Raw milk debate spills into capitols, courts
Debate about the health attributes and risks of raw milk is spilling into statehouses and courtrooms across the country as proponents of unpasteurized dairy products push to make them easier for consumers to buy.
Supporters of the raw milk cause say pasteurization, the process of heating milk to destroy bacteria and extend shelf life, destroys important nutrients and enzymes.
“We have new science today that shows raw milk contains … enzymes that kill pathogens and strengthens the immune system,” said Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Washington D.C.-based Weston A. Price Foundation, a nonprofit group pushing for increased access to raw milk.
Public health officials disagree, saying raw milk carries an increased risk for bacterial contamination that can lead to illness and even death. [Read the full article]
Leading economists are upbeat about the U.S. recovery, forecasting steady growth over the next two years as businesses grow and jobs return, according to a survey released Monday.
“We see a healthy expansion under way, although it will take time to reduce economic slack and repair damaged balance sheets,” said Lynn Reaser, president of the National Association for Business Economics, which conducted the survey of 48 top economic forecasters in late January and early February.
The NABE panel says it “expects the recovery to remain firmly on track.” Its forecast is for the economy to grow 3.1% in both 2010 and 2011, an estimate that is essentially unchanged from the 3.2% target in NABE’s November survey. The group’s estimate is a marked improvement from last year’s survey, which had forecast that the economy would contract.
Most economists surveyed expect the recovery to be led by businesses. [Read the full article]
Thailand’s economy bounced back in the fourth quarter, posting year-on-year growth after 12 months of contraction amid a recovery in exports, private investment and household spending.
Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy expanded by 5.8 percent in the October-December period from a year earlier, the National Economic & Social Development Board said Monday.
That ended four straight quarters of contraction that began in the last three months of 2008 amid the global financial crisis.
The state economic agency predicts Thailand’s gross domestic product to grow in a range of 3.5 to 4.5 percent this year, depending on the strength of the global economic recovery. [Read the full article]
Taiwan’s economy saw its strongest growth in five years in the fourth quarter, surging 9.2 percent with help from stimulus-fueled demand from China for the island’s high-tech exports.
For all of 2009, Taiwan’s economy contracted 1.9 percent, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics said Monday. That was the biggest contraction since 1951, the agency said. It predicted economic growth of 4.7 percent for 2010.
Growth of 15.2 percent in Taiwan’s exports in the fourth quarter reflected economic recovery in the mainland China, the U.S. and some European markets, said Shih Su-mei, minister for the agency.
Growing revenue from an increasing number of Chinese tourists to Taiwan also helped drive up the island’s economic growth during the October-December period, the agency said. [Read the full article]