Marta, 29, is among thousands of Americans seeking out unpasteurised dairy products that enthusiasts say can cure everything from asthma to autism – despite it being illegal in many states on the grounds that it is unsafe. Continue reading
Here’s an excerpt from a recent letter to the editor in the Star, from a doctor, who seems to differ from the views expressed to CTV by Dr. Perry Kendall in B.C.:
Video below — shades of the raw milk battle — is that “Ni” or “Nay”?
“Re:Activist foodies hail raw-milk triumph, Jan. 22
Although the court decision is seen by some as a victory for human rights, it is in my view a retrogressive step potentially taking us back to a pre Louis Pasteur era when milk products were responsible for many deaths and illnesses due to contamination by a variety of deadly pathogens: Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli, Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Tuberculosis and Brucellosis.
Despite claims that drinking raw milk has well-defined health benefits, this has never been established. But even if true, the risks clearly outweigh any potential benefits…” Continue reading
Long-time raw-milk advocate and writer on food and health Kimberly Hartke has declared a “Michael Schmidt Month” on her blog Hartke is Online.
American nurse, paralegal and guest blogger, Cheryl Hadden, is "sleepless over the Michael Schmidt case". Photo Alyssa L. Miller.
She invites guest writers to contribute stories exploring raw milk related themes and talking about how Michael Schmidt’s work and example have affected them personally. Be sure to drop by Kimberly’s blog from time to time this month to see what she’s been posting. I believe this week she’s expecting to post something by Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures Dairy in California.
Media interest in the Michael Schmidt case has been building as we lead up to the court date at the end of this month at which time the judge will announce the date when his verdict on the case will be rendered. Are they trying to drag this case out or what? This November will be the third anniversary of the raid on Glencolton Farms in 2006 that started the whole process.
Now here’s an excerpt from one of the posts in Kimberly’s Michael Schmidt Month, by Cheryl Hadden, titled “Sleepless over Michael Schmidt”: Continue reading
We’ve been hearing for some time now how the current economic crisis is the result of fraud by people in high places. How likely is it that such fraud is found only in banking and financial “regulation”? Where else might the results of industrial and governmental fraud be starting to show up? Ecological damage and public health perhaps? While the video below is about economics — it’s Bill Moyer interviewing the author of “The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One” — the article that follows is about chemical farming. It’s a summary of the many things that are wrong with “conventional” chemical farming by Will Allen, author of “The War on Bugs” .We found it on AlterNet.org.
“Industrial ag supplies most of our food, yet its lack of regulation may be more of a threat than Wall Street’s.
Taxpayers are demanding that government enforce existing regulations and create more stringent rules to limit the excess and greed in banking, insurance, housing, and on Wall Street. But, in the rush to regulate, we can’t forget to oversee industrial agriculture. It is one of our most polluting and dangerous industries. Like the financial sectors, its practices have not been well regulated for the last thirty years. Let me run down a few of the major problems that have developed because of our poorly regulated U.S. agriculture. Continue reading
PASTEURIZATION KILLS MORE THAN PATHOGENS—AND DOESN’T DO THAT VERY WELL
Pasteurization was not invented to save lives but to extend shelf life. Pasteurization will kill most (but not all) pathogens in milk and is necessary for cows kept in confinement and fed an inappropriate diet based on grains. But cows on pasture do not have pathogens in their milk—the Crown knows this very well after testing Michael Schmidt’s milk for almost 20 years; ten years of testing in California have failed to detect a single human pathogen in Organic Pastures Dairy’s raw grass-fed milk.
Furthermore, raw milk contains numerous anti-microbial components that kill pathogens should contamination occur during handling and bottling; this is not the case for pasteurized milk as the heat treatment destroys these components, leaving a perfect medium for bacterial growth. It is very difficult to detect pathogens in raw milk, but pathogens in pasteurized milk have sickened tens of thousands over the years, and recently caused the death of three people in the state of Massachusetts. Continue reading
"Scientific proof" -- sold to the highest bidder!
We live in a world in which “scientific proof” is often sold to the highest bidder — usually corporations who can fund those expensive double-blind clinical studies. Perhaps you have a profitable new drug that you’d like to bring to market. Or maybe your product’s market share is being threatened by a natural competitor that no one can figure out how to make money providing — and you’d like to “blacklist” it in the public mind. If you’ve got the money, there will be a scientist who’ll craft you a study to prove what you need proven. See the blog Science for Sale for cases in point.
Anecdotal evidence on the other hand, is widely disparaged these days as unscientific, but it’s something that makes sense to people, and it’s often the only kind of evidence that researchers whose research subjects don’t interest corporate sponsors will have access to. Dave Milano has some great things to say in praise of anecdotal evidence in a recent comment on this Complete Patient post:
“In a somewhat playful letter published eight years ago in the British medical journal The Lancet, a physician made several comments regarding the value of anecdote that warmed my heart. He acknowledged that publication in a modern medical journal is “unlikely to follow anecdotal observation” but also made the point that a mere couple of generations ago, during a time when, not incidentally, many important medical discoveries were being made, it was very common to rely on anecdote as a base for decision making, and for inclusion in respected medical literature. Here is a quote from his letter: Continue reading