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« on: November 29, 2006, 03:11:41 pm »

Farmer sour over ban on raw milk sales
Vince Talotta, Toronto Star
Hamilton Spectator wire services
Toronto (Nov 29, 2006)


"Farmers fed up with bureaucracy." It's only a matter of time...food packager processors, dairy refineries and slaughter houses
are taking the cream from the farmers labor, without the risk. Where as the farmer if forced to sell his products bearing all the
risks of animal husbandry, crops that are subject to weather conditions and meat prices subject to the whims of large cooperate
identities with strong lobby groups in the pockets of government. During the BCE outbreak that effected to export of beef to the
US..it was the Canadian farmer that paid the price. Thousands of pounds of beef was available to the Canadian consumer but
the farmer nor the consumer benefited, while the price to the farmer dropped to all most nothing, slaughter houses maintained their
margin of profit, including retail outlets.
"If you want to engage in the mass distribution of milk to millions of children
and Ontario families on a daily basis, the very best and safest way to do that
is to ensure that it's pasteurized."-Premier Dalton McGuinty

"The farmer and his supporters say they prefer raw milk, which they believe is healthier than the pasteurized product sold on store shelves.
They point out that it is legal to sell it in many U.S. states and European countries." Perhaps the real facts are have been hidden,
"Consumer Reports, January 1974,revealed that out of 125 tested samples of pasteurized milk and milk products, 44% proved in violation
of state regulations.  Consumer Reports concluded, “The quality of a number of the dairy products in this study was little short of deplorable.” 

Consumer reports stated that “former objections” to pasteurized milk are valid today:

a)    Pasteurization is an excuse for the sale of dirty milk.
b)    Pasteurization may be used to mask low quality milk.
c)    Pasteurization promotes carelessness and discourages the effort to produce clean milk.

Consumer's Union, reporting in June 1982, stated that coliform were found in many tested samples of pasteurized dairy products. 
Some had counts as high as 2200 organisms per cubic centimeter.
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Perhaps it's time that farmers sell what they produce for reasonable returns and if that's not acceptable
maybe it's time to turn our fields into ethenol production for fuel, at least according to MPP. Ted McKeekin
the provincial government is going to invest millions, though the farmers have not seen a dam cent....?

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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2006, 01:19:11 pm »

Raw Milk / Pasteurized

In a world of high production, where money is the governing factor, the recognition that the intake
of hormones and medicated foods that drive high production of milk in to days world, entwined with
the high stress of dairy cattle society must balance the risk of probability. There is little doubt that
careful husbandry and ideal diets that raw milk could be produced that would meet the high safety
standards. The difficulty, as a society, would be the monitoring of each dairy herd to insure such
a standard. Over the past forty to sixty years the focus of the milk delivery system has been dedicated
to bulk safety that offers a society the optimal safety net to a product that is distributed to millions and
has the potential of having and adverse effect on thousands of lives. Perhaps one need to examine this
with an analogy. The use of condoms and safe sex; for a small percentage that are allergic to latex, the
benefits from it's use are far out weighed, rather than distributing or contacting aids.

The dilemma of choice is always the pragmatic stumbling block of a free society. Are the producers and
sellers of raw milk willing to accept full responsibility for their product, bearing all costs to health, if this
was to occur, including the control and damages should it be found to be the cause of an epidemic?

It is the authors intent as with any issue is to elevate such topics for discussion; the maintenance of democracy
is not acting or reacting in blind faith but rather a re-examination of issues that continually maintains checks
and balance to ensure our freedom of choice is preserved and is shrouded in the common good of all.

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