Raw Milk in Canada and Research Possibilities

Well the intent of this blog in the beginning was to talk about balancing a life by eating good food, keeping stress at bay and learning lifestyle habits that support those things.  It has turned out to be more of an activist blog but  I find myself so busy these days that my own blog and good intentions have taken a back seat.  Here is one of the things that has kept me busy.   I started an initiative across the country to go after government for our right to raw milk and that has been taking up a HUGE amount of my time.  This morning I was reading someone else’s blog post on the raw milk initiative and realized I didn’t even put it on my own blog!  I’ve been so buy with keeping up with the forum, the website, the Facebook and twitter feeds for the raw milk consumer initiative and talking to people all over the world about raw milk that this completely slipped my mind.  Now how is that for balancing a life?  :0)  Perhaps I should take my own advice.  We do teach what we most need to learn do we not?

To remedy that situation this blog post is about the initiative where we are with it, where we are going and what has been accomplished so far.  First off I will give you the links to the various Canadian Raw Milk Consumer Advocacy web addresses.

www.rawmilkconsumer.ca is our website.  On the first page of the website you will see a link to our petition.  This petition needs to be in original form to be presented at the House of Commons in the fall of 2012.  Please help us by downloading this, signing it and mailing to the address on the bottom of the petition.  If you would be so kind as to circulate this as far as you can and even possibly collecting some signatures for us that would be great!  These need to be mailed to the address on the petition by September 15, 2012 to be included in the information package before being presented to the Federal government.  These signatures will be scanned as well to be included with the package sent out to all politicians we can find e-mail addresses for.  If anyone reading this wants to help me with this part I could sure use the help.  It’s a matter of locating the different politicians in the different provinces on the internet and sending this out.

www.rawmilkconsumer.ca/forum  is our forum.  There is a public side which you can read and a member area which you need to join us to see.  We also have a private working group area.  If anyone is interested in helping us with this project we would love to  have you and you would be given access to the working group area once we approve you.  We are asking people to join us in the conversation about how to get raw milk decriminalized in Canada and ask that people post anything they find on the internet that might be helpful in this cause.

The Facebook page is at http://www.facebook.com/CanadianConsumerRawMilkAdvocacy.  Please Like our page on Facebook!

Our Twitter handle is rawmilkconsumer.  If you are on Twitter we’d love to be your friend.  :0)

Sustain Ontario was kind enough to facilitate a raw milk debate.  They acted as a neutral party as they thought it important that both sides of this debate over raw milk be presented in a organized and civil way.  It was a great success.  You can look at the recording at this link.  http://rawmilkconsumer.ca/1st-raw-milk-debate-webinar-in-canada/.

There are 12 people in the working group right now all doing their part to bring together a package of information that will be circulated to all MP’s and MPP’s in Canada via e-mail in the late fall of 2012.  We will be needing people across the country to call up their local politicians to make sure these were received and read and to find out if they will support our right to access a food that is accessed in most of the countries of the world.  In fact we are the only G8 country that has no access across the board to raw milk.  We feel this goes against our constitutional right to healthy food and we need your help to change that.

With the working group we have representation in BC, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.  I am still looking for someone from each province for a couple of different roles.  If you would like more information on what is needed please e-mail me at info@rawmilkconsumer.ca.

Also a reminder.  It is NOT illegal to drink raw milk or feed it to your children.  It is ONLY illegal for a farmer to sell it to you.  I am running into people afraid to sign the petition in case someone finds out they are drinking raw milk and comes after them.  This is not cocaine and although our government seems to act like it is most of the time, we do have the right to drink it.  They are just trying to stop us by attacking our farmers which is not acceptable in my opinion.

I have been in conversation with Sally Fallon from the Weston A. Price Foundation and Dr. Heckman from Rutgers University about the possibility of doing the rat research again with modern day methods and at a University.  That is in the conversation stage at this point and you can help.  Does anyone reading this know of a scientist I can talk to that might be willing to do this if we can come up with funding?  Would any of you be willing to help with fund raising for something like this?  I’d love to see it done in Canada but even if it was done in the US it would be a huge boon to our quest for raw milk.  You can read more about this at this link http://www.newtrendspublishing.com/PDFS/16MilkFinal.pdf and at this one http://www.realmilk.com/appeal-jun06-facts.html.

The other research we would like to see done again is the calf trial that Michael Schmidt did.  Looking at the possibility of recruiting a number of farmers to do this but need a scientist to oversee it, set up the specific protocols etc. so that the results are accepted when presented.  We would also need to recruit a veterinarian to do the autopsies.  To learn about the trial Michael did go to this link http://thebovine.wordpress.com/2010/06/04/the-tale-of-two-calves-one-calf-got-raw-milk-the-other-pasteurized/#more-16769 and this one http://www.realmilk.com/tale-of-two-calves.html.

Can you help us?  How many farmers would need to do this calf research to be considered a real trial by the mainstream?  If you are a farmer would you be interested in taking part in this?  Does anyone know a scientist or veterinarian who might be interested in helping with this either voluntarily or for a reduced fee?  If funding is needed we can talk about that.  This type of research is badly needed so lets find a way to get it done!  Contact me at info@rawmilkconsumer.ca.

Please consider joining and supporting the Weston A. Price Foundation.  Their work is a major player in keeping real food initiatives alive and real food in the forefront in a world that is increasingly becoming more toxic.  www.westonaprice.org and www.realmilk.com.  As Michael Schmidt says, milk is only one of the food freedom issues we need to be concerned about and WAPF will keep you informed through four awesome journals a year, their excellent website, meetings run by volunteer chapter leaders (of which I am one) and e-mail alerts.  It is only $50 a year for a Canadian and well worth the money for the education value you will receive.  The WAPF way of eating can change your life, help save our planet and help our farmers at the same time.

Also please consider supporting the work of the Canadian Constitution Foundation.  This is the group that is helping Michael Schmidt fight his battle with authorities and are active in preserving our constitutional rights.  Believe me we are likely to need their help in the future with more than just milk.  You can learn about their various cases at this link.  http://www.canadianconstitutionfoundation.ca/

We need to know which farmers unions are sympathetic to the raw milk cause across the country.  Please send me links to these unions or ask them to contact me at info@rawmilkconsumer.ca so that I can speak to them.  I’ve spoken to the National Farmers Union and the Practical Farmers Union so far.  It looks like the Practical Farmers Union is the one that is most in line with what we want to see for raw milk in Canada.  They are a new farmers union that needs our support both consumer and farmer.  Please check them out and consider joining.  I have joined as a consumer member and they are very interested in what consumers have to say.  http://www.practicalfarmersontario.ca/  Lets help this Farmers Union get on it’s feet and by doing so, help our small sustainable farmers to make a living and continue to provide us with healthy food alternatives.

Here’s to raw milk in Canada!  Lets together find a way to access it safely and without our farmers being attacked.

Margo McIntosh, RHN, RNCP, CGP

 

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Hey, just a quick note on the selling of milk. The farmers can get creative a bit–they can give the milk away but charge for the jar, may have to collect tax on the jar but an add like this:

    Free 1/2 gallon of farm fresh cow/goat milk! Must buy jar but milk is free!

    Other people I know have given the milk away and had a tip jar available for people to put tips/donations into. Works too.

    What this is all going to come down to–in Canada and the US–is people are going to have to stop being afraid of the govt and stand up. We are not connected together as we once were anymore so it will be stepping outside of the box for many of us, but we all have to do it.

    Tracy

    • Margo McIntosh

      It’s my understanding Tracy that the milk can’t be given away in Canada. Not sure about the US. It’s not to be “distributed” in any way here. At the Owen Sound rally Michael Schmidt gave raw milk to the crowd and they threatened to charge him. They didn’t end up doing it though to my knowledge. In Australia it is illegal right across the country as well but they can sell it in health food stores for cosmetic purposes. I spoke to a man I was told was or is a milk board inspector the other day. He didn’t know who I was and I was buying some pasteurized products at the time. :0) We got talking about Australia and he told me that there is nothing to stop us from selling raw milk for cosmetic purposes in Canada as long as it is clearly labelled. We don’t have anyone selling it in health food stores that way but I sure would like to see that put into practice here!

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