From Fox Foodie, by Elena Ferretti:
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“The recent re-emergence of raw, unpasteurized milk into Americans’ diet could potentially do one of two things. It could reintroduce “nature’s perfect food” to a new generation. Or it could bring back the bad old days when drinking a glass of raw milk was like playing Russian roulette at breakfast.
Raw milk was often caused outbreaks of various diseases before it began to be routinely pasteurized in the 1920s. “I’m concerned about what makes peoples sick,” says the CDC’s Robert Tauxe, M.D., Deputy Director of the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases. Simply put he says, “We know it makes people sick.” Continue reading
Martha Stewart writes for the Huffington Post, titled “Food is the new Fashion”:
“When New York Fashion Week gets underway on Thursday, those of us with a keen interest in design and style will be watching to see what comes down the runway. From the cuts to the color palettes, the clothing is almost always interesting — and even, at times, surprising. And while I don’t expect to see anyone outfitted in a raw meat bikini a la Lady Gaga on the cover of Vogue Hommes Japan [picture below the “fold”], it would be almost fitting — especially if the meat is organic, grass-fed, antibiotic-free, and humanely raised. Continue reading
Here’s a fascinating story from Ann Monroe of MSN Lifestyle news titled “Trafficking in raw milk” and subtitled “After illegal drugs, raw milk — milk that’s unpasteurized and unhomogenized, just as it comes out of the cow — may be the most briskly traded underground commodity in America.” David E. Gumpert, from whose “The Complete Patient” blog we learned about this story, has this to say about it: “You squeeze legitimate producers enough, and they go underground. Doesn’t that theoretically increase the danger? After all, the underground sources presumably aren’t being tested or otherwise monitored by regulators. Dairy czar John Sheehan of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and his minions in state ag and public health agencies should consider the implications: If this growing volume of unregulated raw milk doesn’t create an uptick in food-borne illness, might not ever more consumers ask themselves a dangerous question: What’s the big deal about raw milk?”
“It’s early Saturday morning, and the Brooklyn street is almost empty. Except at one half-open store, where about 30 people are lined up in the narrow aisle clutching empty backpacks, shopping bags and suitcases. At the door, a man checks each entrant, asking “Are you here for the…pickup?”
Someone shouts “The van’s coming!” and the place burst into action. People run into the street and come back hauling heavy cartons and cooler chests. Then the store empties as quickly as it filled, as everyone lugs their contraband purchase home. Continue reading
Richard Tarnas' book
After hearing cultural historian Richard Tarnas speak back in April about the work he published in “Cosmos and Psyche”, I felt moved to order a copy of his book. I have been reading it over the summer and fall and am hugely impressed by his analysis of cultural history in connection with astrological planetary aspects or, as he calls them, “world transits”.
Tarnas is a serious scholar of this stuff and he teaches PhD programs in Consciousness Studies at the California Institute of Integrated Studies. Thirty years ago he tackled the project of taking a serious look at astrology, a subject which, according to him, is commonly denigrated as being “the gold standard for superstition”.
Through his painstaking research, correlating cultural history to astrological events, he’s built a strong case for looking seriously at astrology as a way of understanding the interplay of archetypal influences in human life. And while what he has to say about the recent past is fascinating, for our purposes here, I’d like to look at what he has to say about the immediate future. Although he couches it all in general terms, I think his description pretty accurately characterizes the forces that are arrayed around the raw milk debate currently in progress. Continue reading