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News for February 10, 2010

Court case heats up raw dairy debate in Canada

An unprecedented court decision in Ontario upholding the legality of raw milk co-ops may help the legal battles of a B.C. farmer and force Canadian regulators to legalize the sale of unpasteurized dairy, according to raw dairy experts.

Durham, Ont., farmer Michael Schmidt was found not-guilty on 19 charges related to selling unpasteurized milk Thursday.

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Court approves raw milk co-op

Buttercup and Dasi live like “grandpa’s” family cow – they graze in an open pasture, come into a metal barn (which Michael Leras constructed from salvaged materials) for twice daily milking, and descend from a long-standing heritage breed that produces high quality milk.

Caretakers of these two cows (and a host of chickens), the Santa Rosa-based Leras family attests that Buttercup and Dasi’s milk is fantastically delicious and nutrient rich. Unlike their conventional Holstein counterparts, these Jersey’s produce A2 milk with a high cream content. So good and rich is their Jersey milk, the Leras family feels inclined to share their creamy bounty through a cow share program.

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Exploring the benefits of a family cow and raw milk

Buttercup and Dasi live like “grandpa’s” family cow – they graze in an open pasture, come into a metal barn (which Michael Leras constructed from salvaged materials) for twice daily milking, and descend from a long-standing heritage breed that produces high quality milk.

Caretakers of these two cows (and a host of chickens), the Santa Rosa-based Leras family attests that Buttercup and Dasi’s milk is fantastically delicious and nutrient rich. Unlike their conventional Holstein counterparts, these Jersey’s produce A2 milk with a high cream content. So good and rich is their Jersey milk, the Leras family feels inclined to share their creamy bounty through a cow share program.

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SIGNUP: The Week of Eating In

HuffPost Green readers have shown that they are totally engaged on topics like the local food movement, sustainable agriculture, factory farming, seafood politics, farmers markets and even hot farmers. But now we'd like to invite you to go beyond just consuming news to present you with a way to make it all personal. So that's why we'd like to invite you to participate in The Week Of Eating In Challenge.

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Chinese farms cause more pollution than factories, says official survey

Farmers' fields are a bigger source of water contamination in China than factory effluent, the Chinese government revealed today in its first census on pollution.

Senior officials said the disclosure, after a two-year study involving 570,000 people, would require a partial realignment of environmental policy from smoke stacks to chicken coops, cow sheds and fruit orchards.

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Food from local farmers and smallholders show increased sales

There is encouraging news for the local food industry as latest sales figures for Westcountry produce show a dramatic rise at one of the region’s leading retailers. Sales of the Taste of the West range at the region’s nine Mole Valley Farmers stores rose by 150 per cent in last quarter of 2009, compared with like-for-like figures in 2008.

In December 2009 alone, Taste of the West’s distribution hub delivered more than 17,000 litres of Westcountry milk to Mole Valley Farmers stores across the region. From October to December the hub delivered more than 45,000 litres.

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Mayor at White House forum to explain healthy Somerville

For 10 minutes on Tuesday, Mayor Joseph Curtatone became the voice of Somerville at the request of First Lady Michelle Obama.

As a keynote speaker at the White House for the launch of Obama's nationwide Let's Move program, Curtatone outlined measures taken in Somerville to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles among all residents.

In particular, Curtatone pointed to Shape up Somerville, a program developed seven years ago in partnership with Tufts Professor Dr. Christina Economos, as an effective formula for reversing the trend of child obesity through programming, infrastructure improvements, and policy changes.

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McKillip comes through with bill to allow raw milk

Raw milk now is illegal to sell in Georgia for human consumption, but activists have been trying to change the law since state officials raided an Athens farmers market last fall.

"It will be regulated like any lawful milk product," McKillip said. "It puts it under the Department of Agriculture. If you're producing raw milk, you're under the same regulations as dairy farmers producing pasteurized milk."

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Lawmaker introduces bill to legalize raw milk in Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. - State Rep. Doug McKillip, D-Athens, has introduced a bill allowing Georgians to buy and drink raw, unpasteurized milk.

Raw milk now is illegal to sell in Georgia for human consumption, but activists have been trying to change the law since state officials raided an Athens farmers market last fall.

"It will be regulated like any lawful milk product," McKillip said. "It puts it under the Department of Agriculture. If you're producing raw milk, you're under the same regulations as dairy farmers producing pasteurized milk."

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