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Raw Milk Public Interest Soars As Politics Escalate

As Trial Nears for One Farm, the Supporters Take Action on Raw Milk Public Interest Policy and Access

Toronto, Canada– September 23, 2016—Raw milk itself is on trial, say supporters, at a Monday September 26, two-day hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice. The past year has seen an unprecedented rise in consumer awareness, demand, and action to obtain this food. Raw milk drinkers cite a number of reasons for drinking raw milk from health reasons and taste, to political. For some immigrants, raw milk is a staple food in their native country.

The Ministry of Health does not think anyone should be able to access raw milk or drinking the beverage. The hearing will be held in the court building at 50 Eagle Street, West, Newmarket, Ontario.

In January of this year, York Region, The Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the Ministry Health filed an application to get an injunction against the distribution or sale of raw milk against Michael Schmidt, Elisa Vander Hout, Glencolton Farms, Agricultural Renewal Coop and anyone who provides, distributes or recommends raw milk. The hearing is to determine if the applications can be converted into an action. If successful, this would change the dynamics of the procedure from a hearing to a proper trial. People interested in procuring raw milk want this case to appear before a jury. Our Farm, Our Food Coop, one of the many organizations in support of consumer choice, has filed a motion to intervene as an added party to the proceedings, which would give all members a voice to defend their right to the foods of their choice.

Elisa Vander Hout, spokesperson for Agricultural Renewal Coop, says that “In response to the court action instigated by various health units and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, mothers, fathers, pastors and other interested parties, have filed over 70 affidavits with the court to show the public interest in this case,” claiming, “it is not as simple as the crown implies.”

“These court proceedings give the public a voice. The message is loud and clear: people want access to the foods of their choice and demand respect for that. Canadians don’t want the government conducting armed raids on innocent, peaceful farmers to take away food choice,” Elisa adds.

On September 20, 2016, a petition was presented to the House of Commons to change the policy on raw milk. The government will review the petition, and issue a response to the 5000+ public supporters who signed it. The petition was in the top 20 ever for the official petition site.

Petition creator Cory Harris says “This petition represents a small sampling of Canadians interested in food choice and food security. Supporters have sent thousands of individually written letters to the Minister of Health asking the government to modernize their position.

Dozens of organizations representing millions of Canadians have signed a letter to Minister Jane Phillpott citing the science and research supporting our request. After 22 years of requesting progress on the raw milk issue, we expect to see constructive dialogue and change.”

Our Farms, Our Foods Coop is a 200 member cooperative formed for the purpose of boarding personal cows with a responsible dairyman. The group is just one of the many interested stakeholders in the petition to the Canadian Parliament. For additional information on raw milk www.realmilk.com

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British Columbia Citizens Launch Change.org Petition to Legalize Raw Milk

British Columbia’s raw milk regulations are among the toughest in North America: selling raw milk is punishable by a maximum $3 million fine or 3 years in jail. British Columbia deems raw milk to be a health hazard under the “Public Health Act, Health Hazards Regulation,” and selling or supplying raw milk is illegal under the provincial “Milk Industry Act.”

Citizens are now petitioning the Minister of Health, Ministry of Health and Government of B.C. to change the law and make raw milk legal. They have launched a petition on Change.org, with a goal of reaching 1500 supporters, and a Facebook page to promote the petition.

The petition argues that the law is antiquated, not based fact, and enforced by government officials without any first-hand knowledge of the farms this law so deeply affects. Read more about British Columbia citizens’ fight for food freedom and sign the petition here.

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Raw Milk in the News

When reporters make effort to understand the difference between raw milk intended for pasteurization and raw milk intended for human consumption, the interviews provide beneficial information for those seeking to make an informed choice.

Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures Dairy joined a local Canadian radio show recently to discuss the benefits of raw milk. The lively discussion includes history of raw milk regulations and differences between raw and pasteurized milk. The host asks Mark about the health benefits of raw milk for human consumption and Mark gives his expert background on the multitude of human health benefits.

This host gives an opportunity to raw milk advocate Mark McAfee to fully explore the issue.

The Campaign for Real Milk is a project of the Weston A. Price Foundation, a nutrition education non-profit based in Washington, D.C. To learn more about raw milk and other nutrient dense foods, attend one of the upcoming Wise Traditions conferences.

 

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