Make Raw Milk Legal in Canada

By Linda Morken,  WAPF Vancouver Island Chapter Leader

Why do Canadian consumers want raw milk?

There is plenty of evidence that probiotic-rich raw milk is a health-enhancing food and that its vital elements are destroyed by pasteurization and processing. Raw milk therapy is currently a well-used protocol in German hospitals, just as it was in the early 1900’s at the then named Mayo Foundation when the ‘raw milk cure’ was used as successful therapy for hopeless cases.

Raw milk can truly be a life-saving food and has been shown to help with asthma, allergies and many other conditions. And the taste – delicious! In most countries of the world, this traditional, real and unprocessed food is widely available. Why not in Canada?

Canada needs thriving small farms and local dairies.

Small local dairies boost the economy and selling milk, butter and cream can actually be what saves the family farm. Thirty years ago in British Columbia, for example, there were over 4,000 dairy farms, today there are 480 and declining. One small farm can easily employ five full-time staff and more. The unfair and senseless regulations imposed upon Canadian farmers deprives them of making an honest living, and this has been the case for over a century.

Because of a food regulation that doesn’t apply to many other higher risk foods, farmers that produce traditional raw milk risk going to jail and ludicrous fines that can mean losing their farms.

Is raw milk safe?

​No one will argue that in days long gone there were serious problems with swill milk that came from sick cows in deplorable, dirty conditions. However, with proper standards and modern testing with a food safety plan (such as with a Risk Analysis and Management Program – RAMP), regulated raw milk can be extremely safe. In fact, raw milk is deemed to be no more risky than eating spinach. Raw milk isn’t risk free, but it is a low risk food. This conclusion was documented in a Grand Rounds presentation at BC’s own Centre for Disease Control by researcher Nadine Ijaz. Modern safety checks and methods ensure healthy cows and clean milk.

Come to Canada, Queen Elizabeth, and have a glass of our wonderful raw milk – well, maybe not.

Canada is the only G8 Country that restricts 100% access to farm fresh milk. Many European countries commonly dispense raw milk in vending machines. It is long past time to bring Canada to a place where the need for raw milk is acknowledged and the rights of its citizens to produce and access this traditional food are respected.

There are an estimated 100 micro dairies operating under the radar in British Columbia alone. The 20+ year legal fight that Ontario has had with farmer Michael Schmidt has cost taxpayers untold dollars, and this cruel harassment is nothing short of the bullying of a farmer who simply wants to provide a clean, nourishing food to his community.

Please consider showing your support for Michael Schmidt (Agister), Agricultural Renewal Co-op, and the livestock owner group, Our Farm Our Food Co-op, in solidarity with all Canadian raw milk producers and those who depend on raw milk products in Canada by donating here to help
cover ongoing court costs: https://www.gofundme.com/foodrights.

​Isn’t it beyond the height of ignorance and irony that in Canada, Queen Elizabeth could not be served something she is accustomed to in her homeland without breaking our unfair and ridiculous raw milk laws?

For more information about raw milk and its benefits, check out the non-profit Weston A. Price Foundation’s®​ Campaign for Real MilkWAPF has been instrumental in the fact that raw milk is now legally available in 42 American states and in many countries the world over. In this time of never-before-seen numbers of children suffering from chronic, degenerative diseases, the awareness that fresh, organic raw milk from grass-fed cows can be a health-giving food is growing. It is ludicrous that Canadian law continues to deprive its citizens of their fundamental right to consume the foods of their choice, provided by the producers of their choice.

And while we’re on the topic of food choices…

Take a look at this article about why we need to fix Canada’s Food Guide. Please sign the share the petition that is backed by over 500 Canadian physicians and allied health professionals to have Health Canada change the food guide so that it represents evidence based nutritional policy that is free from industry influence. Find the petition here: ​http://www.changethefoodguide.ca/

 

 


Reprinted with permission from Alternative Boomer Legacy.

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Mark McAfee of RAWMI at UVic September 10th 2014

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“The New Science of Farm-Fresh, Unprocessed Milk: Does It Still Constitute a Health Hazard?”

We are pleased to announce that Mark McAfee is giving a free public presentation at UVic on September 10th.  The details are: 

Location: Human and Social Development Building, Room HSD A240
Date & Time: Wednesday, Sept. 10th, 2014 7pm-8:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm

Description:  In 1988, unpasteurized milk was legally deemed to be a health hazard in British Columbia, a clause currently found under the “Public Health Act, Health Hazards Regulation.”  Potential penalties for anyone distributing it – farmer or consumer –  include fines of up to $3 million dollars or three years in jail, and this policy of prohibition has resulted in a flourishing and expanding “black market.”  In comparison, raw milk is legally available from both farms and retail stores in both Washington State and California, from licensed micro-dairies in Oregon, and from vending machines in several European nations.  Mark McAfee, spokesperson for the Raw Milk Institute in California, poses an alternative point of view on raw milk legalization, a proposal for legalization in BC, for discussion and debate.

The talk will include:

  •  Food safety standards
  •  Food safety protocols and practices on the farm
  •  Testing systems, protocols and results
  •  How to simplify raw milk safety to a very reliable and consistent science!! With data to prove it.
  •  History of raw milk
  •  Nutrition of raw milk
  •  Changes that occur in pasteurization and processing
  •  Data that flows from US and EU raw milk systems and practices

Speaker Biography:
Mark McAfee, spokesperson for the Raw Milk Institute (RAWMI) in California, is the founder and CEO of Organic Pastures Dairy in Fresno, California, which is on their 4th generation family farm and distributes raw dairy products in over 600 stores in California. Mark is internationally recognized as an expert in raw milk safety and production, having headed a team which developed and published the first international raw milk production and safety standards. He has spoken at Rutgers and Stanford University Medical Schools and has been an expert witness in legislative and judicial proceedings across America.

Sponsored by BC Herdshare Association and the University of Victoria.

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Mark McAfee at KPU Richmond September 11th 2014

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For the Love of Farm-Fresh Milk!
with Mark McAfee of the Raw Milk Institute

Location: Melville Centre Conference Room, KPU Richmond, 8771 Lansdowne Road
Date & Time: Thursday, Sept. 11th, 2014 8pm-9:30pm. Doors at 7:30pm
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/793500317369380/

Free public presentation with Mark McAfee, spokesperson for the Raw Milk Institute in California. RAWMI is committed to being the most-trusted source of information for and about the raw dairy industry.

Whether you’re a dairy farmer looking for help in producing the highest quality product, a consumer trying to make an informed decision about this important source of nutrients, or a legislator or regulator building your knowledge of the raw milk industry … you’ve come to the right place.

The talk will include:

– Current legal issues surrounding raw milk in BC
– Raw milk best practices on the farm
– Testing systems, protocols, and results
– How to simplify raw milk safety to a very reliable and consistent science – with data to prove it
– History of raw milk
– Nutrition of raw milk
– What RAWMI can do for farmers
– Changes that occur in pasteurization and processing
– What American and European raw milk systems and practices show us
– and, plenty of Q&A with Mark

Speaker Biography:
Mark McAfee, spokesperson for the Raw Milk Institute(RAWMI) in California, is the founder and CEO of Organic Pastures Dairy in Fresno, California, which is on their 4th generation family farm and distributes raw dairy products in over 600 stores in California. Mark is internationally recognized as an expert in raw milk safety and production, having headed a team which developed and published the first international raw milk production and safety standards. He has spoken at Rutgers and Stanford University Medical Schools and has been an expert witness in legislative and judicial proceedings across America.

Sponsored by BC Herdshare Association, Young Agrarians, and KPU Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

http://bcherdshare.org/mark-mcafee-rawmi-visits-bc-and-ontario/