Raw Milk Is Common Sense: Join Your Farmers in Protest
I don't drink pasteurized, homogenized milk. I never have, and I never will. It’s not milk, it's white water. Milk is alive, not dead. Milk can grow a baby mammal and keep it healthy. I grew up on a farm in Russia and had warm, raw milk every morning. I refuse to downgrade.
Unfortunately, if you grew up in Onatrio, you don't know better. You're happy with your white water. It's safe. It's in schools. They say it's good for you. That’s fine, I am 100% for your freedom to drink white water, but don’t prevent me from drinking real milk.
The Government has a hard-on for prevention. 'What ifs' are used to justify action, even when that action violates basic human rights and is measurably hurting people and communities. 'What ifs' are the most convenient excuses for expanding control.
I remember working the Royal Winter Fair. I remember rivers of milk going down the drain (to relieve the animals). What a waste…so I went to a farmer and asked if instead of dumping it, they'd give it to me (I wanted to make cheese). A dark look of concern washed over the farmer's face as he asked if I was "with the Government." A few years later I tried to sign up for a cow sharing co-op. I got a text which read "I am in a parked white van, in the McDonald's parking lot on the corner of Dutch and Parkview. Come alone, between 6-7pm" I met with the guys and after signing a 50 page legal document, I was put on a 2 year waiting list, and they never called me (probably because they were raided).
This year my quest for raw milk was reignited; I received an ice cream maker for my birthday, but I didn't want to make it out of white water. My sister found the Full Bounty Farm and we signed up. For months my family and I enjoyed their raw milk products (no deaths yet), but it looks like my raw milk heaven may be short lived.
At some point, we must ask ourselves: do we want to live in a society where it's easier to buy crack than unboiled milk? The State regularly prosecutes and issues swat-style raids on small farmers. Their crime is feeding their community. Who controls your food? It’s not you.
If you believe in food freedom, do your best to show up this Wednesday.
MARCH 16, 2016 | Rally @ 8:30am | Hearing @ 9:30am Ontario Court of Justice, 50 Eagle Street West, Newmarket (south-west corner of Yonge St. & Eagle St. W.)
Details (from the Full Bounty Farm Newsletter):
Join us in Newmarket to defend your constitutional and fundamental rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Section 7 – Life, liberty and security of the person. Protest and win back your right for peaceful “voluntary exchange.”
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
-The courts are coming on strong against raw milk activist, Michael Schmidt, his wife, Elisa, his son, Marcus, and a church pastor, who are now threatening arrest if they do not immediately cease raw milk distribution.
– The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and the Regional Municipality of York have issued Notices of Application for a court injunction against Michael Schmidt, his wife and son, members of the farm co-operative, another person, John Doe, Jane Doe and Persons Unknown, and the Church of the Christian Community in Canada (The church allowed the Glencolton van to use its parking lot.) They are accused of contravening the provincial Milk Act, and the Health Protection and Promotion Act. After 22 years of raids and harassment, they’re now being told to stop selling and distributing raw milk.
– Glencolton Farms has produced safe raw milk for 22 years. No illness. No death. No harm.
– The Province will come after other raw milk farmers, their families, and cow share members.
– Aiming for 1,000 people, including supporters.
– If the Ontario Superior Court of Justice rules in favour of the government, then your children and grandchildren will only have access to pasteurized, grain-fed, commercial dairy products from highly sanitized facilities. Dead factory milk.
Please do what you can to help:
· TELL EVERYONE about the rally on March 16 at 8:30 a.m. Social media will really help.
· SHOW UP at the court house with family members and friends. Bring your children. The media will be there.
· MAKE SIGNS – Food Freedom, Freedom of Choice, etc. Be creative. Have fun.
Some common sense points:
– Canada is the only G8 country that prohibits the sale and distribution of raw milk, yet it’s legal for anyone to drink it.
– the 1965 Milk Act of Ontario is dated; production standards have significantly improved.
-There are dangers to all mass food production, (about 60 people a year die from contaminated beef) this does not justify the Government mandating that all beef should be cooked before sale.
– To put things in perspective, in 13 years, there were 3 deaths from raw milk contamination in the USA. The CDC makes this a big deal due to the tiny amount raw milk consumption, but it is highly likely that their numbers are not accurate. Because raw milk is illegal in many states, I doubt people report producing or consuming it.
– Food contamination is mostly a big production problem. If raw milk is legal, large dairy players would not start producing it because the risk is too high for them. This is where small, artisan dairy farmers have an advantage. They can, and have, produced safe raw milk products. They are simply not big enough to harbor concern for an contamination crisis.
-The French drink raw milk from vending machines. Now if we learned anything from the Franco-Prussian War, it's that the French are not immortal.