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On December 10th 2014, here in Australia, we woke up one day to alarming headlines stating that a child had been killed drinking Raw Milk and 4 others were seriously ill. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/toddler-dies-four-children-seriously-ill-after-drinking-raw-cows-milk-20141210-124lx8.html Some other titles included: "Killer Milk: Health Alert after children struck down!" I have to admit, this story scared me, we had been drinking raw milk from a beautiful, organic dairy farm from the next town. My youngest son (who is 16 months) suffers with terrible eczema which is aggravated by certain foods, namely dairy, gluten and soy BUT he could tolerate raw, organic A2 milk. In fact, it actually seemed to help him. His skin was much better since drinking it, his immune system thrived. Also, before making the decision to consume it, I read up on facts regarding risk and found that there was a higher chance of dying from food poisoning eating out, driving or even swimming than consuming raw milk and that the benefits (for my family) far outweighed the risks. I followed the story and cautiously watched and waited. Soon, later developments emerged, the boy had cancer which put a whole different perspective on the situation. This was revealed by the Victorian Alliance for Raw Milk, and later confirmed in snippets by the media that the child had a serious illness (after they reported that he simply died from drinking raw milk) The coroner report had not been received (I cannot find info regarding cause of death anywhere) Some problems I have with this story are as follows: Cause of death not confirmed by coroner The milk had been regularly tested and the health department tested the milk during the scandal and all came back negative None of the identities of the children have been released, none of the parents have spoken out so we are running on the assumption that these events are true from media reports without names or knowing that they actually occurred. Big Dairy is a HUGE industry in Australia and recently smaller, organic dairy's have been taking matters into their own hands selling their milk within the law labelled as cosmetic use only. This has gained momentum and many people are moving away from BIG dairy and choosing to consume local products. So now, without a coroner report confirming the child died from consuming raw milk, new laws have been put in place to completely ban the sale of raw milk including for cosmetic purposes. If a Farmer insists on selling it, they need to put a bittering agent (anti freeze) to stop people drinking it. I am feeling very misled, like our rights have been taken away. I am scared of how powerful media reports are and the way they can brainwash so many people. Luckily for me, our local organic dairy is offering a pasteurised milk at low temps that is unhomogenised. This is better than nothing, but something to do with the heating means my little man cannot drink it. I know that in other parts of the world, raw milk consumption is legal. Feeling violated now References & further reading: https://www.facebook.com/aus.arm?fref=ts 12 December 2014 at 21:33 Dairy Sales Statistics Australia http://www.dairyaustralia.com.au/~/media/Documents/Stats%20and%20markets/Production%20and%20sales/Latest%20stats/National%20Milk%20Production%20Report%20November%202014.pdf FSANZ’s ‘Microbiological Risk Assessment Of Raw Cow Milk’ of 2009 http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/microphotography-of-raw-and-processed-milk/
The Ocean's Living Carbon Pumps October 23, 2014 Satellite image showing a patch of bright waters associated with a bloom of phytoplankton in the Barents Sea off Norway. Image courtesy of Norman Kuring, Ocean Color Group at Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA. "When we talk about global carbon fixation -"pumping" carbon out of the atmosphere and fixing it into organic molecules by photosynthesis - proper measurement is key to understanding this process. By some estimates, almost half of the world's organic carbon is fixed by marine organisms called phytoplankton - single-celled photosynthetic organisms that account for less than one percent of the total photosynthetic biomass on Earth. Dr. Assaf Vardi, a marine microbiologist in the Weizmann Institute's Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, and Prof. Ilan Koren, a cloud physicist, and Dr. Yoav Lehahn, an oceanographer, both from the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, realized that by combining their interests, they might be able to start uncovering the role that these minuscule organisms play in regulating the carbon content of the atmosphere. Tiny as they are, phytoplankton can be seen from space: They multiply in blooms that can reach thousands of kilometers in area, coloring patches of the ocean that can be tracked and measured by satellites." snip http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/The_Oceans_Living_Carbon_Pumps_999.html
by James Taylor-Foster February 1, 2014 Courtesy biomason "A unique biotechnology start-up company have developed a method of growing bricks from nothing more than bacteria and naturally abundant materials. Having recently won first place in the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge, bioMason has developed a method of growing materials by employing microorganisms. Arguing that the four traditional building materials – concrete, glass, steel and wood – both contain a significant level of embodied energy and heavily rely on limited natural resources, their answer is in high strength natural biological cements (such as coral) that can be used “without negative impacts to the surrounding environment.” snip BioMasonFINALStandardDef GingerD http://www.archdaily.com/472905/bricks-grown-from-bacteria/